“Don’t second guess yourselves,” state District Judge Jan Krocker told jurors. “You listened attentively to every detail. It was the right verdict.”
For executing his daughter’s husband and best friend, Irsan will receive his own death sentence at the hands of the state of Texas. The honor killings occurred in 2012 and were part of a larger plot to murder 5 people, primarily his own daughter. Irsan was outraged that his daughter, Nesreen, married a Christian man and that her best friend had encouraged the relationship, both of which are fundamentally against Islam.
In January 2012, Irsan, his wife Shmou Alrawabdeh, and son Nasim followed Iranian women’s rights activist 30-year-old Gelareh Bagherzadeh, his daughter’s friend, and shot her to death in her car. Nearly a year later, Irsan entered the apartment of his son-in-law, 28-year-old Coty Beavers, and waited for his daughter to leave for work, Fox News reports. He then shot him to death for the religious crime of marrying his daughter without his permission.
“He wanted to kill her,” prosecutor Jon Stephenson told jurors during his opening statements. “But he wanted to kill all those she loved first, so that she would suffer that much more before she died.”
Aside from the 2012 murders, Irsan is said to have killed a different son-in-law in 1999. Of course, Irsan maintains that this was in self-defense, but family members confirmed that he shot Amjad Alidam in the chest with a shotgun because he didn’t approve of the marriage. It was also stated that Irsan raped his oldest daughter as punishment for the dishonorable union, special prosecutor Marie Primm said.
“Ali Irsan gets to be the judge, jury and executioner of anyone who goes outside of Ali Irsan’s control.” she said.
In 2015, Irsan, his wife, and another daughter were convicted of defrauding the Social Security system and were sentenced to federal prison. With the illegally acquired funds, Irsan, a naturalized U.S. citizen, bought various properties and made several trips to Jordan.
Additionally, Irsan received food stamps, Medicaid, and other benefits by forcing family members to fake mental illness and disabilities. He claims that he was approved for disability because he has been unable to work, despite testimonies confirming that he has labored around his property since then.
Although we can rest at ease knowing that Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan won’t ever leave prison alive, his trial was yet another case of ignoring the true motivation. Not only do Muslims commit 91 percent of worldwide honor killings, but the Quran explicitly sanctions such barbarity.
Quran (18:65-81) – This parable lays the theological groundwork for honor killings, in which a family member is murdered because they brought shame to the family, either through apostasy or perceived moral indiscretion. The story (which is not found in any Jewish or Christian source) tells of Moses encountering a man with “special knowledge” who does things which don’t seem to make sense on the surface, but are then justified according to later explanation. One such action is to murder a youth for no apparent reason (v.74). However, the wise man later explains that it was feared that the boy would “grieve” his parents by “disobedience and ingratitude.” He was killed so that Allah could provide them a ‘better’ son. [Note: This parable along with verse 58:22 is a major reason that honor killing is sanctioned by Sharia. Reliance of the Traveler (Umdat al-Saliq) says that punishment for murder is not applicable when a parent or grandparent kills their offspring