Friday, June 03, 2011
HJS Comments: One should note that in Islam, if an unmarried female, regardless of age, is involved in any activity either denounced by the sharia or which her parents or people of her tribe or village believe is or should be forbidden by the sharia, can be executed (usually by stoning) by her father with other family and village members helping.
If the father takes no action in this regard, but the village residents feel strong enough in their belief that the female had sinned against Allah and dishonored the family, village, or tribe, they can take their own action under the sharia. The sharia in some parts is a retaliation document in which a single individual or groups can take their own action against “sinners” they themselves have identified.
In this connection, it actually spells out actions that can be taken, who can take the action, and who can be the target of the action. We have long since renounced the idea of vigilantes searching out and punishing individuals without benefit of trial. Islam has not. For example, anyone who believes a certain person has become an apostate has a duty to slay the person.
Refer to o1.2 (4), page 583,584 of Umdat al-Salik, showing that parents or grandparents may slay their children or grandchildren without retaliation. Refer to o1.2 (3), page 583,584 of Umdat al-Salik, which states “killing an apostate from Islam is without consequences.”
Ukraine: Muslim girl stoned to death for participating in beauty contest
The fact that this was an extrajudicial killing doesn't let Sharia off the hook. The fact that stoning is prescribed for adultery (as often as apologists might also try to deny it for non-Muslim consumption), where the murderers in this case apparently decided for themselves her actions were tantamount to adultery, doesn't let Sharia off the hook, either.
No, the simple fact that this punishment exists in Islamic law, and Muhammad himself participated in it, means Sharia's inherent defects where human rights are concerned have a direct bearing on this case. So does the broader sense that originates in Qur'an 4:34 that violence is an acceptable recourse against "disobedient" women.
The murderers' consciences were informed by these ideas, hence the lack of regret expressed below. "Muslim girl, 19, 'stoned to death after taking taking part in beauty contest'," by Will Stewart for the Daily Mail, May 30 (thanks to Ian):
A teenage Muslim girl was stoned to death under 'Sharia law' after taking part in a beauty contest in Ukraine.
Katya Koren, 19, was found dead in a village in the Crimea region near her home.
Friends said she liked wearing fashionable clothes and had come seventh in a beauty contest.
Her battered body was buried in a forest and was found a week after she disappeared.
Police have opened a murder probe and are investigating claims that three Muslim youths killed her claiming her death was justified under Islam.
One of the three - named as 16-year-old Bihal Gaziev - is under arrest and told police she had 'violated the laws of Sharia'.
Gaziev said he had no regrets about her death because she had violated the laws of Islam.
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