As we all know from the mainstream media coverage of the Rifqa case, a Muslim father would never — never — call for the death of one of his children for leaving Islam! Why, it would be absolutely unheard of! If only Lamine YansanÃ©’s father, El Hadj Aboubacar YansanÃ©, could get Michael Kruse or Meredith Heagney to explain Islam to him!
“Father issued fatwa against son, letter says,” by Graeme Hamilton in the National Post, December 2 (thanks to David Wood):
MONTREAL — In Lamine YansanÃ©’s hometown of BokÃ© in Guinea, his father is a revered imam who sometimes leads Friday prayers. But after Mr. YansanÃ© married a Catholic woman and abandoned Islam for Christianity, his father disowned him, and Friday prayers have featured a call for his death, the Federal Court heard yesterday.
Mr. YansanÃ©, who has been denied refugee status, is seeking a last-ditch reprieve on the grounds that he faces certain harm if he is deported from Canada. “If you return him to his country, he is going to die,” Mr. YansanÃ©’s lawyer, Stewart Istvanffy, told the court. He called his client “a victim of radical Islam, who is threatened by the imam of his town, his own father.”
Mr. YansanÃ©, 37, arrived in Canada from Guinea in the fall of 2005. He told the Immigration and Refugee Board that he fled the West African nation after his father and uncle tracked him down in the country’s capital of Conakry, confronted him about his church attendance and threatened him as a traitor to Islam. His wife and three children remain in Guinea.
The board member who heard his case called his testimony “devoid of credibility.” She did not believe that a family of religious fanatics would have permitted his marriage to a Christian in the first place. (Mr. YansanÃ© said he was allowed to marry on the condition he convert his wife to Islam, a project he abandoned.) And she found it far-fetched that his family would tolerate the couple’s presence in BokÃ© for the 10 years they lived there before moving to Conakry.
A subsequent review by an Immigration Department officer concluded Mr. YansanÃ© would not be at risk if he were sent home, and the officer dismissed additional evidence gathered by Mr. Istvanffy.
That evidence included a report from a Conakry lawyer, hired by Mr. Istvanffy to investigate the situation in Conakry. The lawyer quoted another BokÃ© imam who was persuaded Mr. YansanÃ©’s father would follow through on the threat. The father considers Mr. YansanÃ©’s actions “a true humiliation and an affront to his honour,” the lawyer reported, adding that “he never stops saying he will seek vengeance against Lamine.”
A letter from a priest in BokÃ© was similarly dire, describing Mr. YansanÃ©’s father as “one of the fundamentalists who do not accept their children changing religion: They are born, live and die Muslims.”
In June 2008, the National Post reached the father, El Hadj Aboubacar YansanÃ©, in BokÃ© and he warned his son to stay away: “He knows what will happen. It would be dangerous for him to come back to BokÃ©,” he said.
Following that interview, the imam repeated his threats during Friday prayers, according to a letter filed with the court. The handwritten letter to Mr. YansanÃ© from his friend Mamady ChÃ©rif in BokÃ© reported that his father had announced during Friday prayers that he had learned his son was in Canada. Mr. ChÃ©rif said Mr. YansanÃ©, Sr., called on the faithful to contact their countrymen living in Canada to inform them of the fatwa he had issued against his son….