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ISLAM FORBIDS HONOUR KILLINGS AND WE MUST ALL WORK TO ERADICATE THIS 

 

Published: 11/06/07 17.30

 

The Ramadhan Foundation today expresses its total condemnation of honour killing in light of today’s guilty verdicts in the Mahmod trial.  We express our deepest sympathies and prayers to the victim and her family, there can never be any justification of this murderous act and we must all stand up against this evil whether from minority or non minority communities.

 

There is clear guidance from the holy Quran and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that forbids forced marriages and the killing of people in this horrific way.  The Prophet came to liberate women and it is he who put a stop to the burying of baby girls that was carried out at the time.    Islam affords rights to all people in these circumstances and those that force others into marriages are criminals.  In this time of misrepresentation and demonisation of Muslims we urge people not to judge our faith based on the actions of a small minority.

 

The Ramadhan Foundation will shortly be publishing a pamphlet on forced marriages that will deal with the Islamic guidance that forbids these issues and how we can plan to eradicate this criminal and evil act.

 

The Ramadhan Foundation accepts this is a very small problem in our country and we must all work together to eradicate it.  The role of Mosques, Muslim scholars and organisations are to debate, confront and eradicate those that try to justify this sort of activity.  We urge all those in authority to speak up and create a coherent initiative that deals with these issues.

 

Mr. Shazad Anwar, Chief Executive of the Foundation comments:

 

“We are horrified at this case and wish to make clear that the illegal practice of forced marriages and honour killings are not from Islam and Islam specifically condemns and forbids them.  We offer our deepest sympathies to the victim’s family and welcome today’s verdict.

 

The Ramadhan Foundation today calls on all Mosques, Imams and Muslim organisations to speak up and confront these issues; only with this essential debate can we send the message that this can never be tolerated.

 

We will shortly be publishing expert guidance on why Islam forbids this behaviour, how we confront those that practice these issues and we can eradicate them”

 

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