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BBC’s Saudi human rights activist calls for child abuse law


This unfortunate and disturbing article is about Fayhan al-Ghamdi being put on trial, charged with beating to death his daughter, Lama. Prof Fawziah al Bakr, a Saudi Arabian human rights activist, wrote in a Sudi newspaper, “There is an immediate need to call for a draft law that clearly defines all forms of abuse including verbal, psychological, physical, and sexual abuse. [These] behaviours should be clearly identified by lawmakers and sharia [Islamic] laws and codified.” I couldn’t agree more! Not much details were given as to the reason behind the killing, but the “Saudi Ministry of Justice denied reports that Mr al-Ghamdi had been released after paying 200,000 riyals ($50,000; £31,500) to Lama’s mother, saying the case against Ghamdi was continuing and he remained in jail.”

Cases like this happening in “Muslim” countries by “religious” people, gives Islam and all Muslims a bad name, which I hate. No matter what people think and are taught by the biased media, Islam is against “honor killing” and killing innocent people. Where is the “honor” in killing an innocent individual?? “The following statements from the holy Quran demonstrate how strongly Islam prohibits murder: “Whoever kills a believer intentionally, their reward will be Hell, to abide therein forever, and the wrath and the curse of Allah are upon them, and a dreadful penalty is prepared for them.” (Holy Quran, Chapter 4, Verse 93) and “On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone kills a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if they killed all people. And if any one saved a life, it would be as if they saved the life of all people.” (Holy Quran, Chapter 5, Verse 32) One reason for such murders to occur is purely due to ignorance. Many cases of “honour killing” are carried out by people who are ignorant of Islam. They are not aware of the teachings of Islam, and they confuse local customs and traditions with Islam. It is likely that these people commit their crimes due to anger, outrage, and a perceived loss of honour, and then try to justify their barbarity to themselves and to others using religion.” Of course, ignorance is not an excuse to commit wrong.

To read the article for yourself, please check out http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21434318 and let me know in the comments what you think.

date Posted on: Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 7:02 pm
Category Saudi Arabia.
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