Honor Horror Trial Opens in Canada

“May the devil s**t on their graves.”
– Mohammad Shafia

These charming words, picked up by a police wiretap, were Mohammad Shafia’s ghoulish reaction almost three weeks after the murder of his three daughters and first wife, whose deaths he is accused of orchestrating. Daughters Zanaib, 19, Sahar, 17, Geeti, 13, by all appearances beautiful and vibrant teenagers, filled with life, and first wife Rona Mohammad, were found dead in a family vehicle in a canal near Kingston, Ontario, in June 2009. Authorities gave drowning as the cause of death.

An unrepentant Shafia, an immigrant from Afghanistan, appeared in court last week in Kingston to answer for this barbaric loss of human life. He is facing four charges of first degree murder along with his second wife, Tooba, the mother of all the family’s seven children, and oldest son Hamid, who was 18 at the time of the killings. The three have pleaded not guilty to the charges, setting the stage for the most sensational honor murder trial Canada has ever witnessed, particularly because of the number of victims involved.

Canadians woke up to the horror of the honor murder phenomenon, in which some immigrant families, particularly those from Islamic countries, kill primarily female members “to restore family honor,” when teenager Aqsa Parvez, 16, was murdered in a city near Toronto in 2007. Parvez’s Pakistani father and older brother were responsible for her death, her brother having strangled her.

Unlike Mohammad Shafia, however, Parvez’s father called the police right after her execution and said he had just killed his daughter. He and his son eventually pleaded guilty to second degree murder.

It is believed Mohammad Shafia, a prosperous businessman who owns a shopping mall, killed his daughters for the same reason that Aqsa Parvez’s father murdered her: They were living too Western a lifestyle. Shafia’s daughters would wear Western-style clothing, have boyfriends, disrespect traditions such as the hijab, and be defiant of his authority. They also apparently suffered the same mistreatment at their father’s hands that Aqsa Parvez did for behaving so. One daughter was even kept out of school for a whole year when it was discovered she had a boyfriend. Shafia, however, was apparently particularly hostile to the friendship and alliance the three had formed with the childless Rona, which was probably the reason she was also killed in this mass honor murder.

“They committed treason on themselves. They betrayed humankind. They betrayed Islam. They betrayed our religion…they betrayed everything,” Shafia told Tooba, the murdered children’s mother.

To show perhaps he isn’t completely unfeeling, Shafia also told his second wife he becomes “consoled” over his daughters’ deaths whenever he views the cell phone photos Zainab and Sahar took of themselves, posing in their underwear or with boyfriends.

“I say to myself, ‘You did well.’ Were they come to life, I would do it again,” the wiretap recorded him saying.

Shafia arrived with his family in Canada in 2007 and settled in Montreal after leaving Afghanistan in 1992 and spending several years in other countries. He married second wife Tooba after his first wife didn’t bear him any children. Rona Mohammad was brought to Canada on a visa six months later; the girls presented her as their aunt. After her death, police found Rona’s diary, in which she described her husband’s beatings and the cruelty and mistreatment she suffered at the hands of his child-bearing, second wife.

“You’re not his wife. You’re my servant. Your family got rid of you. Who would want a dead weight around its neck? Your life is in my hands,” Tooba had prophetically told her predecessor. Tooba is known to Canadians for the photos that appeared in the media, showing her weeping copious tears over her daughters’ deaths after the discovery of their bodies. Police, however, believe she was involved in their murders all along.

The Shafia family is typical of some immigrant families from Third World countries with strict religious cultures. They arrive in the West but never actually live here. They want to take economically from their new environment but still want to live their lives by the laws, rules, customs and values of their country of origin. They want to adopt nothing in this respect from their new society, believing in some cases their new country’s culture inferior to their own and that it even poses a threat. For them, integration is simply out of the question and no attempt is ever made, choosing self-segregation from the host society instead.

But problems often arise when their children attend school and encounter values that contradict those of the family’s, especially if a strict religious, patriarchal culture reigns at home. Girls face heavy restrictions in such homes, particularly in Muslim ones, and therefore can be especially affected by a school environment where equality between the genders is stressed, and they notice female classmates from other cultures enjoying unheard of freedoms. Wanting to fit in with the others and enjoy life, these girls then rebel against their restrictive home environments, but sometimes with deadly consequences.

Such was the case of the Shafia sisters. But the surprising thing about this tragedy, as was pointed out in one Canadian newspaper, was that the evidence the prosecutor presented in court last week showed how open the girls’ rebellion was. It was no secret. Child welfare authorities had twice been called by Sahar’s schools. The social worker found one of her complaints true, “…but closed the file when Sahar wouldn’t talk to her once she learned that the worker would be obliged to tell her parents what she’d told her.” Another time the girls were too afraid to go home and had a stranger call 9/11. The youngest Shafia sister, Geeti, had asked to be placed in a foster home, and Zainab had even once run away to a women’s shelter.

Part of the failure of the police and social workers to prevent this tragedy was simply ignorance of the misogynistic, religious-based culture in which the Shafia girls lived. In this culture, men believe they have the right to control women, especially their chastity, which, to them, is of the highest importance. If a young woman wishes to determine her own life, which includes sexual behavior, and satisfy her freedom drive, she often must cut off all connections with her family or risk an honor murder. There is no concept of the Western precept of individuality, and a person, especially a woman, is not allowed to establish an identity outside the family, or clan. In such cultures, there are also usually no rights or laws for women, only custom.

And the men who commit these heinous acts have no fear of the host country’s laws. Before killing his daughters, Shafia was researching on the Internet about whether prisoners can have control of their real estate assets.

It was not revealed how the police believe the Shafia sisters and their father’s first wife died that day. The murder victims were reported to have had marks on their heads. Their brother may have pushed their vehicle into the canal with his car. The family was returning in the two vehicles to Montreal from a surprise trip to Niagara Falls that may have been a ruse to get the sisters to the possibly pre-planned murder location. The vehicle used as the women’s coffin was also purchased only six days before the trip.

Further details from the murder trial of the Shafia sisters and Rona Mohammad will only reinforce the belief there is an anti-civilization growing in the West, in which humanistic Western values are coming under siege. Honor murders have now occurred in nearly every Western state. This barbaric “New World” is a threat to liberal societies and democracies, of which honor murders are one of its more horrifying manifestations. The tragedy of the Shafia sisters and Rona Mohammad attest to that.

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To get the whole story on the Left’s deafening silence about Islamic honor killings, read Jamie Glazov’s book, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror.

  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    Mo-o-o-oslems came just to take economical advantages and not to assimilate?…

    – Shocking!

    Not all religious and cultural identities are equal!??

    – Unheard of!

    Well… Why was immigration of moslems even on the table, you idiots!? Didn't you know that islam had been no part of your national identity? Then why are they here in the first place?

    (What a bigotry! We all are such a nice global village… UNited we stand!.. ;-)

    • Muslim Girl

      It is not Muslims who are bad it is how Muslim people interpret Islam. The only person to judge anybody doing right or wrong is god. As a human and Muslim cannot defy what someone is doing wrong. This Muslim family took religion in their own hand and made decisions. In Islam u r told what to do but if u don’t do it you get sins but god say pray for forgiveness and u will be forgivenes.

  • waterwillows

    It seems to me that so called 'honor' killings come in mighty handy when a man wishes to unburden himself permanently of any financial obligations.
    Or if the chief object of his financial gain, his to be sold daughter, ceases to be of a profit; why then the most practical thing to do is murder her and be done with it.

    We shall see if western criminal savvy is up to par. Or will the western justice be something of a sham for the sake of ''honor'' murder.

  • taxpayer

    Marching into the 7th century.

  • kafir4life

    Was this mohamat of the same faith and stock as the inventor of the gutter cult of islam (of the same name) and shatter of the terror guide, the koran? If so, then his actions make perfect sense. And actually, when you think about it, any muslim willing to kill his daughter and prevent them from spitting out any more moon god worshippers from that stanky thang should be thanked.

  • Herry69

    throw these ignorant pieces of s— in front of a firing squad. they don't deserve an existanc.

  • aspacia

    Funny how the FP trolls almost never post on these issues.

    • pagegl

      The leftists trolls just consider these actions to be retroactive abortion. ;-)

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      It’s funny that I don’t condone cruelty either by Jews or by Muslims? Very funny. You are laughing at the expense of dead children.

      • No Dhimmi Tool

        Nice straw man. I'm sure no one here condones cruelty by Jews either. I've never read any article on this website that does so. Nor is anyone "laughing at the expense of dead children."

        These are hysterics, not arguments.

        EPIC FAIL.

  • kafirman

    "But problems often arise when … a strict religious, patriarchal culture reigns at home."

    When is FPM going to wake up and see that the problem is not "religion" or "patriarchy," but Islam? Patriarchy, as Steven Goldberg argued decades ago, is "inevitable." Further, religion is inescapable. One can either be a Christian (like the founding fathers), or a functional atheist (like David Horowitz and perhaps Steven Brown). But good luck with those "unalienable rights" if you're of the latter religious persuasion.

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    • stern

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    • Western Canadian

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  • Cynic

    “They were living too Western a lifestyle.”

    This is just incredulous because these “immigrants” have always been portrayed as seeking the freedom and liberty that the West offers.

    Can’t be right with all the multiculti gobbledygook citizens have been forced to swallow under the PC stick.

    Nah, the guy must be a plain psychopath.

    Maybe now some will start re-evaluating the reason for all these Muslim immigrants in the West.

    • tanstaafl

      Little difference between a psychopath and a Muslim.

  • BS77

    isn't the PC multicult diversity agenda wonderful, wonderful ,wonderful???? We have allowed the Trojan Horse into our gates and now are moaning over 9/11 and cases like this. Look at the catastrophe England has permitted . Read Brigitte Gabriel's books……she tells it like it is. Read Pam Geller's latest book . Read Melanie Phillips Londonistan. Wake up and smell the coffee!!!!

  • Barbc

    The death penalty needs to be reinstated. This is willful disregard for human life. No man is better than his wife and daughters.

  • StephenD

    “Part of the failure of the police and social workers to prevent this tragedy was simply ignorance of the misogynistic, religious-based culture in which the Shafia girls lived. In this culture….”
    Not to worry in the US folks. The Obama Administration has seen to it that this can never happen here. At least, you will never be able to call it what it is and ipso facto, it never happened! When it becomes wrong for Law Enforcement to even learn of such things (That MAY cast a bad light on Islam), then by all accounts this stuff just can’t happen. Don’t you feel better now? I want to thank CAIR for their concern and respect for the equal treatment and peace the young victims, er, I mean, misguided children in Canada had and the hope it brings to me knowing CAIR and the current Administration would be in the front of the fight to keep any knowledge, I mean, any repeat of this from happening in America.

  • crypticguise

    IslamoFascist Pigs will continue to carry out the tenets of Islam because they are 7th Century barbarians in the 21st Century. It's unfortunate that Canada doesn't have a death penalty.

  • JJ

    Everywhere I look in my city and town I see hijab after hijab. Now I know why.

  • "gunner"

    …and may a thousand pigs p**s on the graves of mohammad shafia and his fathers and grandfathers back unto the tenth generation.

  • Ghostwriter

    What a lowlife! It's a shame they don't have the death penalty in Canada. To me,a trip to the electric chair would do wonders for Shafia,his wife and son.

  • janice

    send them back where they came from ,when peopel come to canada no criminal record now that he has one send him back to afganistan.Murder is unjustifiable. If he didn't want to adopt canadas ways but obviously our real estate then don't come over from your country and be thankful to be you and western as well.What about the lives he took ,no remorse.

  • Bukkdems

    You can thank Sen. Ted Kennedy for changing our immigration laws to promote diversity and save those who face "persecution" instead of technical skill, european descent and money to invest.
    60 years of reverse and perverse eugenics , what do we expect?

  • Charles

    This brutality is so shocking, it is beyond my ability to express the sadness I feel.
    God damn them all to Hell.
    The West is drinking poison, we need to puke it out and close the door and seal every crack to keep this evil out.

  • Arianne

    Okay guys, this has nothing to do with Islam. The majority of murders in Canada are done by White Canadian Males. I am an Afghan as well, everyone in my family finds this story disgusting as well. This man was mentally ill and a deranged individual. Since the dawn of time, people have been killing each other, and twist religion or culture in order to justify their perverted means. The killings in Norway were done by a christian fanatic, Hitler was christian as well, the communists were atheists who killed millions as well. In all religions and cultures, you have the good, the bad, and the downright evil.

    • Guest

      You are trying to deceive. Must be a muslim. Most all murders in the centres like Toronto are done by black caribbeans. But this murder was not done by a deranged man. It was done by a piece of scum muslim following his "religion". Islam was his guiding force. You say that in religions you can have bad and good. I think islam holds only the evil. Islam has to be eiminated from the west and permanently confined and even rolled back from places they have conquered. Conquer them back and force their conversion to anything but islam. The war with islam is coming, but we need to get rid of those in our midst.

      • Western Canadian

        Hitler was not a christian, you ignorant moron. He mouthed a few comments in public to mislead, until he was in power, then, christianity was under attack, big time. Christmas banned from the public square? Happened in hitler’s germany. Military men attending religious services, out of uniform, on their own time? Prohibited. The ideal was to have been the bible and cross removed from all german ‘churches’, to be replaced by a sword and a copy of mein kamph. Which should remind you of an islamic shrine… sword and the cursed koran.

        And the murders committed in Norway were NOT committed by a christian. The loon involved repudiated christian belief, while wanting to maintain the culture it created (as opposed to the inhuman sewers created by islam). He actually even considered co-operation with islamists, as a means of advancing his own weird plans.

        You should be ashamed of your ignorance, and your willingness to smear christians.
        As for murders commited in canada, the majority of the population is white, while the proportion of murders commited by white canadians, is quite low. Oriental and caribbean gangs, native gangs….. ugly and sad situation, pity they don’t adopt the ethics of the ‘white’ christian majority.

  • Oleg

    It was my understanding that Mohamad Shafia and his family came from Pakistan, but that is immaterial. According to police testimony the three daughters and the wife drowned, although they could not say where they drowned, none the less drowning was the cause of death.
    Not that I am excluding Islams potential role in this but religion seems a little too convenient of a cover for what amounts to four counts of pre meditated murder. It's very common in Canada to pull either the cultural/religious tradition or I was an abused child plea when accused of heinous acts, almost every murderer thinks he was justified in killing his victim/s. In my opinion this was carried out for financial reasons and the religious/cultural tradition is once again cited as the excuse for despicable behavior, he didn't want daughters, he didn't want a barren wife, and they were in his way to bigger and better things.

  • Oleg

    There was a Chechen immigrant in Calgary that killed her daughter in a so called honor killing, but she got of with the "I'm a refugee and suffered a traumatic experience" plea. The real problem is bleeding heart liberal judges and the religion of multiculturalism that they all believe in. Hopefully this reprobate Shafia and his accomplices don't get off so easily and end up on the inside of the Kingston pen.

  • Disturbed reader

    I can not believe the comments I’m reading. I can not believe they’re not being moderated either. Everyone here blaming the murders on Islam is seriously messed up. If this was a non-muslim family no one would even bring religion up. I hear of many cases of non-muslim and non-immigrant parents killing their young in North America.

    Goodnesss sakes people. Stop with the hate already. Or we’ll end up with plenty of non-muslim terrorists trying to kill innocent muslims. Why do you even think 9/11 happened? Because people convinced themselves that America was evil and needed to attacked just like you’re convincing yourself that Islam and muslims are evil and need to be “dealt with.”

    You’re nearly as bad as the 9/11 terrorists, who frankly killed men, women, children, christians, muslims, jews, people of non-Abrahamic religions atheists, immigrants and non immigrants alike. They didn’t care who they killed. They’re hate started where your hate is and look at what it got them.

    What the Shafia murderers did was horrendous and as a Canadian, I hope they rot in jail for the rest of their lives. Be angry at them and the people like them, not the million other muslims out there who are as appalled by this story as you and I.

    God, I hate bigots (not enough to physically hurt them mind you.I’m not crazy like some of you)and wish they would get some sense knocked into them.

    • R yates

      Disturbed reader I see your points and am happy to see someone sees beyond these murders being fully a result of being muslim. These devils could have been any religion, they just happened to be muslim. I believe that the lack of comments from other muslims condeming these murders say a lot more bad than good for them as a religion! The lack of condemnation by their own only adds to the mistrust and contempt for honor killings and the east's hatred of the west's way of life. You have a choice either adapt or get the hell out of Canada period!

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  • Shamaas

    Why don't all these big boys posting statements about muslims being animals and putting them in front of a firing crowd grow some b**ls and say what they are saying in a public debate? You pathetic, ignorant pieces of s**T it is you who belongs in the seventh century. get used to it, your heady, euphoric jim crow days are over. There is no white christian supremacy anymore. In your own lifetime christians will outnumbered by muslims in the world. So learn to live in peace with them. Accpet it. There is NOTHING you can do about it except sip that coke, scratch that acned face and post your pathetic b.s.

  • shamaas

    If this man represents all muslims I will assume that all christians are represented by the catholic witch hunters who killed 5 million women across europe in the 14th century. Or perhaps all americans are represented by the soldiers at abu ghraib or the marines pissing on corpses. If you turn it into a numbers game, muslims don't come anywhere near in the amount of barbarity, inhumanity and murder that christians have committed and continue to do. Cut out your childish b.s. and see reality for what it is, not what your prejudiced father and ancestors taught you otherwise you are NO better than this daughter-killing neanderthal.

  • jacob

    RELIGION ???

    As SAMUEL GOLDWYN would have said :


    Our State Dept. has been giving out visas like going out of style to these animals…

    And did you know that the US Consulates in ISRAEL are practically staffed with ARABS ????

    Ask HILLARY and watch what does she have to say about, as ALL US govmts kept
    on brownnosing the ARABS with the issue of refusing to open the US Embassy in
    its building in Jerusalem or the idiocy of refusing to state ISRAEL in the passports of American babies born in Jerusalem, ISRAEL…..

  • Raymond in DC

    If you're referring to the US Consulate in eastern Jerusalem, everyone knows that serves as the de facto embassy to "Palestine". If you were to ask the staff, they'd insist they're not in Israel. If you check its website ( http://jerusalem.usconsulate.gov ) you'll see it's available in English and Arabic, but not Hebrew. And note this curious line from the site's "History" page:

    "The mission was designated a Consulate General in 1928. It now represents the United States in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip as an independent mission"

    Note there is no mention of Israel. The US representative to Israel is in Tel Aviv.

  • johnnywoods

    Surprise, surprise! We (but not me) elected Barack al-Obama as President so why is any of this B.S. shocking to anyone?

  • kafirman

    I'm not eliminating anybody. Quite the opposite. My interest is in coherency, as in "a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand."

    Check out http://www.firstthings.com/article/2007/01/the-fa… to understand the epistemological foundations of our founding.

    If Jefferson was a Deist, it was for a brief stint and not when he he was writing The Declaration of Independence.