Female Students Of Pakistani Madrassa Beheaded Their Female Teacher After Their Relative Dreamt That Muhammad, Founder Of Islam, Commanded That She Be Beheaded For Blasphemy

April 4, 2022

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According to Pakistani media reports, three female students of a religious madrassa in the Pakistani town of Dera Ismail Khan beheaded their female teacher because a 13-year-old female relative of theirs had dreamt that Muhammad, founder of Islam, had told the relative that the teacher had committed blasphemy and ordered that she be beheaded. Some Pakistani media reports have avoided mentioning Muhammad's name, while other reports said that the attackers were teachers. The victim has been identified in some reports as S. Bibi or Safoora Bibi.

Roznama Mashriq, an Urdu daily, reported: "At 7 am on Tuesday [March 29, 2022], three female students – Razia Hanifa and Ayesha Noman, daughters of Allah Nawaz; and Umra Aman Hanifa, daughter of Deen Badshah belonging to the Mehsud tribe and residents of Anjumabad area – overpowered their 18-year-old teacher 'S' Bibi, resident of Tiarza in South Waziristan and currently resident of Nawab Multan Road Dera, at the gate of the madrassa and beheaded her by mercilessly running knives on her throat."[1]

The gruesome murder of the female teacher bring attention to the controversial blasphemy laws in Pakistan, where in December 2021 a mob burned alive Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara, who had been accused of blasphemy.

A screenshot of the Roznama Mashriq report

The headline in Roznama Mashriq reads: "Three Female Students Of Madrassa Murdered Female Teacher After Having A Dream."[2] A sub-headline reads: "Describing the dream, a female student declared that the female teacher was a blasphemer, after which the three female students beheaded the female teacher."[3]

A report in Dawn newspaper named the three girls who committed the crime: 24-year-old Umra Aman, 21-year-old Razia Hanifa aka Hanifia, and 17-year-old Aisha Noman.[4] All three were taken into police custody. As per the statements that they gave the police, "a religious personality appeared in the dream of one of their relatives – a 13-year-old girl – and said the teacher had committed blasphemy" – the Dawn report noted.[5]

Another report in the Urdu daily Roznama Jang confirmed this account: "A 13-year-old girl who is a relative of the three women told them that she had dreamt that the victim had blasphemed against the religion [of Islam], based on which the order for beheading was given [in the dream]."[6] Police have arrested the 13-year-old girl and the three students.

According to a police statement: "The three accused ladies have so far disclosed that one of their relative, about a 13-year-old girl, had seen a dream last night [preceding to March 29] that the Prophet [Muhammad]... had directed them that the victim had committed blasphemy against the prophet and that the prophet had ordered them to slaughter the victim."[7]

The entrance to the Islamic seminary in Dera Ismail Khan

According to the Samaa TV report, the female students were radicalized by Islamic clerics opposed to Maulana Tariq Jameel, a Sunni religious scholar who belongs to the revivalist group Tablighi Jamaat and is wildly popular for his television speeches on religious and non-religious issues delivered to Muslim audiences across the world via the Internet. "The three women accosted the victim outside the seminary and accused her of being impressed by religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel and [of] committing blasphemy," the police statement noted.[8]

Police Officer Najam Hasnain Liaquat said that the name of the 13-year-old girl who reportedly had the dream was Umema. A controversy had been ongoing, the police officer noted, between two religious seminaries for women situated in Dera Ismail Khan, the headquarters of Dera Ismail Khan district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


[1] Roznama Mashriq (Pakistan), March 30, 2022.

[2] Roznama Mashriq (Pakistan), March 30, 2022.

[3] Roznama Mashriq (Pakistan), March 30, 2022.

[4] Dawn (Pakistan), March 30, 2022.

[5] Dawn (Pakistan), March 30, 2022.

[6] Roznama Jang (Pakistan), March 30, 2022.

[7] SamaaEnglish.TV (Pakistan), March 29, 2022.

[8] SamaaEnglish.TV (Pakistan), March 29, 2022.

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