Unimaginable inhumanity and misogyny. Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that “retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.” (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law. In this case, of course, the victim was the murderer’s sister, a victim to the culture of violence and intimidation that such laws help create.
An Algerian reader sends me this: “I read today in a local newspaper that a Muslim guy who is so religious and committed to the teachings of Muhammad (a Salafi) killed his sister with a knife after stabbing her many times. Then he threw her body into his taxi and parked that taxi in front of a police station. This guy was about to get his diploma to be an imam in a mosque.”
Here is my reader’s translation of the Arabic story here:
“Life sentence for a ‘Salafist’ who killed his sister before leaving her in front of a police station,” ElKhabar.com:
Yesterday, the criminal court of the judicial council of Annaba has sentenced a “Salafist” to a life sentence. He was accused of killing his sister, a former worker in the city hall of Annaba, and then throwing her inside a taxi he was driving after he stabbed her in the chest and in several areas of her body. When he made sure she was dead, he kept driving with her in the city of Annaba at night, until he left the car he was driving near the main gate of a police station in Annaba.
The accused, who is 41 years old, confessed in the criminal court that he was preparing to get a diploma to work as an imam in a mosque, before he committed his heinous crime on his 46-year-old sister.
The details of the case go back to the date of the past July 1, around 1 am, when police officers who work in the police station of the state of Annaba found a taxi parked near the police station which made them go near it. They found inside of it, in its back seat, a murdered woman, with marks of having been stabbed with a knife in her chest and her left wrist. Beside her was a middle-size knife with blood on it.
And instantly, the police declared an alert to look for the one who committed the crime, who appeared after a short search to be the brother of the victim, who confessed during his interrogation of committing the crime he was accused of, saying he did it because of a dispute happened in the past between him and his sister concerning her bad behavior. He said this had made him leave his family home for more than 10 years.
And on the date of the incident, the accused declared that when he passed Elisa street while he was driving a taxi, he noticed his sister on the sidewalk. She waved at her brother with her hand, which he considered a provocation, so he stopped near her and ordered to get in the taxi. Once she did, he started reproaching her for her actions. Then he took out a knife that was inside the car he was driving and he started stabbing her. When he made sure she was dead, he kept driving with her inside the car around the city at night. Then he stopped the car near the main gate of the police station of Annaba and left for an unknown destination, leaving his sister’s lifeless body.
And the accused added during the interrogation that he left his sister in front of the police station because he was afraid for his mother’s health, which made him leave her and not take her to the family house.