Aasiya Zubair

Aasiya Zubair

Biography

In February 2009, in Orchard Park, New York, 37-year-old Aasiya Zubair was brutally murdered by her husband, Muzzammil Hassan. Shortly after receiving divorce papers from Aasiya, in which she documented the years of abuse she experienced at the hands of her husband, Muzzammil was reported to have decapitated her.1 Her body was found at the offices of Bridges TV, a television station the two formed with the goal of countering negative stereotypes associated with Islam and Muslims.2 Aasiya’s murder received widespread condemnation from Islamic organizations such as the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).3 Her death also prompted many Muslim Americans to speak out against domestic violence. For example, a Facebook group entitled “Imams Speak Out: Domestic Violence Will Not Be Tolerated in Our Communities” asked Imams, or religious leaders, to condemn violence against women in their weekly Friday sermons..4 Soon after the murder, a group of Muslim Americans started the Muslim Men Against Domestic Violence Website, where they promised to never “engage in, support, or remain silent about the physical, psychological, and emotional abuse of Muslim and non-Muslim women and children.”.5 In 2011, Muzzamil was convicted of second-degree murder and given 25 years to life in prison, the maximum sentence. He and Aasiya had been married for eight years and had two young children.6

[1] "Muslim TV boss Muzzamil Hassan charged with beheading his wife," Times Online.

[2]"Beheaded woman's sister: I might have heard deadly confrontation," CNN.

[3]Ibid.

[4]"Remembering Aasiya Zubair," The Guardian.

[5]Ibid.

[6]"TV boss Muzzammil Hassan gets prison for wife's death," BBC.

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