Saturday, 22 November 2014

Response to "Muslima Teen Deemed ‘too Western’ teenager beaten by family"

The right wing are using the story of a teenage girl in Italy who was beaten up by her family for being 'too Western' as a stick to attack Muslims on a whole.

Firstly, they say the teenager was a 'Muslima' (female Muslim) despite the article not mentioning her religion. The right wing simply presume the family are Muslims as it mentions her Moroccan father. Would the right wing like it if American teens who crazily shoot up their classmates were reported as 'Christian' around the world simply assumed fromtheir American nationality? Of course not, so why do it to Moroccans or folk from other Muslim countries?

Secondly, the right wing juxtapose this news story with honor killings. We have already seen honor killings are not part of Islam (see below)

Thirdly, I can see that generally actions of violence seem to be a substitute for lazy parenting. Surely, if you want your child to grow up with the values of Islam then it's better to invest time, money and energy into seeing your child has an Islamic upbringing where he/she is nurtured and educated rather than being lazy and just threatening or using violence whilst the child has never received that nurturing. Mosques around /Europe really need to employ imams who can advise Muslim parents on raising children with Islamic values as well as connecting Muslim males and females to the mosque from an early age.

(ANSA) – Forli, November 21 – A 15-year-old girl who was viciously beaten up by her family and locked in a bathroom because she was “too Western” has been entrusted to the social services after hospital treatment.
Right wing Islamophobe gets the truth on Honor killings from Muslim scholars
Pamela Geller entitles a video, 'Islamic Honor Killings in the West'. This is a contradiction of terms as Islamic Law opposes honor killings.

Pamela Geller wrongly claims that honor killings is a practice under Islamic Law (Sharia). This is a blatant falsehood. In the video we see Dr Bilal Phillips teach that Honor Killings is not allowed according to Islamic Law - in fact he teaches that the Sharia (Islamic Law) sees honor killing as MURDER which is punishable by execution.

It's interesting to notice how Muslim scholars such as Dr Shabir Ally, Hamza Yusuf and Dr Bilal Phillips all disagree with the wild assertions of Pamela Geller concerning the Islamic view on honor killings. Sadly, people like Pamela Geller continue to spread their ignorance and prejudice and the scholarly voices are being drowned out.

Watch Pamela Geller's falsehoods on Honor Killings and Islamic Law are corrected by clips of Hamza Yusuf, Dr Shabir Ally and Dr Bilal Phillips

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Aside from the misinformation Pam Geller presents about Islam's view on honor killings the other worrying aspect of her work is her misappropriating of pictures of the victims of honor killings. Islamophobes such as Geller will trample on the misery and the hurt of others just to pursue their agenda of attacking Islam and demonizing Muslims. Truthful and sincere people don't do this.

Another point that came out of the video is that honour killings, as mentioned by Hamza Yusuf, have a long history and indeed are not simply peculiar to Muslims. Hamza Yusuf menions that it has taken place in Arab Christian communities as well as Mexico. Of course, honor killings are not limited to these communities - all communities have experienced honor killings be they Sikh, Hindu, Jewish, Atheist, Buddhist etc.. Hamza Yusuf mentioned the figure of 20 million abortions having been conducted in America, isn't this at least in some instances a form of honor killing?

And finally, Dr Shabir Ally mentions those who perpetrate honor killings are not following the Quran, he then mentions that he can find something that can be described as honor killing in the Bible. I Wonder if Pamela Geller would call Dr Shabir Ally and ask him for the Bible references and then make a video about Christianity and Honor killing entitled 'Christian Biblical Honor Killngs'? Guess she won't. Guess the donations and other support she receives would diminish quite considerably if she did. That's the nature of the business of ISLAMOPHOBIA!

Sheikh Ahmad Kutty teaches honor killings are NOT Islamic:

“There is no such concept in Islam that is called “honor killing”. Islam holds every soul in high esteem and does not allow any transgression upon it. It does not allow people to take the law in their own hands and administer justice, because doing so will be leading to chaos and lawlessness. Therefore, based on this, Islam does not permit such killings.”

Bilal Phillips and Hamza Yusuf on Honour killings:

Honor killing in the Bible, NOT Qur'an, Dr Shabir Ally:

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