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Muslim Scholar Abhors Somalia’s Veil Murder

Published: 02/08/2014 03:47:46 PM GMT
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CAIRO – A Muslim scholar has deplored news about a presumed murder of a Muslim woman in the Somali town of Hosingow by gunmen claimed to belong to Al-Shabaab group for not wearing Islamic veil, adding that Islam never set death as punishment for not wearing hijab. “The killing of this lady is condemned as wrong and not Islamic,” Dr. Wa...(more)

CAIRO – A Muslim scholar has deplored news about a presumed murder of a Muslim woman in the Somali town of Hosingow by gunmen claimed to belong to Al-Shabaab group for not wearing Islamic veil, adding that Islam never set death as punishment for not wearing hijab.

“The killing of this lady is condemned as wrong and not Islamic,” Dr. Wael Shihab, who has a PhD in Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar University, told OnIslam.net, adding that it is not confirmed yet if the Shabaab organization is responsible for this action or not.

“While wearing Hijab is an Islamic obligation that Muslim women should commit to in submission to Allah's command for Muslim females that they "should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms…" (An-Nur 24:31), yet Islam never set death sentence as a punishment for not wearing Hijab in public.”

News report by the BBC said that Ruqiya Farah Yarow was killed outside her hut near the southern Somali town of Hosingow by gunmen belonging to the al-Shabaab group.

According to her relatives, the militants had ordered her to put on a veil, and then killed her after returning and finding she was still not wearing one.

An al-Shabaab spokesman denied the group had killed the woman, adding that they do not fully control the area where she was living.

Relatives, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals, told the BBC that Yarow was shot twice to be killed at once at about 07:30 (04:30 GMT).

Dr. Shehab noted that, “enforcing legal punishment is not left for individuals as this would lead to chaos. It is the state that is responsible for enforcing sanctions after a case receives just trial before court.”

He added that changing such wrong behavior “cannot be conducted by killing women; rather it is done through wise and gentle communication and raising awareness in a manner that wins over hearts and minds and motivates people to do what is correct.”

Shabaab militant group has been launching deadly attacks against the Somali government over the past four years.

The attacks have killed hundreds of civilians and displaced thousands.

Declaring its affiliation to Al-Qaeda in 2010, Shabaab announced struggle against neighboring countries. In a fatwa issued in September 2013, Somali religious scholars condemned al-Shabaab's use of violence, saying the group had no place in Islam.

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