In the Qur’an, a mysterious figure, known as Khidr in Islamic tradition, kills a boy in an apparently random and gratuitous attack. He then explains: “And as for the boy, his parents were believers, and we feared that he would overburden them by transgression and disbelief. So we intended that their Lord should substitute for them one better than him in purity and nearer to mercy.” (18:80-81)
And according to Islamic law, “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.” (Reliance of the Traveller o1.1-2).
Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. 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.”
“Saman’s father says he killed his daughter,” ANSA, September 23, 2022:
(ANSA) – ROME, SEP 23 – The father of Saman Abbas, an 18-year-old Italian-Pakistani woman believed to have been killed by her family for refusing an arranged marriage in Pakistan, has been caught on an intercept saying he killed his daughter.
Saman disappeared form her home at Novellara near Reggio Emilia on the night of April 30 2021 and has not been seen since.
She was being pressured to marry her cousin in Pakistan and wanted to leave home, Italian prosecutors say.
Her father Shabbar Abbas fled to Pakistan with his wife shortly after Saman’s disappearance and was heard saying in a phone conversation with a relative in Italy on June 8 2021: “I killed my daughter”….
On trial on February 10 next year are three relatives caught in France and Spain recently: uncle Danish Hasnain and two cousins Ikram Ijaz e Nomanhulaq Nomanhulaq, as well as her parents, Shabbar Abbas and Nazia Shaheen, still hiding somewhere in Pakistan.
The father, Shabbar, said in the phone tap: “For me the dignity of others is not more important than mine…I left a son in Italy (a younger son now in a shelter who has accused his uncle in the case). I killed my daughter and I left, I don’t care about anyone else at all”. (ANSA).