CAIRO - Muslim scholars from across Canada have issued a fatwa condemning honor killings and domestic violence, The Toronto Sun reported Sunday, February 5.
These crimes are major sins in Islam, punishable by the court of law and almighty Allah, Imam Syed Soharwardy, the founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, said.
Signed by 34 imams from across the country, the fatwa says that Islam does not sanction honor killings or violence against women.
The purpose of this fatwa is to explain the verses of the Qur'an, and to tell not only clergy but also ordinary people, This is what Islam is,' imam Soharwardy said.
The fatwa comes a week after the conviction of an Afghan immigrant parent and their son in the grisly killing of his three daughters and his first wife.
There is no justification for honor killings, domestic violence and misogyny in Islam, says the fatwa.
"What happened in the Shafia home ... The crime was not committed because Islam says so. The crime was committed because that is the way they understood what they think is right.
Soharwardy said he felt compelled to issue the fatwa to remind Muslims that honor killings are un-Islamic and to explain to Canadians that Islam does not encourage violence against women.
"Those who think honor killing is OK are dead wrong," Soharwardy said.
"There is no place for violence in Islam.
"A very small minority" of Muslims think this way and they "need to be corrected," he added.
In Islam, there is no place for unjustifiable killing as the case in honor killing.
Even in case of capital punishment, only the government can apply the law through the judicial procedures.
Though portrayed in the Western media as exhorted by Islam, honor killing is a cultural act and has nothing to do with the faith.
Canadian Muslims hope that the fatwa will help clear misconceptions that Islam encourages honor killings.
"No religion preaches killing," ISCC member Farina Siddiqui said.
It's the person who commits these crimes, not the religion."
Soharwardy said the fatwa also aims to remind Muslim parents that they have a role to educate, inform and model good behavior to their children and not use force to instill religious beliefs.
"Violence is not the way to resolve conflict in the home," Soharwardy said.
It is wrong in Islam to force someone to follow what you think Islam is.
Muslims make around 2.8 percent of Canada's 32.8 million population, and Islam is the number one non-Christian faith in the Roman Catholic country.A recent survey showed that the overwhelming majority of Muslims are proud to be Canadian, and that they are more educated than the general population.