As Muslim families continue to immigrate into the western world, the conflict between local and national laws versus Islamic Sharia law heats up. In the United States, several courts have upheld Sharia law over state and federal laws.
In Canada, this conflict was waged in an Ontario court where Afghan immigrants Mohammad Shafia (58), his wife Tooba Yahya (42) and son Hamed (21) were charged with murdering Shafia’s three daughters and first wife. Daughters Zainab (19), Sahar (17), Geeti (13) and first wife Rona Amir Mohammad (52) were found in a car that was submerged in a local canal. Shafia’s second wife Yahya was the mother of son Hamed and the three daughters.
The parents and son claim that the three girls and former wife, who was still living with the family, accidentally drove into the canal while joy riding in the car. Hamed told the court that he witnessed the accident, however he never called police for help.
The prosecution presented a case indicating that all four victims were drowned nearby, their bodies placed into the car which was then pushed into the canal. The motive for killings were the dishonor the four females brought to the family due to their rebellion against the family rules on dating, how to dress, socializing and their internet activities.
Prosecutor Gerard Laarhuis presented evidence that Shafia was extremely domineering. When he made his frequent business trips to Dubai, son Hamed was known to administer harsh discipline on his sisters.
Nineteen year old Zainab was forbidden to attend school for a full year when her father found out that she had a Pakistani-Canadian boyfriend. At one point, Zianab feared her father to the point of fleeing to a shelter for protection.
Middle daughter, seventeen year old Sahar had a Christian boyfriend that she kept secret from her father, until her parents discovered photos of her wearing a short skirt and embracing her secret boyfriend. They also found several condoms hidden in her bedroom.
Youngest daughter Geeti told school officials that she wanted to be placed in foster care because of the circumstances in her home. She started skipping classes and failing school as well as wearing provocative clothing.
First wife Mohammad wrote in her diary how Shafia’s second wife treated her as a lowly servant and that he would often beat her. In one excerpt that was read in court, she had described that Shafia “made life a torture.”
According to Sharia law, all three of the daughters had brought dishonor and disgrace to the entire household and thus warranted their deaths via an honor killing. The family denied that this was an honor killing and stuck to their defense of it being a tragic accident. Having been granted permission to wiretap the family’s telephone and cell phones, the prosecution presented taped calls that clearly indicated the deaths were honor killings. Within those taped calls Shafia called his daughters whores and treacherous. At one point he invoked the devil to defecate on their graves.
In what could have been the final nail in the coffin was one particular taped call where Shafia said,
“There can be no betrayal, no treachery, no violation more than this. Even if they hoist me up onto the gallows … nothing is more dear to me than my honor.”
The Canadian jury deliberated for fifteen hours before rendering the verdict of guilty on four counts of premeditated murder against all three defendants. Canadian law prescribes that any conviction of first degree murder carries with it a mandatory life sentence with no chance of parole for a minimum of 25 years.
After the jury rendered their verdict, Judge Robert Maranger contended that the jury made the right decision based upon the evidence and then told the family that their conviction was for “the planned and deliberate murder of four members of your family.”
Judge Maranger went to address the family and court telling them,
“It is difficult to conceive of a more despicable, more heinous crime … the apparent reason behind these cold-blooded, shameful murders was that the four completely innocent victims offended your completely twisted concept of honor … that has absolutely no place in any civilized society.”
Gerard Laarhuis, who prosecuted the case against the Afghan family told a crowd outside the courthouse,
“This verdict sends a very clear message about our Canadian values and the core principles in a free and democratic society that all Canadians enjoy and even visitors to Canada enjoy.”
I can only hope and pray that American juries and courts have the same courage and moral conviction to render decisions based upon the local and national laws and not play into the hands of Muslims who are bent on turning our legal system into one based upon Sharia law. As for my personal opinion, if they want to be ruled by Sharia law then let them go to a country that follows that cruel and inhumane system and stop trying to change our system, which already has enough problems of its own.