Honor killings

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Is there any basis or ruling in islam for ‘honour killings’. Many tribes in the indo pak cont practice this..i would like to know this have any place or justified in islam?

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In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Islam has protected every innocent soul. Unjustly taking a life is a major crime. The Quran very clearly states,

وَمَنْ يَقْتُلْ مُؤْمِنًا مُتَعَمِّدًا فَجَزَاؤُهُ جَهَنَّمُ خَالِدًا فِيهَا وَغَضِبَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَلَعَنَهُ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُ عَذَابًا عَظِيمًا (النساء: ٩٣)

And whoever kills a believer purposely, his retribution is Hell Fire forever and Allah’s anger and curse. And Allah will prepare an enormous torment for him. (Al Nisā’: 93)

Nabī (salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) has said,

لَا يَحِلُّ دَمُ امْرِئٍ مُسْلِمٍ إِلَّا بِإِحْدَى ثَلَاثٍ : زِنًا بَعْدَ إِحْصَانٍ، أَوِ ارْتِدَادٍ بَعْدَ إِسْلَامٍ، أَوْ قَتْلِ نَفْسٍ بِغَيْرِ حَقٍّ، فَقُتِلَ بِهِ (جامع الترمذي، كتاب الفتن)

The blood of a Muslim is protected except for three reasons: Adultery, apostasy, and murder (Al Tirmizi)

The concept of honor killing has no basis in Islam. In fact, it is a major crime. A person guilty of honor killing will be put to death in an Islamic state where the qādi (judge) has the right to regulate and implement capital punishment. 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Hisham Dawood

Student, Darul Iftaa
Chicago, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.



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