There was a time, when the same people who tortured dragged, beaten to bleeding, thrown stone, put her helpless body under the car and then burned to death would bring on their knees whoever would dear to harass a woman in Afghanistan. They themselves, harassed, humiliated, tortured, and burned her alive to death in the harshest possible manner. They used their wildest terms of torture against this innocent woman. It rewrote the history of Afghan women and painted their green flag with the blood of an innocent woman that bended it down to the ground forever. The world at large condemned the brutal attack and laughed to the whole people over their wildest persecution of a helpless woman who was steeped in blood screaming for help and justice but the extremist group of so-called human-beings dragged her, put her under the car and, corded around her feet and burned her to death.

As a Muslim man from Afghanistan, I strongly condemn the gross and brutal persecution of Farkhunda and other violations of international human rights law in my country that we see on Facebook, twitters on daily basis. I also affirm my unqualified endorsement of the essential premise of the vitally important work of all human or generations around the country standing for justice for Farkhunda that international human rights standards are valid and applicable even in Afghanistan as the legal entitlement of every human being, without discrimination on such grounds as gender or religion. With their peaceful demonstration around the country, they proved that there is still exist human values and that they cannot tolerate such barbaric persecution against their sisters, mothers and wives to be humiliated and tortured in that brutal manner.

What is happening in Afghanistan today clearly shows that it is not enough for Muslims to simply associate themselves with the principled and highly valuable efforts of people sitting under the rain asking for justice and human rights to be protected. Challenging the law enforcement agencies to protect their citizens from such brutal and wild group of so-called human and persecute the culprits. In being proactive in making our contributions to such efforts, Muslims everywhere must equally vehemently challenge and rebut any alleged Islamic justification for any violations of human rights and humanitarian law. Muslims and their governments must strongly condemn human rights violations wherever they occur and whoever commits them, and not only when speaking out is convenient or politically expedient. This is particularly important, when violations are committed in the name of some Islam in such a brutal manner, the first voices for justice must be raised from the scholars if they truly spread the message of peace, harmony, and brotherhood across the world. Otherwise, how can Muslims legitimately protest against negative stereotypes of Islam in the media as sanctioning terrorism, cruelty, and inhumanity? Brutality, injustice and humiliation happened with Farkhunda is undeniable but to stop such barbaric incidents in the future is only to bring the responsible persons in the court of persecution under any circumstances.

Debates about Islam and human rights continue in many Islamic societies around the world today, but that has nothing to do with what is happening in Afghanistan today against helpless and innocent people in the name of Islam. As even the most conservative or radical Muslims around the world know, most of the policies and practices of this brutal group of so-called human beings in the name of Islam documented have no Islamic justification whatsoever. They have brought the so-called scholars under serious questions with their false allegation against Farkhunda. This raises dozens of questions about the silent of the same group of so-called people with black and white turban over the daily burning of Kuran by Taliban and other extremist group across the country. In fact, they are the ones who are responsible for thousands of innocent souls and for the mass destruction of Afghanistan throughout the history. They have been pied only to spread violence and hatred among the people with no knowledge about the true principles of Islam and its teachings.

As of now, the situation in the country is so touchy. The whole people came across the real deeds and preaching of these so-called scholars. It was so heart breaking that people in that large number so violently beating this innocent woman and the police around them are watching just like wild vultures waiting for her dead body. Others sitting behind the chairs are threatening her family to leave Kabul immediately or tell the media that Farkhunda was a mental woman. The government authorities are supposed to persecute the culprits and all who have been involved in that brutal persecution of the vulnerable and helpless Farkhunda directly or indirectly, advertently or inadvertently.

If the government fails to do so, the human rights organizations and the people at large must take an stand against these policies and practices of people involved in this murder from a human rights point of view. Unless the people do the same from a human rights point of view, those responsible in this murder of Farkhunda will get away with their false claim that these heinous crimes against humanity are dictated by Islam as a religion.

About samad1986

Abdul Samad Haidari is a poet, writer, teacher and a former freelance journalist, currently residing in Indonesia as a stateless refugee. He is the author of The Red Ribbon He fled his home country at the age of seven and grew up wandering in Pakistan and Iran as a child refugee, and was separated from his family for the majority of his childhood. For two years, at the age of eight and nine, he was forced into child labour in the construction industry in Iran. In contrast, Pakistan offered refugees like him the opportunity to study and work. This education and work experience culminated in Abdul teaching computer studies and English language courses at the Intel Computer Center and Pak Oxford Professionals. After the collapse of the Taliban government, Abdul returned to Afghanistan thinking that the security situation had improved, and that he could take part in the reconstruction of his war-torn country. With this in mind, Abdul served as a freelance journalist and humanitarian aid-worker in areas of the country that remained dangerous to civilians because of the influence of terrorist groups. Abdul served with the Norwegian refugee council (NRC), ActionAid Afghanistan, Daily Outlook Afghanistan group of newspapers, and The Daily Afghanistan Express. As a freelance journalist, Abdul wrote articles and editorials about on-the-ground realities, which were then circulated widely. These had a particular focus on women and children’s rights, corruption, transparency and accountability in government, warlords and terrorist groups’ actions and the systematic persecution of minority groups in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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