A Primer on Islam, pt 7


In my ongoing public service posts, I am reporting on the profoundly peaceful nature of the Islamic religion. In the previous six reports I have linked and commented on several different aspects of the Islamic faith that send shudders up and down the spine.

It was reported earlier this week that a 57-year old Canadian Muslim killed his 16 year old daughter by strangulation because she wouldn’t wear (or wasn’t wearing) a ‘traditional hijab’ which is a head scarf of some sort. ABC News reported

A 57-year-old Canadian man suspected of strangling his teenage daughter for not wearing her traditional Muslim head wear will appear in court later today for a bail hearing.


Some Muslims are asking people to reserve judgment and not sensationalize the issue, which may not have played a major role in the death.

“Keep in mind it may have been an issue, one of many,” said Homa Arjoman, of Campaign Against Sharia Court in Canada. “If people are going to make this an issue about hijab it is potentially a stretch.” Shariah is Islamic law.

Yes, we should reserve judgment because any rational human being can see that there are a plethora of reasons a father can give to justify the murder of a 16-year old girl who is his daughter. I agree. Let’s not make this about the hijab. Let’s make this about Islam. Let’s make this about a 57 year old man murdering is 16-year old daughter for, say, baking the cookies too long or for looking him in the eyes too long or for listening to Madonna or, well, you name the reason. Any reason will do.

Is there any reason on the planet to justify the murder of a 16 year old girl? Yes, I agree that we should withhold judgement for now. For now, let us weep that a religious system exists that potentially justifies the murder of a 16 year old girl.  Well, at least if she died like this she won’t have to suffer the indignity later of strapping a vest of bombs around her waist and blowing up a pizza parlor full of Jews or Christians or Atheists.


(I say ‘if’ because the man has not been convicted of any crime yet. Could be the story is a hoax. Could be that he didn’t confess. Could be he didn’t do it.)

2 thoughts on “A Primer on Islam, pt 7

  1. Nazrene,

    I’m sorry if you think I am jerk. I have repented for posting this essay. I weep and mourn for the children of all religions that are made to suffer at the hands of stupid adults–Christians, Jews, Muslims, Atheists, and the rest. It is a sad state of affairs when any child dies.

    I apologize if I have offended you.


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