While Ohio Police are baffled at what motive Jamal Mansour had when he took a gun into his daughter’s bedroom and shot her in the head twice, but the clues are there for anyone who knows the history and teachings of Islam. As police seem to overlook the obvious, one author on Islamic “honor” killings believes he knows the answer.
Jamal Mansour, 63, who migrated from Jordan to the US and became a naturalized citizen, took a gun into his daughter’s bedroom at around 1:15am Tuesday morning. He then shot 27-year-old Tahani Mansour twist in her forehead. She died nearly 10 hours later at the hospital.
Mansour stood just hours later before a judge and had the audacity to call the fatal shooting of his daughter “an accident.” He is facing murder, felonious assault and domestic violence charges. A bond of $1.3 million was amended to $4.5 million.
“A guy that’s willing to murder his own daughter, the gate is open to what else he might do,” said Prosecutor Michael O’Shea.
“We don’t have a solid motive other than an argument occurred between a father and his daughter,” said Lt. George Lichman with Rocky River Police.
Family members claim that the reason he shot his daughter is due to a medical condition, diabetes.
However, Lichman said, “We had the fire department respond and do an evaluation, it turns out [the father] was not under any medical care at the time of the incident and since he’s been in our jail.”
“Mr. Mansour might have assimilated to Western culture sufficiently to shave his beard and wear jeans but not to accept his daughter behaving like western girls,” said Attorney Daniel Akbari, author of “Honor Killing: A Professional’s Guide to Sexual Relations and Ghayra Violence from the Islamic Sources.”
Akbari once practiced law in Iran before its top Shariah Court. He converted to Christianity and now lives in Texas.
“Any Muslim who has lived in a society with a dominant Islamic culture adopts those laws to some degree and makes them to be a part of his or her belief,” Akbari said in an interview with WND.
“Muslim men who immigrate to Western countries bring that sense of jealousy toward their female family members with them and enforce the sharia rules in their families,” he added.
He then spoke about the actual Arabic term that is often spoken of as “honor.”
“Islam has a term for that sense of jealousy, which by mistake has been translated as ‘honor,’ Akbari said. “The Islamic term for that jealousy is ‘ghayra,’ which literally means excluding others. Islamic rules for dress and conduct cover all aspects of a Muslim woman’s life, how to dress, how to walk, how to talk, and so on.”
“When a Muslim woman violates any of those rules commanded by Islam for her behavior she violates the Muslim man’s ghayra causing him to feel he is responsible to take action and stop her,” he added. “Islam provides a hierarchy of actions the man can take, starting with scolding the woman and ending with killing her.”
Pamela Geller wrote an article about dozens of young girls who were too westernized and were murdered at the hands of family members. Her AFDI organization seeks to help and protect women who seek to leave Islam and seek refuge without becoming the victims of murder.
Ms. Mansour had received a doctor of pharmacy degreed from Northeast Ohio Medical University in 2013 and had worked as a clinical pharmacist for the University Hospitals, as well as taught at the University of Findlay and the medical school. She was the youngest of six children and lived at home with her parents.