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."