Muslim who raped girl, 13, not jailed because his “religion doesn’t teach that sex with a child is wrong” (PICTURED)

 

Ignorant: Adil Rashid (pictured) did not know it was illegal to have sex with a 13-year-old girl
Ignorant: Adil Rashid (pictured) did not know it was illegal to have sex with a 13-year-old girl

 

A muslim who raped a 13-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook has been spared a prison sentence after a judge heard he went to an Islamic faith school where he  was taught that women are worthless.

Adil Rashid, 18, claimed he was not aware that it was illegal for him to have sex with the girl because his education left him ignorant of British law.

Yesterday Judge Michael Stokes handed Rashid a suspended sentence, saying: ‘Although chronologically 18, it is quite clear from the reports that you are very naive and immature when it comes to sexual matters.’

Earlier Nottingham Crown Court heard that such crimes usually result in a four to seven-year prison sentence.

But the judge said that because Rashid was ‘passive’ and ‘lacking assertiveness’, sending him to jail might cause him ‘more damage than good’.

Rashid, from Birmingham, admitted he had sex with the girl, saying he had been ‘tempted by her’ after they met online.

They initially exchanged messages on Facebook before sending texts and chatting on the phone over a two-month period.

They then met up in Nottingham, where Rashid had booked a room at a Premier Inn.

The girl told police they stayed at the hotel for two hours and had sex after Rashid went to the bathroom and emerged wearing a condom.

Rashid then returned home and went straight to a mosque to pray. He was arrested the following week after the girl confessed what had happened to a school friend, who informed one of her teachers.

He told police he knew the girl was 13 but said he was initially reluctant to have sex before relenting after being seduced.

Earlier the court heard how Rashid had ‘little experience of women’ due to his education at an Islamic school in the UK, which cannot be named for legal reasons.

After his arrest, he told a psychologist that he did not know having sex with a 13-year-old was against the law. The court heard he found it was illegal only when he was informed by a family member.

In other interviews with psychologists, Rashid claimed he had been taught in his school that ‘women are no more worthy than a lollipop that has been dropped on the ground’.

When Judge Stokes said Rashid ‘must have known it was illegal, unless he was going round with his eyes shut’, defence lawyer Laban Leake said reports suggested Rashid had a ‘degree of sexual naivety’.

‘The school he attended, it is not going too far to say, can be described as a closed community and on this occasion this was perpetuated by his home life.

Rashid had pre-booked a family room at the Premier Hotel in Goldsmith Street, Nottingham where he took his victim
Rashid had pre-booked a family room at the Premier Hotel in Goldsmith Street, Nottingham where he took his victim
Sentenced: Rashid admitted at Nottingham Crown Court (pictured) that he had sex with a 13-year-old after she 'tempted' him
Sentenced: Rashid admitted at Nottingham Crown Court (pictured) that he had sex with a 13-year-old after she ‘tempted’ him

‘It is not too far to say that he may not have known that having sex with a 13-year-old girl was illegal.’ Judge Stokes sentenced Rashid to nine months youth custody, suspended for two years, along with a two-year probation supervision order.

Describing Rashid, the judge said: ‘He’s had an unusual education, certainly in terms of the sexual education provided. Comparing women to lollipops is a very curious way of teaching young men about sex.’

But he said that Rashid knew what he was doing was wrong.

‘It was made clear to you at the school you attended that having sexual relations with a woman before marriage was contrary to the precepts of Islam,’ he said.

Addressing Rashid, the judge said: ‘I accept this was a case where the girl was quite willing to have sexual activity with you. But the law is there to protect young girls, even though they are perfectly happy to engage in sexual activity.’


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  • Islam will never allow fornication. He committed a sin and its made public because he’s Muslim. Islam protects women. Islam elevates women. If you know Arab history and Islam well you will understand what I mean. Never have I seen or heard that in Islam ‘women are no more worthy than a lollipop that has been dropped on the ground’. Fornication is a MAJOR sin in Islam. And prophet Muhammad(saw) stressed that people should respect women, especially our mothers.

    Aleeyu BN January 26, 2013 6:47 pm
      • Always be victorious FooLs? Did u get that? U actually reffering to u…lol

        majestic January 27, 2013 10:01 am
  • This story is misleading and malicious. The girl according to the judge was willing… Does that sound like a rape? Moreover putting emphasis on the fact that he is a muslim is wrong. Islam is against all these immoral and despicable acts even when committed willingly and where it is a rape the punishment is very severe.

    salihu kwairanga January 26, 2013 8:18 pm
    • Sex with a minor is rape under the law. Whether the minor was willing or not. Under the law, minors cannot give consent. Thank you.

      Y! Editor Copy January 27, 2013 2:10 pm
  • raping is absolutely a huge crime in Islam punishable by death, I think the judge was ignorant of Islamic laws or, was deliberately trying to castigate Islam in any case it is a crime to rape in Islam

    Muhammad abubakar January 26, 2013 8:54 pm
  • This case has nothing to do with Islamic school he attended,is just the boy committed an offence which is punishable by law,but the assertion made that the teachings of Islam are unusual education is not correct. Islam states everything clearly that the youngest man can ever understand than any other teaching. So do not associate what is wrong to its teachings,because Islamic teaching are the complete way of life.

    Abdurrahman B. January 27, 2013 1:11 am
  • the judge said ”i agree that the girl was quite willing to have sex with you” meaning it was consentual not rape so please change the heading.
    However i thought ignorance was (is) not an excuse in the court of law

    solomon ahgo January 27, 2013 6:15 am
    • Sex with a minor is rape under the law. Whether the minor was willing or not. Under the law, minors cannot give consent.

      Y! Editor Copy January 27, 2013 2:09 pm
  • That is a big fat lie, we all know that Islam forbids sex without marriage so that makes him liable.

    tally January 27, 2013 8:30 am
  • Innalillahi wa inna Ilaihi raji’un. This is un Islamic,and thats why we(muslims) agains teaching our youngs sex education,because practice must be done this is for the sex edu. Legally this young chap committed a sinful act thats having sex with out marriage even if the two party agreed upon (ie thier case)in Islam the punishment of such act is 100 lashes to each publically. How ever,I wonder what type of school he attended and who are the teachars?are they muslims?do they master the Holy Quran and sunnah of our Rasuul?I doubt either becouse a good muslim will never command such act nor will he comfired woman value with lollypoop.its Islam that give them full freedom from burrying them alive into living,to be respected been mothers,to cover their body to protect them selves for been attacked or RAPED.anyway thats the problem that we muslim are encountring non Muslims are always Missunderstanding the concept of Islam,gradually the truth shall set us free. Read more about islam you can judge anything your self. MAY ALLAH PROTECT US AND GUIDE US AMEEN

    yahuza salis January 27, 2013 2:12 pm
  • People commit rape but why must the article link his faith and his ignorance about it.
    I don’t think there is any religion or way of life that cherish,protect women like ISLAM as evidence by the life of the prophet(S.A.W)
    And there is appropriate punishment for adulterers and fornication.

    jaafar January 27, 2013 5:30 pm
  • EITHER SEXING OR RAPING IT IS FORBIDDEN .HARAM’ IN ISLAMIC LAW. THE JUGDE IS THAT BOTH MUST BE PUNISHED FOR THEIR ACTION AND DEED. OTHERWISE IT IS SINFUL TO ALMIGHTY ALLAH.

    ABDULSALAM RASAK OLALEKAN January 29, 2013 7:54 pm
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