Tuesday, April 21

Muslim Honor Killings : Pakistani woman killed by family because she visited sister without permission

Thanks to social media and a free press, the Western world is unfortunately becoming all too familiar with the Shari'a-compliant practice popularly known simply as "honor killing". The latest example is reported by the Paris-based Agence France-Presse via Yahoo News on April 19, 2015, where a Pakistani husband, aided by his father, burned to death his 25-year-old wife. Reportedly, the motivating factor for the gasoline-soaked murder was due to her leaving the house without his expressed permission.
Honor killing: Afghan child beheaded by family.
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As noted by the French news service, upon finding out his wife visited her sister without his prior approval, a furious Muhammad Siddique and his father first gave a beating to his wife, Shabana Bibi. According to her brother Muhammad Azam, ostensibly not satisfied with the punishment meted out, father and son then doused Bibi with gasoline before putting the match to her.
Azam also stated that Bibi had been married to Siddique for three years, during which time she had suffered a steady string of beatings because of the couple's inability to have children. Suffering burns to 80 percent of her body, Bibi died of her injuries in hospital on Saturday.
While honor killings have effected almost all cultures at certain points in their histories, honor killings have been an almost constant is Islam since its founding in the 7th century. As cited by the General Secretary of Muslims Facing Tomorrow - Canada, Hasan Mahmud authored forThe Clarion Project specific passages from Islamic Shari'a Law and also by certain Hadiths that authorize the spilling of blood in order to restore blackened family honor. The Middle East Forum also published a report in 2010 citing that 91 percent of all honor killings in recent years have been perpetrated by Muslims males on female Muslims.

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