A man allegedly killed his father after he did not wake up to offer his Fajr prayers.
Police said the incident took place in the city’s Chishtia Town area where a resident, Shahbaz, allegedly killed his 50-year-old father, Mubashir Raza, by smashing his head in with a brick.
After hearing about the incident, police arrived on the scene and arrested the suspect, sending the deceased’s body for postmortem.
What actually happened?
Shahbaz, according to the police, told them that he tried waking up his father for Fajr prayers but Raza would not. In anger, he hit his father with the brick, which caused his death, said police.
Naturally, the 50-year-old man couldn’t survive the hit from a brick and died from the blunt force trauma.
Police could only reveal this but people are still wondering about the reasons behind this act. It is not a common thing in our society that a child killed his/her parents.
Islam and Prayers
Although, Islam emphasizes offering regular prayers. There is mention of Islam justifying spanking and striking a child over the age of 10 to make them pray.
“Order your children to perform Salat when they are 7 years old and beat them for neglecting it when they are 10.”
In the Light of Psychology
When the man killed his father, he committed ‘patricide’, a particular kind of homicide. Normally crimes are fueled by motive. However, in the case of parents being murdered at the hands of their children, the crime is almost always unplanned and a heat of the moment thing.
According to research, these murders generally follow a family argument or altercation. Sometimes there can be an increase in the perpetrator’s hostility toward family members.
Although Shahbaz said he killed his father in the heat of the moment there are likely underlying issues in the parent-child relationship/ According to research;
“Dysfunctional family relationships are typically present between the perpetrator and the parent (O’Connell, 1963; Singhal & Dutta, 1990). In particular, researchers have found that parricide is often spurred by rejection and/or shaming from the father (Haegerich & Bottoms, 2000; Singhal & Dutta, 1990) and hostility and overdependence on the part of the mother (West & Feldsher, 2010). Parental neglect may also play a role in the progression and eventual completion of the act of parricide (Heide, 1992). Other precipitating factors include a familial history of mental illness, domestic violence, neglect, and physical and emotional abuse.”
On January 25, a man in Gujranwala has allegedly killed his wife and four children, sources said. The husband of the deceased woman killed her and her kids, identified as Imran Nawaz, sources added. After being arrested, Imran admitted to committing the crime, sources said, adding that it was a case of “honor killing” as per Imran’s confession.
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