Angeles - 1/2/06) -- The Muslim Women's League and the
Muslim Public Affairs Council strongly condemn any and all
honor killings as a complete violation of the teachings of
Islam. On December 23rd, Nazir Ahmed murdered his 25 year
old stepdaughter and three daughters (all under the age of
9) in a village in Pakistan. This case is an aberration,
reflecting the actions of a deranged, mentally unstable
"Honor Killings Shock Pakistan" (Associated Press,
Religious illiteracy is a pervasive problem in the Muslim
world that allows for such crimes to be erroneously
justified by Islam. The Muslim Women's League and MPAC call
upon the religious leaders of Pakistan, and other Muslim
countries, to begin a campaign of religious education of
their people, emphasizing the principles of equality,
justice and accountability as expressed in the Qur'an.
"A woman's moral conduct is not 'owned' by anyone else but
herself. Her honor belongs to her, and not to her family,"
argues Dr. Maher Hathout in his new book "In
Pursuit of Justice: The Jurisprudence of Human Rights in
Islam". "It is for God to judge her, and to
determine the punishment for any moral indiscretions on her
part, not for her family of the society to do so."
general devaluation of female children, along with the
culturally acceptable notion that women bear the burden of
honor for their entire family, creates an environment where
such a heinous act could occur. According to Islamic law, or
Shari'a, children are not considered accountable for their
deeds in a legal or moral sense until after they complete
puberty. All children, both male and female, are guaranteed
basic rights in Islam including the right of safety and
Furthermore, individual members of society are not allowed
to take the law into their own hands and render punishment,
regardless of whether a crime has been committed or not.
Therefore, the murder of these young girls in Pakistan can
be viewed only as a horrible homicide for which their father
should be punished under the full extent of the law.
For a more detailed discussion of the issue of honor
killings within Islamic law,
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