Egypt: Muslim teen stabs 8-year-old cousin to death, says he was trying to kill his mother

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In the Qur’an, a mysterious figure, known as a Khidr in Islamic tradition, kills a child in an apparently random and gratuitous attack. He then explains: “And as for the boy, his parents were believers, and we feared he would overwhelm them with transgression and unbelief. So we intended that his Lord would replace them with one better than him in purity and closer to mercy ”. (18:80-81)

And according to Islamic law, “retaliation is mandatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or her mother or father) for killing her offspring, or her offspring’s offspring.” (traveler confidence or1.1-2).

Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. The Palestinian Authority grants pardons or suspended sentences for honor killings. Iraqi women have called for harsher sentences for Islamic honor killers, who now make light of it. Syria in 2009 removed a law that limited the length of sentences for honor crimes, but “the new law says that a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honor crimes ‘as long as he is serving a prison sentence of no less than two years in the murder case.'” And in 2003, the Jordanian parliament rejected on Islamic grounds a provision designed to toughen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.”

“Teen accused of stabbing cousin, 8, was ‘trying to kill his mother in botched honor killing’”, by Joe Golder and Abigail O’Leary, Mirror, 28 Nov 2022 (thanks to Henry):

It has been claimed that a teenager accused of stabbing his eight-year-old cousin to death while high on cannabis was attempting to kill his mother in a botched honor killing.

Mohammad S, 16, is accused of killing May Baqna in the town of Qus, Qena Governorate, southern Egypt.

Police claimed that he had initially planned to kill his mother, Zainab MA, after believing that she had started a relationship with another man after leaving her father.

Zainab lives with her family, but when her son entered the house, his young cousin reportedly surprised him and stabbed her before running away.

Mohammad S., arrested by police shortly after the murder, reportedly told investigators that he feared she would identify him if he did not kill her.

Police believe that Mohammed S. is a regular cannabis user and had been high while committing the murder.

Dua Abdullah, May’s mother, returned home from her job as a nurse at a medical clinic to find her daughter lying in a pool of her own blood.

Dua said: “They killed a piece of my heart and the reason for my happiness.”

She also reportedly blamed her sister Zainab MA, also known as Rasha Hamdi, and her sister’s estranged husband, called only Sabri MA and also known as Hassan Hamdi, for the situation.

Mohammad S. allegedly confessed: “I killed my aunt’s daughter… and I couldn’t kill my mother.”…

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