“Two of the accused denied the accusation of having unlawfully obtained the social benefits, claiming their parents were to blame as they wrote down the dates of birth according to the Afghan calendar (the Solar Hijri calendar).”
If their parents wrote down their dates of birth by whatever calendar, that would not change their ages. All that officials would have needed to do was convert the Hijri date to the Gregorian date, which is not a difficult thing to do, in order to determine their ages. And if the parents wrote down their ages according to the Hijri, rather than the Gregorian, calendar, they would be listed as older, not younger, than they actually are, because Hijri years are shorter.
Thus it is likely that something else is going on here. In Islamic law, non-Muslims have the duty to provide for the upkeep of Muslims. British jihadist Anjem Choudary said in February 2013:
“We are on Jihad Seekers Allowance, We take the Jizya (protection money paid to Muslims by non-Muslims) which is ours anyway. The normal situation is to take money from the Kafir (non-Muslim), isn’t it? So this is normal situation. They give us the money. You work, give us the money. Allah Akbar, we take the money. Hopefully there is no one from the DSS (Department of Social Security) listening. Ah, but you see people will say you are not working. But the normal situation is for you to take money from the Kuffar (non-Muslim) So we take Jihad Seeker’s Allowance.”
This is, of course, based on the Qur’an: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an 9:29).
“Afghan refugees who swindled £87,000 in benefits by pretending to be CHILD MIGRANTS jailed,” by Jon Rogers, Express, January 11, 2017:
A GROUP of Afghan refugees pretended to be children to pocket a staggering £87,000 in benefits.
The three migrants were jailed for five to six months for supplying false information to Austrian authorities after lying about their age.
The three men cheated the state out of more than €100,000, benefitting from health insurance, support, basic care, pocket money and German language courses.
The case against the three was brought after a court ordered medical reports which revealed that the men were older than stated on documents supplied during their asylum application.
Two of the accused denied the accusation of having unlawfully obtained the social benefits, claiming their parents were to blame as they wrote down the dates of birth according to the Afghan calendar (the Solar Hijri calendar).
This calendar, used only in Iran and Afghanistan, has six months of 31 days, then five months with 30 days each and finally one with 29 days, except in leap years where it has 30.
The pair said they did not know their own birth dates.
A lawyer for one of the two men said his mother was illiterate and could have easily made a mistake when giving his date of birth….