Sudan: Prisoner says security forces “only stopped beating me when I recited the parts of the Qur’an”

Basing relief from torture on one’s ability to recite the Qur’an is akin to other incidents, such as when the Muslim in Minnesota who asked mall shoppers if they were Muslim and then stabbed non-Muslims. In Mali, Muslims screaming “Allahu akbar” took hostages, freeing those who could recite the Qur’an. In September 2013 at Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, Muslims murdered people who couldn’t answer questions about Islam. In June 2014, Muslims murdered people who could not pass an Islam quiz. In November 2014, Muslims murdered 28 non-Muslims who couldn’t recite Qur’an verses. In April 2015, Muslims screaming “Allahu akbar” stormed Garissa University College, and only shot those who couldn’t recite Qur’an. In a Bangladesh restaurant in July 2016, the jihadis spared those who could recite from the Qur’an. In July 2017 in Kenya, Muslims asked Christians to “recite Islamic dogmas” and murdered them when they couldn’t do so. In May 2018 in Belgium, a Muslim who murdered four people told a hostage that he wouldn’t harm her since she was Muslim and was observing the Ramadan fast. In September 2018 in Kenya, Muslims murdered two non-Muslims for failing to recite the Qur’an. In the Philippines in February 2019, Muslims murdered a man for failing to recite Qur’an verses, and released six others who could recite them.

“Qur’an recitation saves protestor from torture in Sudan,” by Khalil Charles, Middle East Monitor, March 11, 2019 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Outside an unmarked building in a residential area of Khartoum, Um Mohammed crouched down with her head between her knees unable to stand any longer. She and a few family members were waiting for news of her eldest son detained by security forces after being bundled into a pick-up truck earlier that day. She feared that he was being beaten and tortured for allegedly burning a rubber tyre while participating in the street demonstrations calling for the downfall of the Sudanese regime.

Her story is typical of the mothers and families in Sudan whose loved ones have joined the protests over the past four months. Unofficial estimates are that more than 2,000 people have been arrested, although the government claims that the figure is actually a lot smaller than that. In any case, a large majority of those detained have now been released as a gesture of goodwill by the government and at the insistence of opposition groups. On Saturday, for example, women prisoners, some of whom were on hunger strike, were set free.

For 46-year-old Um Mohammed, her five-hour wait ended when her son, visibly traumatised, emerged after sunset from an unmarked security building in the Bahri residential area of the capital. His hair was patchy having been partly shaved with a razor; he carried his belt in one hand; he was barefooted and his trousers sagged well below his waist. Mohammed is one of the lucky ones, having been threatened with torture by electricity. Bruised and in pain, he was released after signing an affidavit not to join the protests ever again.

Calmly recounting his experience, a startling reason emerged for the curtailment of his torture: “During the interrogation and beating they tried to trap me into making false statements or into contradicting myself,” he explained. “Suddenly, they asked me if I had memorised any of the Qur’an. I told them I had. They gave me verses and asked me to complete the recitation and only stopped beating me when I recited the different parts of the Qur’an at length correctly.”…

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