Many senior Imams have come together issuing fatwa against ‘honour’ killings.
This fatwa came in as a result of some ignorant, backward families who have killed their own daughter(s) for marrying someone of their own choice.
Hence, the Imams in Pakistan, the Islamic scholars came together condemning this kind of behaviour and have stated clearly that everyone has a choice on whom they want to marry.
They have also asked the government to implement Laws to punish perpetrators who carry out these heinous acts, and bring them to justice within a ‘week’.
The Guardian reports:
An influential group of Pakistani clerics have issued a fatwa against “honour” killings, with a spokesman calling them “unethical and unjustifiable” following a series of attacks on women that have caused national outrage. The Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) said on Monday that killings such as last week’s murder of teenager Zeenat Bibi in Lahore after she married the man of her choice were a “great sin”.
The edict was backed by up to 40 clerics in the council, a group of Sunni organisations that wields considerable influence in Pakistan’s powerful Punjab province.
Allah has decreed that women should be free to marry whomever they choose so long as both parties are agreed, the SIC’s Punjab general secretary Mufti Saeed Rizvi said.
“So the killing in a normal or in a brutal way (burning alive etc), as was done to the innocent Zeenat recently in Lahore, is absolutely a great sin. All clerics have severely condemned it and declared it an unlawful, unconstitutional, undemocratic, unethical and unjustifiable act that must be stopped by the state at any cost,” he said.
Islam, he said, respects the rights of women, while the issue of honour was based on “illiteracy” and had nothing to do with the religion.
The fatwa also called on the government to draft new legislation to punish those guilty of honour killings within a week, and to launch an awareness campaign.
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Please also see the following article, where the Quran and Prophetic sayings categorically forbids and prohibits forced marriages: “Islam on Forced Marriage“.
(1) – ” Honour Killing” – “Jealous dad-of-eight knifed wife in the heart after seeing her talking to another man”. NAME: Robert Bance. 20th January 2017
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