“A devout Muslim who tried to hire a hitman to avenge a perceived stain on his family’s honour was facing a possible lengthy jail term yesterday after being found guilty of incitement to murder.”
“Mohammed Arshad, 49, a businessman and leading member of the Tayside Asian community, was outraged by his daughter’s secret wedding and wanted his new son-in-law ‘removed from this earth’.”
He hired a hitman, who turned out to be an undercover cop, and now Arshad is in a heap of trouble.
Remember: just last September in Jordan, a law stiffening penalties for honor killings was rejected, partially on Islamic grounds.
When people talk about a clash of civilizations, here it is. The U.K. is prosecuting Arshad for something that would get him little or no penalty in Jordan. As the Muslim population in Scotland increases, will these new Scots Muslims discard any ideas about the acceptibility of honor killing that they may have and adopt those of their new homeland — or will we begin to see a change in attitudes toward this crime in Britain?