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Honor Killing from an Islamic

Perspective
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.

First of all, in order to sanction killing, it must be through a binding


verdict issued by an authoritative law court. Individuals themselves
have no authority either to judge cases or pass judgments. Therefore, a
Muslim should not sanction such killing because doing so will be leading
to the rule of the law of the jungle. A civilized society cannot be run by
such laws.”

“Like all other religions, Islam strictly prohibits murder and killing
without legal justification. Allah, Most High, says, “Whoso slayeth a
believer of set purpose, his reward is Hell for ever. Allah is wroth
against him and He hath cursed him and prepared for him an awful
doom.” (An-Nisa’: 93)

The so-called “honor killing” is based on ignorance and disregard of


morals and laws, which cannot be abolished except by disciplinary
punishments.

“In Islam, there is no place for unjustifiable killing. Even in case of


capital punishment, only the government can apply the law through the
judicial procedures. No one has the authority to execute the law other
than the officers who are in charge.

Honor killing could be a wrong cultural tradition. It is unjust and


inhumane action. The murderer of that type deserves punishment.