Seven Year Old Yaseen

Mother Who Killed Son For Failing To Learn Qur’an Is Jailed For Life

A woman who beat her son to death because he didn’t learn parts of the Koran has been jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 17 years before she could be considered for parole.

Initially, it was believed that Sara Ege’s seven-year-old son Yaseen died in July 2010 as the result of a fire, but a subsequent investigation discovered that the child died before the fire began.

In fact, Yaseen died from multiple internal injuries after months of brutal beatings. His mother set fire to his body to hide the evidence, The Huffington Post reports.

The case was heard at Cardiff Crown Court in Wales, England.

The court heard how Yaseen was often beaten with a wooden pestle after falling behind in his Qur’an studies.

The jury was also told that Ege, 33, and her husband, taxi driver Yousef Ege, 38, had enrolled Yaseen in special classes at their local mosque because they wanted him to become Hafiz — someone who memorises the Qur’an.

According to The Guardian, as a child Ege herself had memorized large sections of the book and entered competitions that tested that ability.

But she became increasingly frustrated when her son was unable to do as well and began beating him. Ege also claimed she had been urged on by the devil and bad spirits, the paper notes.

Following her arrest, Ege, a mathematics graduate, confessed to police that she had killed her son. In that confession she told police she was “getting angry too much”, adding: “I would shout at Yaseen all the time. I was getting very wild and I hit Yaseen with a stick on his back like a dog.”

Sara Ege was sentenced to 17 years for killing her son for failing to learn the Koran