The death of his daughter was preferable to violating Sharia restrictions. He assumed that Allah, “the compassionate, the merciful,” would be happier with him if he let his daughter die rather than bring dishonor on his family. This is an assumption deeply ingrained by the intransigence and preoccupation with hellfire and judgment that permeate the Qur’an.
The father of a 20-year-old woman who drowned in Dubai allegedly stopped lifeguards from helping her.
The unnamed man had said he preferred to let her die rather than be touched by strange men after she got into difficulty on a beach in the city, a senior Dubai official told Emirates 24/7.
Lt. Col Ahmed Burqibah, Deputy Director of Dubai Police’s Search and Rescue Department, said the incident had stuck with him.
He said: “The kids were swimming in the beach when suddenly, the 20-year-old girl started drowning and screaming for help.
“Two rescue men were at the beach, and they rushed to help the girl.
“However, there was one obstacle which prevented them from reaching the girl and helping her.
“This obstacle was the belief of this Asian man who considered that if these men touched his daughter, then this would dishonour her. It cost him the life of his daughter.”
According to Lt. Col Burqibah, the man became aggressive, physically pulling the rescue men away from the water and said he “prefers his daughter being dead than being touched by a strange man”.