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The Honor Killing of Aqsa Parvez
by Robert Spencer
Muhammad Parvez and his son Waqas murdered Aqsa Parvez, Muhammad's daughter and Waqas's sister, on December 10, 2007, because she wasn't behaving the way a good Muslim girl should. Last Wednesday, a Canadian court gave them both life sentences for this honor killing. But what is being done to stop the next Islamic honor killing in North America? Next to nothing.
The Koran commands women to "draw their veils over their bosoms" (24:31). While there are varying interpretations of this among Islamic authorities, Islamic traditions attributed to Muhammad amplify this to require that a woman should cover her head in public. Muhammad Parvez was determined to force Aqsa to do so, and to make sure she conformed to other Islamic norms as well. That she didn't, enraged him: "This is my insult. My community will say you have not been able to control your daughter. This is my insult. She is making me naked."
Aqsa ran away from home, telling friends that Muhammad Parvez had sworn on the Koran to murder her if she did so. But on that December day, Waqas brought Aqsa home from her school bus stop. Less than an hour later she was dead.
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