FoxNews has a a really good report revealing the growing abuse within Islamic families in America and how secrecy trumps most domestic crimes for fear of “dishonor” in the family. Many times, as we’ve seen over the last few years, these domestic abuses end up in an “Honor Killing” to cleanse the honor of the family.
Many Muslim immigrant women do not even know that they are victims of a crime. That’s because in their home country it may be legal or acceptable for men to physically punish or even kill their wives and daughters for dishonoring the family.
And when an immigrant woman tries to get help, advocates say, an abusive husband often will threaten to have her deported.
“Within our community we are still struggling with the issue of domestic abuse,” says Hadayai Majeed, who runs the Baitul Salaam shelter in Atlanta, which caters to Muslim women.
She says women and girls who come to the shelter sometimes have been physically punished for what their fathers, husbands and brothers believe is behavior that dishonors the family.
Dating a non-Muslim or not wearing a traditional head scarf can trigger a beating.
“This can be interpreted as being extremely rebellious or be an excuse for abuse,” Majeed says.
Not only is this behavior culturally accepted in many Islamic countries, but it is encouraged. Last year a prominent Saudi cleric went on television to tell Muslim men how to properly beat their wives.
In the video he instructs viewers: “Beating in the face is forbidden … even if you want your camel or donkey to start walking, you are not allowed to beat it in the face. If this is true for animals, it is all the more true when it comes to humans”
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