Saturday, April 11, 2009

Who Cares About a Dead Two-Year-Old?

Found this article while surfing last night at the site that scours the bowels of the internet so we don't have to. The gist of it is that a woman, Nour Hadid, is "accused of beating her 2-year-old niece to death... The child had 55 separate bruises and was beaten 'from head to toe.'" The outrage? Not over the death of the child but instead the fact that Nour had to remove her hijab to have her mugshot taken when she was booked on a charge of first-degree murder. Her husband, Alaeddin Hadid, insists his wife is innocent [of course she is] and says that the Orland Park police are "really going to be in big trouble." [Is that a threat?] He is already planning to sue. [Go for it.]

It is against their religion for his wife to show her face and he says, "we do not do this in our culture." I've called B.S. on this time and time again. There are slews of devout and religious women on this side of the world, where that religion is practiced almost exclusively, and they do not have covered faces. Princess Ameera Al-Taweel does not wear a head covering OR cover her face. Neither does Queen Rania of Jordan. Does this make them less religious? No. I don't think so. Of course both Princess Ameera and Queen Rania are stunningly beautiful so maybe only the ones that aren't must be covered [that would explain a lot]. Covering your head and face is a choice and it is NOT required as far as I can tell.

I did not know that state identification allows for women to be covered up. That is just wrong. How do you identify them if they are covered? According to Dr. Mohammed Sahloul, "Muslim women are allowed to wear hijabs in photos for their state IDs. If it's for the purposes of identification and they cover in public, then that's going to be more effective in identifying them anyway." What? Are you serious?!? You can't be. [Put the hubbly-bubbly pipe down.] You're saying that it is easier to identify someone who is covered up than not? Oh. My. Gosh. Give the taqqiya a break. Pluheeze! He doesn't "condone what she's alleged to have done... But if it was a nun accused of these crimes, would they treat her the same way?" Someone find me ONE example of a nun beating a two-year-old child to death. Just one. And then use that for comparison. Until you can find that ONE example, leave every other religious figure out of your argument. And, for the record, the answer to your question Dr. Sahloul, is yes.

But that the outrage from the Hadid family is over the wife's mug-shot and NOT over the fact that a two-year-old child was beaten to death is just wrong. There were a lot more comments on the article at the site yesterday. More than half of them have now been removed. I only skipped through them - and didn't see anything all that abusive - but someone is obviously monitoring each and every one of them and reporting them as abusive whether they are or not - because half of them have been removed. No matter. It is still wrong. That a two-year-old child is dead at the hands of an abusive relative. The child has already been buried.


  1. All this sounds like a diversionary tactic to draw the focus from the actual crime. I wonder where the outrage would have been directed if she had murdered a nephew instead of a niece. Living where we do, we both know the value of being female. None.

  2. "...diversionary tactic..." One hundred percent, Linda!

  3. Sad. But even sadder is that all these hardline Islamists, who want to go to heaven at the instant of death, have encompassed the whole moral, social, practical and mental setup of Islam in a very short list of physical practices. Beard? check. Hijab? check. Short pants? check. Lots of moral stories and quotes? check. Done! Muslim status achieved. they forget about the philosophy, the requirement, the actual aim behind these practices.

    *sigh* how do you feel when something you know, love and appreciate is trodden and destroyed in the hands of people with the average IQ of that of a sock!


  4. Very good points, farkknight. Had a similar discussion this weekend with someone who happened to be a muslim. There was alcohol involved. I told him I thought he was feeding me a load of taqquiya [sp?] and he tried to tell me he had never heard of the word. Yeah. Right.

  5. GMTA on this one, Miss Sabra.

    It just blew my mind when I read that the husband was more upset about the mugshot than the dead child. And Linda makes a very important point - he'd probably be more upset about the dead niece if the dead niece was a dead nephew.

    And I looked for a nun example and found, well - NONE.

    It sounds like your Muslim discussion took place with a MINO...

    Muslim In Name Only.

  6. I was under the impression that even Saudi women have to show their faces for passports.


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