Honor killings are a horrific outgrowth of the misogyny encouraged by Islam, which includes wife beating, sharia discrimination, child marriages, wife rape, female genital mutilation, the rape of captured slaves and polygamy. The mainstream media will likely bury this story outside of England-please Digg it using the button below to get it some coverage.
Mohammed Riaz made every conceivable attempt to prevent his wife and daughters enjoying their Westernised lifestyle. He destroyed their clothes - modest by Western standards but tight fitting by his own - when they came out of the wash and he railed against plans to allow alcohol at his terminally ill son's 18th birthday party - which had been brought forward because of his prognosis.
Increasingly alienated and in despair over the illness of his son, Adam, the labourer killed his wife and four daughters by throwing petrol over them as they slept and igniting it.
At the inquest in Blackburn, Lancashire, yesterday the coroner, Mike Singleton, recorded a verdict that Caneze Riaz, 39, and her four daughters, Sayrah, 16, Sophia, 15, Alicia, 10, and Hannah, three, were unlawfully killed at their terrace home in Accrington, and that Mr Riaz, who died in hospital two days after the fire, took his own life. Adam died six weeks later.
Police investigations revealed how estranged Mr Riaz, a traditionalist and a practising Muslim who grew up in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan, had become from his vivacious wife, a high-profile community worker who had co-founded the local Aawaz women's group, mentored teenage girls at a high school in nearby Rishton, and was a school governor and board member on several diversity groups.
Mrs Riaz, whose father married an English woman after becoming one of the first Asian men to emigrate to the area in the 1960s, was sent back to Pakistan for 15 years after completing primary school, but she returned in the early 1990s with Mr Riaz, with whom she had an arranged marriage. The children flourished in Britain. The eldest daughter, Sayrah, was a "second mother" to her sisters, according to the family, and had a passion for fashion design; Sophia, 13, loved rap music and wanted to be an MC, while Alicia was the closest to her father. She embraced Asian culture the most and was a regular at the mosque....Early on 1 November last year, Mr Riaz decided the pressures were too much. As his wife and daughters slept in three upstairs bedrooms, he threw petrol over them and trailed more around the house, then lit three fires.
Police believe his wife awoke and may have tried to throw one of the two petrol cans he used away from her bed. But she died almost immediately. Mr Riaz stood downstairs and waited for the flames to come down and engulf him. When they didn't, he ran back upstairs through a wall of fire and was found by firefighters in the bathroom. He died of 65 per cent burns and smoke inhalation.
Barry Khanan, 38, Mrs Riaz's brother, said her alienation from Mr Riaz was a result of "the different ways in which they approached their lives". He said: "She had become frustrated with his lack of emotional support and involvement throughout Adam's illness. Caneze was outgoing and wanted to better herself. Her husband was more withdrawn. Words cannot express how we feel about the man we believe killed our family."
The story above is an anomaly in that it actually mentions the Muslim angle. Much of the mainstream press is covering up this textbook Muslim honor killing:
1) It is not being reported at all so far outside of the UK
3) A number of the articles have used the obfuscation of changing "Muslim" to "Asian":
She began to work with women who felt suppressed by Asian culture and many saw her as a role model for young Asian women.
4) Most of the news stories have removed all references to the word "Muslim" and the term "honor killing." Here is a classic end to one of the articles, the place where the spin of a news story is generally placed:
Speaking after the inquest, Det Supt Mick Gradwell said: "We are never going to know exactly why he did it but there are a number of issues.
"Adam went into Christies Hospital that day.
"There were financial difficulties, which were not huge but there was quite a bit of debt.
"Caneze's brother Barry told us about a distancing of Mohammed and Caneze.
"They wanted different things.
"Caneze didn't want her daughters to have arranged marriages but exactly why he did this, we can't give a reason.
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you think Islam had anything to do with it? This man obviously had some serious mental issues.
If family killing was ordained in Islam, dont you think that with a two billion muslims in world, it would be happening more often?
Randman is absolutely correct. Under Sharia, honor killings are what is expected. The only surprising element is the man decided to take his own life as well.
We don't hear much about rape in "dar al islam" either, but it's not because it is rare. Sharia law requires 4 male witnesses to the rape. If less than 4 are provided, the accuser is convicted of adultery, then imprisoned or killed. Needless to say, most rapes go unreported.
Islam, as it is interpreted today by men for men, does support and condone honour killings. The interpretations clearly claim, that women implicitly or explicitly are the property of men. This means a man may do with his property as he sees fit. This does not mean, however, that all muslim men will automatically kill, burn or in any other molest their wives, daughters or sisters.
But fact remains, that in Pakistan, honour killings is andailyday common occurrance and usually goes by unpunished and is visible in any daily newspaper or media broadcast. In Jordan, honour killings are condoned and punished rarely and even if punished, usually no more than 6 months maximum. Yes this is this law. Many kurds also practise honour killings, and even the royalties are not exception. In 1977, HH Princess Mishail/Mishael was killed because she rebelled against the arranged marriage and decided to follow her heart. She was killed by the then King, her own grand father.
As a Muslim, I am distraught to find that many muslims think denial will solve this problem. It won't. It is better to look your demons in the eyes rather than turn the blind eye and pretend it just does not happen all that much. In Denmark a 19 years old girl, Ghazala Abbas was killed a year ago in a well laid plan by her father, mother, brother, and various family members - gunned down on the streets by her brother because she married a man of afgan origin against her parents wishes. A 26 year old kurdish woman who divorced her husband and released herself of an abusive and violent arranged marriage, was killed by her brothers in Germany, because she dared to divorce her husband and adopt a western lifestyle.
These are just a few of the MANY stories out there. Unless you don't read news papers and don't care what happens in the world, it should be clear that this is a practice common usually among muslims. Whether this is down to culture and islam can be debated but as long as islam is interpreted by chauvanist males who prioritize only themselves and their own needs, honour killings will remain a part of Islam.
There are many websites which outline day by day the many honour killings taking place both in the West as well as the East. They are collaborated by Amnesty INternational and other such human rights organizations. This is not a ploy to slander Islam - this is simply a wake up call to those who choose to pretend otherwise. In the name of Mercy, the sanctity of lives - I appeal to your inner selves - stop denying and start reading and facing these issues.
I'm absolutely horrified to find this be a "common practice". In fact there's nothing common about it, is there? People seem to have religion and culture confused!! I think this is another example of men simply comforming to society.
I've been reading up on all this, most recently a book entitled "Reclaiming Honor in Jordan" by Ellen R. Sheeley (available on Amazon), and honor killings actually predate Islam by far. They are believed to have their origins in misinterpretations of pre-Islamic tribal codes. Thus, it is a little unfair to blame either Islam or the tribes for this sorry state of affairs.
Nonetheless, Huda, you are correct in noting that in many Arab/Muslim countries, these crimes go virtually unpunished. In Jordan, three penal code articles actually offer leniency to the perpetrators. The murders are considered only misdemeanors, and the average sentence for them is only six months. In addition, most (but not all) honor killings occur in Arab/Muslim countries and in Arab/Muslim immigrant communities outside the Arab/Muslim world. So something is obviously breaking down, whether it's cultural, misunderstandings about what Islam does and does not condone, whatever.
Personally, I don't understand the lack of outrage in the Arab/Muslim community about these crimes. Sometimes it seems to me outsiders care more about our girls and women than we do.