The term “Honor Killing” is defined as the “Premeditated murder of preadolescent or adolescent women by one or more male members of the immediate or extended family.”
Human Rights Watch defines “Honor Killings” as follows:
Honor Killings are acts of vengeance, usually death, committed by male family members against female family members, who are held to have brought dishonor upon the family.
Honor Killing is the shocking cruelty committed by Muslims against their own family members. The perpetrators in every case are the family members. Honor Killings are a family collaboration. And the victims who are killed are either the daughter or sister or other blood related young women. The crime is usually carried out by the father, mother, brothers or uncles of the victims. The victims are killed or slaughtered in a cold-blooded manner. These barbaric killings occur only to save the honor of the family, and not for wealth or for any personal hostility.
Honor Killing is a manifestation of a global phenomenon among Muslims. It is an Islamic thing. It is practiced in all Islamic countries. The more religious the country, the more widespread is the practice of Honor Killing.
The following are some of the acts or behaviors by a Muslim woman or girl – actual or suspected – that can make her a target for Honor Killing:
Speaking with an unrelated man.
An extra-marital affair.
Refusal of forced marriage.
Marrying according to personal choice.
Becoming an innocent victim of rape.
Or even a rumor regarding pre-marital loss of virginity.
A woman who desires to leave her abusive husband.
A woman who bridge religious divides by engaging socially with other communities.
All these acts are supposed to stain or destroy the family honor. Therefore, family members kill the victim in order to remove the stain and protect the honor of the family. The mere perception that a woman has behaved in a way that “dishonors” her family is sufficient to trigger an attack on her life. Of course, the above list is only partial and is not exhaustive. Some very conservative Muslim families consider even very trivial acts as conducts that brings dishonor to the family.
Killers are often given light sentences, sometimes with little or no jail term at all. In fact, in Islamic countries such as Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Jordan, Syria, Libya, Kuwait, Yemen, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, the Gaza Strip, Tunisia, Pakistan, Nigeria and Somalia, little or no action is taken against the criminals. The killers mainly defend their act of murder by referring to the Qur’an and Islam. Family guardians will say that they are merely following the directives set down in their Islamic ethical beliefs.
Moreover, the practice of committing homicides in the name of honor has been legitimized by its enshrinement in Sharia Law as an excuse for murder. The Article 340 of the Jordanian Penal Code states:
“He who catches his wife, or one of his female un-lawfully committing adultery with another, and he kills, wounds, or injures both of them, is excused and benefits from an exemption from penalty.”
Provisions such as Article 340 exist in many Arab countries’ Penal Codes. Therefore, the practice of murder in the name of honor also constitutes a grave barrier to a woman’s access to justice since honor is articulated as a valid defense for murder in many Arab Penal Codes. This in itself is a complete disregard for Article 2 (c) of the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.
As usual, Muslim apologists argue that honor killing is a cultural vice and it is not Islamic. This claim is utterly false. If it were just a continuation of a pre-Islamic Arab cultural practice, then honor killing would be confined only amongst the Arab Muslims. Why is it, that both Jews and Christians living in the Muslim Middle East from time immemorial do not have the honor killing culture? However, honor killing is extensively practiced by Muslims who not Arabs. It is a common occurrence in countries like Pakistan. It has been reported that in Pakistan and in Jordan several hundreds of honor killing occur every year.
Then again, if it was a pre-Islamic Arab culture, why is Islam unable to eliminate the observation of this extremely evil act by its worshippers? The truth is that Islam incorporated many inhumane and uncivilized practices of the pagan society into its religion – practices which are now considered as the laws of Allah. Additionally, if it is cultural, why is this barbaric act not practiced by the Arab Christians? Why is that only Arab Muslims carry out this heinous act with regularity? The great majority of honor killings happen only amongst the Muslims. Only Muslims practice it because these honor killings get their support and encouragement from the unethical teachings of Islam. Let us now consider how the dictums of the Qur’an incite “Honor Killings.”
Surah 4:15: “If any of your women are guilty of lewdness, take the evidence of four (reliable) witness from amongst you against them; if they testify, confine them to houses until death do claim them. Or God ordain for them some (other) way.” (Yusuf Ali)
In the above verse, Allah gives Muslim men the right to imprison for life their women (female family members) whom they believe to be “guilty of lewdness.” It is left to them to decide what constitutes lewdness. Thus, Muslims find support in this Qur’anic verse to take the law into their own hands to punish those who are guilty – actual or suspected. The life-long house arrest enforced on the woman is nothing but a severe form of capital punishment. Is not locking up a woman till she dies a type of honor killing on the installment? The enforcement of these punishments of Allah is usually carried out by the father, elevating him to the position of the law. Failure to do so will bring shame upon him in the eyes of the Muslim community. He has to act to remove that shame. But, the Qur’anic authorization does not stop at just imprisonment.
Surah 4:89: They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing as they: But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them.” (Yusuf Ali)
According to the Qur’an, those who became Muslims and then renegades or deserts the religion of Islam is be killed. The greatest threat to apostates in the Muslim world comes not from the state, but from private individuals. In fact, it is the duty of all faithful Muslims to kill apostates. Yet again, we can see that Allah has given individual Muslims the right to act as executioners.
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 260:
Narrated Ikrima: Ali burnt some people and this news reached Ibn ‘Abbas, who said, “Had I been in his place I would not have burnt them, as the Prophet said, ‘Don’t punish (anybody) with Allah’s Punishment.’ No doubt, I would have killed them, for the Prophet said, ‘If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.’
In Islam, not only Muslims who leave Islam are considered as apostates but also those whose behavior goes contrary to the teachings of the Qur’an may be considered as such. Muhammad even had a man executed for consuming alcohol.
Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 38, Number 4467:
Narrated Mu’awiyah ibn AbuSufyan: The Prophet said: If they (the people) drink wine, flog them, again if they drink it, flog them. Again if they drink it, kill them.
Therefore, individuals who act contrary to the teachings of Islam can place themselves in the danger of being viewed as apostates. Some honor killings are executed for seemingly minor infractions such as a young woman’s refusal to wear the hijab or her desire to wear makeup. Thus, even discarding the Islamic dress code can be dangerous for some. Many young Muslim women were killed just for wanting to conform to a Western lifestyle. This rationalization for honor killing is known as Westernization. (Chester, Phyllis. “Worldwide Trends in Honor Killings.” p. 6.).
A woman’s right to autonomy over her own body is a right that Muslim perpetrators of honor killings do not recognize. A Muslim woman’s body is considered the property of her father, husband or other male relatives. The mindset that Islam has created has much to do with honor killing practices. Had it been considered as an un-Islamic practice, we would have seen strict Muslim nations prohibiting such cruel practice by Sharia law. But, we do not find that to be so.
Although the crime carries the word “honor,” these crimes are anything but honorable. They are merely justified by the perpetrator and the wider Muslim community, in the name of honor. There is a pattern of gender hierarchy in Islam that culminates in the violence against Muslim women. This kind of cruel killings to save family honor had happened in the past, it is still happening and will continue to happen in Muslim families. Honor killings will exist as long as Islam exists. One study reveals that although Sikhs and Hindus do sometimes commit such murders, worldwide, 91 percent of perpetrators were Muslims. While others act on their own, the Muslims’ action is motivated religiously.
Of course, Muslims will deny and dishonestly claim that honor killing is not Islamic. And to deceivingly validate their case, they argue that the Qur’an does not directly mention anything about honor killing. The fact is that there are many other things which a Muslim practices that are also not mentioned in the Qur’an. For example, stoning to death for adultery is not mentioned directly in the Qur’an, yet the practice of stoning to death by the decree of the Islamic court can be found in strict Islamic countries.
The honest truth is that the murderers in honor killing are primarily influenced by Islamic ethics and directives set down in the Islamic ethical beliefs and principles. It is because of these Islamic elements of support, we find that the perpetrators of this crime are left off easily in strict Islamic government where they reside. And also because of this support, strict Islamic government find themselves unable to take steps to enact any criminal law to ban the barbaric slaughtering of innocent girls by their family members. In spite of all the evidences proving to the contrary, Islamists will still say that honor killing has nothing to do with Islam. This is just the same as when they say that “Islamic terrorism” has nothing to do with the so called peaceful religion of Islam. Honor killing can be stopped only when Muslims come to terms with the truth that it is a practice that is sanctioned in Islam. As long as Muslims continue to deny, minimize, or obfuscate the problem, women will continue to be killed.
Muslim leaders claim that honor killing is not based on religion but culture. As stated earlier, this is a blatant lie. However, even if we allow for the claim that Islam is not responsible for the practice of honor killing,then it only goes on to show that Islam is a failed system. It shows that even after 1,400 years of the coming of religion of Islam, it could not prevent the influence of culture on its adherents. It shows that Islamic doctrines are not strong enough to overcome this cultural gender backwardness that calls for the killing of women. Does not this demonstrate that Islam in reality supports a barbaric tribal Arabian culture that calls for the oppression of women?
If it is true that it is cultural, where then are these pagans who continue to promote and influence their cultural practice on every new generation of Muslims? None. Such peoples, tribes and nationalities do not exist today. Without the existence of such outside culture to influence Muslims, can they put the blame on pre-Islamic culture? In absolute reality, the only people who promote this backward barbaric practice of honor killing are Muslims themselves. Muslims are the only people in the world who believe in saving their family by destroying their family.
The relation between Islam and honor killings is more connected to the religious influence on the practice of honor murders than Muslims are willing to admit. Even if honor killing originated in pre-Islamic Arab tribalism, it has long since been incorporated into Islamic society whereby it has become common throughout the Muslim world. Also, the refusal of Islamic authorities to unambiguously denounce honor killings proves that this practice does not contradict the spirit of Islam. Contrary to such denial by Muslims, the evidences demonstrate that Islamic orthodoxy generally condones the practice, whilst not explicitly recommending it openly.
An outstanding evidence in point is the Umdat Al-Salik (“Reliance of the Sojourner”). It is an Arabic manual on Islamic law (Sharia), certified as a most reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, which is the most prominent and authoritative institute of Islamic jurisprudence in the Muslim world. This manual, composed in the 14th century, states:
“…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, Section 01.1-2)
Thus, parents who murder their son/daughter for the sake of “honor,” whether owing to issues of chastity, apostasy and the like, incurs no penalty under Sharia. In other words, a parent who murders his or her child for the sake of honor is not penalized under Islamic law. The Umdat Al-Salik is by no means an irrelevant or outdated document. Its rulings, including those on the subject of retaliation for murder, are legally binding and not subject for debate by Muslims.
There is an interesting account in the Qur’an that lays the theological groundwork for honor killings. The narrative tells of Moses encountering a man with “special knowledge” who does things which do not seem to make sense on the surface, but are then justified according to the explanation given later by this man. One such action is the murder of a youth for no apparent reason. However, the so-called wise man later explains that it was feared that the boy would grow up to “grieve” his parents by “disobedience and ingratitude.” Thus, he was killed so that Allah could now replace them with a “better son.” Please read the narration in the following Qur’anic verses:
Surah 18:65-81: Then they found one from among Our servants whom We had granted mercy from Us and whom We had taught knowledge from Ourselves. Moses said to him: Shall I follow you on condition that you should teach me right knowledge of what you have been taught? He said: Surely you cannot have patience with me and how can you have patience in that of which you have not got a comprehensive knowledge? Moses said: If Allah pleases, you will find me patient and I shall not disobey you in any matter. He said: If you would follow me, then do not question me about any thing until I myself speak to you about it… So they went on until, when they met a boy, he slew him.Moses said:Have you slain an innocent person otherwise than for manslaughter? Certainly you have done an evil thing. He said: Did I not say to you that you will not be able to have patience with me? Moses said: If I ask you about anything after this, keep me not in your company; indeed you shall have then found an excuse in my case…He said: This shall be separation between me and you; now I will inform you of the significance of that with which you could not have patience…And as for the boy, his parents were believers and we feared lest he should make disobedience and ingratitude to come upon them: So we desired that their Lord might give them in his place one better than him in purity and nearer to having compassion. (Shakir)
The above Qur’anic verses lay the foundation for honor killings. These verses explicitly show that Allah condones the killing of a child just for the thought that the child would commit disobedience and ingratitude in the future. It goes even further in stating that the parents might be given a “better son” than the one they had before by Allah. This is the justification in Islam for honor killings. The bottom line is Allah rewards those parents who dispose their child through murder for becoming un-Islamic.
Since the servant of Allah in this account was supposedly gifted with special knowledge, he killed the boy before he could dishonor his family. The man feared that the boy would bring shame on his family, hence the preemptive murder. Just think, this servant of Allah did not even wait for the actual act of dishonor to occur before killing the boy. And Moses had to learn “right knowledge” from this preemptive murderer.
However, since normal Muslims do not possess special gifts of any kind, they would not know how a child would turn out in the future. Hence, they have to wait until they perceive some kind of misconduct that they may judge as bringing dishonor to the family, and then they have all the right to eliminate the child. The above Qur’anic verses testify that if parents have sufficient reasons to believe that their child is deviating from the religion, they can kill that child with Allah’s blessing. Like Moses, they too have to learn from the preemptive murderer. So, when Muslims tells you that honor killings are not condoned in Islam it means one of the following: One, they do not know their own religion. Two, they are lying.
Compare now the above Qur’anic account with the parable Jesus gave in the Holy Bible that illustrates how Jehovah deals with a wayward son. See the compassionate feelings of the true Creator in contrast to Allah the impostor.
Luke 15:11-32: Then he said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the part of the property that falls to my share.’ Then he divided his means of living to them. Later, after not many days, the younger son gathered all things together and traveled abroad into a distant country, and there squandered his property by living a debauched life. When he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred throughout that country, and he started to be in need. He even went and attached himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to herd swine. And he used to desire to be filled with the carob pods which the swine were eating, and no one would give him anything.
“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many hired men of my father are abounding with bread, while I am perishing here from famine! I will rise and journey to my father and say to him: “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Make me as one of your hired men.”’ So he rose and went to his father. While he was yet a long way off, his father caught sight of him and was moved with pity, and he ran and fell upon his neck and tenderly kissed him. Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Make me as one of your hired men.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quick! Bring out a robe, the best one, and clothe him with it, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fattened young bull, slaughter it and let us eat and enjoy ourselves, because this my son was dead and came to life again; he was lost and was found.’ And they started to enjoy themselves.
“Now his older son was in the field; and as he came and got near the house he heard a music concert and dancing. So he called one of the servants to him and inquired what these things meant. He said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father slaughtered the fattened young bull, because he got him back in good health.’ But he became wrathful and was unwilling to go in. Then his father came out and began to entreat him. In reply he said to his father, ‘Here it is so many years I have slaved for you and never once did I transgress your commandment, and yet to me you never once gave a kid for me to enjoy myself with my friends. But as soon as this your son who ate up your means of living with harlots arrived, you slaughtered the fattened young bull for him.’ Then he said to him, ‘Child, you have always been with me, and all the things that are mine are yours; but we just had to enjoy ourselves and rejoice, because this your brother was dead and came to life, and he was lost and was found.’”
There is hope in Christianity for a wayward person to come to his or her senses and repent from their wrong ways. But Allah’s teachings in the Qur’an shows us that even the very thought of a child bringing shame in the future is sufficient grounds to issue the death sentence on the child.
Another Qur’anic verse that contributes to honor killing is Surah 4:34:
Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and as to those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great. (Shakir)
This verse states that men are in charge of women, being their protectors and maintainers. What happens if they fail in their duty to keep their women within the dictates of Islam? What if the women are simply unwilling to comply? The pressure is then turned on the men, by the Muslim community, to control the wives and daughters entrusted to them. Thus, in order to keep the honor of the family, be it for cultural or religious reasons, the strain becomes so great that murder seems to be the only answer. Moreover, if wife-beating is permitted in Islam, can honor killings be far behind? If a Muslim husband is permitted by Allah to beat his disobedient wife in order to chastise her, just think what would a Muslim father do to chastise his rebellious daughter?
For the “rationale” behind honor killings, we need to look no further than the Qur’an.
Surah 33:60-62: If the hypocrites and those in whose hearts is a disease and the agitators in the city do not desist, We shall most certainly set you over them, then they shall not be your neighbors in it but for a little while; Cursed: wherever they are found they shall be seized and murdered, a horrible murdering. Such has been the course of Allah with respect to those who have gone before; and you shall not find any change in the course of Allah. (Shakir)
Hypocrisy (Nifaaq in the Arabic language) means “double-facedness.” It means a contradiction between one’s apparent and hidden self. Apparently the person is a believer but the inner self of the person is in disbelief. Hypocrisy is categorized as:
(1) Hypocrisy against Allah regarding actual faith.
(2) Hypocrisy with Allah regarding the necessities of faith.
Thus, the term “hypocrites” in the Qur’an refers both to all those who renegade from Islam and also to those who deliberately fail to conform to Islamic rulings and regulations while claiming to be Muslims.
In the minds of the victim’s family, the daughter is now viewed similarly as an apostate when she refuses to follow the dictates of Islam – opting for Westernization or refusing an arranged marriage or running away from an abusive home to gain freedom. Tragically, she has to pay the Islamic price for her disobedience to Sharia law. Family relationship has no meaning under such circumstances and it was not allowed to stand in the way of Allah:
Surah 58:22: “You shall not find a people who believe in Allah and the latter day befriending those who act in opposition to Allah and His Messenger, even though they were their own fathers, or their sons, or their brothers, or their kinsfolk.” (Shakir)
And to the above list we can add “wives, daughters and sisters.” But what about Christianity? How does it handle willful wrongdoers? During the 1st century, the Corinthian Christian congregation faced the situation of a man who unrepentantly practiced fornication. His conduct threatened not only the purity of the Christian congregation and it also became a scandal even among nonbelievers. Hence, God rightly directed that the man be removed from the congregation. This act of removing an unrepentant sinner is known as “disfellowshipping” in Christian terminology. The person is not killed, but is removed from the Christian congregation. As such, he is no longer viewed as a fellow-believer.
1 Corinthians 5:11-13: But now I am writing you to quit mixing in company with anyone called a brother that is a fornicator or a greedy person or an idolater or a reviler or a drunkard or an extortioner, not even eating with such a man. For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Do you not judge those inside, while God judges those outside? “Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.”
That discipline had a good effect. The congregation was protected from a corrupting influence, and the sinner was brought to his senses and to sincere repentance. On the basis of the man’s works befitting repentance, the man was later reinstated to the Christian congregation:
2 Corinthians 2:6-8: This rebuke given by the majority is sufficient for such a man, so that, on the contrary now, you should kindly forgive and comfort him, that somehow such a man may not be swallowed up by his being overly sad. Therefore I exhort you to confirm your love for him.
Till today, the Bible-based practice of disfellowshipping unrepentant wrongdoers has served to keep God’s holy name clear of reproach. It has also served to keep his congregation clean and pure, protecting the fine reputation of his people. However, one of the main purposes of disfellowshipping is also to cause the sinner to wake up and hopefully to repent and turn around. As for those who continue to remain unrepentant after having been disfellowshipped, they are considered as no part of the Christian congregation as long as they continue in their sinful course. However, Christians are never commanded to kill them. And this also applies to any Christian family members who turn aside from the Christian faith. Unlike Islam, there is absolutely no justification for honor killings in Christianity. The Christian Bible does not allow this.
Muslims who practice honor killing are directly motivated or influenced by the leading of the Qur’an. Hence they are able to commit “honor killing” with impunity, exultantly and with ample satisfaction that they are following the strict Islamic ethical code to guard chastity, as Islam repeatedly cautioned Muslims to guard their women’s chastity. Islam borrowed these inhumane practices of the pagan society and incorporated them in Allah’s laws.
Honor killing is the ultimate betrayal. The reason why Muslims try to push the blame on culture and deny that honor killing is incited by Islam is because deep inside they know that no decent religion would want to be labeled with honor killing. For Muslims to deny the fact that many incidents of honor killings are conducted by Muslim fathers, sons and brothers, and that many victims are Muslim women, is to exercise intellectual dishonesty. Honor killings take place because Muslims have been convinced by Islam that the burden of their family’s honor is vested in the virginity of their daughters and sisters. Muslims acknowledge that according to Sharia law, a woman who has consensual sex with a man outside marriage deserves to be lashed in public or stoned to death. These rulings in Islam motivate Muslim men to take the law into their own hands. And by extension, any conduct that is deemed as un-Islamic and that embarrasses the family is also dealt likewise.
LET THE RECORDS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES
A June 2008 report by the Turkish Prime Ministry’s Human Rights Directorate said that in Istanbul alone there was one honor killing every week, and reported over 1,000 during the previous five years. It added that metropolitan cities were the location of many of these, due to growing Kurdish immigration to these cities from the East. (Source: Turkish Daily News. Retrieved 2008-09-27).
The Palestinian Authority, using a clause in the Jordanian penal code still in effect in the West Bank, exempts men from punishment for killing a female relative if she has brought dishonor to the family. According to UNICEF, in 2000 two-thirds of all killings in the Palestinian territories were honor killings. (UNICEF, Executive Director targets violence against women. UNICEF, 7 March 2000).
The lawyer and human rights activist Hina Jilani says, “The right to life of women in Pakistan is conditional on their obeying social norms and traditions.” (“PAKISTAN, Honour killings of girls and women.” Amnesty International, Archived from the original on June 5, 2008.) In 2005 the average annual number of honor killings for the whole of Pakistan was stated to be more than 10,000 per year. (Sohail Warraich, “‘Honour Killings’ and the Law in Pakistan”). In many cases in Pakistan, one of the reasons honor killing cases never make it to the courts, is because, according to some lawyers and women’s right activists, Pakistani law enforcement do not get involved. Under the encouragement of the killer, police often declare the killing as a domestic case that warrants no involvement.
The above reports are only a tiny example of the admission of the reality of Honor Killing in the Muslim world.
THE SAD REALITY
The examples provided below are only a minute fraction of the honor killings that goes on in the Muslim world. Please do not view these reports as mere statistics but sense the utterly agonizing sufferings that these poor girls had go through before they ultimately breathe their last.
In 2008 a woman was killed in Saudi Arabia by her father for “chatting” to a man on Facebook. The killing became public only when a Saudi cleric referred to the case, not to condemn it but to criticize Facebook for the strife it caused. (Source: London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-09-27).
In 2010 a 16-year-old Kurdish girl was buried alive by relatives for befriending boys in Southeast Turkey; her corpse was found 40 days after she went missing. (Source: AFP. 2010-02-04. Retrieved 2010-06-25).
“Two months ago, when she tried to run away yet again, Kina (father of the girl) grabbed a kitchen knife and an ax and stabbed and beat the girl (his daughter) until she lay dead in the blood-smeared bathroom of the family’s Istanbul apartment. He then commanded one of his daughters-in-law to clean up the mess. When his two sons came home from work 14 hours later, he ordered them to dispose of the 5-foot-3 corpse, which had been wrapped in a carpet and a blanket. The girl’s head had been so mutilated, police said, it was held together by a knotted cloth.”
“Kifaya Husayn, a 16-year-old Jordanian girl, was lashed to a chair by her 32-year-old brother. He gave her a drink of water and told her to recite an Islamic prayer. Then he slashed her throat. Immediately afterward, he ran out into the street, waving the bloody knife and crying, ‘I have killed my sister to cleanse my honor.’ Kifaya’s crime? She was raped by another brother, a 21-year-old man. Her judge and jury? Her own uncles, who convinced her eldest brother that Kifaya was too much of a disgrace to the family’s honor to be allowed to live. The murderer was sentenced to fifteen years, but the sentence was subsequently reduced to seven and a half years.”
“A 25-year-old Palestinian who hanged his sister with a rope: ‘I did not kill her, but rather helped her to commit suicide and to carry out the death penalty she sentenced herself to. I did it to wash with her blood the family honor that was violated because of her and in response to the will of society that would not have had any mercy on me if I didn’t. Society taught us from childhood that blood is the only solution to wash the honor.’”
“In Pakistan, Samia Sarwar, 29, mother of two boys aged 4 and 8, was shot dead in lawyer Hina Jillani’s office by a bearded man accompanying her mother and uncle. ‘He’s my helper, I can’t walk,’ said the mother, when Hina told the two men to get out. As the mother went to sit down in front of Hina’s desk, and Samia stood up from her chair, the bearded man whipped out a pistol from his waistcoat and shot Samia in the head, killing her instantly.”
Abu Qash, Palestine: Amira Abu Hanhan Qaoud (mother of 9 children) killed her daughter ‘Rofayda Qaoud’ who had been raped by her brothers and was impregnated. Armed with a plastic bag, razor and wooden stick, Qaoud entered her sleeping daughter’s room last Jan. 27, 2003. “Tonight you die, Rofayda,” she told the girl, before wrapping the bag tightly around her head. Next, Qaoud sliced Rofayda’s wrists, ignoring her muffled pleas of “No, mother, no!” After her daughter went limp, Qaoud struck her in the head with the stick. The 43-year-old mother of nine said. “I had to protect my children. This is the only way I could protect my family’s honor.”
“A 23 year old Rania Arafat, whose plight was broadcast live on national TV in Jordan. Rania was promised to her cousin as a very young child. Rania repeatedly told that she doesn’t love him and she is in love with someone else. She pled with her family to allow her to marry her lover, instead. She ran away twice, including two weeks before her forced marriage. She wrote to her mother and pled for forgiveness and understanding. Her parents promised that she would not be harmed and she could return home. On Aug. 19, 1997, Rania returned home. The same night, her younger brother, Rami, shot her five times in the head and chest, killing her immediately. Her youngest brother was chosen to commit the murder not only to allow his defense to find protection under the laws protecting so-called honor crimes, but also because he was a juvenile. Rami served six months in jail for his crime.”
Amal, another Arab woman and victim of honor killing was a run away because she insisted on her independence. Her family said that they were ashamed because of that and the gossip of neighbors. One night, when she returned home and went to sleep, her brother accompanied by Amal’s father, strangled her. He said: “I strangled her. She didn’t fight back. I recited the ‘Holy Koran’ as she was dying… it took a few minutes and she was dead.” He and his father were both given light sentences.
Death of Aqsa Pervez: A reflection on Muslim-Pakistanis-Honor killing in Canada, December 16, 2007: A young Mississauga teenager (16-year old) Aqsa Pervez, was killed by her father last week who later called the police and confessed. Mohammad Pervez is now in police custody and his case hearings have begun. The young girl was killed by strangulation for her refusal to wear the hijab.
Texas manhunt on for father of slain his two girls (January 3, 2008) Texas authorities continued a manhunt today for an Egyptian-born taxi driver accused of murdering his two teenage daughters. Yaser Abdel Said, 50, was wanted on a warrant for capital murder after police say he shot the girls Tuesday and left them to die in his taxi, which was found parked in front a hotel in Las Colinas, a suburb north of Dallas. Police said Mr. Said should be considered armed and dangerous. Friends of Amina Yaser Said, 18, and Sarah Yaser Said, 17, described the girls to the Dallas Morning News as “extremely smart — like geniuses,” saying the slain sisters had been enrolled in advanced placement classes and were active in soccer and tennis at suburban Lewisville High School. Family and friends told reporters that the girls’ Westernized lifestyle caused conflict with their Muslim father, who immigrated from Egypt in the 1980s.
The above reported cases are only the tip of the iceberg. Muslims can deny all they want, but the record shows that Islam is a failed religious system. Even if Muslims were to falsely claim that Islam is against honor killings, it only serves to prove the ineffectiveness of Islam. It shows that Islam lacks the moral fortitude of that of a true religion to stop this barbaric practice from happening from the time it began in the dark cave of Hira. Thus, Islam is false. Ironically, Muslims are taught to believe that they are the best among mankind:
Surah 3:110: “You are the best of the nations raised up for the benefit of men; you enjoin what is right and forbid the wrong and believe in Allah.” (Shakir)
But the record shows otherwise. Islam simply cannot be God’s true religion. Allah simply cannot be the true God. And Muhammad is without doubt a false prophet. The fruitage of Islam is rotten to the core. It produces worthless fruits. But more than that, it produces murderers.
Matthew 7:17-18: Likewise every good tree produces fine fruit, but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit; a good tree cannot bear worthless fruit, neither can a rotten tree produce fine fruit.
John 8:44: “You are from your father the Devil, and you wish to do the desires of your father. That one was a murderer when he began.”
James 2:10-11: For whoever observes all the Law but makes a false step in one point, he has become an offender against them all. For he who said: “You must not commit adultery,” said also: “You must not murder.” If, now, you do not commit adultery but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of law.
It would be of great benefit to Muslims to know the meaning of the Holy Bible.
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