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Honor killing is
a cultural/tribal phenomenon!!!
Most Muslim apologists and also some gullible westerners
want to argue that the ‘so called “honor killing” is not Islamic and
it’s a tribal/cultural vice.’ This
statement is utterly untrue and only a wish full covers up.
It’s true that in pre-Islamic Arab culture this heinous honor killing
of women did exist; likewise, many other uncivilized practices like stoning,
flogging, beheading, slavery etc also existed in the pre-Islamic Arab society.
But Islam did incorporate entirely most of these inhumane/uncivilized practices
of pagan society, which they now call them Allah’s laws.
Had it been the tribal/cultural practice, ‘honor
killing’ would exist amongst the Arabs only. But honor killing does happen
amongst the non-Arab Muslims also. Also
Arabs belonged to all religions (Muslims, Christians, Jews, Bhai etc.) would
practice honor killing with equal prevalence. Fact of the matter is—no Arab
Christians, Jews or Bahai etc do practice this uncivilized act at all.
Only Arab Muslims do
practice this heinous act with a regular pattern.
Honor killing does happen only amongst the Muslims and
these honor killings get support and encouragement from the ethical teachings of
religion Islam. In 1986 this kind
of honor killing did happen in the United States of America in an Arab Muslim
family. In 2003 honor killing happened in Sweden again in a Muslim family.
However, some very rare, sporadic case of such killing might have
happened in other society or people of other religion. But they are no where
near to compare with the regular pattern, or routine feature of honor killings
which do happen in the Muslim nations that I have mentioned.
It has been reported that in Pakistan and in Jordan several hundreds of
“honor killings” do happen every year.
Perhaps, it will be more plausible to name this so called ‘honor’
as the “Islamic honor”, which
Muslims stupendously try to save by killing their love one!
Quran and Hadiths which may dictate/incite honor killing:
Quran- 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.”
woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication—flog each of them with
hundred stripes: Let no compassion move you in their case, in a matter
prescribed by God, if ye believe in God and the last day.”
Nor come nigh to adultery: for it is a shameful (deed) and an evil, opening the
road (to other evils).
Quran-33:33 “stay quietly in your houses, and make not a dazzling display.”
some sahih hadiths:
Volume 7, Book 63, Number 196:
Narrated Abu Huraira: A man
from Bani Aslam came to Allah's Apostle while he was in the mosque and called
(the Prophet ) saying, "O Allah's Apostle! I have committed illegal sexual
intercourse." On that the Prophet turned his face from him to the other
side, whereupon the man moved to the side towards which the Prophet had turned
his face, and said, "O Allah's Apostle! I have committed illegal sexual
intercourse." The Prophet turned his face (from him) to the other side
whereupon the man moved to the side towards which the Prophet had turned his
face, and repeated his statement. The Prophet turned his face (from him) to the
other side again. The man moved again (and repeated his statement) for the
fourth time. So when the man had given witness four times against himself, the
Prophet called him and said, "Are you insane?" He replied,
"No." The Prophet then said (to his companions), "Go and stone him to death." The
man was a married one. Jabir bin 'Abdullah Al-Ansari said: I was one of those
who stoned him. We stoned him at the Musalla ('Id praying place) in Medina. When
the stones hit him with their sharp edges, he fled, but we caught him at Al-Harra
and stoned him till he died.
(See also Bukhari: Volume 7, Book 63, Number 195.)
Sahi Buchari: 8:6814:
Narrated Jabir bin
Abdullah al-Ansari: “A man from the tribe of Bani Aslam came to Allah’s
Messenger [Muhammad] and informed him that he had committed illegal sexual
intercourse; and he bore witness four times against himself. Allah’s Messenger
ordered him to be
stoned to death as he was a married person.”
Sahi Muslim No. 4206:
“A woman came to the prophet and asked for purification by
seeking punishment. He told her to go away and seek God’s forgiveness. She
persisted four times and admitted she was pregnant. He told her to wait until
she had given birth. Then he said that the Muslim community should wait until
she had weaned her child. When the day arrived for the child to take solid food,
Muhammad handed the child over to the community. And when he had given command over her and she was put in a hole up to her breast, he ordered the people to stone
her. Khalid b. al-Walid came forward with a stone which he threw at her head,
and when the blood spurted on her face he cursed her.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol
2. pg 1009; and Sahih Muslim Vol 2. pg 65:
Abdullah ibne Abbaas (Radiallahu Anhu) narrates the lecture that Hadhrat Umar (Radiallaahu
Anhu) delivered whilst sitting on the pulpit of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi
Wa Sallam). Hadhrat Umar (Radiallahu Anhu) said, "Verily, Allah sent
Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) with the truth, and revealed the Quran
upon him. The verse regarding the stoning of the adulterer/ess was from amongst
the verse revealed (in the Quraan). We read it, secured it and understood it.
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) stoned and we stoned after him. I fear
that with the passage of time a person might say, ‘We do not find mention of
stoning in the Book of Allah and thereby go astray by leaving out an obligation
revealed by Allah. Verily, the stoning of a adulterer/ress is found in the
Quraan and is the truth, if the witnesses are met or there is a pregnancy or
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever
guarantees me that he will guard his chastity, I will guarantee him Paradise”.
Muslim, Abu Dawud, An-Nisa’i and others:
Abu Hurayrah reports that the Messenger of Allah said, “No one commits
adultery while still remaining a believer, for faith is more precious unto Allah
than such an evil act!” In another version, it is stated, “When a
person commits adultery he casts away from his neck the bond that ties him to
Islam; if, however, he repents, Allah will accept his repentance”.
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “O mankind!
Beware of fornication/adultery for it entails six dire consequences: three of
them relating to this world and three to the next world. As for the three that
are related to this world, they are the following: it removes the glow of
one’s face, brings poverty, and reduces the life-span. As for its dire
consequences in the next world they are: it brings down the wrath of Allah upon
the person, subjects him to terrible reckoning, and finally casts him in
The above Quranic verses and authentic sahih hadiths clearly
demonstrate beyond doubt that Prophet Muhammad, under Allah’s direction,
stoned adulterers to death and flogged fornicators. Allah’s decree/choice of
death for fornicators (Quran: 4:15) and flogging adulteress 100 times with no
mercy (Quran: 24:2, which also could lead to certain death) has clearly
sanctioned/dictated dreadful punishment
for sexual intercourse outside marriage. It is from these scriptural divine
spirits Iranian fundamentalist Islamic government practices stoning and flogging
adulterers even today. The Iranian Supreme Court sanctioned that an adulteress
should be buried up to her chest and stoned to death.
Mullahs of Iran know the hadiths quite well. This august body is closely
following Allah’s prophet. It is also quite prudent to consider that Muslim
parents those who are practicing honor killing are directly
motivated, or influenced by the above scriptural and historical (Hadiths)
support; hence they are able to commit heinous crime called ‘honor killing’
with (almost) impunity, exultantly and with ample satisfaction that they are
following the strict Islamic ethical code to guard chastity, as the holy Prophet
repeatedly cautioned Muslims so seriously to guard their women’s chastity.
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