In response to the high profile case of the Afghan man who is on trial for the murder of his three teenage daughters and first wife, Canadian Imams are due to condemn honor killings in Fridays sermons.
Two dozen Canadian Imams are planning to condemn honor killings during Friday prayers, in response to the high profile case of Afghan Mohammad Shafia and his wife and son. All three stand accused of murdering Shafia's three teenage daughters and his first wife, for allegedly bringing shame on the family.
Alarabiya cites figures from the U.N. Population Fund that estimates there are 5,000 honor killings each year. Of that figure Jihad Watch says 91 percent are committed by Muslims worldwide. Since 2002 there have been 13 cases of honor killings in Canada.
Imam Sikander Hashmi of Kingston, ON., explained why 60 Canadian Muslim groups support Friday's condemnation of honor killings, saying "We felt very strongly that we had a responsibility to make it very, very clear that honor killings – so-called honor killings; we don’t want to consider them anything honorable –have absolutely nothing to do with Islam." Imam Zijad Delic of the Canadian Islamic Congress is in agreement with Hashmi, saying "there is nothing Islamic in taking a human life." (Vancouver Sun)
Testifying in court on Tuesday during the trial of Mohammad Shafia, expert witness Shahrzad Mojab said "So-called honour killings stem from a loss of male control over women's bodies, and bloodshed is seen as a way to purify dishonour." CTV reported. She went on to say "The way to deal with the dishonouring of the name of the family and the community, it is through the bloodshed because the shedding of the blood is a way of purifying the name of the family."
Murder in the name of honor has no place in a civilized society. Canadian Muslims are planning to spread the word through education and sermons that what may be deemed acceptable under sharia law has no place in the acceptable face of Islam.