Sunday, January 06, 2008

The Quran, Islam and 'Honor Killing'

This column is posted in response to a recent question concerning Islam and so-called 'honor killings'.


The barbarous practice that passes under the moniker of 'honor killing' is most commonly practiced by Muslim Arabs, Kurds, Turks, Afghans and Pakistanis and their immigrant populations abroad. It now occurs in every Western country burdened with a Muslim immigrant subculture.

Interestingly enough, nowhere in the Quran or Hadith (biographies of Mohammed) will you find scripture or text that legitimizes honor killing. In fact, it is forbidden. Married Muslim women who commit adultery are to be stoned to death according to Shariah (Islamic law). But they must be judged by a religious court that requires testimony from four male witnesses to insure a conviction. The sentence would then be carried out by religious authorities; not family members.

That being the case, is it fair and just to attribute the practice of honor killing to Islam? Should this loathsome crime be attributed instead to tribalism or some other aspect of culture independent of Islam? I think not. Islamic misogyny, codified in centuries of Shariah that judges women less than the equals of men, facilitates the practice. Proof for this assertion can be found in the fact that the Hindu and Christian minorities who share in every way except religious faith the culture of the Muslim nations in which they reside do not engage in honor killings.

The renowned and respected counter-Shariah and counter-jihadist author Ali Sina writes:

“Honor killing is neither in the Quran nor is it specified in any hadith. It is however the natural outcome of the Islamic ethos of misogyny.

Women in Islam are regarded as sources of shame. Muhammad said they are awrah which can be translated as object of shame."

8 comments:

ERS said...

Dishonor killings are pre-Islamic and un-Islamic. They have more to do with culture than with faith.

Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
"Reclaiming Honor in Jordan"

Anonymous said...

Yes,It is more tribal culture than faith but sadly they are a bunch of ignorance who could not differentiate between them, most don't even read and understand koran.Man is most dangerous when they think God is on his side,they will try to justify everything they do,even when the actions are evil.

Eyes said...

Thanks A-J, I found an interesting film on YouTube on the subject. The speaker thought Surah 18-65 and onward into the next chapter (sorry I can't remember where it ends), fits the bill. Mohammed is walking around with Moses, and he (Mohammed) kills a young boy because he says he would never be a believer. He adds in the next chapter that the parents will have another better child:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JoO-sT1tyA

Seems the message is it's okay to kill children if they're 'not believers'.. would seem to be the basis of honor killings.

Anonymous said...

More good news from Malaysia, the model Islamic State:

Jan 8, 2008
M’sian religious leaders protest over priest visa cuts
KUALA LUMPUR - NON-MUSLIM religious groups said on Tuesday that Malaysia is refusing to issue new visas for foreign priests, in the latest eruption of ethnic discord in the multicultural nation.

Foreign priests already in the country have only been given six-month renewals and told they must leave after expiry, said the head of the Malaysian Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism.
http://www.straitstimes.com/Latest+News/Asia/STIStory_194028.html

Anonymous said...

Ooops the URL for that:
http://www.straitstimes.com/Latest+News/Asia/STIStory_194028.html

Anonymous said...

most muslims,especially the uneducated ones rely on ulamas for guidance but how many times do you hear islamic scholars coming out to refute the 'honor killing'? their inaction and silence in opposing it, make them equally guilty.It's the same for say, women not allow to drive in Saudi,it's nothing to do with islam but the wahabi ulamas will invoke God's name to justify banning it and the ignorants listen to them.

Anonymous said...

anon 5.03am

by denying visa to foreign priests,the ruling party is perceived as 'defender of islam'.You vote for them, they defend your faith.This is how islam politics works.

Anonymous said...

DALLAS — A man on the run from police since his teenage daughters were found shot to death in a taxicab on New Year's Day had threatened to hurt one of the girls for dating a non-Muslim boy, according to police documents.

Authorities deflected questions Wednesday about whether the sisters, who had both a Christian and Muslim memorial service, might have been victims of an "honor killing."

Gail Gattrell, the sisters' great-aunt, has called the deaths an "honor killing," in which a woman is murdered by a relative to protect her family's honor.

According to a police report released Tuesday, a family member told investigators that Yaser Said threatened "bodily harm" against Sarah for going on a date with a non-Muslim.

The man should be hung, drawn and quartered; or better still left in the Texas desert to die slowly.