Women in Islam (continued)

Islam   Session Twenty-Three

Item #6, bullet 2 of outline continued:  Women in Islam

Honor Killing

Honor killing is a feature of Islamic society that is a logical result of Islam’s focus on women as bearing the burden of never doing or saying anything that would bring dishonor on her family or family member.  Nonie Darwish in her book, “Cruel and Usual Punishment”, states:  “One of the most important responsibilities of a Muslim woman is to protect the honor of her male family members, and her body is the symbol of that honor.”  (#1, P. 78)  Also from “Cruel and Usual Punishment”:  “But in reality a woman’s body is considered a thing she should be ashamed of.  According to many hadiths, a woman is an awrah, Arabic for ‘pudendum,’the external genitalia.”  (#1, P. 77)  Also:  “She must shield and conceal it (her body) and live with no identity in public because the alternative could be humiliating corporal punishment by a male flogger.”  (#1, P. 79)

 Jamie Glazov holds a Ph.D. in history and is managing editor of Front Page magazine – he says this about honor killing:  “The accused woman (accused of dishonoring her family by being raped, or looking at a non-family male, or being unveiled in public) is considered a charmuta – a whore.  She will have to die because her blood is deemed the only substance capable of washing away her family’s and her community’s shame.  And there will be no hearing, no lawyer and no defense for her. . . . According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, for instance, on average two women a day are slain in Pakistan alone so that “family honor’ can be restored.”  (#5, P. 126)

David Kupelian in is article, “The Armenian Genocide and My Grandmother’s Secret”, comments on honor killings: 

“Amnesty International has reported on one case in which a husband murdered his wife based on a dream that she had betrayed him,” reports National Geographic.  “In Turkey, a young woman’s throat was slit in the town square because a love ballad had been dedicated to her over the radio.”  (#29, P. 8)

Some recent examples of honor killings in the United States; taken from the list of “Islamic Terror Attacks on American Soil”, published on “thereligionofpeace.com” website:

  • 4/30/2011; Warren, MI:  20-year-old woman is shot in the head by her stepfather for not adhering to Islamic practices.
  • 4/14/2010; Marquette Park, IL:   After quarreling with his wife over Islamic dress, a Muslim convert shoot his family members to ‘take them back to Allah’ and out of the ‘world of sinners’.
  • 11/2/2009; Glendale, AZ:  A woman dies from injuries suffered when her father runs her down with a car for being too ‘Westernized.’
  • 7/6/2008; Jonesboro, GA:  A devout Muslim strangles his 25-year-old daughter in an honor killing.
  • 4/15/2004; Scottsville, NY:   In an honor killing, a Muslim father kills is wife and attacks his two daughters with a knife and hammer because he feared that they had been sexually molested.

Even more recently, two examples of honor killings in Pakistan taken from the, ‘ List of Islamic Terror Attacks for the Past 30 days’, as published by “thereligionofpeace.com” website:

  • 7/27/2015; Sangni, Pakistan:  A woman and her two children are shot to death by a family member in a suspected “honor” attack.
  • 7/24/2015:  Bhowana, Pakistan:  A woman who married against the will of her conservative family is kidnapped and hanged by her brothers.

BBC reports that some victim-advocate organizations, ‘suspect that more than 200,000 women are killed worldwide each year’ via ‘honor killings.’ “  (#29, P. 8)  These are monstrous crimes against women that are repeated year after year.

Qesas law

Related to honor killing is a section of Sharia law known as “qesas” law. Qesas law exempts a killer from punishment of death if the family of the victim pardons him. . . . Under qesas law, even the State cannot punish the killer by death if he is forgiven by his family.  Since the introduction of qesas law in Pakistan, honor killings have greatly increased. (#1, P. 70)

Female Genital Mutilation (Female Circumcision)

If honor killings is the most savage atrocity committed against Muslim women, female genital mutilation (FGM) (commonly known as female circumcision) is a close second.  This is a procedure whose purpose is to protect a young woman’s honor (and that of her family) by depriving her of any sexual pleasure.  Muslims may argue that FGM is a practice of certain cultures, but it is not a part of Islam.  The facts speak differently.

Nonie Darwish notes in, “Cruel and Usual”:  “Female circumcision is commonly practiced among Indonesian Muslims, where Shafi’I Islam predominates.  It is also relatively frequent in other regions where Shafi’I school predominates, such as Egypt, southern Arabia, Bahrain, Kurdistan, Somalia, Brunei, and Malaysia, as well as Indonesia.”  (#1, P. 76)

 Jamie Glazov, in his book, “United in Hate”, states:  “In Egypt, for instance, 97 percent of girls are circumcised.  Saadawi (an Egyptian feminist author) relates how, at the age of six, she was assaulted with FGM at the hands of strangers and how she saw her mother ‘right in the midst of these strangers, talking to them and smiling at them, as though they had not participated in slaughtering her daughter just a few moments ago.’ “  (#5, P. 123)

According to Glazov:  “More than 130 million women living today have suffered through this horrifying practice, and more than two million girls face assault by it each year:  that is more than five thousand girls every day.  Many girls lose their lives during FGM, which is often done with broken glass.  Most victims suffer from chronic infection and pain for the rest of their lives.”  (#5, P. 123)

None other than Muhammad, himself, endorses female circumcision:  Ahmad ibn Hanbal (from whom the Hanbali school of Islamic jurisprudence takes its name) quotes Muhammad as saying, “Circumcision is a law for men and a preservation of honor for women.”  (#1, P. 77)

Sheikh Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi, the grand sheik of Al-Azhar –who is, according to a BBC report, “the highest spiritual authority for nearly a billion Sunni Muslims” – considers FGM “a laudable practice that (does) honor to women.”  (#5, P. 124)

This despicable procedure speaks volumes as to Islam’s total control of, and lack of respect for, women.

  • A statement by Saudi women’s rights activist Wajiha Al-Huweidar, which aired on Al-Hurra TV on January 13, 2008: “Saudi society is based on enslavement – the enslavement of women to men and of society to the state. People still do not make their own decisions, but it is the women of Saudi Arabia who have been denied everything.  The Saudi woman still lives a life of a slave girl.”  (#1, P. 64)
  • Nonie Darwish gives this sharp indictment of Islam which, although it includes only a few words directly related to the treatment of women, vividly describes the brutal Islamic environment in which those under Muslim rule must live: 

“They (Muslims) are living under the most brutal, degrading, and humiliating laws in human history; laws that are obsessed with the sexuality of women, that subjugate and humiliate non-Muslims, and that ultimately produce a dysfunctional angry society.”  (#1, P. 23)

  • Jamie Glazov, in his book, “United in Hate”, relates this example of hatred toward women:

“And Souad, the Palestinian survivor of an attempted honor killing recalls, ‘Every birth of a girl was like a burial in the family.’  Indeed, within the blurred boundaries of Arab culture and militant Islam, women are seen as less worthy than cows and sheep – a fact that Souad’s father never let his daughters forget.”  (#5, P. 117; which cited the book:  Souad, Burned Alive, P. 20)

  • Glazov also makes this insightful observation:                                         

“One would think that upon examining the structure of Islamic gender apartheid, with its ‘honor’ killings, mandatory veiling, forced segregation, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, and rape as punishment, a feminist would experience nothing less than horror and revulsion.  But leftist feminist in the West have remained silent about the fate of women behind the Islamic Curtain, and their shameless but unsurprising disposition has been well documented.”  (#5, P. 202)

With that profound statement we conclude our discussion of “Women in Islam.”

Next session we shall begin a discussion of , “Muslims and the Slave Trade”.