From Religion News Service
By Ron Csillag| Religion News Service, Updated: Monday, February 6, 3:19 PM
The religious decree — only the third of its kind in Canada — also prohibits domestic violence and hatred of women. It was issued on Saturday (Feb. 4) on the eve of Mawlid an-Nabi, the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday.
“These crimes are major sins in Islam, punishable by the court of law and almighty Allah,” said Imam Syed Soharwardy of Calgary, representing 34 clerics affiliated with the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada.
“There is no justification for honor killings, domestic violence and misogyny in Islam,” Soharwardy added.
The fatwa came less than a week after the Jan. 29 conviction of Mohammad Shafia and his wife Tooba Yahya for drowning their three daughters and Shafia’s first wife in what they regarded as an honor killing. The couple and their adult son, Hamed Shafia, were found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.