Somali girl tortured, murdered by her family for leaving Islam

Posted by Robert on December 5, 2010 5:34 AM

More Misunderstanders of Islam fail to realize what Islamic apologists in the West always tell us: that Islam has no death penalty for apostasy, and forbids honor killing.

“Somali Teenage Girl Shot to Death for Embracing Christ,” from [1] Compass Direct News, December 3 (thanks to all who sent this in):

NAIROBI, Kenya, December 3 (CDN) — A 17-year-old girl in Somalia who converted to Christianity from Islam was shot to death last week in an apparent “honor killing,” area sources said.

Nurta Mohamed Farah, who had fled her village of Bardher, Gedo Region to Galgadud Region to live with relatives after her parents tortured her for leaving Islam, died on Nov. 25. Area sources said they strongly suspected that the two unidentified men in Galgadud Region who shot her in the chest and head with a pistol were relatives or acting on their behest.

“Reports reached the relatives in Galgadud that Nurta Farah had converted to Christianity,” one source said. “The suspicion that the family is responsible is a solid one. The sister was killed in Abudwaq, a district in Galgadud Region, and the place where the incident took place is about 200 meters from where the sister was staying with relatives.”

Relatives buried Farah, sources said. Her parents had severely beaten her for leaving Islam and regularly shackled her to a tree at their home, Christian sources said. She had been confined to her home in Gedo region in southern Somalia since May 10, when her family found out that she had embraced Christianity, said a Christian leader who visited the area (see “Family of 17-Year-Old Somali Girl Abuses Her for Leaving Islam,” June 15).

Her parents also took her to a doctor who prescribed medication for a “mental illness,” he said. Alarmed by her determination to keep her faith, her father, Hassan Kafi Ilmi, and mother, Hawo Godane Haf, decided she had gone crazy and forced her to take the prescribed medication, but it had no effect in swaying her from her faith, the source said.

The idea that someone who leaves Islam is mentally ill is very common among Muslims, who generally take the truth of Islam as so obvious that they believe that anyone who denies it is either evil and perverse (and usually motivated by a desire for fame or wealth or both), or insane. Thus Rifqa Bary, the girl who fled her Ohio home in fear for her life after her father discovered her conversion to Christianity, worried that if she were returned to her home her parents might take her back to their native Sri Lanka and commit her to an asylum. Other converts have reported being given medications in order to render them more docile and open to suggestion.

Traditionally, he added, many Somalis believe the Quran cures the sick, especially the mentally ill, so the Islamic scripture was recited to her twice a week.

She had declined her family’s offer of forgiveness in exchange for renouncing Christianity, the source said. The confinement began after the medication and punishments failed.

Area Christians had reported that Farah was shackled to a tree by day and put in a small, dark room at night….

This is in accord with Islamic law for female apostates: that they be isolated and confined until they return to Islam.

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