Honor-Killing in America

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On the eve of Valentine’s Day, a ghastly honor-killing happened here in America.

The killer is Muzammil Hassan. He was the CEO of “Bridges”, a newly founded Muslim TV channel, which he started in the basement of his home, upstate New York. Muzzammil Hassan, 44, and his wife, Aasiya Hassan, 37, founded “Bridges TV” in November 2004. They described it as a satellite news and opinion channel aimed at portraying Muslims in a positive light following the Sept. 11 attacks.

Muzammil founded his TV network with the goal to combat negative perceptions of Muslims in America.
After 9-11 Americans started to focus on Islam. Many soon came to the conclusion that Islam was a violent religion. After all, one doesn’t fly an airplane into a building on a peaceful mission! – So, they asked themselves the question: “Is Islam peaceful or violent?” The answer was: “Islam is violent.” It is a religion born out of violence, propagated through violence, and still accustomed to violence even today.

Muzzammil Hassan hoped to show Muslims in a more positive light. He wanted to change the Muslim image. That’s why he founded “Bridges TV” in November 2004. – “Every day on television we are barraged by stories of a ‘Muslim extremist, militant, terrorist, or insurgent,'” Hassan said in the 2004 release. “But the stories that are missing are the countless stories of Muslim tolerance, progress, diversity, service and excellence that Bridges TV hopes to tell.”

Did he succeed to portray a picture of peaceful Islam to America? Not according to Orchard Park Police Chief Andrew Benz. According to him, Hassan is accused of cutting off his wife’s head at his Buffalo, N.Y., station Feb. 12. Yes, you heard right, Aasiya Z., the wife of Hassan, 37, was found dead on Thursday at the offices of Bridges TV in Orchard Park, N.Y., near Buffalo. – Her husband, Muzzammil Hassan, 44, has been charged with second-degree murder. – Why only second degree?

The estranged wife of the Muslim television executive feared for her life after filing for divorce last month from her abusive husband, her attorney said — and was then found beheaded Thursday in his upstate New York television studio. The Hassans were married for eight years and had two children together, ages 4 and 6. Aasiya was her husband’s third wife, and the couple reportedly met on the Internet.

Benz said officers were called to the couple’s home on Feb. 6, when Aasiya Hassan had obtained an order of protection barring her husband from the home. – “He was served with divorce papers that day at the [television studio],” Benz said. “He came back to the residence and was pounding on doors and broke one window … He left the premises that night.” – Benz said Hassan’s body was found on an office floor at the Orchard Park television station.

On Feb. 12, Hassan informed police his wife was dead and told them exactly where to find her body. According to CNN reports, Hassan confessed to killing Aasiya. He has been charged with second-degree murder. Authorities are still looking for a murder weapon.

Hassan, who was arraigned Thursday, remains jailed at the Erie County Holding Center. No bail had been set and an attorney for Hassan was not listed, according to a jail spokeswoman. Hassan has a court hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, Benz said.

Beheadings are more common in Hassan’s former homeland of Pakistan and throughout the Islamic world. Just a week ago, Taliban terrorists in that country beheaded a Polish geologist abducted in an effort to arrange a prisoner swap.

• An American U.N. worker, John Solecki, is currently facing a similar fate at the hands of Islamic terrorists in that country.
• Terrorists in Pakistan video recorded the beheading of American reporter Daniel Pearl.
• Terrorists in Iraq video recorded the beheading of American Nicholas Berg.
• Beheading is a common form of execution in Saudi Arabia.
• Beheading is a common way to conduct a so-called “honor killing” – the murder of a wife – throughout the Islamic world.

According to Islam, if a woman disobeys her husband she is disgraced. Therefore, when Aasiya Zubair, the wife of Hassan, resorted to the Western justice system to seek protection from her menacing husband, she had certainly broken the Islamic tenet of complete surrender to the wishes of her husband. Thus, she had dishonoured her husband, his reputation and, most importantly, the Islamic code of conduct for an obedient wife. Therefore, it is not surprising that the killer had to end her life Islamically, to restore his pride, honor and religious conviction.

The Qur’an is the basis of honor killing in Islam. 4:15:
YUSUF ALI: If any of your women are guilty of lewdness, Take the evidence of four witnesses from amongst you against them; and if they testify, confine them to houses until death do claim them, or Allah ordain for them some way.

This verse clearly tells that a disgraced woman is condemned to a solitary confinement till death. The alternative is the judgment of Allah. The Qur’an is not clear what that judgment of Allah could be. There are various interpretations on this. Therefore, it is a fish market: anyone may do to his woman whatever he wishes, including ending her life.

YUSUF ALI: Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in his absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them first, Next, refuse to share their beds, And last beat them but if they return to obedience, seek not against them Means For Allah is Most High.

Please note that in verse 4:34 Allah permits a husband to punish his disobedient wife. It is worthy to observe that this verse says if the husband suspects or fears disobedience and rebellion; that the actual acts might not have taken place. This verse also says that the men are the protectors of women. Thus, Islamically, Aasiya was foolish enough to seek the protection of Canadian law. It was a clear violation of Qur’anic injunction of verse 4:34, a challenge to Islam. And, as per the Islamic law, if anyone violates the Qur’anic command the only punishment is death by beheading. Thus, we may conclude that Hassan has acted in the manner that Qur’an commands him.

See, in Islam, a woman is nothing more than her husband’s property. There are a number of ahadith that say that a Muslim woman’s status to her husband is no more than a slave.

Since in Islam, a woman is the property of her husband, it is imperative that the husband reserves the full right to dispose off his property in any manner he wishes.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvvYEO_KnZA

What can I say? Beheading a person just doesn’t sound “peaceful” to me.

Shalom – Lilo

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