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Honour Killings have nothing to do with Islam.

“It was eerily silent and dark when he finally reached home after a long tiring journey.He eagerly entered his house, relieved to be home after so long. As he took off his shoes,he heard some strange noises in his room. Could it be a burglar… he thought, as he tiptoed into his room.But when he entered the dimly lit room, he was shocked to see his wife with another man,doing the unthinkable!”

If you read this in a news paper you would know what happened next. He picked up his axe or a bat or a gun or whatever he could find and he killed them both to save his honor. A typical case of honor killing so prevalent in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Not only is it a brutal violent crime, but the name of Pakistan is maligned and my beautiful religion of Islam is dragged down into the mud as well. As if Islam is to blame. As if Islam promotes this kind of revenge or honor killing! As If Islam wants to kill women.

So today lets just see what Allah Subhanawa tala The Most Wise,The Most Merciful has to say to say about it.

It so happened that such a case was brought in front of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw). A man came to him and said that I returned home at night and saw my wife with another man. I heard with my own ears and saw with my own eyes (their act of fornication).

At that time only the verses related to fornication had been revealed. In order to punish someone,four witnesses         ( who saw them in the act) were needed. If four witnesses were not produced, then the one accusing would be punished by lashing. (for accusing a chaste person without proof).

So when the man came to him, Prophet Muhammad (s) was going to have him flogged (due to lack of witnesses) but then Allah Subhana Watala revealed the following verses:

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

وَالَّذِينَ يَرْمُونَ أَزْوَجَهُمْ وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَّهُمْ شُهَدَآءُ إِلاَّ أَنفُسُهُمْ فَشَهَـدَةُ أَحَدِهِمْ أَرْبَعُ شَهَـدَاتٍ بِاللَّهِ إِنَّهُ لَمِنَ الصَّـدِقِينَ – وَالْخَامِسَةُ أَنَّ لَعْنَةَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهِ إِن كَانَ مِنَ الْكَـذِبِينَ – وَيَدْرَؤُاْ عَنْهَا الْعَذَابَ أَن تَشْهَدَ أَرْبَعَ شَهَادَاتٍ بِاللَّهِ إِنَّهُ لَمِنَ الْكَـذِبِينَ – وَالْخَامِسَةَ أَنَّ غَضَبَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهَآ إِن كَانَ مِنَ الصَّـدِقِينَ – وَلَوْلاَ فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَتُهُ وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ تَوَّابٌ حَكِيمٌ

And for those who accuse their wives, but have no witnesses except themselves, let the testimony of one of them be four testimonies by Allah that he is one of those who speak the truth.) (7. And the fifth (testimony); invoking of the curse of Allah on him if he be of those who tell a lie.) (8. But she shall avert the punishment from her, if she bears witness four times by Allah, that he is telling a lie.) (9. And the fifth; should be that the wrath of Allah be upon her if he speaks the truth.) (10. And had it not been for the grace of Allah and His mercy on you! And that Allah is the One Who forgives and accepts repentance, the All-Wise.

Al Quran: Surah Nur: Verse 6 – 10

The following is the event described in detail from Tafsir Ibn Kathir.

Hilal bin Umayyah came back from his lands at night and found a man with his wife. He saw with his own eyes and heard with his own ears, but he did not disturb him until the morning. In the morning he went to the Messenger of Allah and said, `O Messenger of Allah, I came to my wife at night and found a man with her, and I saw with my own eyes and heard with my own ears.’ The Messenger of Allah did not like what he had said and got very upset. The Ansar gathered around him and said, `We were being tested by what Sa`d bin Ubadah said, and now the Messenger of Allah will punish Hilal bin Umayyah and declare his testimony before people to be unacceptable.’ Hilal said: `By Allah, I hope that Allah will make for me a way out from this problem.’ Hilal said, `O Messenger of Allah, I see how upset you are by what I have said, but Allah knows that I am telling the truth.’ By Allah, the Messenger of Allah wanted to have him flogged, but then Allah sent revelation to His Messenger . When the revelation came upon him, they knew about it from the change in his face, so they would leave him alone until the revelation was finished. Allah revealed the Ayah:

﴿وَالَّذِينَ يَرْمُونَ أَزْوَجَهُمْ وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَّهُمْ شُهَدَآءُ إِلاَّ أَنفُسُهُمْ فَشَهَـدَةُ أَحَدِهِمْ أَرْبَعُ شَهَـدَاتٍ بِاللَّهِ﴾

(And for those who accuse their wives, but have no witnesses except themselves, let the testimony of one of them be four testimonies by Allah…,) Then the revelation was finished and the Messenger of Allah said,

«أَبْشِرْ يَا هِلَالُ فَقَدْ جَعَلَ اللهُ لَكَ فَرَجًا وَمَخْرَجًا»

(Rejoice, O Hilal, for Allah has made a way out for you.) Hilal said, `I had been hoping for this from my Lord, may He be glorified.’ The Messenger of Allah said:

«أَرْسِلُوا إِلَيْهَا»

(Send for her.) So they sent for her and she came’

The Messenger of Allah recited these Ayahs to them both, and reminded them that the punishment of the Hereafter is more severe than the punishment in this world. Hilal said, `By Allah, O Messenger of Allah, I have spoken the truth about her.’ She said, `He is lying.’ The Messenger of Allah said,

«لَاعِنُوا بَيْنَهُمَا»

(Make them both swear the Li`an.) So Hilal was told, `Testify.’ So he testified four times by Allah that he was one of those who speak the truth. When he came to the fifth testimony, he was told, `O Hilal, have Taqwa of Allah, for the punishment of this world is easier than the punishment of the Hereafter, and this will mean that the punishment will be inevitable for you.’

He said, `By Allah, Allah will not punish me for it, just as He has not caused me to be flogged for it.’ So he testified for the fifth time that the curse of Allah would be upon him if he was telling a lie.

Then it was said to his wife, `Testify four times by Allah that he is telling a lie.’ And when his wife reached the fifth testimony, she was told, `Have Taqwa of Allah, for the punishment of this world is easier than the punishment of the Hereafter, and this will mean that the punishment will be inevitable for you.’

She hesitated for a while, and was about to admit her guilt, then she said: `By Allah, I will not expose my people to shame, and she swore the fifth oath that the wrath of Allah would be upon her if he was telling the truth.’ Then the Messenger of Allah separated them, and decreed that her child should not be attributed to any father, nor should the child be accused, and whoever accused her or her child, they would be subject to punishment.

He also decreed that ﴿Hilal﴾ was not obliged to house her or feed her, because they had not been separated by divorce, nor had he died and left her a widow. He said,

«إِنْ جَاءَتْ بِهِ أُصَيْهِبَ (أُرَيْسِحَ) حَمْشَ السَّاقَيْنِ، فَهُوَ لِهِلَالٍ، وَإِنْ جَاءَتْ بِهِ أَوْرَقَ جَعَدًا جُمَالِيًّا خَدَلَّجَ السَّاقَيْنِ سَابِغَ الْأَلْيَتَيْنِ، فَهُوَ لِلَّذِي رُمِيَتْتِبهِ»

(If she gives birth to a red-haired child (with skinny thighs) and thin legs, then he is Hilal’s child, but if she gives birth to a curly-haired child with thick legs and plump buttocks, then this is what she is accused of.) She subsequently gave birth to a child who was curly-haired with thick legs and plump buttocks, and the Messenger of Allah said,

«لَوْلَا الْأَيْمَانُ لَكَانَ لِي وَلَهَا شَأْنٌ»

(Were it not for the oath that she swore, I would deal with her.)’


SubhanAllah!  He saw his wife in the dead of the night fornicating with another man. Imagine the utmost patience he displayed. He waited till the morning to come to Prophet Muhammad (s) and see Allah’s mercy … He revealed in His guidebook, guideline for the extreme of the cases. SubhanAllah! So many lessons from this case of this Sahabi (ra).

So in an extreme case, where a man himself sees his wife with another man, even then he is NOT allowed to take the law into his own hands. He can not harm or kill them.He will not fly into a rage and do as he pleases. He will bring his wife to the judge. There he will take an oath in Allahs name four times that he saw what he saw. Then his wife is allowed to declare her innocence (or accept the crime if she fears Allah). She also takes oath four times that her husband is lying. In the fifth oath she will invoke Allah’s curse on her own self incase she is lying. After this , they are divorced and she is also given her due mahr. She is not labelled as a fornicator. She is considered innocent.

Such is the care and justice for women in Islam. She is protected  and given benefit of  doubt whether she is guilty or whether she is innocent. Such is Allah’s mercy.

Who says women have no rights in Islam?? and for all those who scream that a woman’s testimony is not equal to a mans’ in Islam… read the verses again. In this case, her testimony ALONE suffices for her. SubhanAllah Allahu Akbar.!

All that honor killing and the karo kari nonsense that you hear and read about is NOT ISLAM. In many parts of our country, even if a girl is seen speaking to a boy , she is killed in the name of honor. If a man, even as much as suspects his wife of having an affair, he kills her in the name of honor. If daughters have boyfriends.. the parents think they have the  option of honor killing! NAY that is NOT SO. Honour killings have nothing to do with Islam. It is cultural.It is murder, pure and simple and on the day of judgement, the first crime Allah will account will  be murders. Please do not confuse culture with Islam. Everything thing that occurs in a so-called-Muslim-Country is not according to the Quran.

May Allah guide us and our nation towards understanding the Quran and implementing it in our lives. Ameen.

Read  the details of these verses in Tafsir Ibn Kathir here.

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Social Research: Evils of Free Mixing

Just wanted to share this social research study on free mixing between men and women by Muslim Researchers. This should make us sit and reflect…

Source: Islam QA:

There follow some of the results of a study on mixing undertaken by some Muslim social science researchers.

When we put the following question: What is the Islamic ruling on mixing as far as you know? The results were as follows:

76% of respondents said “It is not permitted.”

12% said, “It is permitted” – but moral, religious, etc. restrictions apply…

12% said, “I don’t know.”

Which would you choose?

If you had the choice between working in a mixed workplace and working in another where there was no mixing, which would you choose?

The responses to this question were as follows:

76% would choose the workplace where there was no mixing.

9% preferred the mixed workplace.

15% would accept any workplace which suited their specialties, regardless of whether it was mixed or not.

Very embarrassing

Have any embarrassing situations ever happened to you because of mixing?

Among the embarrassing moments mentioned by respondents in this study were the following:

Continue reading “Social Research: Evils of Free Mixing”

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Is Islamic Law Outdated?

by Javeria

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ


‘Islamic Law is outdated’ is a misconception which is generally prevalent amongst the non Muslims and the liberal Muslims. When it comes to Islamic laws such as hijab, forbiddance of alcohol, lashing, stoning, cutting off hands etc, most Muslims and non Muslims, unable to comprehend the wisdom and practicality of these laws try to do away with these laws by stating that Islamic law is barbaric and oppressing and thus outdated and not practical for the present modern times. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan of Pakistan stated that since there were no prisons at the time of revelation of the Quran, which is why such laws were then needed and now in the modern times, the most appropriate punishment is imprisonment.[1] Jullundri gave metaphorical meanings to the Quranic Ayahs by stating that ‘cut off their hands’ means cut off their advantages by putting them in prison.[2]

However if one ponders and reflects over the practicality and end results of Islamic laws, it becomes quite clear that the Islamic Law is the Most Supreme and is so updated and modern that it is applicable for all times.

Islamic law aims to benefit the society and remove all forms of corruption, injustice and exploitation. In this article two examples will be given to prove that Islamic Law is not outdated but is the most modern and up to date set of laws for all times.

Forbiddence of ‘KHAMAR’

Islam clearly spells out the forbidden things; where as the rest of the things are declared to be permissible. So these laws would be applicable and easy to follow at all times, because the list of forbidden things is very small and generic.


Amongst the forbidden drinks in Islam is alcohol. It was gradually forbidden and the final ayah regarding its prohibition was revealed. Allah Subhanawatala said:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنَّمَا الْخَمْرُ وَالْمَيْسِرُ وَالْأَنصَابُ وَالْأَزْلَامُ رِجْسٌ مِّنْ عَمَلِ الشَّيْطَانِ فَاجْتَنِبُوهُ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُون

“ O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone alters [to other than Allah ], and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful.”

َAl Maidah :90

In the above Ayah pronouncing the forbiddance of alcohol, the word خمر is used. There are many other words which could have been used here to refer to wine and alcohol such as  نبيذ or  شراب. But there is great wisdom in using the word ‘Khamr’ here.Literal meaning of the word خمر is ‘the thing which covers the head/mind’, it is from the same root word as خمار which is a cloth used by women to cover the head. Thus the word Khamr is used to refer to things which befog the mind. There is also the hadith of Prophet Muhammad (s) declaring all intoxicating things to be ‘khamr’.

bn ‘Umar reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Every intoxicant is Khamr and every intoxicant is forbidden. (Muslim)

Therefore all drinks or food substances which intoxicate the mind would come under ‘khamr’ and are forbidden. This shows the great wisdom of Islamic laws and their universality. In the era of Prophet Muhammad (s) there were no narcotics, but in our times drugs have become a major problem. Therefore hashish, opium, cocaine, morphine, marijuana and all such substances which befog the mind would also come under ‘khamr’ This is to ensure the safety and well being of individuals and society as a whole as the disastrous impact of alcohol and drugs is well acknowledged.

If the Islamic Law was outdated, it would not be able to able to deal with new substances, but would only be applicable in its own time. However, the fact is that since the Islamic laws comes from Allah who has full knowledge of the past present and the future therefore all the laws are so updated that they were fully applicable in the past, are still applicable in the present and will be fully applicable in the future. If in the future any new substance is discovered or created which also has an intoxicating effect, it would also come under ‘khamr’ and would thus be forbidden.

HIJAB in front of certain children

The Islamic laws are enacted for the betterment of the society, to make the make the environment safe, peaceful and morally clean free from exploitation and injustice. If a severe punishment to an individual would stop further crime and rid the society of that evil, then such a punishment is justified and practical and beneficial for the public. However, because of this stance of Islamic legislation, Islamic laws are usually termed barbaric and the laws of hijab considered oppressing towards the female.

In the example below, we will see how the injunction of hijab in our modern times is not only applicable but is much needed to stop crimes such as rape and harassment.


The Islamic law is a preventive one; it wants to prevent all crimes from taking place, which is why it handles even those issues which lead to such crimes and immoralities.

The reason why most immoral activities take place is due to the natural attraction between men and women and men have an inclination to look at women, to admire their beauty, which becomes the starting point of all immoralities. The laws of hijab have therefore been enacted to eliminate this root cause.

Women are not allowed to display their beauty  and be alone with men except to a few ‘mahram’ men, their slaves, very old servants and some children.

Allah Subhana Watala Says:

“And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.”An-Noor:31

In the above quoted ayah, the women are allowed to show their beauty to children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women, but if the children are aware of private details, then women should observe hijab, even in front of such children.

In the present times, because of the open immorality and its broadcast day and night over television the children are now aware of the private matters of intimacy and have lost their innocence. It is because of this that boys as young as 9 and 10 years have committed rape.[3] [4]

This proves that even children, if corrupted by the society and media, are capable of immoral activities and crime. Thus to safeguard the women and girls, hijab is must even in front of such children. Hijab not only means the outer garment, but also means that women and girls should not be left alone with na-mehrams. Other innocent children should also not be allowed to play with such children as they are at a great risk of molestation and even rape.

Regarding hijab from children, Allah Subhanawatala could have just said ‘children who have not yet reached puberty’. But this was not stated and a condition was set which was not applicable in the time of Prophet Muhammad (s).So this shows that there is great wisdom behind this injunction to make it applicable for all times.


When it is said that the ‘Islamic Law is Outdated’, the main point that is missed is that The Islamic law is divine and from Allah Subhanawatala The Aleem, The Hakeem, the Most Knowledgeable and The Most Wise. To consider Islamic Law to be outdated is to deny these supreme qualities of our creator. The One Who created this universe and the humans knows their nature and knows what is best for them. Humans, with their finite intellect and knowledge can only come up with laws which are flawed and have many negative side effects. The USA has the highest rate of incarceration in the world[5] but according to the statistics of 1994, almost 70% of released prisoners were rearrested within three years.[6] In USA the crime rate is also increasing year by year and despite the open immorality and prostitution, rate of rapes is also increasing. This shows the ineffectiveness of the prison system made by humans. In order to be kind to the criminal, death penalty and other severe punishments are not given out, but this is done at the expense of compromising the welfare and safety of the public and fails to deter future crime.

Similarly, despite being aware of the negative effects of alcohol and drugs, the western society refuses to ban such items, but this is also a great compromise on the safety of the public. Most of the road accidents are due to drunk driving and lives have been destroyed and some are living a life of non existence. The case of Jacqueline Saburido should be enough to ban alcohol everywhere. [7]

If Islamic laws are implemented and severe hudood punishments are meted out to criminals, a few punishments would be enough to set an example and deter future crime and loss of lives.

What the world needs now are Islamic Laws, because Islamic Laws are most updated and they are the key to a safe and a secure environment free from crime and corruption which plagues all countries and all societies of our time.

[1] Lashing, stoning, mutilating: Islamic law is barbaric and outdated. Defend the case of Islam. By  Abdullah Mohammed  <>

[2] ibid

[3]8 Years Old gang raped by four boys aged 9 -14:

[4] 9 year old boy booked for rape:

[5] Crime in the United States:

[6] Urban Ministry Prison statistics :

[7]Jacqueline Saburido: Accident and burn victim against drunk driving