A Pakistani man's alleged shooting of his younger sister in a so-called 'honour killing' over the weekend has led members of the Pakistani community to discuss ways of halting the practice.(source: LGF)
The Organisation of Pakistani Students and Academics intends to discuss the practice during an upcoming debate forum, according to the organisation's chairman Qasam Nazir.
'Many (Pakistanis, ed) are very disappointed that this problem has again appeared in contemporary Denmark,' said Nazir.
Many members of the Pakistani community were shocked over the weekend to hear reports that a 29-year-old Pakistani man was apprehended on Saturday, accused of shooting his 19-year-old sister and her Afghan husband on Friday. The sister died shortly after from her gunshot wounds.
It's bad enough in Pakistan. Now, honor killing is creeping into Europe via Muslim immigration. Is America next?
Is the brutal practice commanded in the Koran? Some say no, others maybe and a few claim it's compelled. It may be significant that the Koran considers criminal rape "waging war on allah" (along with kidnapping, banditry, and robbery), punishable by "execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land." (Surah 5:33).
I don't pretend to know the answer. But I can identify the source of the problem--the Koran's treatment of women:
Islam addresses the differing needs of man and woman comprehensively. The need of woman, in child bearing years, feminism notwithstanding, is sustenance and security. A pregnant woman requires care; a nursing mother and infant require protection; a wife, mother, sister require respect: these are their rights. Equal rights, in proportioned measure: the way of Islam is honest and clear-sighted. To safeguard the one from the oversights of the other; to remind the one of the requirements of the other; the balanced checks of Islam work in supreme rationality: "Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has made one of them stronger than the other, and because they spend out of their possessions (to support them)." (Surah 4:34). Women have the same rights as the husbands have on them. But man is the burden-carrying partner; with the weight of duty and responsibility, comes a measure of fair recognition: "But men are a degree above them (women)." (Surah 2:228). These are the basic injunctions of Islam concerning women. They revolve around the rights of women, not their restrictions. Injunctions placing restrictions on women in the Qur'an, emerge chiefly in connection to the greater curbs placed on men. For male lust, that primary, but blindest of drives, is not allowed to become the driving force of society. Thus the Qur'ânic injunctions recommend modesty, for both men and women. (24:31; 33:35). Where the parade of enticement and seduction prevails, Islam upholds the standard of straight forward human dealings, inner mettle to inner mettle. Sex and beauty stay at home; neither commodity nor potential incentive in wider social relations, their power is curtailed to strangers, enhanced to the bonded partner. Where promiscuity runs rampant, Islam builds a society where children know their fathers, and fathers are responsible for their wives and children. By severing the loose ties of lust, Islam restores the lasting ties of partnership. Where the sexual society objectifies, Islam humanizes.Try explaining that to your bride.
I agree with Robin Burke, who recommends preventing and policing honor killings -- whether or not sanctioned by the Koran. And that goes double when you're in my home.