Authorities were horrified to discover that a remorseless mother had brutally murdered her 14-month-old daughter. However, as soon as she was asked how she could do such a detestable thing, a sinister smiled crawled across her lips as she eerily whispered 6 chilling words.
One of the most inhumane aspects of Islamic culture is honor killing, in which Muslims murder shameful relatives in order to restore family honor. While sympathizers argue that honor killing isn’t reserved to the Muslim world, 91 percent of honor killings worldwide are committed by Muslims. Disturbingly, after the mother of a young girl carried out this brutal act, she unabashedly revealed that her motivation and justification is in Islam alone.
Since the day Sadia Ahmed, 28, found out that she was pregnant with a daughter, she lamented her own child’s conception. Distraught that she didn’t give birth to a son, Sadia decided to end her 14-month-old daughter’s life by suffocating the toddler with a pillow and violently shaking her tiny body in April 2016. The child was rushed to the hospital with no pulse and irreversible brain damage. As heinous as Sadia’s actions are, it is her sinister confession that has disturbed the media and authorities.
Sadia’s aunt, Shagufta Yasmin, told the High Court in Glasgow, Scotland that when she asked her niece how she killed little Inaya, the mother smiled and said, “It is between me and Allah,” according to the BBC. Shagufta explained that Sadia merely grinned in silence as her horrified aunt questioned if she had any guilt over what she had done.
She said, “I asked Sadia, ‘Tell me how you killed Inaya.’ Initially she said, ‘It is between me and Allah.'” The witness then added, “She didn’t tell me how she did it. I said, ‘Do you not feel any mercy for her?’ and Sadia smiled.”
Prosecutor Paul Kearney described to the court that Sadia had placed her legs over Inaya to stop her from thrashing and kicking as she desperately gasped for her final breaths. After repeatedly shaking the terrified young girl, Inaya finally succumbed to her injuries.
“She used to say she wanted a son, not a daughter,” the witness told the court. “She said she wanted an abortion. We said ‘have faith in God’ and he might give her a son next time. We said if you wish to have an abortion that’s your decision. But we’re happy with whatever it is.”
Adding another layer to the case, Shagufta had initially confessed to police on May 4 that she was the one who had killed Inaya, the Mirror reports. When questioned during the trial, Shagufta suspiciously claimed that she took the blame because she wanted to get the child’s body back.
“I thought they would release Inaya’s body. I just wanted justice for Inaya and her body back. Because, at that time, I didn’t understand what to say or what not to say because I was scared,” Shagufta said. “I became fearful of her. I couldn’t believe a mother could do something like this.”
Although doctors tried to save the child, Inaya’s life support system was switched off on April 20 while her murderous mother returned home. When Shagufta was asked how she could allow the dangerous woman to continue living with the family, she couldn’t provide a sufficient answer.
Defence QC Ian Duguid asked Shagufta, “If she was a cold, calculating, laughing killer why did you allow her to continue to live in the family home after Inaya died and when there was a seven-and-a-half-month-old child, there?”
Shagufta replied, “We made a mistake. We shouldn’t have done that.”
While Sadia’s remorselessness is undeniably disturbing, there is one possible reason for it. The Quran explains that women are not only inferior to men but that they should be treated like property. In fact, scriptures confirm that male heirs are a blessing while females are burdensome to their parents.
Quran (2:228) – “and the men are a degree above them [women]”
Quran (4:11) – (Inheritance) “The male shall have the equal of the portion of two females”
Quran (4:34) – “Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them.”
Additionally, Quran 18:65-81 relays a parable in which parents murder their son because they feared he would bring “disobedience and ungratitude.” The passage concludes by Allah promising them a better son for their troubles instead of chastising or punishing them. This story, along with Quran 58:22, is the reason that honor killings have plagued the Muslim community for centuries and are even legal in certain Islamic countries.
As Islam spreads, so do its fundamentals. Although honor killing is widely condemned in the West, it is a staple of Islamic culture. As long as we continue embracing those who adhere to such views, we are welcoming every savagery that they are compelled to follow.