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Also it should be noted that Islam prevents a person from "taking of the law into one's own hands."(3 ).

In Islamic culture things like criminal law and family law are decided by eight madhhabs, or Islamic schools of jurisprudence. This wasn't so in Islam's first hundred years. Islam had numerous schools and many if them supported the rights of women and were progressive (4 ).

More than 1400 years ago Prophet Muhammad gave women rights. the text of the Qran says
49:13 - "O mankind! We made you from a single (pair) of male and female."
This equality is also demonstration in this verse.
"O Mankind! Reverence your Guardian-Lord, Who created you from a single person, created of like nature his mate, from them scattered countless men and women, Fear God, through whom you demand your mutual rights and reverence the wombs (that bore you), for God ever watches over you". (Quran, 4:1)
Women have their own identity and, is a responsible being and has the burden of moral and Spiritual obligations.
"Never will I waste a worker among you, whether male or female, the one of you being from the other." (Quran 3:195)(5 )

The quaran mentions Jesus 124 times, and it speaks highly of him. Obviously he is important. Consider the prophet Mohammed's name is only mentioned four times in the Quran (6 ).

Jesus whole gospel seems to be ruled by compassion and forgiveness. I am not speaking of Christians or Christianity itself. Many times both have fallen short of Christ gospel. Still with someone of that much importance in Islam we have to consider his input on a matter forgiveness and justice. Consider... John 8 (King James Version) 3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Abdullah Saeed, the Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies at Melbourne University said the "core Islamic values of justice, goodness and beauty" (7 ). Again how could these core values justify honor killing?

For fairness and justice in judging an entire culture we must realize that some people take the word of their God out of context. In a greater matter of justice we must ask is a someone killed in the name of honor any less dead than a person killed for other reasons.

In the USA, "On average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in this country every day. In 2000, 1,247 women were killed by an intimate partner. The same year, 440 men were killed by an intimate partner."(8 ).


Honor killing, female, rape, Jordan, Jail, Islam, Islamic, religion