A hadith from the Prophet Muhammad clearly states that even if a man were to walk in on his wife committing adultery, he cannot take the law into his own hands. But Islam for these people is a cultural adornment that justifies un-Islamic tribal values and not an ethical system that promotes justice and mercy.
I don’t want to go into a discussion of honour killings here, suffice it to say that I am categorically against such brutal and primitive punishments, and as the article referred to above clearly states with references that it is completely against Islam.
What I wish to highlight here however is the application of Islam in the Muslim world today. Shahed Amanullah, the author of the above article aptly describes the Islam that is applied today is just a “cultural adornment“. How very true.
This is the main problem that faces Islam and Muslims today as so called Islamic governments haphazardly apply what suits them of Islam and ignore the rest of this great and fastest growing religion. This “standard” is what will slow and retard the advancement of Islam if nothing is done to clearly change the ways of these governments, education systems, the way that Islam is taught in schools and the way it is preached in mosques and religious schools. Once these issues are addressed, the general world perception of Islam and Muslims will invariably change.
The events of 9/11 clearly shows how misguided some Muslims can get, but as that was “over there” we continued to feel quite safe thinking these acts of terror will never happen to us. After all, we are Muslim countries and immune from these things. The saddening thing is that directly after the attacks on the twin towers, the Muslim world in general were first stunned, followed immediately by “conspiracy theories”, then when we saw the world’s reaction we entered into the denial phase, then it was regarded as a “media thing” that will go away. The attacks on both Riyadh and Casablanca put paid to these thoughts. Not surprisingly, the conspiracy theorists continued in their favourite pastime of blaming all ills on the “great Satan”.
Until we can face facts, interpret our religion in a fair and modern way, respect the rights of man, unshackle the press, and have our own first amendment we will continue to suffer and continue to propagate wrong messages that Islam never preached or sanctioned. We will continue to stay in the dark ages and create new traditions that will masqueraded as Islam.