16-year-old girl buried tomorrow

Slain schoolgirl Aqsa Parvez will be buried tomorrow after a funeral service expected to draw more than 1,000 family members, friends and others touched by her death.



The 16-year-old Mississauga girl died Monday after she was strangled in her home after quarrelling with family for months over her desire to shed the hijab, the traditional Muslim headscarf. Her father faces a murder charge.


The teen’s death has struck a chord with many. It has garnered international headlines, sparked editorials and ignited a firestorm of debate, particularly in cyberspace. One website, somalinet.com, published a story on Parvez’s death and included a poll about whether the father was justified in the alleged killing. As of last night, five of the 19 who responded agreed.

At the Islamic Centre of Canada mosque yesterday, Muslim leaders defended their faith and said acts of violence are not advocated by Islam or the scriptures of the Qur’an.

shame upon themselves

  • Dr. Iqbal Nadvi, spiritual leader of Oakville’s Al-Falah Islamic Centre mosque, said parents fail and bring shame upon themselves if a child chooses to abandon holy writings and not wear the hijab.