Sara Ege has been jailed for life following the shocking murderous brutality she showed towards her son Yaseen (pictured) who struggled to memorise and learn the Quran.
Ege not only treated Yaseen "like a dog" but also after years of violence and beatings towards little Yaseen she burned his body in order to hide the grissly crime. How callous and evil she must be.
Words almost fail me when trying to imagine what Yaseen must have felt as he endured years of horrific abuse. However, while it is easy to point fingers towards yet another failed dysfunctional arranged marriage, the absence of yet another Mini Cab Father or local community a few other further thoughts crossed my mind.
Sara Ege herself was apparently fairly fluent in reciting the Quran which perfectly illustrates how learning to recite the Quran is not sufficient unless you have understood it's beautiful meaning and practise what is says, like for example the Prohibition on killing innocent people. The Quran is very clear it is a great sin to kill an innocent person any anyone who does will suffer great torment in the hereafter.
Up and down the country as little boys and girls are packed off to very unsuitable Mosques here and here to memorise rather than memorise and understand the meaning of the Quran, LM does worry for many of our children. How often have you seen a poor reluctant nervous little kid hauled before the entire family by his pushy parents in order to recite. Reciting for Allah swt is one thing reciting for Pushy Parents to gleam as they proudly parade their trophy kids in front of the family is unacceptable in my mind until the children are more mature or in their Teens.
Moreover, the growing use of what LM terms the Jinn Defence is also increasingly worrying. Ege claimed she was possessed by evil spirits which seems to be a growing trend for people in the Sub Continent notably Pakistani's when in reality they are either mentally sick or severely depressed. Take a look at Catrin Nye's BBC report report which highlights the problem.
Today we should remember and pray for Yaseen but also ask ourselves some troubling questions about child abuse, sexual abuse and "honour crimes" within elements of our community. Inna lilaahi Wa inna ilayhi Raajioon.