BUFFALO, N.Y. – A suburban Buffalo man who founded a cable TV station to promote better understanding of Muslims in the U.S. has been arrested on charges he beheaded his wife.
Orchard Park police arrested Muzzammil Hassan, 44, on Thursday for investigation of second-degree murder, The Buffalo News reported.
Police identified the victim as Aasiya Z. Hassan, 37. Her body was found at his business, Bridges TV.
Hassan is the founder and chief executive officer of Bridges TV, which he launched in 2004 amid hopes that it would help portray Muslims in a more positive light. Its slogan was “connecting people through understanding.”
According to authorities, Aasiya Hassan recently filed for divorce and had a protection order against her husband, the Buffalo News reported.
“Obviously, this is the worst form of domestic violence possible,” Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said Friday.
Many of the Muslims in America may have heard of Bridges TV which is the only Muslim TV channel available on cable. The main vision of BridgesTV is to portray Muslims in the positive light. Apparently the CEO wasn’t falling his own companies vision when he decided to kill his wife because they were having marital issues. This further proves my point of an increase in “extremism” in all sorts of Muslims. This is why we can’t really label people as “extremist” because it’s such relative term. From the TV shows that I’ve seen on Bridges TV, I can say that they are very open minded and liberal in some sense. So what made this guy do such a horrible crime? Many people will look at this and say “this guy is an extremist Muslim”, but the reality is. This guy is just a criminal who is Muslim by faith, that’s all. The act had nothing to do with his religion, unfortunately many non-Muslims will bring this up and blame it on Islam and many Muslims will brush it off with “he’s an extremist Muslim”. Both are wrong. Let’s be real and treat it as it is. He’s a murderer who happens to be Muslim.
May Allah (swt) forgive our sister with all of her sins and grant her jannat-ul-firdaus. May Allah (swt) make it easy for her family. Ameen!
Edit: for those who don’t think he’s guilty, he’s guilty from before sine his wife filed for a restraining order to do the physical abuse she endured. According to Islam and Allah’s words, this is forbidden. We don’t need to wait for man-made law to declare him a crminal. And Allah knows best.
Aasiya Hassan had filed for divorce and obtained an order of protection on Feb. 6, barring her husband from their home in Orchard Park, police said.
“There had been problems before — there had been prior incidents of physical abuse,” said Corey Hogan, whose law firm, Hogan Willig, represented Aasiya Hassan in the divorce proceeding.
Hogan said discussions were being held about continuing arrangements for the couple’s two children, ages 4 and 6, and two older children, ages 17 and 18, from Muzzammil Hassan’s previous marriage.