We've all read about honor killings and such that stems from Islamic ideology, but how often do we see a man be a man and stop sexual abuse, and even more shocking in this case is that a young man killed his own father to prevent him from sexually abusing his sister.

Now, I only bring up the issue of Islam here as 22-year-old Hassan Razzaq from Brooklyn not only has a Muslim name, but his father, Mohammad, had only returned from a trip to Pakistan to begin immediately trying to sexually assault his own daughter when Hassan was just 19.

Hassan wasted no time in stopping his father permanently by stabbing him in the throat with a kitchen knife.  He feared that another 15-year-old sister would become the next victim.

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Razzaq recounted a lifetime of sexual and emotional abuse from his father.

“My father had been abusing my sisters and my mom, for as long as I can remember,” Razzaq said at the time. “He came home and continued with the abuse, so I killed him.”

A neighbor revealed to The New York Post in 2015 some of what had taken place.

“The son is a good son. He was getting beat every night,” a neighbor named Bobby said of 19-year-old Hassan Razzaq. “This was a tragedy waiting to happen. The neighborhood knows about it, the police officers know about it, everybody knows about it.”

“I don’t feel one bit sorry for the victim. That’s how sad it is,” said Bobby, who lives across the street. He would give only his first name.

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“[Hassan] came running out. I said, ‘What’s the matter?’ He said, ‘Bobby, please don’t get involved. Stay out of it.’ I said, ‘What did you do?’ And then he just took off,” the neighbor recalled.

“The guy was an animal,’’ Bobby said. “I told [him] six months ago, ‘If I find out you’re beating your wife and kids up there, I’ll come in there and beat the s–t out of you.’ This is how bad it got. Most people here know, [but] they don’t want to get involved. I think it came to the point of no return.

“I will go to court for that boy [Hassan],’’ the neighbor added. “He needs to be punished, but they’ve got to be lenient.”

Understand that police had been called to the residence on numerous occasions to deal with Mohammad and his family.  At the time, the house was home to Muhammad, his wife and five children, ages 9 to 21.

Hassan was sentenced to five years in jail.  No family appeared in court during his sentencing, not even his sisters.

Defense attorney Michael Cibella, who represented Hassan, said that he was looking forward to getting back to his studies once he was out of jail.

“We have gotten to the point now where he can begin to move forward from this,” the lawyer said. “He’s looking forward to getting back on track.”

I have to admit that considering that situation and the claims even of neighbors, that Mohammad brought it all upon himself and that Hassan, despite the fact that it was his father, did the right thing in intervening in the matter.

Biblically speaking, Schecum and his brothers took out an entire city because a man violated his sister (Gen. 34).  A concubine was gang-raped and left for dead by men, who were apparently sodomites in the tribe of Benjamin, and the other tribes went to war against them upon hearing of her injustice (Judges 19-21).  The issues surrounding David's son Amnon killing Tamar's brother Absalom after he had raped her (2 Samuel 13) also indicates to us that this behavior was not acceptable.

In the latter case and in the issue of Schecum, those were premeditated murder.  They did not occur during the act, as what took place with Hassan, but make no mistake, justice would demand Mohammad's death, not the unjust imprisonment of Hassan in this matter.

In the people coming up to execute judgment in Judges was nothing more than just that, justice against the criminals.

For more on what the Bible says about dealing with such things as this under the law, read Deuteronomy 22.

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