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Fayhan al-Ghamdi. — File photo
Fayhan al-Ghamdi. — File photo

RIYADH: A Saudi court sentenced a preacher convicted of raping his five-year-old daughter and torturing her to death to eight years in prison and 800 lashes, a lawyer said Tuesday.

In a case that drew widespread public condemnation in the kingdom and abroad, the court also ordered Fayhan al-Ghamdi to pay his ex-wife, the girl's mother, one million riyals ($270,000) in “blood money,” lawyer Turki al-Rasheed told AFP.

Blood money is compensation for the next of kin under Islamic law.

The girl's mother had demanded 10 million riyals ($2.7 million).

Ghamdi's second wife, accused of taking part in the crime, was sentenced to 10 months in prison and 150 lashes, said Rasheed, who is lawyer for the girl's mother.

Ghamdi was convicted of “raping and killing his five-year-old daughter Lama,” he added.

The girl was admitted to hospital on December 25, 2011 with multiple injuries, including a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, extensive bruising and burns, activists said. She died several months later.

Ghamdi, a regular guest on Muslim television networks despite not being an authorised cleric in Saudi Arabia, had confessed to having used cables and a cane to inflict the injuries, human rights activists said earlier this year.

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”.

Reportedly, Ghamdi had tortured and raped his daughter after he had doubted her virginity.

Rights activists in the kingdom had been campaigning for harsher punishment of Ghamdi when reports emerged in January that the court would only give him a short jail term and order him to pay blood money to the mother.

In ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, where rape and murder are among several crimes punishable by death, a father cannot be executed for murdering his children, nor can husbands be executed for murdering their wives.

Such crimes carry a jail sentence between five to 12 years.

Comments (152) Closed

Mak Oct 08, 2013 06:54pm

can't believe he got away with 800 lashes and 8 years time. Shame for humanity and Saudi laws.

Zofeen T Ebrahim Oct 08, 2013 07:03pm

What a strange country, a father and a husband cannot be given death penalty! But surely he can be given life term?

roxana Oct 08, 2013 07:13pm

I have worked in the hellhole called saudi arabia as a physician. I have seen evidence of sexual crimes against minor girls by first degree male relatives all too often. Islam has done nothing to change the real perverse nature of the arab males. they hide all the evil under a curtain of secrecy.

FAM Oct 08, 2013 07:34pm

So, a man rapes, tortures and kills his FIVE YEAR OLD daughter because he doubts her virginity and is sentenced to 8 years in prison. Wah, wah, kiya exemplary justice.


'In Saudi Arabia, where rape and murder are among several crimes punishable by death, a father cannot be executed for murdering his children, nor can husbands be executed for murdering their wives.'

What a fabulous judicial system!!!

Danish Oct 08, 2013 07:53pm

amazing...few days ago stricter punishment was given to so called naked dancers. 10 years jail and 2000 lashes.

HM Oct 08, 2013 08:04pm

Is there a blood money for rape and then killing....or its Saudi sharia for a Saudi.

Haider Oct 08, 2013 08:14pm

One of the worst justice system in today's civilized society and all is covered and protected by Oil money.

kam Oct 08, 2013 08:21pm

Lashes? 8 years in jail? Blood money? R u kidding me? Is this how it works in Islam? Is this what I am suppose to teach my kids? Saudi the hub of islam has these laws! For RAPING and BEATING A 5 YR OLD TO DEATH. wow, seriously hell with such laws and religion, and hell with those who watch this quitely and accept it.

logic Oct 08, 2013 08:21pm

well 10 year n 2000 lashes for nude dancing and other side 8 year for raping n murder ?

Rogers Evans Oct 08, 2013 08:29pm

Looks like two different sides of Saudi Justice. This person has no right to live. If such crime was committed by ordinary person, that person would have been executed. This guy killed, raped and absued his minor daughter and he gets just 8 years ????? Where is Islamic law for such crimes now ?

AbbasToronto Oct 08, 2013 08:32pm

8 years only? I thought that in Islam the punishment for fornication was death by stoning.

sal Oct 08, 2013 08:33pm

Is that all? I seem to recall a death sentence for some servant from Sri Lanka a while back. This is the duality of Arab society, one rule for them and another for others. One rule for men another for women. And no rules at all for the Monarchy.

Ahmad Ali Sharari Oct 08, 2013 08:41pm

So beheading for bringing in marijuana, and 8 years punishment for raping, torturing, murdering a 5 year old girl. This Saudi shariah is beyond my understanding

TAM Oct 08, 2013 08:36pm

So why doesn't he get stoned to death?

Oh I know why, because he is a preacher and according to Sharia this savagery is considered as negotiable.

AbbasToronto Oct 08, 2013 08:37pm

So the Saudi cleric raped his 5 year old daughter because he doubted her virginity.

Evidently the poor girl was raped earlier by some other member of the family. So rather than find out the rapist the cleric proceeded to punish the victim.

Do we want this kind of Taliban Islam in Pakistan?

Harbhajan Singh Oct 08, 2013 08:48pm

No jail, just lashes and lashes till he dies FULL STOP.

C Oct 08, 2013 08:49pm

And you distance yourself from the Indian civilization to be closer to this one?

Reader Oct 08, 2013 08:45pm

I have no idea what kind of 'excuse' is this: 'Reportedly, Ghamdi had tortured and raped his daughter after he had doubted her virginity'

Who made this law?: 'a father cannot be executed for murdering his children, nor can husbands be executed for murdering their wives'

Is there a limit to insanity and what is the scope?

YB Oct 08, 2013 08:48pm

Why can't Beast like him be put to sword ?

Is it so because He is a Saudi Arabian and a Preacher (can't understand how he can be called a preacher)

He is not fit to be called a creature !!!!

Naeem Oct 08, 2013 08:54pm

Absolutely sickening. The preacher should be hanged. These type of preachers and mullahs are defacing Islam. How can this person live with himself when he apparently knew the religion.. We all have to stand up to these type of preachers.

Rana Oct 08, 2013 08:55pm

This guy definitely had some other hidden agenda that he won't tell us... You doubt the virginity of your five year old daughter so your solution is to rape, torture and kill her? Is this even civilized behaviour? How about educate, care for and love her? She is still only a baby for heaven sake!

vigilant Oct 08, 2013 08:52pm

"In ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, where rape and murder are among several crimes punishable by death, a father cannot be executed for murdering his children, nor can husbands be executed for murdering their wives. Such crimes carry a jail sentence between five to 12 years"


bacher Oct 08, 2013 08:58pm

If Paksitanis do drugs they are be-headed? Why is this monster Mullah not beheaded? Saudis have different laws for Sheikhs who fornicate and others.

Ali Oct 08, 2013 08:59pm

They behead a foreigner for drug trafficking and murder but only gave 8 years to their own citizen for killing and raping an innocent little soul. The court system lost my respect.

PS Oct 08, 2013 09:00pm

Inna lillahe wa innah ilaihe rajeoon. The mind boggles.

PS Oct 08, 2013 09:06pm

Inna lillahe wainna ilaihe rajeoon

Eldrick Lal Oct 08, 2013 09:01pm

Horrible abuse! I can't imagine how someone can beat his 5 year old daughter to th epoint of death? And how someone can rape such a little girl! Shame and utter shame!!!

Nadeem Chaudhry Oct 08, 2013 09:08pm

Just 8 years??? The man should have been beheaded as this is what the Saudi's do for murder. Hypocrites!!!

ROHIT PANDEY Oct 08, 2013 09:17pm

Too much religion...

Too many "preachers" to cater to this felt need...

Too much power in their hands..

These "preachers" take too many liberties with the law..

And bring too much of disrepute to the spiritual quest in ordinary human beings...ultimately!

mike ghaous Oct 08, 2013 09:16pm

Such criminals are put in a sack & thrown away from the top of mosque minaret! why the exception?

Kamal Oct 08, 2013 09:23pm

Shame....Shame ....

Sam Oct 08, 2013 09:24pm

He should have been STONED to DEATH.......I guess Suadi Courts are Prejudice in Men's favor.

Raj Oct 08, 2013 09:34pm

Pity that such medieval law exist in these countries.

Imran Oct 08, 2013 09:34pm

Trying to make sense of the justice or lack of, in this case, I would think the punishment should include castration for any males who are convicted while also responsible for the livelihood of other family members. Once a rapist/child molester, always rapist/child molester. Castrate them if they are to return into society.

Asaf Oct 08, 2013 09:39pm

"In ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, where rape and murder are among several crimes punishable by death, a father cannot be executed for murdering his children, nor can husbands be executed for murdering their wives.

Such crimes carry a jail sentence between five to 12 years."

Great law, unfortunately can only exist in KSA. In any other country, this person should have been given the death penalty as he so rightly deserves.

s.rehman Oct 08, 2013 09:42pm

How utterly disgusting!!! why was this animal not being beheade,d just like they these saudis do people for much minor crimes...that person who is worse than animals admits to raping his own daughter because he doubted her virginity,and he appears on tv show!!!what a great criminal justice system of so called defenders of faith...shame on saudis.

Wajahat Ali Oct 08, 2013 09:47pm

According to the Sharia Law, he should be hanged to death. No Blood Money can compensate for the rape of an infant.

bkt Oct 08, 2013 09:49pm

I am at a loss for words. He may have escaped his punishment here but his eyes and ears will give testimony against him on the promised day.

KKRoberts Oct 08, 2013 09:57pm

Very well qualified to become a preacher!!!.

salman Oct 08, 2013 09:56pm

This is ridiculous, only 8 years of jail. What a joke... He should be stoned to death, he is nothing but a monster, remove this creature from this world.

DaBaron Oct 08, 2013 10:05pm

truly depressing. just wondering how it'd have been if this guy was an ajmi (non-arab-national)

Tariq Mehsud Oct 08, 2013 10:07pm

He is a monster and must be hanged to death but before hanging he must be tortured the way he did to the minor.

raja hindustani Oct 08, 2013 10:07pm

If you kill unknown, u will get death punishment but if you kill ur own daughter or wife, you will be jailed upto max 12 yrs. what logic behind this, I failed to understand. How come killing ur own family member is lesser crime.?

Zulmai khan Oct 08, 2013 10:02pm

This is another twisted justice in the name of Islamic Shariah by the Saudis. A Srilanka girl head was chopped for man slaughter and this man get away by raping and murdering his own daughter. Are Saudi short of swords? just chop this man head as this is Saudi way of spreading Islam.

FRN (usa) Oct 08, 2013 10:17pm

For a crime like this, a foreigner especially from the third world would have met the back swing of executioner's sword in a public square but a Saudi got away with the rape & murder of 5 years old girl.

Kabeer Oct 08, 2013 10:21pm

sickest thing

Caz Oct 08, 2013 10:30pm

The sharia is an unjust law as it embodies unjust principles like Qisas. A rich person can get away with murder!

Imran Oct 08, 2013 10:33pm

Lucky for him he wasn't dancing naked, otherwise it would have been thousands of lashes and death penalty.

Riaz Oct 08, 2013 11:08pm

What a shame! Saudis call themselves Muslims? This guy should be lashed to death ... jail-term and blood money is not the answer to this monstrous crime. 5-year old daughter ... poor girl must have suffered for so long ... giving 8 year jail-term is nothing compared to the suffering of the innocent child.

Pakistani-Canadian Oct 08, 2013 11:09pm

..........a father cannot be executed for murdering his children,..............What a joke!!! Shame on Saudi's and their distorted interpretation of Islam.

Guest63 Oct 08, 2013 11:15pm

In my humble opinion , He should have been buried alive till his half torso and then people should have been allowed to stone him till he died bleeding to death . A real animal in humane disguise . I hope the 800 lashes ( the real one ) will be done and completed in one go and if he dies , the remaining ones are completed even on his dead body

darr Oct 08, 2013 11:15pm

where is favorite criminal penalty, Beheading, Done so fondly with foreigners.

Saad(DXB) Oct 08, 2013 11:17pm

When this is what happens in the supposed HQ of Islam, no wonder Muslims are looked down upon around the world

a Oct 08, 2013 11:23pm

Are you serious??? This guy should be put to death AT ONCE for such a horrific crime.

Imran A. Oct 08, 2013 11:20pm

Wasn't Sharia law that if you rape someone, you should be stoned to death? If you murder someone, your head should be chopped? Saudi is wierd, they don't even follow sharia and they keep talking about it and wanting to spread it to the world. I see that Allah's mercy over Saudi Arabia is diminishing rapidly now.

Dr.Sohaib Abdi Oct 08, 2013 11:20pm

Shameful... :-(

Nadeem Oct 08, 2013 11:30pm

So I guess among all of the criminals executed for rape and murder in Saudi Arabia, none were husbands or fathers!!

zia khan Oct 08, 2013 11:37pm

The punishment does not match the severity of crime. Probably harsh punishments are meant for migrant workers.

Syed Ahmed Oct 08, 2013 11:58pm

Please don't call him cleric. It hurts

Sh Oct 09, 2013 12:17am

This is the abode of Islam. Saudi Arabia. This man should be stoned to death. Poor women who are raped are stoned and killed because 'they had sex outside marriage'.

irfan Oct 09, 2013 12:21am

This is Sauid Islam, not my relgion ISLAM. mayAllah stay away us from Saudi made relgion.

mehreen Oct 09, 2013 12:26am

And we like to copy idiots like these. We should concentrate on educating our people and being proud of our diverse South Asian roots.

@H__3 Oct 09, 2013 12:36am

I hope he dies whilst receiving his 800th lash

saima Oct 09, 2013 12:42am

How hypocrite!!!!!!!! This is pure hypocrisy. Why the laws are different for fathers and husbands? They should be persecuted and their body should be thrown to vultures. Not only they commit murder but incest & rape. Which Islam does these muslim husbands and fathers and Saudi Government practice???

Bilal Oct 09, 2013 12:50am

why not beheaded? If it was a Pakistani Indian or Filipino, he would have been dead by now

mustafa Oct 09, 2013 01:07am

if law stated above are true than i am glad that there is no sharia law in pakistan,getting away after murdering is just horrible

Amjad Wyne Oct 09, 2013 01:14am

Just 800 lashes 8 years in jail for raping and killing his own daughter? He should be hanged - nothing less.

A human Oct 09, 2013 01:17am

Saudi Arabia, A country of shame!

omer khan shaheen Oct 09, 2013 01:23am

This animal!!! deserves much stronger punishment, much more then 800 lashes and 8 years in jail. Poor child! May Allah rest her sole in peace.

el chor Oct 09, 2013 01:48am

for dancing naked - 10 years and 2000 lashes for rape and mudering infant - 8 years and 800 lashes

Sharia is far more complicated than western judiciary system. Sharia for Pakistan, aave hi aave.

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The girl was admitted to hospital on December 25, 2011 with multiple injuries, including a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, extensive bruising and burns, activists said. She died several months later.


Syed Oct 09, 2013 02:01am

Very strange judgement, if it was a foreigner, he would have been already be decapitated by now. Hypocracy at it's worst!

AH Oct 09, 2013 02:08am

So, if someone gets caught while carrying drugs in SA, the person is executed. But, if someone kills a child after doing horrible things to her is given 10 years of jail? What kind of justice system is this? certainly not a fair one.

Iqbal khan Oct 09, 2013 02:13am

The real face of talbans and their likes.

ilyas bukhari Oct 09, 2013 02:21am

To clarify. NO he is NOT a preacher. not recognised by any authority in Saudi or anywhere else. Second this despicable person did not rape her "only" beat and otherwise abused the poor child to death. May Allah grant her peace now.

Zoya Oct 09, 2013 02:57am

What a beast of man..Is he really human....doubting a 5 year olds chastity....Rest in peace child.YOU ARE SAFER AND BETTER PLACE NOW

Amir Oct 09, 2013 03:24am

What kind of Islamic system they have in Saudi Arabia? They beheaded a Sri Lankan maid because a Saudi baby died accidentally in her supervision. Here a Saudi father rapes her daughter and then kill her gets 8 years behind bars. Shame on them for discriminating against poor people.

GM Oct 09, 2013 03:40am

Doubting his 5 year old daughter's virginity? All these mentally sick men rule the Kingdom who use women as their toys whether they are their wives or daughters. They play with them and break them.

Raj Oct 09, 2013 03:46am

Can't believe such a monster exist who could blame his own 5 yr old daughter's virginity to justify his rape instincts. Protector became predator, what would he teach about religion or anything good, where would the pity child go? Merely 8 years jail punishment was shocking from Saudis because I had impression that Saudis would give big punishment even for small things. Big manipulation of laws or illogical decision. This guy is sick and he can repeat same thing or even worse with other kids after he gets released from jail after 8 years. Next time he would be more cautious while doing the crime.

Khurram Jadoon Oct 09, 2013 03:47am

If they really give him 800 LASHES he will be dead anyway. I remember during Zia era (85-86), a moulvi was sentenced 80 lashes on rape charges of a foreigner, but he lost his conscious on the 5th lash and was rushed to near by hospital - still remember lash echoing in the valley. This moulvi must die on lash plank.

A Shah Oct 09, 2013 04:11am

What has hapoened to Islam?

Sajid Oct 09, 2013 04:15am

His head should be crushed, break his back and leave him solidarity confinement till he dies. An eye for an eye.

S. A. M. Oct 09, 2013 04:46am

Imagine such rascals are becoming the champions of religion. What a shame. He should be thrown in fire.

akhter ali Oct 09, 2013 04:43am

wild animals should be Killed.

saeed Oct 09, 2013 05:08am

why anyone is surprised..... young girls have been 'married' to much older guys for the millennia .This is the 'culture' goes back way back...if only someone has the courage to question it.

omg Oct 09, 2013 05:51am

The critics will say he is not guilty, it is just a conspiracy theory by the west !!!. A true muslim will never do that !!!

Raj Oct 09, 2013 06:47am

What???? I didn't get it. This preacher raped, killed and got 8 years? Why double standards Saudi Arabia? You people have 2 different laws, one for your country men and the other for other foreign country men. If this preacher was going to be from another country, his head was going to be cutoff or stoned to death.

Abdul Malik Oct 09, 2013 06:49am

This is Saudi Arabia ! land of hypocrats and so called Muslims. If a foreign worker is convicted of adultery he or she is beheaded whereas their own Saudi nationals are given a simple jail term and 800 lashes. Why not behead this crazy so called preacher?

Anwer Oct 09, 2013 06:50am

...... and a citizen from Pakistan, Philippines, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka would have had their head chopped off with a sword for this terrible crime

Aftab Kenneth Wilson Oct 09, 2013 08:16am

Thanks for educating my Muslim brothers and sisters in Pakistan about Laws being practiced in SA about rape and murder. So these are the laws which our Talibans are fighting for and want them to get implemented with some other laws of similar kind.

Waqas Oct 09, 2013 08:30am

Just 8 years for this heinous crime? he should be tortured the same way he tortured a 5 year old is disgusting beyond belief.

You make me sick Oct 09, 2013 09:17am

Yay muslims! A preacher too. You completely disgust me and should be killed.

Johnny Luckett Oct 09, 2013 09:30am

Death would be the proper sentence for this child-molesting monster. - Johnny Luckett

Ashfaq Hyderabad Oct 09, 2013 09:36am

The Imam of Kaba must say a word on this heinous act by a father. The shariah must be followed in true spirit. This is the biggest reason why media is now becoming a dangerous tool in the human life. He must be punished to death.

Khalid Chaudhry Oct 09, 2013 09:49am

8 years only! Whatever happened to death penalty? had it been any foreigner they would have cut his head off by now. Whole world system is run by biased and corrupt officials and we the masses remain silent!!!

Cynic Oct 09, 2013 10:37am

"A father cannot be executed for murdering his children, nor can husbands be executed for murdering their wives" What could be the logic behind this. A Lankan maid was beheaded because she was careless to leave a baby unattended with a feeding bottle and the milk filled in her throat suffocating her. And here a father who abused and killed his own daughter gets only 8 years !

Cynic Oct 09, 2013 10:32am

"A father cannot be executed for murdering his children, nor can husbands be executed for murdering their wives" What could be the logic behind this. A Lankan maid was beheaded because she was careless to leave a baby unattended with a feeding bottle and the milk filled in her throat suffocating her. And here a father who abused and killed his own daughter gets only 8 years !

Tarer goorer shondesh Oct 09, 2013 10:40am

Father suspected virginity of five year old daughter? So he raped her?? And beat her to death???

Yousaf Oct 09, 2013 11:36am

Death sentence in the Kingdom is reserved for Pakistanis, Nigerians and other South Asians.

Neema Oct 09, 2013 11:44am

This is completely sickening that a 'father' raped and murdered his own five year old daughter. FIVE. An innocent baby. All because he questioned her virginity? Are you kidding me? What five year old has any inclination as to what sex is? You know what I think? I think this sick man had been raping her for years and didn't want to have to answer to her future husband as to why she wasn't a virgin, so he decided to end her life after having a final 'go' at her.

He deserves to rot in a prison cell for the remainder of his miserable life and to be repeatedly raped himself so he can see exactly what he did to his own flesh and blood.

It's horrible that he only gets a few years as punishment.

However, I guarantee that one of the darkest circles of hell is reserved for people like him. That is the only reason I can sleep tonight, knowing that God will give him what he deserves in the afterlife.

What makes me even more sick is the idea that I'm sure he prayed every day and talked about how great a "Muslim" he was to people...all while he was doing the most depraved things to his own child. SICK SICK SICK.

HS Oct 09, 2013 12:41pm

just goes to show the kind of disgusting hypocritcal laws presiding in SA

HS Oct 09, 2013 12:38pm

he should be stoned to death!

rehan Oct 09, 2013 12:51pm

It is the blood money playing its part. The universal WEAKNESS of us all

Kabir Oct 09, 2013 01:24pm

Any shariah supporter here ..

jen Oct 09, 2013 01:44pm

Islam/sharia is rapidly evolving as a role model for the judicial system for the entire world. No muslim dares to open their voice against sharia. Shame on you guys!!!!

Rizwan Qureshi Oct 09, 2013 01:46pm

What a joke ! 10 years for crimes so heinous only in KSA what a hypocrite society even a Western country would have given him 30 years/life behind bars

Yohavasson Oct 09, 2013 01:47pm

Sentence obviously relates to the rape, and needs to be augmented with a longer period in jail for bestiality, bodily harm, torture and murder. But then, who's going to argue with our Saudi patrons/exemplars!

Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh Oct 09, 2013 02:28pm

This so called preacher should be hanged many times over.

Masoud Oct 09, 2013 03:16pm

Shame. Death punishment was the only appropriate punishment for the crime this beast man committed. It seems money buys everything.

ayesha ahmad Oct 09, 2013 03:56pm

Only 8 years! He should be executed publicly for such savagery with a child. Hope he dies a slow and painful death and is raped and murdered in prison.

saudi Oct 09, 2013 04:05pm

@Ali: We follow Sharia here.

Saifur Rahman Oct 09, 2013 04:02pm

There is no doubt that at present Saudi rulers are the most uncivilized and brutal people in the whole world and ironically USA, the so-called guardian of freedom, justice and democracy is their best friend and protector.

Khan Oct 09, 2013 04:29pm

I am just shocked and speechless. This man shall not be among humans any more.

Insaf Oct 09, 2013 05:14pm

if this crime was committed in a "Muslim" country like Syria, Iran, Libya, Pakistan the western world would have raised hue and cry and would have imposed all kind of sanctions. For KSA whose entire wealth is stacked in US and European Banks, US, UK, France etc are tight lipped height of hypocracy.

ROHIT PANDEY Oct 09, 2013 05:38pm

@C: Good point..before they start to identify themselves with the Indian civilization...let them first learn to do a very very simple going with their CONSCIENCE!

Gerry D'Cunha Oct 09, 2013 07:45pm

muslims around the world should be ashmed of themself for practicing their peaceful faith and the bad name to islam created by its own preacher who tortured and raped his daughter after he had doubted her virginity.

KC Oct 09, 2013 07:50pm

At least he was not a repeat drug offender or he would have lost his head.

muhibbewatan Oct 09, 2013 10:34pm

The kingdom is ONE OF A KIND as far as their "weird" laws are concerned. The recommended punitive action does not befit the ghastly crime committed and reportedly confessed by the accused. Wives and daughters are not sacrificial animals who can become victims of way!

s s s Oct 09, 2013 10:41pm

Does this what Sharia law means? Are Islamic Religious parties fighting for the introduction of this law Pakistan? Is his punishment really according to Islamic Law?

pathanoo Oct 09, 2013 11:21pm

The "Blood Money" system is one of the most horrible, retching tenet of Islam. How do you give only Eight years imprisonment for raping, torturing, burning your own daughter of five over several months when you give death sentences to homosexuals and adulterer women WHO HAVE COMMITTED NO CRIMES AGAINST A FELLOW HUMAN? Any where else in the Non-Muslim world this man goes to jail for life with no chance of parole. SHAME!! SHAME!! SHAME!!

TKhan Oct 09, 2013 11:27pm

The proper sentence would be to neuter him.

Waheed Murad Oct 10, 2013 12:08am

Good decision indeed, he should be given the punishment of death.

AbbasToronto Oct 10, 2013 02:08am

Let us start a global fund in the name of the deceased girl, hire someone to locate this rascal in the jail he is put in, and award the proceeds of the funds to the person who plans to do away with this animal.

That will teach a lesson to all Saudis that they can not escape global justice.

TKhan Oct 10, 2013 02:30am

@AbbasToronto: i am surprise that you didn't know. You seem to know everything?

imran b Oct 10, 2013 04:07am

Trying to make sense of the justice or lack of, in this case, I would think the punishment should include castration for any male who is convicted if he is also responsible for the livelihood of other family members. Once a rapist/child molester, always a rapist/child molester. Castrate him if he is to return into society.

Ali Oct 10, 2013 05:54am

This animal should have been sent to the gallows, it is a strange law that a father cannot be executed for the murder of his children nor his wife. This is total discrimination.If execution is allowed in the country it should be for everyone who is a murderer.

Parvez Oct 10, 2013 06:14am

@saudi: What kind of sharia is this? Father killing his child, husband killing his wife are not given death sentence. This is mockery of justice, whether sharia or not.

Tarangela Oct 10, 2013 07:31am

@ayesha ahmad: I saw a Sci-Fi movie once, and in the future, those who had committed a crime such as this, their punishment was to be strapped to a table with electrodes on their heads, and in virtual reality THEY became the victim and had to experience exactly what their victim had. Over and over. Too bad we aren't there yet.

Disgusted Oct 10, 2013 08:03am

Saudis acting like savages. Sad.

Ray Oct 10, 2013 11:23am

Just a question as my knowledge about Islam is from what Muslims do than what they preach Is this really a big crime in Sharia? I thought that a girl going to school is a bigger crime deserving death than this!

Jafri Oct 10, 2013 12:02pm

@roxana: I have experienced this too, This is a faith that encourages hypocrisy - hence i don't practice it anymore.

Akram Oct 10, 2013 01:22pm

If a Pakistani had committed this crime rather than a saudi, would he have got the death penalty? hell yes.

Afnan Shah Oct 10, 2013 01:49pm

I am 50 years old, Adult Muslim, Pakistani. Have traveled and lived in 32 countries during the last 27 years. Does any one care to know how many times i could say i am proud to be a Muslim?

Irshian Oct 10, 2013 02:48pm

"In ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, where rape and murder are among several crimes punishable by death, a father cannot be executed for murdering his children, nor can husbands be executed for murdering their wives." So in Saudi, a women can be executed for murdering her children or husband, but the man is not executed. Clear sexist country. Not onyl that if it was a non-saudi he would be executed more than once! Laughable they call themselves a muslim country. The Saudi royalty and govt have hijacked Islam claiming they are following islamic laws, but infact they are twisting the laws and distorting it to their advantage.

Jawad Oct 10, 2013 06:24pm

You cannot use the Saudi preacher example to criticize Shariat. No Muslim can deny Shariat, otherwise, he is denying the Allah SWT's order in the Holy Quran and the Sunnat of the Prophet PBUH. Please read Surat Shoura versus 13 to 17. How Allah SWT has ordered to implement Islamic Sharyat where ever you have a estate otherwise you will be severely punished. This is the joint declaration of whole Muslim Ummat, denial of a single world of the Holy Quran is out of the circle of Islam, mean he/she is no more Muslim. 90% of Pakistanis want Sharia Law.

Oz Oct 10, 2013 06:58pm

@jen: This has nohting to do with Sharia. Saudi Arab is NOT the maker of Sharia and if their clerics are doing this, it is Haraam act (not permissible).

If Sharia laws would have been followed, this man would be on death penalty right now. The Holy Quran has made such actions Haraam and clearly outlined the punishment for such actions. Shame on the saudi govt who is protection one of their "own".

muhammad Oct 10, 2013 07:31pm

@saudi: Which Sharia you are talking about ? first of all let us know whether Monarchy is allowed in Islam ?

Amar Oct 10, 2013 07:28pm

"In ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, where rape and murder are among several crimes punishable by death, a father cannot be executed for murdering his children, nor can husbands be executed for murdering their wives."

That's very enlightening. And sounds reasonable.

Nasir Jamal Khan Oct 10, 2013 07:38pm

@Ahmad Ali Sharari: Corrections: Beaheading 'foreigners' for smugling dope but only 8 years and lashes to SAUDIs for torturing, raping , and killing. Insane, simply insane!

expaki Oct 10, 2013 09:17pm

@Bilal:"why not beheaded? " Because he is PURE Saudi Musalman,

sterry Oct 10, 2013 10:20pm

After reading this story does anyone question why Saudi Arabia is looked down upon by Western countries as being one of the most backward societies in the world?

Najamuddin Oct 11, 2013 12:28am

O my God, how could it happen or this so called preacher must have lost his mental balance and turned from a sensible human to wild animal and cannibal? Such frequent news are signs that we have already entered the era of dooms day? I wish I been from one of those fortunate people who have already departed from this sinful world before hearing or watching such news.

Seema Oct 11, 2013 07:39am

@saudi: a distorted and sick Saudi version of Allah's sharia. Don't mock Allah's laws - u will answer to Him one day!

Rao Oct 11, 2013 08:26am

@Cynic: Women & children are considered "property" of a man. The man is responsible for providing them, so if he abuses them then he will get lesser sentence. Women & children are treated as sub-human in this most racist & pathetic society.

Unfortunately, for its oil, a country which tom-toms itself as a great democracy supports it to the hilt

sattar rind Oct 11, 2013 10:20am

Is it makes any sense? A father or a husband could not get death penality if he kills his own children and in case of husband his wives? Is it not the same period in the 21st century what Muhammad(PBUH) had been fought against it 14th century ago? In this case a cleric raped his five year old daughter and tortouring her to death. Its beyond my understand... In Saudi Arabia male folk has licenes to kill.

sattar rind Oct 11, 2013 10:38am

@saeed: But in this case its not a culture to rape own daghter and tortoure her to death and just getting 8 year inprisionment? Its not matter of culture. Its matter of justice in islamic system and Arabics.

Jordar Oct 11, 2013 11:39am

@el chor All of you will not be able to understand all this, because it is a real shaeria law while all of you are converted Muslims. Hence, although following your Islam, you are following Hindu culture. Hence, it is seems a big problem. Further However, it is absolutely normal in Original

Sarooj Noor Oct 11, 2013 02:21pm

I dont think eight years in prison is not enough for this brutality! He does not even deserve the title of a "Father". Limit of insanity & shamelessness!

Sayeed Altaf Hussein Oct 11, 2013 02:46pm

Five year old girl and he doubted her virginity? Get rid of this filth for good. There is no room for him in any religion or country.

Allahhoakbar Oct 11, 2013 02:41pm

This man looks like a beast!

Islam was brought in that part of the world because the people in that part of the world needed the most disciplined way of life. We are taught not to hate Arabs and we don't. We are taught to read the Quran in Arabic and we do. I do not know anything about Sharia Law in KSA, but I know and I put my full trust in Allah (swt) that this beast will get far worst than one can imagine, in this world and in the here after, Insha'Allah.

What's worst is that, ok a man can turn into an animal, but what blows my mind off is that his second wife is accused of being a part of this! I hope to believe that this is not true or I pray that I don't have to live any longer in this kind of world anymore -- really REALLY saddening!

Ali Oct 11, 2013 06:52pm

@saudi: Where is Sharia says to execute for drug trafficking? And isn't this guy married so according to the sharia kill him with pebbles-- Do you even know sharia?

ayman Oct 11, 2013 08:11pm

@pathanoo: He has been awarded 800 lashes. If properly administered 200 should send him to hell. But he'll probably pay the fellow to go light on him.

Nasir Oct 11, 2013 09:13pm

Saudis execute people for peddling drugs, and such a heinous crime only 8 years? Must be cuz he is saudi?