Wednesday, December 12, 2007

How do you Explain Violence?

Toronto Muslims are in a state of shock and horror about the story of Aqsa, a young teenaged girl mercilessly killed by her father, allegedly over her refusal to wear the hijab. There are no meaningful words for me to try to explain such an act, such a state of mind.

We have indeed created man in the best of moulds, then do We abase him (to be) the lowest of the low. (Qur'an 95:4-5)
It is the depths of inhumanity and complete ingratitude to God to take His Just and Merciful words and use them, coupled with the power He gave you to oppress the weaker amongst you.

It astounds me that some men, perhaps given more physical and psychological strength than women, could express their power in such a heartless, abusive manner. This isn't the first case of severe abuse we've seen in the Muslim community, and it won't be the last. To have a daughter, mother, wife, living in a real and constant fear of her male relatives, what kind of a life is that? I'd like someone to explain to me what kind of an Islam this has become.

I am sad that some hearts have gotten to this level, that what is supposed to be a vessel of faith and mercy and love has become so hardened.

I can only hope this man gets exactly what he deserves.


Yaser said...

i learned about this yesterday while peering over a guy's torstar on the bus. and it had the word hijab prominently on display. why do we do this to ourselves?

mezba said...


I also wish I could say such incidents are rare in that community.

who-made said...

This is certainly a test from Allah, especially for me because it literally hits so close to home.

Allah enter her into Paradise, Ameen.

who-made said...

To clarify, I didn't know the family, but "literally close to home" meaning just up the street.

maaz said...

a proactive solution would be to educate the masses. its sad that muslims do not have control over emotions, and anger, as our example the prophet, demonstrated we should have.

so many of his children and relatives died when he was alive, he was turned away by his clan, stoned, etc. and what patience did he display? Not to mention he was the best to his family.

its sad we fail to understand and inculcate his behaviour.

i hate idiots.

Dreamlife said...

the Bridges Foundation ( has some good stuff on answering misconceptions about Islam - including one on Hijab.

i attended a workshop held by the director a few wks ago - was xcellent.

check the Downloads section, and mail them to ask for the details to get the material.

mezba said...

Just posted on this and the Islam-bashing that is now going on. This is a case of domestic abuse.

'liya said...

I hope he gets exactly what he deserves too..