Somali Islamic cleric in Canada, Said Rageah: “When a man looks at your Sister or Wife … Knock him out” – That’s ‘Honour Killing’ 101

“What would you do with a brother [who allows his wife to work with other men], my brothers of faith? You take him for a walk, and you come back alone, leaving him there… because he does not deserve to live as a decent person”

– Imam Said Rageah

Many non-Muslims in the West wonder what triggers ‘honour killings’ like that of the Shafia Sisters. Though he does not link the two, but Saudi-trained Canadian cleric Saeed Rageah explains the concept of ‘ghirah’ or jealousy, and why it should be encouraged among young men and husbands as an illustration of their manhood.

The following are excerpts of his lecture with the transcript below the video:

“Also something that we are not doing it is [that] we no longer have the ghairah [protective jealousy] that is needed. There is no ‘ghairah’ in us, my brothers to faith (اخوتي في الله) nowadays. There is no jealousy.

Meaning (يعني) you don’t have that ‘ghairah’ [protective jealousy], that manhood. Glorious is God [سبحان الله].

And when a man looks at your sister or your wife and her brother passes by what should you [her brother] do? Knocking him out. Right? But, he [instead reacts by saying]:

“O well, how are you? She is my sister. He is Dayyuth (هذا ديوث).”

That is not acceptable. You know, you should introduce your sister, no, no, no, no, no, no. Unacceptable, O my brothers to faith (اخوتي في الله).

I told you the story of the [Quranic] verse [اية] and the ruling [حكم] of a man finding another man with his wife. What is the ruling initially? The ruling was: go and get four witnesses. Sa’ad bin Muaz (سعد بن معاذ) said [فقال], Sa’ad bin Ubaada [سعد بن عبادة], i’m sorry, and you know Sa’ad bin Ubaada, may Allah be pleased with him [رضي الله عنه].

Sa’ad bin Ubaada was the man [who] got married and the family delivered the wife on a horse, and as soon as she got off the horse, what did he do? He took his dagger and killed the horse

He said: no, no man will sit where my wife sat. That’s how his jealousy was. No, no, no. Let him live, let the horse live. No. [لا]. In the path of Allah it is a halal sacrifice [في سبيل الله حلال ذبيحة] on the spot. No. Meaning [يعني] Just the thought [that] five years later man sat [sic] in the same spot. He wouldn’t sleep with that thought and he killed the horse.

“And Allah said in the Quran: go and find four witnesses if you find a man with your wife. And Sa’ad said… you want me to find a man with my wife and I’ll say: Hey guys, stay where you are and I’ll bring four witnesses God Willing [ان شاء الله]. Don’t go anywhere. He said: O Messenger of Allah, [يا رسول الله] by the time I bring my witnesses they were done. It’s over. The business is over. In that kind of business what do you expect?

“He said: I swear by Allah, O the Messenger of Allah [والله يا رسول الله], I swear by Allah [والله] I will kill them both with the back of my sword. Meaning [يعنى] he [didn’t] come with the edge of his sword, [but] the back, so they’d die slowly. That’s how he wants to kill them.

So [Muhammad’s] companions [صحابة] [said]: “How could you say that Messenger of Allah (peace and blessing be upon him).”

The Messenger of Allah [Prophet Muhammad] said:

“Are you concerned about Sa’ad’s jealousy? I swear by Allah that I’m more jealous than Sa’ad and Allah is more jealous than I.”

Al-Arari, a Bedouin, he was walking with his wife and his wife looked at another man, and he saw that, and he said: go back to your family [الحقي باهلك].

She said: What? It was just a look. And he said this poem to her: إِذَا وَقَعَ الذُّبَابُ عَلَى طَعَامٍ رَفَعْتُ يَدِي وَنَفْسِي تَشْتَهِيهِ وَتَجْتَنِبُ الْأُسُودُ وُرُودَ مَاءٍ إِذَا كَانَ الْكِلاَبُ وَلَغْنَ فِيهِ. Listen to this. He said:

“If a fly lands on my food when I’m eating, and I’m still need to eat that food, I would withdraw my hand from the food, because a fly landed on my food.”

“Meaning, that’s it. I don’t want to put myself to the point that I would eat something that a fly landed on it. When a fly lands on a food [إِذَا وَقَعَ الذُّبَابُ عَلَى طَعَامٍ رَفَعْتُ] I still want to eat that food [رَفَعْتُ يَدِي وَنَفْسِي تَشْتَهِيهِ], I love you. I still love you, but I cannot live with the thought that you looked at someone else. I cannot do this. Though I love you, I will go against my heart. He said: lions don’t drink what the dogs drank from [وَتَجْتَنِبُ الْأُسُودُ وُرُودَ مَاءٍ]. The lions don’t drink from the same spot the dogs drunk from. I can’t.”

And this is what is needed.

But [with regard to] us, we said: it’s ok, she is working with the man in the room, Oh come on, this is life brother Saeed. Why are you guys Wahabis?… Come on. Don’t be too rigid. I trust my wife. If you tell me that I should feel jealous, that means that I don’t trust her. Glorious be Allah [سبحان الله].

What would you do with such a brother, my brothers to faith [اخوتي في الله]?
You take him for a walk and you come back alone and leaving him there, insha’allah [ان شاء الله], because he does not deserve to live as a decent person. So, this is not the case for a believer [مؤمن] o my brothers to faith [اخوتي في الله].

Shaykh Saed Rageah was born in Somalia and in the late 80s moved to North America. Rageah has a Bachelor’s in Islamic studies and a Masters in Shari’ah and he has had several posts over the years, including: founder of Masjid Huda in Montreal and Masjid Aya in Maryland, advisor for Muslim Youth magazine, and member in the Aqsa Association.


He is also the founder of both Muslim Magazine and Al Aqsa Association, and served as the Chaplain at both the University of Calgary and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). Currently, he serves as Imam at the Abu Hurairah Mosque in Toronto, the Chairman for the Journey of Faith Conference and as an instructor for the AlMaghrib Institute.


2 comments for “Somali Islamic cleric in Canada, Said Rageah: “When a man looks at your Sister or Wife … Knock him out” – That’s ‘Honour Killing’ 101

    December 6, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    This is completely foul shit!

  2. Martine Tiramani
    March 15, 2017 at 4:05 PM

    Trust me if he had nothing to eat, he would eat where two flies have landed. If he did not drink for 5 /6 days he would drink from where the dog has drank. The truth is when you are very wealthy you can afford to be fussy but the average guy cannot throw his food out because a fly has landed. Plus you can be sure that your food has had a fly on it at one time or another. Proves that jealousy leads it’s master to insanity. Read Othello by Shakespeare.

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