Sunday, September 7, 2008

Honor Killing is Against Islam, Islamic Party Members Say

In a way, the War on Terror may be doing Islam some good.

With so much outside attention focused on the Islamic world, cherished traditions like honor killings get international attention. And that gives Muslims a wonderful opportunity to re-evaluate what practices and beliefs are actually part of Islam, and what come from a culture that was ancient when Abraham was born.

More specifically, Islam as practiced in the Middle East is experiencing culture shock. With some recent exceptions, Indonesia has been an example of how Islam works in a country which is keeping up with the rest of the world.

Pakistan's brand of "Islam" got in the international news twice this month:
  • "Pakistan orders inquiry into killing of five women"
    • Three young women in Pakistan's Balochistan province decided to marry men they chose, instead of their families' assigned husbands
      • They were hauled out, shot - or tortured - or maybe both, and then buried alive
      • Two older women who tried to protect the youngsters were buried with them
    • When word leaked out, Pakistani members of parliament had fits (The Australian wrote that there were "angry scenes in parliament over accusations of an official cover-up.")
    • It gets better
      • Senator Israr Ullah Zehri, Member of Parliament, told his colleagues that
        "these are centuries-old traditions and I will continue to defend them" (The Australian)
      • Members of Pakistan's religious Jamaat-e-Islami party had something to say, too - But not what you might expect
      • Reacting to Senator Zehri's 'they're our women, we can kill them if we want' remark, they said "We condemn this barbaric act. This is against Islam, against humanity and against civilised culture." (The Australian)
    • "Married at 9, slain by parents at 17"
      • Saira Nusrat Bibi was married to a 45-year-old man when she was 9
      • She didn't like the situation, and went through Pakistani courts to get the marriage annulled
      • She won
        • When she came out of court in the Punjabi city of Sahiwal, a group of men surrounded her
        • And shot her
        • While police watched
Three of the women killed by Umrani tribesmen in Balochistan have been named: Fauzia Bibi, 18; Fauzia's aunt, Jannat Bibi, 38; and the mother of another girl, Fatima Bibi, 45.

I don't envy Pakistan's new president, Asif Ali Zardari. Even without the uproar caused by Senator Zehi and the tribesmen (sounds like a rock group, doesn't it?), he'd have a challenging first term.

On the other hand, it's good to know that members of an Islamic political party in Pakistan have decided that getting caught killing their women isn't good publicity. In fact, it's possible that they have decided that honor killing actually isn't quite what the Prophet had in mind.

There's something like a thousand years of catching up to do, but the first steps have been taken.

In the news: Related posts, on Islam, Christianity, Religion, Culture and the War on Terror.

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گایا - حزب سبز لبه تاریکی ایران said...

قبل یا بعد از خواندن این مطلب یک نگاهی به این لینک بی اندازید:
http://www.hamedan.ir/Articles/Article_View.asp?ID=178



پیدایش فاطمه علیها السلام



در روایات زیادی به این مطلب اشاره شده که فاطمه زهرا علیها السلام نطفه‏اش از تخم یک درخت بهشتی (درخت کیر؟)تکون یافته است . از آن جمله، روایتی است که در امالی صدوق آمده که امام رضا علیه السلام فرمود: «پیامبر صلی الله علیه و آله فرمود: وقتی به معراج رفتم، جبرئیل دست مرا گرفت و وارد بهشت نمود . پس رطب بهشتی به من داد که ماند کیر بودندی آن را خوردم و آن غذا در صلبم به نطفه تبدیل شد . پس چون به زمین آمدم، با خدیجه همبستر شدم و او به فاطمه حامله شد .)



همچنین از مناقب آن حضرت، این است که پیامبر صلی الله علیه و آله برای به وجود آوردن فاطمه علیها السلام مامور به چهل روز عبادت شد و عظمت این منقبت آنجا روشن می‏شود که حضرت موسی علیه السلام نیز برای آوردن تورات مامور به چهل روز عبادت شده بود . اگر چه پیامبر اکرم صلی الله علیه و آله برای آوردن قرآن مدتی را در غار حرا معتکف بود، ولی برای ایجاد فاطمه علیها السلام مامور به چنین عبادت طولانی گردید .



علامه مجلسی روایت می‏کند که «روزی پیامبر گرامی اسلام صلی الله علیه و آله در سرزمین ابطح نشسته بود و با او عمار و منذر بن ضخصاح و ابوبکر و عمرو عباس بودند و به جماعت کون همدیگر می گذاشتند، علی علیه السلام هم در آن جمع بود که جبرئیل به صورت اصلی بر حضرت نازل شد و عرض کرد: خدا به تو سلام رسانده، می‏فرماید که مردک رذل خدیجه در منزل است و اینجا نشسته اید کون هم می گذارید؟ حضرت فرمود خدیجه پیر و کس فرسوده است خداوند فرمود همانا هرکه پول خدیجه بالا کشد وظیفه داشتندی کس خدیجه گذاردندی. اما تورا بشارت دهیم که خدیجه بعد از چندی مردندی و بساط عیشت روبراه شده و یک کاروان زن همسر و هبه تو شود. اما اینک خداوند تو را به کس مغزی بشارت دهد.



حضرت فرمود چه کنم.



ندا آمد که باید چهل روز از خدیجه دوری کنی ... به عبادت مشغول شوی روز چیزی نخوری ولی از افطار تا سحر ،پیاز و خرما و عسل پنج وعده بخوری تا کمرت حسابی سفت شود





پس چون چهل روز به پایان رسید، جبرئیل نازل شد و گفت: خدایت‏سلام می‏رساند و می‏فرماید: ای ابتر کمرت دیگر سفت شده .





حضرت فرمود: حال چه کنم؟



در جواب گفت: خدا فرموده برو خدیجه را بگا .



بعد از آن، میکائیل فرود آمد و با او طبقی بود و حضرت روزه خود را با طعام درون طبق افطار کرد در طبق قرصی بود حضرت پرسید این چیست خدا فرمود این وایگرا است حضرت خوردندی و راست فرمودندی .





بعد از آن، جبرئیل خطاب به پیامبر صلی الله علیه و آله عرض کرد: خداوند به ذات خود سوگند یاد نموده که امشب تو کیر خود بر خدیجه بگذاری و یک کس سیر بکنی و آبت از صلبت به تخمت رفته از مامله ات گذشته بر رحم خدیجه رفته و با آب خدیجه قاطی شود و هدیه ما به تو نطفه اش بسته شود :



انا اعطیناک الکوثر {در اصل کس سر (کس مغز) بوده) }



گوهر پاک بباید که شود قابل فیض کیر خر بباید که کند خدیجه در حالت حیض
ورنه هر سنگ و گلی لؤلؤ و مرجان نشود نطفه سگ چو کفتار نشود.
حضرت فرمود بار خدایا من چگونه خدیجه را بگایم.



چبرئیل بازگشت و جواب گفت: ابتدا وضوی کیر بگیر. حضرت فرمود وضوی کیر چه باشد . جبرئیل گفت ابتدا بادست چپ بر تخم راستت آب بریز و آن را بشور سپس با دست راست بر تخم چپت آب بریز و آن را بشور سپس کیرت را مسح کن.
حضرت پرسید مسح کیر چگونه باشد. جبرئیل گفت با رطوبت دستت از رستنگاه مو تا بالا را مسح کن.
سپس اذان و اقامه بگو.
و قبل از کردن نیت کن: دو راه کس می کنم تنها برای رضای خدا قربتا الی الله.



حضرت فرمود من پیر شده ام و توان لازم را ندارم. اینبار الله مستقیم بانک زد: همانا عمرو ابوبکر را به همراه یکصد فرشته پرتوان به کمکت خواهم فرستاد برو خدیجه را بگا که تو عوض او ، مرا گائیدی.

http://zahra-zeynab.blogspot.com

THE PATHANS said...

NO HONOR IN KILLING!!!!!!!!

The gruesome murder of five women in Baloch Province is not only an insult to humanity but is not acceptable in civilized World. No matter how you look at it, its wrong. This is an absolutely despicable act .No one has the right to defend their honor by murder. Cultural rights should not override a woman’s right to life. In 2008 we can’t deny women rights, those who think that its honor to kill women are ignorant and will deplore their decision and actions.HONOR KILLING IS IGNORANCE. THIS IS THE MOST HORRIBLE INCIDENT I EVER NOTICED IN MODERAN CIVILISED WORLD,I THINK CRIMINALS SHOULD BE PUNISHED THE SAME WAY THEY DID TO THOSE INNOCENT WOMEN, cold blooded and barbaric honor killing of five innocent women in Balochistan is another black spot on nation’s character. They were punished for trying to decide about their marriages. There is no place in a modern society for such medieval and brutal customs, all this is happening because Pakistani elite club never cared about educating people, Pakistani elite and bourgeois kept their nation in dark so they can steal nation’s wealth , “honor killing” is based on ignorance and disregard of morals and laws, which cannot be abolished except by disciplinary punishments; unfortunately. Violence against women has risen over the last decade in Pakistan. It was at its peak under Gen Ziaul Haq and his discriminatory laws that strengthened reactionary forces and reinforced negative stereotypes about women. But democracy, with elected representatives answerable to their constituencies, opens up spaces to discuss and debate such issues rather than sweeping them under the carpet. The shocking news of the barbaric incident of burying five women alive in the name of tribal honor in the district Nasirabad, Balochistan, and the subsequent defence of the brutal act as the Baloch tradition in the Senate has made many think that with such a misogynist and criminal mindset of public representatives, what hope do Pakist anis have to survive as a nation and pull country out of multiple crises. These crimes against humanity must be condemned. NO ONE knows just how many girls and women are murdered each year in the name of family "honor," since their deaths frequently go unreported and unpunished. The cases that do come to light are ghastly. "Women and young girls are set ablaze, strangled, shot at, clubbed, stabbed, tortured, axed, or stoned to death," Their bodies are found mutilated with their throat slit, or they are chopped into pieces and thrown in a ditch, In Baloch case medical examiner found that bodies were buried in a two-foot deep ditch and some parts of one of the bodies were visible from the surface. “Nose and fingers of the body were nibbled at by animals. Both the bodies were decomposed.” The death cause of the women was head injuries,” According to Dr Shamim they had been brutally hit on the right and left sides of their heads. She said that skulls of the women were found broke n. The women were buried without shroud.. The murderers used stones and strong wooden sticks to kill them. So what was their crime? Their crime was that they decided to choose their life partner, is it a sin? A crime ?Whether the women were buried alive or whether they were already dead when buried is beside the point. The tragedy is not so much how they suffered (although the murder is more horrific if they were still breathing when buried). First of all, no one has the right to take another life. Second, the women’s ‘crime’ (to want to marry of their own choice) was no crime under any law or religion. Third, even if murdering women who disgrace their families is accepted in some areas, not every aggrieved family resorts to such action. And fourth but not least, slavery too was once a widely accepted custom. So was the burying alive of baby girls. Neither practice is condoned now, in any way, anywhere in the world. In 2008,people needs to wake up and should respect women rights to o, lets stop thinking that women have smaller brains then man, lets stop thinking that women don’t have same desires of intimacy as men do. Honestly speaking I don’t expect any JUSTICE and Punishment to criminals in this case, because criminals are ignorant who are involve in these cases and then Pakistani representatives in Assemblies are not that educated either and they also belong to feudal and tribes etc and they have same mentality as in the past it was claimed by some representatives that honor killing is a tradition and custom, ok then start burying your daughters as they born because that was custom and tradition of ignorant Arabs too before Islam. Pakistani politician, Senator Israrullah Zehri, has defended the crime by saying that everything was a “tribal tradition“. Which leads to another question: just because a tradition has been maintained for centuries, must be kept for the future?Some of these criminals use Islam and religion for their crime as this on e guy from Pakistan Chaudhry Rashid killed his 25-year-old daughter because she wanted out of an arranged marriage, in Clayton County, Georgia (USA),THIS GUY TOLD THE COURT that divorce is not allowed in Islam so he killed his daughter. This father killed his daughter for what? Because she would not stay with the man he chose for her.

I find the very term ‘honor’ killing offensive. It ’s murder and does not lend itself to be labeled anything other than that. There is no honor in killing your child to save face or gain approval from others. The news media should call it what it is ''MURDER. ''Non-honorable murder. Please do not find any justification for the actions taken in support of an old custom. This is murder and no civilized society defends murder. Is there honor in honor killings? No, there is no honor in it, just the loss of life. There is nothing in the Koran, that permits or sanctions honor killings. There is nothing at all in the teachings of the Koran and the Prophet of Islam - the two highest sources of Islam - which authorize or legitimize the use of violence, particularly towards WOMEN .The governments of Pakistan (IN PAST) ARE guilty of allowing, even sanctioning, the murders of women and girls who suffer and die without trial, without justice and without mercy. Pakistan's government to instit ute three basic reforms: make women equal under the law; create secure shelters for abused women ,and honor the international human rights conventions which prohibit torture and murder.

Unfortunately, this sort of custom in other countries in the region as well to varying degrees - the denial of many rights such as being able to select their own partners, being arrested for meeting people of the other sex, harassed and arrested for not wearing a full length gown, and in the more extreme cases, being ordered to be killed by tribal / caste gatherings that assume the power of life and death. These need to be combated through more education, bringing in more development; at the same time, they need to be accompanied by swift and merciless punishment for the people involved.

M WAQAR

NEW YORK,USA

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

Squiggle,

I hope that you can read English, and that your comment was an effort to respond to this post.

With due respect to people who read and speak Arabic, Mandarin, Portuguese, Wu, or some other language: This post is in English. Readers of this post understand English, but may not understand your language.

I'm not going to do this very often, but I ran your comment through translation software. What follows is what came out. I haven't a clue, what you're trying to say.

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Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

THE PATHANS,

I believe I can understand the passion you express - at length.

Although the emotions of "THIS IS THE MOST HORRIBLE INCIDENT I EVER NOTICED IN MODERAN CIVILISED WORLD,I THINK CRIMINALS SHOULD BE PUNISHED THE SAME WAY THEY DID TO THOSE INNOCENT WOMEN,..." are understandable, I don't think that is the answer.

Responding to barbarity with barbarity will not convince the proud people in that part of the world.

In the short run, restraining them, and imposing reasoned sanctions, will help slow down the bloodshed.

In the long run, people in the world's cultural backwaters need to understand that there have been changes in the last three millennia or so.

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