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Canadian Imams Fail to Decry Violent Honor Killing of Aqsa Parvez

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Posted on June 19 2010 6:00 pm
Christine Williams is a 9-time international award-winning interviewer. She is Host and Producer of the Canadian National TV program “On the Front Line with Christine Williams” aired on CTS TV. She is also a Senior Advisor to the Hudson Institute in New York.

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As Canada continues to reel over the violent ‘honor killing’ of Aqsa Parvez and the country awaits a public outcry from Islamic leaders, it was met with a kick in the face from an imam representing a noted organization.

Imam Zijad Delic of the Canadian Islamic Congress said there is “nothing Islamic” in taking a human life.

He calls it a personal issue more than a cultural one and suggested perpetrators are not unlike the white, Canadian born mother who suddenly kills her children in that both are ultimately unable to deal with the challenges of domestic life.

This imam’s statement is nothing short of infuriating and insults the memory of Aqsa and other women who have suffered a brutal death in the name of so-called honor.  His ghastly comment is a deliberate attempt to veil the issue through deception.  The naive among us will only see Delic’s single point that taking human life is not limited to a single culture.  In the case of Aqsa however, we can not afford to ignore the conspicuous dimension that caused her to be murdered:   the act was perpetuated by a cultural tradition rooted in the misogynistic tenets of the Qur’an.

These teachings advocate (among other things): women as property (tilth), spanking her to control her, and the horrendous practice of child marriage, which in many instances causes death to prepubescsent young victims who are biologically ill-equipped for the consummation of these marriages. Such cases have been frequently highlighted in places like Yemen and Afghanistan. One Unicef study found that “from 2000 to 2008, the brides in 43 percent of Afghan marriages were under 18.”

Diana Nammi, founder of the London-based International Campaign Against Honour Killings, told Canwest News Service:

When people are moving to another country, they leave everything they have, all their possessions, behind. But what they can bring with them is what they believe, their culture, their traditions, their religion … Unfortunately, they are choosing to show the worst part of that, and the worst and criminal part of that is controlling women.

Kudos to Nammi for calling a ‘spade a spade’ in her mention of both the cultural and religious components.

Amin Muhammad is a professor of psychiatry at Memorial University of Newfoundland who would like to see stiffer sentences for honor murder and warns that Multicultural Canada will see more such crimes. Though expending meritorious efforts to marginalize the heinous practice of honor killings,  Dr. Muhammad is a little less than honest:

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