On March 19, 2015, an Afghan woman by the name of Farkhunda Malikzada was brutally murdered outside the “Shrine of the King of Two Swords” in Kabul, Afghanistan. Initially, the mainstream media reported that Farkhunda burned copies of the Quran, and according to her family, was “mentally ill.” As time went by, the facts started to come out. Farkhunda was not “mentally ill” nor did she burn the Quran. In fact, she came from an educated family. Her father, an engineer and her mother a high school graduate. Farkhunda had studied math at a university before switching to Islamic studies at a madrasa.
The truth is that Farkhunda was beaten to death after an amulet seller falsely accused her of burning a Quran.
My heart goes out to Farkhunda’s family. My heart goes out to all women struggling for justice. It doesn’t matter whether you’re Muslim, Christian, not religious, etc. People deserve basic human rights, justice and honor. We live in some very unfortunate times. May Allah give us the strength to keep praying and making duaa in these difficult times and to not rely on any other thing other than Him. Just like Farkhunda wanted. Ameen.