Muzzammil Hassan is the founder of Bridge TV, a television station launched to prevent stereotyping of Islam as an oppressive religion. Last week, he was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, after police found the decapitated body of his estranged wife, Aasiya Zubair Hassan, 37, in her home in Buffalo, New York. After several incidents of reported domestic violence, the couple had separated recently. Aasia had filed for divorce earlier this month. She had also sought and obtained a restraining order against Mr. Hassan. The police are investigating possible motives for the murder, including
Predictably, the apologists for Islam have sought to isolate this beheading from the religion
of peace and compassion. Nazim Mangera, the Imam of the Islamic Society of the Niagara Frontier, is among those who are upset about tying the two:
“We’re all shocked. We’re all grieving,” said Mangera... “To compound that, we have to face the difficulty of the religion of Islam being blamed for [the killer’s] personal actions. It was an individual person who did this act, for whatever reason. We don’t find any justification in the Islamic religion for any such violence.”
“Beheading has more to do with culture and country of origin [than religion],” Mangera stated. “It has nothing to do with Islam. We abhor domestic violence, and we categorically denounce it in all forms.”
Yes, it is true that there have been
honor killings of women in several countries around the world. I have pointed to some of these in my previous post. If we went over all of the 552 cases reported at the website for the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women, however, we find that an overwhelming majority of these have taken place within the confines of the religion of Islam. Does this in itself mean that Islam sanctions these killings? Perhaps, as Mr. Mangera says, "'honor killing' comes from an extreme right-wing Islamic faction that uses the Quran for its own purposes"?
Cruel punishments for what the civilized world views as frailties of the human flesh, don't seem to be unusual at all in Islam. Here is how Muhammad punished a woman for adultery:
The Ghamidi woman came and said, “O Messenger of Allah, I have committed adultery, so purify me.”... then the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) ordered that a chest-deep hole be dug for her, and that she be stoned. Khalid ibn Al-Waleed picked up a stone and threw it at her head. Blood spurted out onto his face and he swore at her. The Prophet of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) heard what he said, and told him: “Take it easy, O Khalid! By Him in Whose hand is my soul, she has repented in such a way that if the tax-gatherer had done so, he would have been forgiven.” (Muslim). Then he gave orders that the (funeral) prayer should be offered for her, and she was buried.
Lucky women in SWAT, Pakistan, may look forward to being "purified", Islamist-style, now that a deal has been struck to impose Sharia in these Taliban controlled areas.
So, please, Mr. Mangera, spare us this nonsense about brutal and inhuman punishments as having nothing to do with Islam or Quaran.