Honor Killing is un-Islamic!
Harris Zafar Â from the Ahmadiyya Times lectures us (and Robert Spencer) about our “lack of knowledge about Â this faith”. In his view, it is not Islam that kills, its “hate mongers, like Robert Spencer “who tarnish the image of Islam” by exposing it.
Unfortunately many people are blaming the religion of Islam for the existence of such a barbaric custom. “There is broad support and acceptance of this idea in Islam, and we’re going to see it more and more in the United States,” says Robert Spencer, founder of Jihad Watch and prominent antagonist of Islam.
This unfair and false statement not only exhibits Mr. Spencer’s bias against Islam but also exposes his lack of knowledge about this faith.
Muslims across the world must unite to end such atrocities that have absolutely no basis in Islam. We must work to eradicate this ancient cultural custom from any society still plagued with it. It is a Muslim’s duty to uphold peace and tolerance, and any cries from hate mongers, like Robert Spencer, claiming that Islam supports and accepts this practice are ignorant at best and dishonest at worst.
Unfortunately, Harris Zafar (MSQ USA) doesn’t offer any evidence Â for his claims and his unwarranted “hate”-smears against Robert Spencer in defense of his “faith” don’t stick. This sura here : “The Holy Quran Â says “Verily, the most honorable among you, in the sight of Allah, is he who is the most righteous among you” (49:14). certainly has nothing to do with it, and the following 2 cases of honor killings only confirm what we know already:
In 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings.Â Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.”
And a manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that “retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.” (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2).
In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law. Al-Khidr (18:65-82) This ruling applies across the board: a believing Muslim is religiously obliged to kill his brother, sister, father, mother or any family member who changes his or her religion.
That’s why these honor killings keep happening — because they are broadly tolerated, even encouraged, by Islamic teachings and attitudes. Yet no authorities are calling Islamic leaders to account for this.
Couple killed over ‘honour’
KARACHI: A couple was killed in the name of honour in Peerabad police precincts on Tuesday.
Station House Officer (SHO) Rahim Khan said the police found two bodies from an empty plot on Street No 4 in Muslimabad.Â The male victim was identified as Yousuf Shah, 32, but the woman’s identity was yet to be ascertained, he added.
The SHO said both victims hailed from Swat and had married of their own freewill a few months ago. Paki Daily Times
Jordan: Man kills sister over love affair
AMMAN (Jordan) Straits Times – A JORDANIAN man was charged on Tuesday with premeditated murder for allegedly stabbing to death his younger sister over a love affair, police said.
‘The 22-year-old man has confessed to killing his 20-year-old sister on Monday, with the help of his cousin, after learning that she was in love with a man,’ in Marka, eastern Amman, a police spokesman told AFP.
‘His 19-year-old cousin was charged with being an accessory to murder.’ The two face the death penalty if convicted.
Murder is punishable by death in Jordan but in so-called ‘honour killings’ Jordanian courts can commute or reduce sentences, particularly if the victim’s family urges leniency.
Between 15 and 20 women are murdered in honour killings each year in Jordan despite government efforts to curb such crimes. — AFP