Luke 18:16 (KJV) But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

I suppose Muslim cleric Fayhan al-Ghamdi considers himself justified in the sight of Allah by his recent actions. According to news reports, the Saudi cleric’s five-year-old daughter was repeatedly raped and tortured (news reports do not say by whom), resulting in her back being broken. The cleric, a popular and regular preacher on Saudi TV, had his daughter’s virginity checked by a Saudi medic. Upon finding it gone missing, he inflicted his version of justice upon her: he caned her and burnt her prior wounds using cables (electric?) until she passed away much like her virginity had.

Saudi Cleric - pays $50,000 fine for murder!

Saudi Cleric – pays $50,000 fine for murder!

In cases of homicide and certain types of personal injury, Islamic justice favors the payment of “blood money” (“diyyah“) to the victim’s nearest relative rather than retribution.1 It seems that Allah’s intent for mercy is more clearly revealed in a financial payment to the victim’s relatives rather than an enduring a jail sentence for the guilty (or even the death penalty; as I recall, the hands of thieves are cut-off in Saudi Arabia. Any ideas what might be cut-off in this case for justice to prevail?) The Islamic judge determined $50,000 was sufficient compensation for the life of the innocent five-year old girl. Only one problem: sharia law required the payment to the victim’s closest relative, in this case the child’s mother.  I wonder how that will play out before Allah on judgment day?  The guilty father pays $50,000 to his wife for killing their daughter? Where is the justice in that?

saudi.cleric.daugherThe Qur’an puts it this way:

“We grant the Home in the Hereafter to those who do not seek superiority on earth or spread corruption: the happy ending is awarded to those who are mindful of God. Quran 28:83 (Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem).

How can any person consider the judge’s sentence as just? How can any person consider Islamic law as just when a five-year old child is brutally raped till her back is broken, and then she endures death at the hands of her daddy because she dishonored him when her virginity went missing? Any law (“religion” or otherwise) that “rights a wrong” by a payment of $50,000 by a father/husband to the mother/wife of the victim daughter is simply a darkness so deep that it has blinded the minds of its adherents to truth. The day will come when daddy will face the One True God, and the reward given will be quite different from the Qur’anic “happy ending awarded to those who are mindful of [Allah].” (Quran 28:83).

I find but one New Testament passage relevant to understanding such a darkness:

2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 (NASB) 11  For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.

I will take Jesus’ version of what is mindful to God, not the Qur’an’s. In Jesus’ words, Heaven belongs to children — not the other way around.

  1.  “Diyyah.” In The Oxford Dictionary of Islam.   Ed. John L. Esposito. Oxford Islamic Studies Online. []