On Monday, January 9, Muslim Nour El Islam Benostmane was sentenced by a French court to four years for animal theft, abuse, and rape of an eight-month-old female Samoyed dog named Flicka. Nour El Islam had 24 prior convictions, previously disfigured a dog, and had already spent twenty years in prison for primarily violent crimes. Until now, animal theft and rape have not existed in France’s penal code. However, after the latest cases, people are demanding laws be enacted.


In Septemeber 2022, Flicka was stolen in front of the Buisson Rond ice skating rink in Chambéry and later found mistreated in La Ravoire.

Flicka and her family went to the Buisson Rond ice rink in Chambéry. While dropping off his son for ice hockey practice, the father of the family escaped his animal’s surveillance for a few seconds. But it was enough for him to be removed. When he returned to the building hall, the dog had disappeared, as he explained, “I barely looked away, and when I turned around, I no longer saw her. So I called her, I shouted.

Since Flicka’s disappearance, hundreds of people have mobilized to find her. This was the case on Monday, September 19; police received a tip that an individual matching Flicka’s kidnapper was reported squatting in a home. When authorities arrived, they heard a man shouting and screaming insults, noises resembling blows, and a howling dog. So they broke down the door and arrested 43 years old Nour El Islam, who had already been convicted of acts of cruelty to a domestic animal.

In the home’s windowless cellar, near an empty bowl and a piece of dry bread, they found the wanted Samoyed dog, who had been kidnapped in front of the ice rink four days earlier. 

“Dogs are Demons”

As police drove the dog rapist and abuser back to the police station, their suspect spontaneously blurted out: “Dogs are demons who steal women and children before biting them; they must suffer the same fate!

A statement that took on meaning and the color of a confession when the investigators learned of the results during an examination of the kidnapped animal. Among other signs of abuse, the veterinarian had noted in Flicka an inflammation of the vulva and vaginal edema,“ allowing to suspect, without being able to attest, that there was penetration. The veterinarian was shocked at the extremely rare findings.

This is why, Monday, January 9, Nour El Islam Benostmane answered primarily before the judges “of sexual attack on a domestic animal,” theft, and ill-treatment. “I did not perform sexual acts on this dog. Are you out of your mind? It is not possible. And I’m not a psychopath for abusing dogs and beating them up! “Protested the defendant.

Already sentenced in 2020 for violence against a dog

Nour El Islam had already been convicted in 2020 for disfiguring a Rottweiler dog, Julia. And the last expert psychiatrist to have examined him determined he had a “psychopathic personality.”

As for the abduction of Flicka, Nour El Islam Benostmane accused his fellow squatter, Samuel, with who he shared the house, of kidnapping the dog. However, during his first police interrogations, he admitted to being the thief and never spoke of his neighbor on the ground floor. Then, at his trial, he declared himself schizophrenic, ill, and above all, “innocent” of all he was accused of.

Flicka ‘recovered’

Representing the public prosecutor, deputy prosecutor Cédric Mestre looked at this man’s criminal record with 24 convictions “mainly for violence.” Nour El Islam had already spent twenty years in prison. Despite his attorney trying to have him sent to a psychiatric hospital versus prison, the prosecutor disagreed.

Deputy prosecutor Mestre decided that based on the “criminological dangerousness” highlighted by Nour El Islam’s mental assessments and the psychiatrist’s conclusion, he was “more suited to prison than to the specialized hospital,” where he would have frightened patients and staff during his stays.

He demanded the court impose a sentence of five years in prison, four of which are firm and one with a reinforced probationary period obliging Nour El Islam Benostmane, on his release, to work and to submit to treatment for two years.

For the second time, the judges definitively forbade him to own a domestic animal, which was demanded by the SPA (Society for the Protection of Animals), which announced a 30% increase in animal abuse in France in 2022.

As for Flicka, she has “recovered.” Her owners said. “She is doing well, fortunately, and her psychological state has returned to normal.”

Islam’s hatred of Dogs

The following hadiths help to explain Nour El Islam Benostmane’s hatred of dogs and the willingness of so many Muslims and Islamic countries to harm them. These hadiths have given rise to nearly fourteen centuries, both of shunning and of mistreating dogs by Muslims, explains Robert Spencer from Jihad Watch:

In Islam, fear and hatred of dogs are rooted in a famous hadith, in which “The Prophet said, ‘Angels do not enter a house in which there are dogs or pictures.” (Sahih-Al-Bukhari, 7.833, Narrated by Abu Talha). 

Two other hadiths found in the collection of Muslim, vividly convey Muhammad’s murderous hatred of dogs:

First, “Abdullah (b. Umar) (Allah be pleased with them) reported: Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) ordered the killing of dogs and we would send (men) in Medina and its corners, and we did not spare any dog that we did not kill, so much so that we killed the dog that accompanied the wet she-camel belonging to the people of the desert. (Sahih Muslim 3811)

Second, Ibn Mughaffal reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) ordered the killing of the dogs, and then said: “What about them, i. e. about other dogs?” and then granted concession (to keep) the dog for hunting and the dog for (the security) of the herd, and said: “When the dog licks the utensil, wash it seven times, and rub it with earth the eighth time.” (Sahih Muslim 551).

This hatred is only exacerbated, Spencer believes, by Muslim’s desire to distinguish themselves from the Zoroastrians whom they conquered when the Arab armies overran Sassanid Persia between 633 and 654 A.D. Zoroastrians placed such a high value on dogs; thus, Muslims will despise whatever the kuffar reveres.

Spencer first posted fourteen years ago (June 11, 2009) a piece about the fear and hatred Muslims harbor for dogs and the consequent mistreatment dogs endure from Muslims. The reports of such mistreatment by Muslims, of precisely the animal that is most celebrated for his devotion and loyalty to humans, has, for many, been further confirmation that something is terribly wrong with Islam.

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