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Honor Killing in Texas Muslim Father kills his girls Armina

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Published on Jan 17, 2008

"The practice of honor killings has absolutely no sanction in the Quran, the Prophetic practice or in the evolved systems of Islamic law," Imam Zaid Shakir, a scholar-in-residence at the Zaytuna Institute in Hayward, Calif., wrote in an essay posted on the New Islamic Directions Web site in July 2007. The essay was posted again on a number of Web sites a few days after the deaths of the Said sisters.

Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch and author of several books, including "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)," agrees that honor killing, as such, is not justified by the Quran, but continues to take place for other reasons.

"It's not religious, but that's not the end of the story," Spencer told Cybercast News Service. "It is widely encouraged and approved in a religious context," particularly in Muslim cultures in the Middle East.

Spencer said that has not been the case in the Middle East where many accused of the crime get light sentences. But he hopes in the case of the American and Canadian women, justice will be served.

"Unless we completely give in to multi-culturalism and hold our line on our own culture and not accept it," Spencer said.

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