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Muslim Preacher Fined for Raping, Killing Daughter

By February 11, 2013

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Lamia al-Ghamdi, the five-year-old daughter of a Saudi preacher, was raped repeatedly by her father and ultimately tortured to death. Her injuries included a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, extensive bruising and burns. The legal sentence imposed on Fayhan al-Ghamdi for all of this was a fine and a very short stay in prison.

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Fayhan al-Ghamdi confessed to everything, it seems -- including beating his daughter with cables and a cane. According to the hospital, she had been raped "everywhere." It doesn't appear as though Fayhan al-Ghamdi spared even an inch of her body. The government, though, spared him from having to suffer much at all.

Why? Well, the lives of men are worth far more than the lives of women. It looks like this is perfectly consistent with Islamic law: a father can murder his children and husbands can murder their wives without actually being punished for murder. Instead, all they have to do is pay blood money.

Randa al-Kaleeb, a social worker from the hospital where Lama was admitted, said the girl's back was broken and that she had been raped "everywhere", according to the group.

According to the victim's mother, hospital staff told her that her "child's rectum had been torn open and the abuser had attempted to burn it closed."

The activists said that the judge had ruled the prosecution could only seek "blood money (compensation for the next of kin under Islamic law) and the time the defendant had served in prison since Lama's death suffices as punishment."

The ruling is based on Islamic laws that a father cannot be executed for murdering his children, nor can husbands be executed for murdering their wives, activists said.

Source: Ahram Online

It's hard to believe that there is any society in the world today where such behavior would be tolerated to the point that little more than a fine is imposed on the perpetrator. Yet, as already noted, "punishing" this sort of behavior with a fine is not just accepted, but actually codified into religious law.

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February 11, 2013 at 1:11 pm
(1) David says:

If it wasn’t for our progressive enlightenment, do you suppose our “Christian” nation would have similar laws?

February 11, 2013 at 2:42 pm
(2) Jason says:

I whole-heartedly agree with your position that certain religions treat women as inferior, second class citizens where a fine is acceptable for beating someone to death.

I was disgusted to hear about this…thank you for taking them time to write about and share this with your followers.

February 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm
(3) fali says:

Please do some research before stating something as fact. Islamic law only says a man or woman can not be killed for murdering their children or spouse if it was an accident!!!! In this case it obviously wasn’t an accident and due to the horrific nature of her death he must be executed. Saudi culture is the problem and is truely disgusting…its not the religion that’s the problem. I really hope international outrage will cause his punishment to be re-evaluated.

February 12, 2013 at 8:53 pm
(4) Austin Cline says:

Please do some research before stating something as fact.

Quoting from the article:

The ruling is based on Islamic laws that a father cannot be executed for murdering his children, nor can husbands be executed for murdering their wives

Islamic law only says a man or woman can not be killed for murdering their children or spouse if it was an accident!!!!

If it was an accident, then it wasn’t murder.

February 14, 2013 at 3:29 am
(5) Jockaira says:

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 01.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law (Sharía).

Sunni is the overwhelmingly dominant expression of Islam in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In fact, all other religions are illegal to practice in public or to display sights or sounds associated with those kufr religions. The second largest sect of Islam, Shía and its followers are barely tolerated, being considered heretics bordering on apostasy. All other Islamic sects are considered outright apostates and subject to arrest and conviction of severe insult to Allâh. This insult usually results in a sentence of death by beheading.

The five-year-old victim made the fatal mistake of being born into a savage, barbarian, completely stupid society. Her rapist-murderer father was sentenced to time already served (a few weeks) and a fine of about $50,000 to be paid to his wife, her mother.

Do you think that the father might arrange an exploding stove accident for his wife so he doesn’t have to pay her?…or maybe just run her over accidentally with his Mercedes limo?

February 14, 2013 at 6:56 am
(6) Jockaira says:

Addendum to above:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21434318

In this story datelined 2013-02-13, the BBC says: 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 the cleric was continuing and he remained in jail.

Please use the link to get other significant details on this very important item that may have far-reaching effects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

February 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm
(7) fali says:

‘If it was an accident, then it wasn’t murder.’

I meant killing in the place of murdering obviously…

February 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm
(8) Austin Cline says:

I meant killing in the place of murdering obviously

No, it’s not obvious at all. Regardless, there is nothing in the cited laws that supports your assertions. It is noteworthy that you cite no sources for your assertions, but others do and they contradict you.

You simply aren’t credible.

February 15, 2013 at 6:24 pm
(9) George says:

Mr Cline,thank you for sharing this with your followers. I am shocked not only to read what this father did to his daughter but also about how the law in Saudi deals with cases like this. Thank you also for all your other articles, they are so educational to me.

February 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm
(10) Random person says:

Sigh… If there’s one thing I find remarkable about humans it’s their ability to f**k up everything they touch. Just to think that Muhammad had dreamed of gender equality back in his days, that he had prohibited violence but in self-defense?.. How in the bloody hell did we get from that to this bulls**t? For misery sake, the early Muslim philosophical tradition was perhaps richer than anything the West had achieved! The degree of religious tolerance back then was perhaps greater than what’s now shown by American Christians. And somehow, some way all of this ended up in the junkyard. A truly remarkable species, we are.

February 16, 2013 at 3:48 pm
(11) Shenonymous says:

While her post is informative and sentiments are those with which for the most part I agree, (5) Jockaira says: “The five-year-old victim made the fatal mistake of being born into a savage, barbarian, completely stupid society.”

What I disagree with is the notion that one has the choice of into which parents, family, or society one is born.

February 18, 2013 at 8:33 am
(12) Alan reid says:

@Shenonymous. I’m sure Jockaira was being facetious in her comment. But perhaps you were unable to realise that obvious fact.

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