Two Muslim leaders in Canada, Amira Elghawaby the NCCM/CAIR.CAN Communications Director and Manall Farooqi, blasted police for referring to a complaint as “honor-based” violence. They have accused the police of perpetuating “inappropriate language” that “stigmatizes” the Muslim communities where these offenses occur.
The outrage started when a girl lodged a complaint about her Muslim father’s beatings. The pair wrote a scathing piece that blasted law enforcement for describing the truth of the situation.
In the Islamic text, the Koran, an example of the patriarchal society that places men above all, demonstrates very clearly that the husband/father has the right to beat their wives and children for any perceived infraction.
In one instance, a woman begged Muhammad to stop her husband from beating her. Her skin was bruised so horribly that it is described as being “greener” than the green veil she wore. Muhammad did not condemn her husband. He ordered her to return to the man and submit to his sexual desires. (Sahih Bukhari 72:715).
Although not all Muslims carry out the literal interpretation of their text, many do. Recently some topless feminists were kicked off the stage when they interrupted a conference where speakers were explaining the proper way to beat wives.
The writers claimed that by using the term “honor based violence,” Canadian police are deterring “victims from reporting it [because the victims] might believe they were deserving of such treatment, or might fear stigmatizing their entire family or community if they were to speak up.”
However, even the Islamic U.N. recognizes honor violence. It includes, “rape victims, women suspected of engaging in premarital sex, and women accused of adultery have been murdered by their relatives because the violation of a woman’s chastity is viewed as an affront to the family’s honor.”
The film, The Honor Diaries, catalogs the practice and its prevalence, describing it as “human rights disasters.”
By fighting the labeling of the practice, the pair are pushing the idea that all violence is equal. And while that may appear true to people who have not lived under the abuse of a culture that allows such practices, for victims who live with the self-righteous arrogance of weak-minded men who beat their families under the guise of religion, there is a difference.
This isn’t random abuse, these men think that they have the right to behave in this savage way. Unless it is labeled correctly, the size of the problem cannot be revealed.
This article furthers the European methodology of making everyone afraid of appearing Islamophobic. This is why many of the Muslim gang rapes and killings are covered up under the guise of a “mentally disturbed” individual committing the act.
People are afraid of losing their jobs or being ostracized by actually telling the truth about motivations of violence.
Rather than accusing police of classifying violent actions correctly, perhaps the pair should spend their time trying to change their own culture of murder, assault and rape against Westerners.