“Was the knife sharp?”
“No, it wasn’t,” she replied. “I wish it was.Â Â I wanted to give her the peace that she needed.”
“Then I stab her, stab her neck. She said, ‘No Mom!’ I said, ‘It’s for your good. Let me finish.'”
Attempted honor murder in Montreal.
Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. 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-SalikÂ o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law.
The Palestinian AuthorityÂ gives pardons or suspended sentencesÂ for honor murders. Iraqi women haveÂ asked for tougher sentencesÂ for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now.Â Syria in 2009 scrapped a lawÂ limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but “the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour ‘provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.'” And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings.Â Al-Jazeera reportedÂ that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.”
In light of all this, until authorities get the courage to tell the truth about honor killing, there will be many more such murders.
“‘It’s for your good. Let me finish’: Afghan-Canadian mother told police she stabbed her daughter with a kitchen knife,” by Graeme Hamilton for theÂ National Post, September 26 (thanks to Michael):
MONTREAL â€“ For months, Bahar Ebrahimi had been rebelling against her parents, complaining their Afghan culture andÂ Muslim religion were suffocating her. “I want to enjoy my life.Â I want to feel what the other ones feel,” she told them, according to her mother’s statement to police.