Dishonorable Killings Continue

Lahore City Centre

Lahore City Centre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just read this devastating account of a couple in Lahore, Pakistan, who killed their 16 year old daughter because she was talking to a young man. In many Shariah-compliant Muslim communities, parents are driven to kill their children (almost always their daughters) in order supposedly to preserve the honor of the Muslim family.

As I have written before, I cannot think of much that could be more dishonorable. Yet, this kind of killing is not uncommon. In Pakistan, for example, there have reportedly been at least 1,000 such killings this year. Astounding, isn’t it?

Should a Muslim Girl Convert to Christ?

Should muslim girl convert Christ honor killingAs a Christian, my greatest joy in life is found in my children who believe. More than any other ambition (besides my own salvation) is my great desire for my family to follow Jesus Christ. I know I am not alone in this desire.

Yet, not every father wants his daughter to follow Jesus Christ. Just this morning, I prayed with a group of men for a young woman in Scotland. The glory of Christ is opening up to her, and now she is in danger of being killed–by her own family.  She could be the target of an honor killing.

What would you tell her if you were leading her to Christ? Would you encourage secrecy? Would you encourage boldness? Would you want to avoid the issue of her parents altogether?  What do you think you would do? Feel free to answer below.

You can get an idea of what I would do by reading my post at Project 13:3.

Clarity on Honor Killings

I have posted several times about the troubling rise of so-called “Honor Killings” in North America. I am happy to report that Canada has stepped up to the plate and and taken a mighty swing against the heinous Muslim practice of killing your children in order to protect your honor.  One wonders how indeed it could be possible that honor might be upheld by murdering your offspring.  Nevertheless, Canada has called it like it is.  The Judge had this to say:

“It is difficult to conceive of a more heinous, more despicable, more honorless crime,” Maranger said. “The apparent reason behind these cold-blooded, shameful murders was that the four completely innocent victims offended your completely twisted concept of honor … that has absolutely no place in any civilized society.”

To which, Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson added that honor killings are “barbaric and unacceptable in Canada.”

Good job, Canada.  Let’s hope many more juries and courts will follow suit in Canada and the U.S.

Sadly, there is growing evidence that the problem is both misunderstood (in Western countries) and intentionally unrecorded (in Muslim countries).  The Middle East Quarterly tracks honor killings worldwide and reports that the often-reported figure of 5,000 per year is woefully deficient.  The number is much higher, although given the present circumstances that assertion is difficult to prove.  For political purposes, many end up distorting the figures and mischaracterizing the crimes as something other than what they are. As always, defenders of evil tend to obfuscate reality with more fake fog than a bad magician.  For once, a judge and jury have blown away the smoke and have made the matter clear.  Honor killings are barbaric and have no place in civilized society.

The Names We Do Not Know

You have heard of Matthew Shepard, haven’t you?  Of course you have.  He is the young homosexual man who was robbed and then brutally murdered in Wyoming in 1998.  He was 21 years old.  His case has become synonymous with hate crimes legislation.  His name is well known to us all.

But there are names we do not know.  We do not know Noor Almaleki.  And we don’t know Aasiya Hassan.  When the news media chooses to make a case for a particular cause, they find an example who then becomes the banner carrier or the flag bearer for the cause.  Conversely, when the news media choose to ignore a cause, they take the examples for that cause and stick them in a different pile, in hopes of not calling attention to that cause.  Such is one of the ways we end up being influenced by the news media.  We are influenced by the names we do not know.

Aasiya Hassan

We do not know Aasiya, although she was once featured—along with her husband—on national TV.  She was a successful architect, and she and her husband were starting the Bridges TV network to help people understand moderate Muslims.  Concerned about the perception many Americans have of Muslims, the couple sought to show how most Muslims are not violent people.  The Bridges TV thing did not work out so well.  Failing to garner either financial support or viewers, the network folded, in spite of the fact that it was featured on NPR, NBC, and other major media for its promise.

The TV attempt to put Islam in a better light ended poorly.  Aasiya’s husband—Muzzammil Hassan—was convicted this week in the murder of his wife.  And it wasn’t just murder.  He beheaded his wife in accordance with his Muslim convictions.  Whether right or wrong about his theology, Muzzammil thought he was acting in according with Islam.  He thought he was justified in conducting an honor killing.

Likewise, Noor Almaleki’s father thought he was justified in killing his 17 year-old daughter.  She had become too westernized.  So, he rammed his jeep into the car she was driving and killed her.  It was an honor killing in the name of Islam.  His trial is now underway in Phoenix.  So, in Phoenix and in Buffalo, Muslim men are killing their wives and daughters for honor in the name of Islam.

With Steyn, we wonder, “Why aren’t Noor Almaleki and Aasiya Hassan as famous as Matthew Shepard? They weren’t in

Noor Almaleki

up-country villages in the Pakistani tribal lands. They were Americans – and they died because they wanted to live as American women.”

And also with Steyn, we can be “relieved that an American jury is not as mired in ‘cultural sensitivity’ as our leaders. Even so: Matthew Shepard was hung on a fence in Wyoming – and ever since there have been plays and TV movies and pop songs memorializing him. Aasiya Hassan had her head chopped off in Buffalo. How many playwrights and pop stars will tell her story?”

Sometimes, the names we do not hear are speaking a very important message which we desperately need to hear.  Noor Almaleki and Aasiya Hassan can help us understand why Rifqa Bary left her Muslim family in Ohio to live with a Christian pastor and his family in Florida.  There are others in America, too, whose names we do not know as well as we otherwise might.  Sara and Amina Said—two teenage honor students from Texas—died as victims of honor killings when their own father shot them repeatedly as they were sitting in a taxi.

There is a good chance that these honor killings will continue until we start to hear the names of the victims and see their faces.  Then, perhaps, we will shut up the silly political correctness that causes us blindness in the face of the brutal facts of Islam’s oppression of women.  Is every Muslim guilty of honor killing? No, of course not. But that isn’t really the point, is it?  The point is that some Muslims feel justified killing their wives and daughters in the name of Islam.

For Muslims, the question is whether Noor Almaleki, Aasiya Hassan, Amina Said, Sara Said, and other women dead by honor killings represent the name of Islam.  For us, we should ask if these names we do not know represent American women.  If so, we must confront the evil of honor killings honestly.

Amina and Sara Said


Is There More to the Story?

I just read the horrific account of the New Jersey man who claims to have thrown his 3 year-old daughter from a bridge into a frigid river.  The story offered very little details and gave no hint as to motive; so, I got curious.  I think there may be more to the story than what is getting filtered through the press.  In one way, this is a good service the press corps provides–not giving too many speculative details too soon.  However, my gut instincts were telling me that this man is Muslim and is using a sort of “honor killing” mentality to justify killing this little girl.  I know this is pure speculation, and I could be completely off-base.  I am simply trying to understand how a human being can kill a baby (in the womb or out, for that matter).  According to this story which I found after a bit of searching, the man (Shamsiddin Abdur-Raheem) was a Muslim and drove to see the imam immediately after killing the baby.

Another ‘Honor’ Killing

No one assumes that every Muslim is violent.  Few are asserting that the religion itself is inherently violent.  Nevertheless, the appearance to those of us outside of Islam is that it breeds violence.  The founder of the religion was himself sometimes violent, and the most vocal adherents of the religion are violent.  The tragedy at Ft. Hood is simply the latest installment of such violence, but the violence is not limited to isolated attacks on innocent, unarmed victims at military bases.  There are other examples here in the U.S. and around the world.  The fellow up in Seattle comes to mind; he shot people gathered at a Jewish center.  And, sadly, there is another honor killing in the newsThis story tells the grievous tale of a father who ran over his daughter because she had become too “western.”  His daughter is dead.

All of this says that we should let Muslims know what we are thinking.  We are not off our rockers in saying that we associate terrorism with their religion.  Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists appear to be Muslim.  We point this out not to denigrate their religion or castigate them as human beings; rather, we point this out so they will know what we are actually thinking.  Muslims have a duty to speak out more forcefully for the peace of their faith than the militants do who are speaking for the violence of it.  We ought to support and encourage those Muslims who protest and oppose the violence. They have quite a difficult work to accomplish; but it is their work to do.  We are not helping them when we pretend there is no relationship between Islam and violence.  In our experience, there is a relationship.  Whether it is a necessary or essential relationship, Muslims must make clear for us.

Honor Killings Unveiled

Continuing along the lines of yesterday’s blog, we are burying our heads in the sand when we refer to Muslim beheadings as “domestic violence.”  The trend after the Hassan murder is to call the situation “domestic violence.”  The truth of the Hassan murder is that it is an example of Islamic violence.  Many are now saying it was what Muslims call an “honor killing.” 

I wonder, how often have we heard special reports from NBC, CBS, ABC, or CNN documenting honor killings in the U.S.?  (Probably about as often as we have seen pigs fly).  Yet, there have been dozens of savage killings in the U.S. just like the murder of Aasiya Hassan.  Husbands have killed their wives.  Fathers have killed their own daughters –all in the name of Islam.

The Middle East Quarterly has documented more than 50 cases of honor killings in the U.S.   They have also provided a thorough explanation of why it is inappropriate to call these killings “domestic violence.”  Read the article here.

I hope you will read the MEQ article linked above; it will provide you with very good information on the reality and the scope of the problem.  The article will inform you also of the idiocy which surrounds the western mantra, “Islam is a religion of peace.”  I have included a quote from the article:

In 2007, after Aqsa Parvez was murdered by her father in Toronto for not wearing hijab (a head covering), Sheila Musaji wrote in the American Muslim, “Although this certainly is a case of domestic violence … ‘honor’ killings are not only a Muslim problem….”[9]   Mohammed Elmasry, of the Canadian Islamic Congress, also dismissed the problem. “I don’t want the public to think that this is an Islamic issue or an immigrant issue. It is a teenager issue,” he said.[10]

Those darn teenagers! What’s a parent to do?

Head in the Sand

I have been reading about Mrs. Hassan, and I am stunned that her story is not being reported as ardently as, say, important stuff like Ted Haggard.  If you don’t already know about Aasiya Hassan, you will be shocked, too.  Newspapers are going out of business… and it isn’t just because of the internet.  Mainstream news media are unable to report because of ideological blinders.  Aasiya Hassan is proof. 


Aasiya Hassan has been featured in stories around the country as a good example of the American face of Islam.  Against the backdrop of Muslim terrorists beheading victims around the world and posting the videos on-line, the Hassans offered a more irenic form of Islam.  Aasiya’s husband launched a TV channel which was committed to showing the other side—the peaceful side—of Islam.  For his efforts, Mr. Hassan was praised, and Aasiya sat nicely and quietly beside him through all the accolades of a favorable press.


But Aasiya is dead now.  Her husband killed her.  In fact, he beheaded her. There are reports that he had beaten her before.   Mark Steyn, as is usually the case, gets right to the heart of the matter with his blog post titled, Headless body in gutless press.  Michelle Malkin has covered the case, too, complete with a picture of the “happy” couple.


For my part, the press is not really my concern.  The press is biased.  I understand that, and I understand why they don’t think they are biased.  I get that.  What I don’t get, though, is how we are able to repeat the mantra, “All faiths believe the same things.”  It is not true.  It never has been.  And it never will be.  We need to get this reality through our thick heads: Ideas have consequences.  The ideas of Islam lead to death. (See here for Muslim view of women). 


Perhaps we do understand Islam.  Maybe we are continuing to stick our heads in the sand because we know the truth about Islam, and we think the safest place for our heads is to keep them submerged in the sand.