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



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

And according to Islamic law, “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.” (Reliance of the Traveller o1.1-2).

Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. The Palestinian Authority gives pardons or suspended sentences for honor murders. Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now. Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but “the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour ‘provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.’” And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen 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 mother in botched honour killing,’” by Joe Golder and Abigail O’Leary, Mirror, November 28, 2022 (thanks to Henry):

A teenager accused of stabbing his eight-year-old cousin to death while high on cannabis was trying to kill his mother in a botched honour killing, it has been claimed.

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

Police claimed he had initially plotted to kill his mum, Zainab M.A, after believing she had started a relationship with another man after leaving his father.

Zainab lives with her family but as her son entered the house he was reportedly surprised by his young cousin and stabbed her before fleeing.

Mohammad S. – arrested by police soon after the slaying – reportedly told investigators he feared she would identify him if he did not kill her.

Police believe Mohammed S. is a regular cannabis user and had been high while he carried out the killing.

Dua Abdullah, May’s mum, 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 M.A., also known as Rasha Hamdi, and her sister’s estranged husband, named only as Sabri M.A. and also known as Hassan Hamdi, for the situation.

Mohammad S. allegedly confessed: “I slaughtered my aunt’s daughter… and failed to kill my mother.”…