Are there really any “right” Muslims to mess with? We are talking about a religion where killing your own daughters and sisters is a thing and whose acolytes chant, “We love death, while you love life”.
Until proven otherwise, it should be assumed that every Muslim is the wrong Muslim. And that goes double for immigration.
Six siblings from a “traditional Asian Muslim family” in Lancashire have been jailed after attempting to kidnap the white lesbian lover of one of their sisters, threatening to kill her because she had “messed with the wrong Muslims”.
“This case is about power and control,” Judge Graham Knowles, QC, told the family at Preston crown court on Friday. “It’s about striking terror into the heart, in order to control not just the body but also the will.”
At least somebody finally gets Islam.
Unhappy that Nazma, now 28, was in a same sex relationship – and with a white non-Muslim woman – six of Nazma’s siblings plotted to break up the relationship. They claimed a teacher at a mosque had told them to “take action now or it might be too late” and had given permission “to be violent”, the court heard.
I’m sure we don’t need to look any further into this mosque thing. And conveniently, we aren’t.
The family wanted Nazma to enter into an arranged marriage with a cousin or another man, and discussed putting her on a plane to Pakistan, the judge noted.
I’m sure that would have worked out fatally.
Three of Nazma’s sisters, one wearing a full face veil, were caught on CCTV kicking and punching Harrison, 35, after she finished work at USC Clothing in Blackburn town centre on 20 June last year.
They were shown dragging her to the floor by her hair and snatching her handbag, before rifling through it to take out Nazma’s passport and other things belonging to her. Beforehand, text messages exchanged between the siblings referred to “battering that bitch”. One, sent by Nayyar Mehmood, 36, the second oldest sibling, urged her siblings to attack Harrison and warned them: “A kaffir [non-believer] is taking over.” Another message referred to Harrison as a “honkey”, offensive slang for a white person.
Racism and Infideolophobia.
CCTV shown to the court showed sisters Nighat Morris, 39, the eldest child in the family, along with Atfah Ditta, 32, and Ghazala Ditta, 31, trying and failing to bundle Harrison into the back of a car before driving away. All three were sentenced to five years and four months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit actual bodily harm, attempted kidnap and robbery.
They were guarded during the attack by Tahmoor Ditta, 26, one of Nazma’s brothers. He had a bradawl “clenched in his fist with the spike poking out between his fingers” which he used to try to scare off one of Harrisons’s colleagues, who tried to intervene in the attack. He received a six-year sentence for conspiracy to commit actual bodily harm, attempted kidnap, robbery, possession of an offensive weapon and battery.
Both Harrison and her colleague told police Ghazala shouted: “Get her in, get her in, you’ve messed with the wrong Muslims, we’re going to kill you.”
Are there any “right” Muslims that don’t support this kind of action?
After the sentencing, gay rights activist Peter Tatchell said: “We regularly get reports from lesbian and gay muslim people who say they have been threatened, intimidated or beaten up by family members who disapprove of their sexuality.
“It is a minority problem but it is very worrying that the victims are so fearful that they don’t seek prosecution.
“It would be really helpful if muslim organisations and mosques spoke out and spoke out more frequently against all honour based violence, including that which targets lesbian, gay and transgender muslims.”
And then maybe Pakistan can have a gay pride parade in Karachi.