Thursday, March 19, 2015 was a bloody day for Afghanistan. Farkhunda, a 27-year-old girl, was attacked and burned to death by a mob near Shahe-Du-Shamshira Mosque in Kabul.
I was logging into my Facebook account when I saw that all over social media people were talking about the death of the Kabul girl beaten by random people, including police, for a supposed mistake that at that point had not been proved. Farkhunda’s attackers claimed she burned the Holy Qur’an, and Afghan people, being so sensitive and stubborn, gathered together and beat her to near death. That wasn’t enough, so they ignited her. Seeing this girl’s innocent bloodied face all over social media made my heart melt.
The next day, on Friday, the investigations began and it became clear that she had not burned the Holy Qur’an and did not throw it into the trash. The video of the scene uploaded to Facebook shows her a few minutes before her death, talking about not burning the Holy Qur’an.
She was a hafiza Qur’an. She had memorized and knew every single verse of the holy book. She was a graduate of the Islamic Institute of Aisha Durrani. Would a girl with that much knowledge about her religion be doing such an immoral act? No way!
On Sunday at 10 a.m. Afghanistan buried Farkhunda. Thousands of people attended her funeral, crying for her. All of the Afghan televisions were there to interview Farkhunda’s family.
For the first time ever, women attended the burial rituals and carried her coffin. These brave women didn’t allow men to touch her coffin.
On that day, our top criminal investigator, General Mohammad Zahir stated to the media that Farkhunda was “completely innocent” and they had found no evidence about the burning of the Holy Qur’an. He said thirteen people were arrested so far.
On Tuesday, people will gather together and protest against the injustice near the Supreme Court. People want to change the ignorant people’s mind by taking actions against these cruel acts.
It feels to me like all of Kabul cries for her cruel death. The attackers must question themselves for what they have done to their Muslim sister. According to Islamic Sharia law, nobody has the right to take another person’s life. Our lives belong to Allah. “If any one killed a person, it would be as if he killed the whole of mankind; and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind…” (Qur’an 5:32).
These cruel men were out of control with their heartless act. We want justice for Farkhunda, a girl who was brutally killed by the street boys. May Allah forgive and grant her Jannah, may she rest in peace.
Our country has become a dangerous society. Even I am afraid of going out from my house. After hearing these intolerable news reports and seeing these pictures, I am afraid that the next victim could be another innocent girl. Maybe me.