A Muslim radio station in Britain was fined Tuesday, after one of its broadcasters advocated the beating and torture of gays – and that a Muslim marrying a non-Mulslim was on “the straight path to hellfire.”
British broadcasting regulator Ofcom fined Leeds-based Radio Asian Fever 107.3 FM £4,000 (US$5,172) for the comments made back in August 2011 by Rubina Nasir, who goes by the on-air name of Sister Ruby.
“What should be done if they do it [practise homosexuality]?,” Sister Ruby said as she began to explain a passage in the Koran (Sura Al-Nisa, verse 16).
“If there are two such persons among you, that do this evil, the shameful act, what do you have to do? Torture them; punish them; beat them and give them mental torture,” she said.
“Allah states, ‘If they do such a deed [i.e. homosexuality], punish them, both physically and mentally,” she continued.
“Mental punishment means rebuke them, beat them, humiliate them, admonish and curse them, and beat them up,” Sister Ruby explained. “This command was sent in the beginning because capital punishment had not yet been sent down.”
Sister Ruby then went after mixed-faith marriages.
“Listeners! Marriage of a Muslim man or woman with a Mushrak is the straight path to hellfire,” she said.
“Have my sisters and brothers, who live with people of bad religions or alien religions, ever thought about what would become of the children they have had with them – and the coming generation?
“Where the filth of shirk (the sin of following another religion) is present, where the dirt of shirk is present, where the heart is impure, how can you remove apparent filth. How many arrangements will you make to remove the apparent filth?
“We are saying that Mushraks have no concept of cleanliness and uncleanliness.”
Ofcam received two complaints from offended listeners, according to the UK Telegraph. The regulator declared Sister Ruby’s comments to be “likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime,” according to Pink News, although it stopped short of taking away or limiting the station’s license.
Radio Asian Fever 107.3’s managing director Jabbar Karim apologized for Sister Ruby’s comments in a press statement, adding that she has been fired and policy standards have been handed out for broadcasters to follow.