Sheikh Naseem sounds like an abusive husband, but the main problem the wife had was that he wasn't an observant Muslim. And her solution to that was to cut his throat. Why is it that this sort of solution to impiety only ever seems to occur to Muslims? "New Brighton wife tried to kill husband over Muslim principles, cops allege," by John M. Annese for SILive.com, October 29 (thanks to all who sent this in):
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A 37-year-old wife from New Brighton tried to slit her husband's throat as he slept because he was not the devout Muslim she believed she married, and pressured her to eat pork and drink alcohol, authorities allege.
In a rambling, four-page handwritten confession, Rabia Sarwar laid out the "mental and emotional cruelty" that led to her trying to kill her husband, Susan Wagner High School teacher Sheikh Naseem, early yesterday morning, a law enforcement source said.
"I tried my best to cut his throat," Ms. Sarwar admitted, according to court papers. Except Naseem woke up during the attempt, and took the knife from her, authorities said.
According to Ms. Sarwar's attorney, Joseph Licitra, Naseem "was a cruel person, he preyed on her."
The day before the incident, "he literally threatened to have her parents mutilated," Licitra said.
The way the law enforcement source describes it, Ms. Sarwar, who is Pakistani, told investigators that Naseem, who is half-Pakistani, had presented himself as a devout Muslim before the two had wed five months ago.
But after the marriage, she discovered more about him, she told investigators -- before meeting her, he had only dated non-Muslims, and he considered Salman Rushdie to be one of his favorite authors....
Ms. Sarwar also told investigators that Naseem pressured her into doing things that were against her religious beliefs.
"He made her do stuff that she didn't like to do -- eating pork, drinking alcohol, wearing short clothes. She did all of that to make him happy," the source said.
At about 3 a.m. yesterday, inside the couple's 80 St. Mark's Place apartment, Ms. Sarwar "snapped," the source said, cutting his neck, right cheek and right hand.
In an interview with the Post, Naseem said his wife was having a hard time adjusting to American culture....
No kidding, really?