Saudi Preacher Who Tortured 5-Year-Old to Death Freed for Blood Money

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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The Point has covered the sick story of Fayhan al-Ghamdi, a Saudi TV clerics who murdered his daughter, before and it’s horrifying even by Saudi standards.

Sheikh Fayhan al-Ghamdi, an Islamic television preacher in Saudi Arabia, beat Lama, his 5-year-old daughter to death during a custodial visit. Saudi police had found the 5-year-old wandering the streets, she was taken to the hospital and placed in intensive care.

The side of her head had been mashed in, her back was broken, she had a skull fracture, bleeding in the head, a broken left hand, bruises all over her body, and burns that apparently came from an iron. One of her fingernails had been pulled out. There were signs that she had been sexually assaulted in various ways that are too horrific to describe, but that are in serial killer territory.

But then Saudi justice stepped in.

 A Saudi preacher accused of raping, torturing and killing his five-year-old daughter, has reportedly been released from custody after agreeing to pay “blood money”.

Fayhan al-Ghamdi was sentenced to eight years in prison and 800 lashes in 2013.

Al-Ghamdi served only a few months in jail before a judge ruled the prosecution could only seek blood money.

The money is considered compensation under Islamic law, although it is only half the amount that would have been paid if Lama had been a boy.

Despite the fact Saudi Arabia hands out sentences of capital punishment, fathers cannot be executed for murdering their children in the country, Women to Drive said.

More specifically under Islamic law, fathers don’t get punished for killing their children…

It was narrated that the Prophet (Mohammed) said, “No father should be killed (executed) for killing his son.” (At-Tirmidhi)

Or alternatively.

Do not kill him that killed his son, but kill the mother to kill her and her son. (Ibn Qudamah)

….but mothers do.

  • Jakareh

    Islamic countries are savage. This story settles the issue beyond a shadow of a doubt.

  • MarilynA

    Coming to America soon as our dim witted leaders continue to Islamize this country by taking in refugees from war torn Islamic countries where Islamists are responsible for the unrest. Our country must have a death wish to keep electing these anti American misogynists who keep on importing more and more of these deranged religious fanatics.

  • UCSPanther

    The only way that this demon can pay for his crimes, is to have his blood spilled.

    • A Z

      Just think what happens when Fayhan al-Ghamdi reaches the Pearly gates and is let in …

      only to see his daughter at God’s feet standing up, pointing to her father and saying “That’s him; that’s the perpetrator.”.

      At that court you cannot pay blood money.

      • UCSPanther

        Nor can you lie or use your status to escape justice.

        • A Z

          :)

      • Dyer’s Eve

        Agreed! Well said.

  • A Z

    I wonder what Fayhan al-Ghamdi’s audinece share was? I would like to compare it to an American TV preacher.

    Of course Jim Bakker of PTL (Pass the Loot) fame committed adultery, but that is nothing compared to this.

    I can’t imagine what Fayhan al-Ghamdi’s thought when she was wandering the streets. I am surprised she was able to walk with a broken back.

    Fayhan al-Ghamdi had to have pushed his daughter out into the street after abusing her. He must have been thinking someone else would kidnap her and finish the job.

    Maybe a regular reader, who has a M.S. in Islamic studies can enlighten us.