Former Mizzou Instructor Arrested After Attacking Teenage Relative At High School For Not Wearing Veil

56588096de584.imageThe University of Missouri has been battered by protests over racial relations on the campus for weeks, including the recent resignation of a faculty member who tried to silence a student reporter. Now, an assistant professor at the University of Missouri is under arrest on suspicion of child abuse after Benghazi native Youssif Z. Omar reportedly attacked a female 14-year-old relative for not wearing a hijab to Hickman High School. The University says that Omar has not worked at the university for months. Students were reportedly not fond of Omar and some noted his explosive temper, yelling at students, and poor English.


Omar is listed on the University’s website as a graduate teaching assistant of Arabic and the managing editor of the undergraduate journal “Artifacts.” He received his Bachelors Degree in translation and multiple Masters Degrees in Libya. He secured his PhD in English Education, Linguistics and Translation Studies while at the University of Missouri from 2008-2013. The Mizzou website still lists him as Adjunct Instructor of Arabic in German & Russian Studies.

Omar is accused of attacking the teenager by pulling her down the stairway by the hair and striking her in the face after seeing her with a hijab.

Notably, in an edition of “Artifacts,” Omar wrote and Editor’s Introduction that said “It is very hard for some people to be away from their own culture because they find themselves confined to the deep-rooted beliefs and customs they acquired and learned from the communities in which they were born and raised.” He may be a case in point but his “confinement” will now be more concrete if convicted.

It is always more disconcerting to see someone not only with advance degrees but actually teaching at a university commit such acts of violent intolerance and orthodoxy. Omar himself is an “artifact” of orthodoxy in believing that he had the right to physically punish a girl for wanting to go to school without a veil.

63 thoughts on “Former Mizzou Instructor Arrested After Attacking Teenage Relative At High School For Not Wearing Veil”

  1. including the recent resignation of a faculty member who tried to silence a student reporter.

    This is the second time Turley has erroneously claimed Melissa Click resigned her faculty position. She resigned her courtesy appointment to the School of Journalism. She remains faulty of “Mass Media”.

  2. Do we intentionally invite cancer into our bodies? Do we hire cancer as way to foster cellular diversity?
    Or do we cut it out and destroy it?

  3. Qur’an (4:34) – “Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.””
    Contemporary translations sometimes water down the word ‘beat’, but it is the same one used in verse 8:12 and means ‘to strike’.

    Qur’an (38:44) – “”And take in your hand a green branch and beat her with it, and do not break your oath…””
    Allah telling Job to beat his wife (Tafsir).

    Hadith:

    Bukhari (72:715) – A woman came to Muhammad and begged her to stop her husband from beating her. Her skin was bruised so badly that it is described as being “greener” than the green veil she was wearing. Muhammad did not admonish her husband, but instead ordered her to return to him and submit to his sexual desires.

    Bukhari (72:715) – “Aisha said, ‘I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women'” Muhammad’s own wife complained of the abuse that the women of her religion suffered relative to other women.

    Muslim (4:2127) – Muhammad struck his favorite wife, Aisha, in the chest one evening when she left the house without his permission. Aisha narrates, “He struck me on the chest which caused me pain.”

    Muslim (9:3506) – Muhammad’s fathers-in-law (Abu Bakr and Umar) amused him by slapping his wives (Aisha and Hafsa) for annoying him. According to the Hadith, the prophet of Islam laughed upon hearing this.

    Abu Dawud (2141) – “Iyas bin ‘Abd Allah bin Abi Dhubab reported the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) as saying: Do not beat Allah’s handmaidens, but when ‘Umar came to the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) and said: Women have become emboldened towards their husbands, he (the Prophet) gave permission to beat them.”
    At first, Muhammad forbade men from beating their wives, but he rescinded this once it was reported that women were becoming emboldened toward their husbands. Beatings in a Muslim marriage are sometimes necessary to keep women in their place.

  4. If a defense attorney brings religion or culture or any other element of this man’s perversity into a court room then the prosecution should balance that with extremism, terrorism, threat to society in general.

    People who argue their religious beliefs should supersede the secular laws of our society are a threat to our society.

  5. The more religion is brought into the explaining of this travesty, the more the backward cultures of Islam and Muslim extremists will pollute the basis of secular life, the very life which protects this perverse religion.

    The man should be charged for physically violating the girl, her rights, and whatever else an ernest prosecutor can come up with. The inclusion in any way of religion as an explanation only serves to weaken the foundations of America as well as the West in general.

    Statements need to be made regarding the laws versus religion. Without these secular laws there would be no freedom of religion. The accompanying element, equally important as freedom of religion, is freedom from religion. We have a government and laws to protect those who cannot protect themselves from travesties such as religion, religious extremists, and crazed parents.

    If the courts fail to isolate religion from this man’s dastardly acts then we have failed as a society.

  6. Does the idea that death is cruel and unusual punishment, ever occur to Muslims? Does it ever appear in their media or literature?

    While that idea apparently doesn’t occur to US military folks, war mongering politicians, or war profiteers, it would seem that ordinary Muslims would think similarly to the way ordinary US Americans think…..that murder is cruel and unusual punishment, whether it is for failing to wear the proper clothing, or for just living in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Palestine.

  7. Youssif’s own words hit the nail on the head by stating “deep-rooted beliefs and customs they acquired and learned from the communities in which they were born and raised.”

    Assimilation issues and mission creep come to mind in this case.

    Does Youssif know anything about the U.S. history of frontiersman like Davy Crockett or Daniel Boone?

  8. I think the police and school officials should keep a careful eye on the girl. She could be in further danger of retaliatory physical abuse or an “honor” killing if her uncle is convicted.

  9. He is an adjunct professor, not assistant professor. But difference. Adjunct are part-time, slightly less than part-time and are paid slave wages.

  10. The word “hijab” does not mean headscarf, but cover. It applies to men as well as women and I note that Assistant Professor Omar is photographed without head cover and is therefore as guilty as his claims about his teenage relative, if his argument is to be considered.

    The differing customs about dress and burkha vs hijab etc do not come from the Quran but from the hadiths or interpretation of the script. And this is what causes never ending conflict schism. This will infect US Society unless stopped.

    I don’t believe there is anything in the Quran about beating up children, women and men not wearing hijab. If I am right Assistant Professor Omar has not only broken US Law but Islamic Law as well which allegedly promotes respect of women in particular.

    Child abuse is is a good vehicle to address this issue. In this case the issue is not the wearing of a hijab but an assault of a minor by a male assailant presumably also guilty of not wearing a hijab?
    At least he is guilty of this in the photograph.

    But there is a sting in the tail. If this case is an example of child abuse, then so is religious circumcision.

    It’s about time this barbarity and perverse religiously based abuse of children was ended.

    Instead Society turns a blind eye. And this is maybe the greatest crime of all.

  11. Ok he doesn’t work at the University…….now let’s see how much time he gets for such a violent attack on a child.

  12. Muslim sexism. I can’t fault Female Arabs for choosing to wear a hijab or burka of their own decision to be ethnically identified. That in and of itself is a good thing. Before culture and ethnicity is climate. I feel the hijab is too frequently smeared as a garment of radical islamic jihad. Thats merely reformist Islamist rhetoric. People in the middle east truly have need to keep a head scarf handy incase a haboob comes storming up.
    Even to keep the daylight off their skin. Function is in the garment first; not as a sex or gender role identity. Variations of the hijab existed far before islam. This dimwit professor is attempting to control his ?niece’s body through islam but really the hijab is not islams to own. Its also not males to own upon females. The middle eastern misogyny is ripe with this Omar. He’s only accepted a lock step discipleship of his religion and not peered over the drop ceiling panels to recognize his perspective is a near sighted control issue.

  13. I also forgot that if he is convicted of a felony, he needs to be deported ASAP. Problem solved and he won’t have to be offended any more.

  14. I think you mean he attacked her when he saw her WITHOUT her head covering.

    He should go to jail for a very long time. He could have killed her which I think may have been his goal. If the courts give him a pass for relgious reasons, we will all be at risk.

    Will the University fire him as it should. Violence against a child is a serious matter but then this is a strang world so I won’t hold my breath.

  15. I think a long stretch in the pen will resolve the problem of his teaching at Mizzou, and may well serve to further his education in US laws.

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