H/T The Observer
Quite a day for Australian-Islamic news. Interesting how some of the Islamic community attempted to divorce the sharia component from this 100% sharia punishment for the ‘crime’ of imbibing alcohol that this convert to Islam did. Below the ‘click for more’ I will post a video on this exact thing from July 19 2011 as well as another one on Islamic attitudes on Australia at the time. Quite revealing and rather contrary to the tone of this article.
Zakaryah Raad leaves Burwood Local Court last October. He has been found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company. Photo: Ben Rushton
Four men have been found guilty of giving a Sydney electrician 40 lashes with a cable, which they said was a punishment under Islamic law for drinking alcohol and using drugs.
Zakaryah Raad, Tolga Cifci, Wassim Fayad, and Cengiz Coskun were today convicted of several charges relating to whipping Cristian Martinez, a convert to Islam, in July 2011.
Mr Fayad counted out the lashes and when he came up to number 10 … he gave Mr Martinez a break. Mr Martinez went into the bathroom and vomited.
Magistrate Brian Maloney told Burwood Local Court on Thursday it was an extremely unusual case.
Wassim Fayad leaves Burwood Local Court last October. He has been found guilty of assault and stealing. Photo: Ben Rushton
“Until now, assaults occasioned in the course of a religious practice involving the mortification of the flesh have not been before any court in any common law country.”
Mr Maloney said that, from the outset, prosecutors were clear the case was not about sharia, or about the Islamic faith.
And below, what do Muslims in Australia really feel about sharia law?