The long arm of sharia punishment ..... from Brooklyn to Pakistan. Consider this:
"retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right." However, "not subject to retaliation" is "a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring's offspring." ('Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2)
In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law. In accord with this, in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that "Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values."
And related to the practice is this:
"The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) used not to kill the children, so thou shouldst not kill them unless you could know what Khadir had known about the child he killed, or you could distinguish between a child who would grow up to he a believer (and a child who would grow up to be a non-believer), so that you killed the (prospective) non-believer and left the (prospective) believer aside." -- Sahih Muslim Book 019, Number 4457
Khadir, or Khidr, figures in sura 18 of the Qur'an. He is traveling with Moses, and: "Then they proceeded: until, when they met a young man, he [Khadir] slew him. Moses said: "Hast thou slain an innocent person who had slain none? Truly a foul (unheard of) thing hast thou done!" Khadir replies: "As for the youth, his parents were people of Faith, and we feared that he would grieve them by obstinate rebellion and ingratitude (to Allah and man). So we desired that their Lord would give them in exchange (a son) better in purity (of conduct) and closer in affection...." (18:74, 18:80-81).
Robert Spencer argues, "why does it matter that the practice of honor killing has Islamic sanction? Because if the roots of honor killing are never discussed and always ignored, the practice will never stop. Until the Islamic roots of the practice are discussed openly and human rights groups begin calling for reform, honor killings will continue in the Islamic world -- and in Muslim communities in the West."
New York man arrested for plotting 'honor killings' in Pakistan after his daughter escaped arranged marriage Daily Mail, September 25, 2013
- Mohammed Ajmal Choudhry charged with conspiracy to murder in a foreign country and commit visa fraud
- His daughter, a U.S. citizen, was held against her will in Pakistan for three years
- She was forced into marriage for a U.S. visa scam but escaped
A New York man has been charged with conspiring to commit the 'honor killings' of a family in Pakistan, the Department of Justice announced today.
Mohammad Ajmal Choudhry, of Brooklyn, was plotting to murder the family members of a man he believed had helped his daughter escape from Pakistan to America, U.S. authorities claim.
Choudhry, 60, was arraigned today on charges he conspired to murder in a foreign country, transmitted threats via interstate communications and committed visa fraud.
His next scheduled court appearance is Thursday in Brooklyn.
According to federal prosecutors, Choudhry’s daughter, Amina Ajmal, was held against her will in Pakistan for more than three years by relatives at her father's orders.
During her captivity, Ajmal, an American citizen, was forced into an arranged marriage with a Pakistani national for the purpose of obtaining a U.S. visa for that individual, authorities said.
Ajmal managed to eventually flee Pakistan and return to the U.S. with the help of a cousin and State Department officials.
After his daughter's refusal to return home, her cousin's father and sister were shot and killed in Pakistan on Feb. 25, according to U.S. officials.
Witnesses reported seeing Choudhry’s brother standing over the bodies with a gun.
Agents from HSI and the Diplomatic Security Service placed 60-year-old Choudhry under arrest in Brooklyn later that same day.
'As alleged, the defendant viewed his daughter as a commodity to be bartered.
'When she escaped those holding her overseas and fled to safety in the U.S., the defendant enlisted his confederates to retaliate against those who had helped her to freedom.
'As a result of his plot, two innocent people were murdered in Pakistan,' U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a press release Wednesday.
'We are committed to ensuring that people in the United States who export murder abroad will be brought to justice.'