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Honor killing

Honor killing is a tribal and Islamic practice prevalent in Islam- ridden countries and Muslim inhabited communities in the West. Being killed deliberately and brutally is, in fact, a price that victims pay to practice their minimal human rights such as how to dress, talk to men other than their male family members, live, work and study independently, and marry at will, or have voluntary sexual relations.

Hundreds of women get shot, burned, strangled, stoned, poisoned, beheaded or stabbed every year in Islam ridden countries because their male relatives believe their actions have soiled the family name. They die, so family honor may survive. According to this tribal and religious practice, woman is a man s possession and a reflection of his honor. It is the man s honor that gets tarnished if a woman is loose . The murderers and their defenders refer to this verse of the Koran that allows husbands to beat their wives: As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill conduct, admonish them, refuse to share their beds, beat them , the Koran, chapter 4, verse 34. Honor killing is a tribal practice that has been incorporated in the religion of Islam, because of its anti women nature and misogynist philosophy. And the law is usually on the man s side, not only in the Middle Eastern and the Central Asian countries, but shamefully, in the Western countries too. They often letting murderers go unpunished or with a light sentence.

According to this Islamic concept and tradition, from the early childhood, girls are taught about eib , which means shame, and sharaf , which means honor. And everywhere girls go are reminders that their most important mission in life is to remain virgin until they marry. Boys are also taught to have ghayrat , meaning to be ardent. All these concepts are Islamic concepts, and that is why the killers always defend their acts of murder by these Islamic concepts. According to the UN statistics, the majority of these murders occur in the Islam ridden countries and Muslin inhabited communities in the West.

Though, honor killing may seem not much surprising in societies such as Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, its occurrence is indeed shocking and shameful in the heart of Europe in the 21st Century. And that is where the reactionary idea of Cultural Relativism is put into practice to justify women s victimization by excusing Islam and backward traditions. Unfortunately, until recently which some measures were implemented by the Swedish government, this government not only neglected to protect the lives and the rights of these women, but also justified their murders under the name of respecting other people s religion and culture. While the murderers have repeatedly and openly defend their act by referring to Islam and the Koran, the majority of feminists, the mainstream media and intellectuals try to explain these murders as the prevalent patterns of domestic violence against women in the Western societies. While the murderers, whether in the Middle Eastern countries or in the Muslim inhabited communities in the West, openly state that their act of murder are crimes of honor , and that they are merely following the directions set down in their religious beliefs, both in the Koran and in the Bible, the apologetic Western intellectuals repeatedly assure us that it is not Islam and the backward traditions, it is the common pattern of violence that is happening to the Western women too.

2 thoughts on “Honor killing

  1. “Honor” killings are believed to have their origins in
    misinterpretations of pre-Islamic Arab tribal codes. They pre-date Islam by centuries
    and, in fact, are un-Islamic.

    Like you, I am not a cultural relativist. I believe in universal human
    rights, and the right to get up and breathe another day without a
    family member snuffing out your life for no justifiable reason seems to me
    one of the most basic of human rights.

    I find soft bigotry in the implication of cultural relativism that
    there should be different standards for different people on something so
    basic as human rights.

    Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
    “Reclaiming Honor in Jordan”

  2. To claim that Westerners cannot pass judgment on the hideous custom of murdering sisters, wives, daughters, nieces, is to hide behind the flimsy veil of poliical correctness.

    To do so is to side with the murderers and further victimize the women so brutally murdered.

    Karen Tintori, author
    “Unto the Daughters: The Legacy of an Honor Killing in a Sicilian-American Family”

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