Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that “retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.” (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law. In this case, of course, the victim was the murderer’s wife, a victim to the culture of violence and intimidation that such laws help create.
The Palestinian Authority gives pardons or suspended sentences for honor murders. Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now. Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but “the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour ‘provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.’” And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.”
Until the encouragement Islamic gives to honor killing is acknowledged and confronted, more women will suffer.
A Texas woman stalked her sister for months and delivered a chilling warning to her brother-in-law shortly before his murder, authorities said.
“I cannot wait until my dad puts a bullet between your eyes,” Nadia Irsan allegedly told her sister’s husband.
The 30-year-old appeared in court Tuesday to face charges she was part of a twisted family campaign of hate that resulted in a pair of “honor killings” in 2012, KHOU reported.
Irsan’s hardline Muslim father was furious when her sister, Nesreen Irsan, married a Christian man without his approval, authorities said.
The irate dad, 57-year-old Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, first gunned down his daughter’s friend, Iranian activist Galareh Bagherzadeh, who he believed led her astray from her fundamentalist upbringing, according to prosecutors.
The father threatened his daughter after Bagherzadeh’s January 2012 death.
“I killed that b—h, and you’re next,” Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan is accused of saying, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Then he came for her husband, Coty Beavers, shooting him to death in November 2012 in the couple’s home, authorities said.
The dad was charged with murder in the dual homicides. His wife and 21-year-old son also face charges in the case.
Nadia Irsan hasn’t been charged with murder in either of the deaths, but that could change, authorities said.
She’s accused of tailing her sister, even slipping a GPS device onto the estranged sibling’s car in the lead-up to Beaver’s killing, according to prosecutors.
Investigators later discovered the GPS buried in the Irsan’s yard.