Call for action: Jordanians against Honor Killings
Let me be completely frank with you, I'm not a lawyer, and I don't know the specifics of the Jordanian (or any Arab) law against so called "Honor" killings. But I know one thing. Rights are not bestowed by royal decrees. Although, those help, or hinder sometimes.
What I know is that we as people need to all come together and start something. A campaign, a demonstration to protest the unjust, inhuman, and extremely degrading dishonor killing pardons that are spelled out in the law. It's time for action
I'm POSITIVE, I'm not the first to call for such action. And I'm positive I'm not going to be the last. I'm also positive that this campaign should be carried out, online and offline. In shops, streets, radio stations, on billboards, on sides of buses, in social gatherings, in TV ads, during cigarette breaks, in weddings, funerals, churches, mosques, collages, universities and schools. Focus on that last part the most. We need to educate people. In all possible ways.
Isn't it time for all of this to end? Why are we waiting for divine, *cough* royal *cough* intervention to protect our daughters, sisters and mothers. To protect our future generations, but most importantly, to protect the innocent from the looseness of the law which allows people to walk away from paying judge, jury and executioner based on mere suspicion?
Don't get me wrong. I'm not calling for people to spread vice. I'm not asking parents to auction their daughters for prostitution. I'm not saying it's OK to go out and sleep around. I'm not saying all of that. In fact, I'm against all of that.
What I'm calling for is a national campaign to better educate people, raise their awareness and let them understand that there is no such a thing as honor killing. It's shameful killing, dishonor killing.
Many think that honor killing has it's roots in the Islamic Shariah. Quite frankly nothing can be farther from the truth. In fact, Islam doesn't take people's lives as award for committing adultery without proof. Not only that, but I have very strong feeling that a person can not be charged with adultery.
That last part might be a shock for many, but bear with me, and I'll explain my point of view on this matter.
First, It's almost impossible to successfully charge someone with adultery. You really need 4 people to see them in the act as witnesses. A single witness isn't enough. Now unless the two people involved are doing this in public, it's quite impossible to get 4 people to witness them "in the act!". (And by the way, anyone charging someone with adultery and can't prove it has a very severe punishment, these are no joking matters)
Second, we know from the way the prophet handled the woman who confessed to adultery (She was given 3 chances to just, walk away) but she insisted on being punished. Her repentance was praised by the prophet who eventually submitted to her will, and evidence and allowed the "Had" (Or the punishment) to be carried out.
Third, we're more encouraged to cover-up our mishaps. Not expose them. So if someone was to make a mistake, and no body knew, and this person repented. Then there's nothing wrong with hiding it. God knows, and there might be punishment for it in the hereafter. But people shouldn't brag about their sins.
Finally, It's not allowed under Islam for a single unmarried person to be charged with adultery even with ALL the conditions above. The punishment for any unmarried person (male or females) is few flogs (or the modern equivalent), and draw a distinction here. These are not the medieval flogs with metal and glass tips. These are sticks and raised only to the level of the shoulder. More like public "tapping" than real flogging.
As you can see, religion isn't really keen on taking the lives of people who sin. God loves sinners, who repent. I know that many scholars have taken most of this stuff out of context and looked for ways to make the punishment even more severe, with more on the spot justice and the likes. But that shouldn't be the case, and these scholars should seriously consider their positions.
Let me give you an example of how the prophet dealt with a case of suspicion. Aisha, his wife was accused of having an affair. Even by the closest Sahaba (loosly apostles). Did he just go out and murder her on suspicion? (He was the strongest man in Madina, and had he done that, no one would have said anything. Not only that, many people volunteered to take out such actions). Not only that, in that Arab setting, murdering women was "the proper way" to end all arguments. As many of the poets of the times have glorified how the "Fine honor isn't saved until blood is spilled on it's sides". That was the mentality...
But, what did the prophet do? He was patient. Sad, but patient. He took his time to contemplate the matter, and didn't submit to his "honor saving temporary insanity" or extreme anger. He was not God, he was a human like all of us.
These are simple examples that make it absolutely clear that Murdering women for suspicion of adultery (most of the time, not even adultery) should be abolished.
As I said, it doesn't take a Royal decree to have this change come true. It's time for ALL OF US, to take action and stop this blood bath.
-- Every year, over 20 women lose their lives on suspicion of infidelity in Jordan alone.