What do you think of when you hear the words ‘Honour Killings’?
I have just read a disturbing article about an honour killing, (a link provided by a fellow blogger who frequently visits this blog) that has left me feeling … well, tired.
The article describes the way a girl was killed by her father who felt ashamed by his daughter’s actions (which may or may not have been true). The way he kills her, is troubling and disturbing.
But in all honesty, the cause of my fatigue is a slightly different one. It’s important that this is not misinterpreted to mean that I don’t feel strongly about what happened to the girl and her family’s actions. I do. But if I consider this article in context of the discussions around us, it’s yet another story that suggests that it is Islam that allows honour killings.
If any of the readers of this post are Muslim, they will no doubt be able to relate. But it’s the non-Muslims out there that I’m concerned about at the moment.
Islam does not allow honour killings, (period). If incidents occur, it is because of tradition and not because of an understanding of Islam.With the growing culture of ‘cheating on your spouse’ in the West, if a man walks in on his wife being intimate with another man and kills her, is this also not a form of honour killing? Although it would still be seen as wrong in the west, ‘Christianity’ is not mentioned because we all know that this has nothing to do with Christian practices or beliefs. However, when honour killings involve a Muslim, we can almost be certain that there will be a mention of Islam or Muslim.
For the record, honour killings are wrong. They happen all over the world, in many cultures but somehow seem to have been categorised into being a Muslim problem when it’s got nothing to do with Islam.
What do you think of when you hear the words ‘Honour Killings’? How do you think you began to associate these words with Islam or Muslims?