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No to Honor Killing -2 by Nayzak No to Honor Killing -2 by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum{peace be to you],

First part:

Honour killings are in no way, shape or form condoned
by Islam. On the contrary, Islam categorically denounces vigilantism, rather encouraging mercy, justice and the rule of law.
Why then do such tragic events occur? Let us consider the example of the Muslim man recently given a life sentence for slitting his daughter’s throat in an “Honour Killing” after she began dating a Christian. This is a tragic story of irreconcilable cultural differences between a father who had a traditional ‘Muslim’ upbringing, values and background and a daughter who had adopted non-Islamic cultural life.

But a devout Muslim who understands their religion correctly would certainly never take another life. In reality, such tragedies have nothing to do with true faith. Her father’s sense of shame at his daughter’s actions led to him taking her life in the erroneous belief that this act would redeem the family name. The concept of respect is a very strong motivating factor amongst non-Caucasian races, regardless of
their religious affiliation. Its origins appear to stem from tribal, clan or village origins. This is in sharp contradistinction to the teachings of our noble religion Islam, in which it is held that all individuals are personally responsible for their own actions. Her father’s un-Islamic action is liable for punishment under Islamic law.

This practice of ‘honour killing’ is a form of murder without trial, which is contrary to Islam. Islam upholds the sanctity of human life, as the Holy Qur’an declares that killing one innocent human being is akin to killing the entire human race. Islam considers all forms of life as sacred. There is certainly no justification for such a practice of “Honour Killing” in Islamic Law (Shari'ah*).

The problem of “honour killings” is not a problem of morality or of ensuring that women maintain their own personal virtue; rather, it is a problem of domination, power and hatred of women who, in these instances, are viewed as nothing more than servants to the family, both physically and symbolically.

And the sad consequences of this domination are that thousands of girls and women across the globe (although mostly centred in the Middle East) are murdered by male family members each year in the name of family honour. Honour killings are executed for instances of rape, infidelity, flirting or any other instance perceived as disgracing the family's honour, and the woman is then killed by a male relative to restore the family's name in the community. Many women are killed based on suspicions of a family member and are not given the chance to defend themselves. The allegation alone is enough to defile a man's or family's honour and is therefore enough to justify the killing of the woman. The men who commit the murder typically go unpunished or receive reduced sentences.

Honour killings have been reported in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, Sweden, Turkey, Uganda and the United Kingdom. Honour killings tend to be prevalent in countries with a majority Muslim population, but many Islamic leaders and scholars condemn the practice and deny that it is based on religious doctrine. Honour killing is actually a pre-Islamic, tribal custom stemming from the patriarchal and patrilineal society's interest in keeping strict control over familial power structures.
Because these crimes often go unreported, it is difficult to determine the actual number of victims in honour killings. The United Nations Population Fund estimates as many as 5000 females being killed each year.

"There is nothing in the Quran that justifies honor killings,” Taj Hargey, director of the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford in England, told CNN. “There is nothing that says you should kill for the honor of the family." "This idea that 'somehow a girl has besmirched our honor and therefore the thing to do is kill her' is bizarre, and Muslims should stop using this defense," Hargey said. The expert insisted that the “honor killing” is cultural and societal, than religious. "You cannot say this is what Islam approves of. You can say this is what their culture approves of."

In Islam, there is no place for unjustifiable killing as the case in honor killing. Even in case of capital punishment, only the government can apply the law through the judicial procedures. Though portrayed in the Western media as exhorted by Islam, honor killing is a cultural act and has nothing to do with the faith.

Experts stressed that culture and tribalism, not religion, are the cause behind “honor murders”. "It's not linked to religion; it's more cultural," Nadya Khalife, a researcher on women's rights in the Arab world for Human Rights Watch, told CNN.
"There have been several Islamic scholars who have issued fatwas** against honor killing."
Author Irshad Manji shares a similar view. It is "a tribal tradition that emphasizes the family or the tribe or the community over the individual," she said. However, Manji opines that many Muslims don’t understand this distinction. "It is a problem within Islam because of how Muslims often confuse culture and religion," she said. "It's Muslims who have to learn to separate culture and religion. If we don't, Islam will continue to get the bad name that it gets."

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*Shari'ah: All aspects of a Muslim's life are governed by Sharia. Sharia law comes from a combination of sources including the Qur'an 9the word of the God), the Hadith (sayings and conduct of the prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him-) and fatwas (the rulings of Islamic scholars).
**A fatwa is an Islamic religious ruling, a scholarly opinion on a matter of Islamic law. A fatwa is issued by a recognized religious authority in Islam.

I hope this was beneficial for you

For more reading about Honor Killing and Islam, Muslim and non-Muslim cases: [link]

Wassalaamu alaikum

If I am right, it's from the God. if I am wrong, it's from myself.
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