Barbados Free Press today announced that the website will regularly report on the Honor Killing Awareness Campaign launched in Chicago this week and coming soon to other US cities. The taxi roof-sign advertising is meant to raise awareness of the rise of honor killings in the West and to provide Muslim women with resources if they wish to exercise their rights and freedoms under law.
The taxi signs show photos of different women and girls murdered in Islamic honor killings and ask “Is your family threatening you?“. Interested persons are directed to the website Leave Islam Safely.com where contact information and advice is posted from organisations that assist Muslim women to escape “honor” violence by their family.
“Up to 17,000 women in Britain are being subjected to “honour” related violence, including murder, every year, according to police chiefs.
And official figures on forced marriages are the tip of the iceberg, says the Association of Chief Police Officers….”
… from The Independent article A question of honour: Police say 17,000 women are victims every year
What is the punishment under Islamic law for killing a disobedient daughter?
As a non-Muslim trying to understand Islam, it is difficult to separate the rumours and misrepresentations by non-Muslims and Muslims alike. What are Islam’s real values and rules? What authority should be trusted? What about when various Muslim “experts” (themselves Muslims) clash with each other let alone with non-Muslim scholars and experts?
Fortunately (as one would expect) there are a number of certified and highly respected English translations of Islamic law and the Koran itself. Today we refer to the esteemed reference “Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law“.
The publisher describes the book on Amazon thusly…
“The new edition of the in-depth manual of Islamic law based on the Shafi’i school of thought, with a detailed index and commentary on specific rulings. 1,200 pages in an exceptional binding with Arabic and facing English text in two column format with occasional diagrams. ‘Umdat al-Salik wa ‘Uddat al-Nasik (Reliance of the Traveller and tools of the Worshipper) is a classic manual of fiqh. It represents the fiqh rulings according to the Shafi’I school of jurisprudence…” (full description at Amazon.com)
The book is a huge seller and is described at Borders Booksellers as…
“Reliance of the Traveller is an indispensable reference for every Muslim or student of Islam who needs to research on Islamic rulings on daily Muslim life.”
So we turn to the book for an answer to our question, “What is the punishment under Islamic law for killing a disobedient daughter, son, granddaughter or grandson?”
And here is the answer…
from page 583
“The blood of a Muslim man who testifies that there is no god but Allah and that I am the Messenger of Allah is not lawful to shed unless he be one of three: a married adulterer, someone killed in retaliation for killing another, or someone who abandons his religion and the Muslim community”
from the bottom of page 583 to page 584…
“The following are not subject to retaliation: “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring…”
You see the passages from Reliance of the Traveller at Revuse website’s article: Reliance of the Traveller: On Killing Offspring.
Barbados Free Press welcomes comments from Muslims in Barbados and elsewhere as to the accuracy of this article and the book Reliance of the Traveller.
(This article suggested and drafted by BFP reader V.C.)