A popular Saudi Arabian television preacher was found guilty of murdering his own 5-year-old daughter because he doubted her virginity, as reported by The Daily Mail (of London, England) on Feb. 4, 2013.
Although found guilty of murder, Sheikh Fayhan al-Ghamdi was released after being fined $50,000 (£31,000) as “blood money” under Islamic Sharia’a Law for the death of his child.
Ghamdi had been incarcerated since last November and the presiding judge ruled the handful of months was sufficient time behind bars.
Little Lama al-Ghamdi died this past October after suffering multiple and horrendous injuries at the hands of her father.
In line with Sharia’a Law, a father cannot be executed for the slaying of either his wife or any of his children.
The $50,000 blood money presented to the girl’s mother is half the amount if the murdered child were a boy.
According to press reports, Lama suffered the following injuries:
- A broken back.
- Raped multiple times.
- A crushed skull.
- Numerous burns throughout her body.
- A broken left arm.
- Multiple broken ribs.
Government officials in Brussels, Belgium banned Wednesday a popular Christmas tree exhibit out of concerns that the local Muslim population found it “offensive.”
An “electronic winter tree,” will take the place of the traditional Christmas Tree and Nativity scene at the city center of Grand Place, reports Brussels News.
The electronic sculpture will stand 25 meters (82 feet) tall and consists of a set of television screens, reports Brussels Expat. “During the daytime you can climb to the top of the tree where you will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of the city,” the website explains. “As soon as it becomes dark the tree turns into a spectacle of light and sound. Every ten minutes an amazing show will unfold.”
City councilwoman Bianca Debaets believes a “misplaced argument” over religious sensitivities has moved Brussels to put up the light sculpture. She points to the fact that it display not be referred to “Christmas” in any way to make her point.
“I suspect that the reference to the Christian religion was the decisive factor” in replacing the tree, she told reporters. “For a lot of people who are not Christians, the tree there is offensive to them.”
Many cities in Belgium have thriving Muslim populations. A 2008 study showed Muslims make up 25.5-percent of the population of Brussels, 3.9-percent of Flanders, and 4.0-percent of Wallonia.
Two Muslims elected to the Brussels city council last month have vowed to turn Belgium into a Muslim state based on Sharia law, as previously reported.
“Must a historic city like Brussels be sensitive to traditions? And should be a multi-religious city like Brussels not leave room for the individuality of every philosophy?,” Debaets asks.
Other city officials insists the move was not made to placate Muslims or other groups. Nicolas Dassonville, spokesman for Mayor Thielemans (PS), said the Nativity scene will remain at Grand Place
The tree’s sponsor, electricity generator Electrabel, made the move to put up the electronic sculpture this year, Dassonville said.
The comments came at the weekend via Pär Norling, the figure head of the Bollnäs Sweden Democrats (SD) group. He said during an interview with Sveriges Television (SVT) on Saturday, “Ban Islam in Sweden and deport those who persist in believing in the religion.”
Mr Norling said during the interview that he did not support the neo-Nazi movement in Sweden but said that he sided with them in the notion that Muslims do not belong in Swedish Society.
He told Sveriges TV, “That can exist elsewhere but in Sweden it doesn’t fit in.” The interviewer went on to ask how authorities would handle those still wanting to practice Islam under such a law, to which he replied, “Then the solution is deportation.”