It is an aspect of sharia that the MSM usually does not report on. In a discussion of the sharia law of Islam, Albert Hourani makes this observation involving murder:
“...homicide was regarded as a private matter between the families of those involved, rather than one in which the community should intervene through the judges;...” p. 161The concept is rooted in the tribal nature of Arabic Muslim countries. Their sense of independence and individual honor means that the laws of the nation are second to the loyalty to the clan and family. When some horrible crime is committed it is not a case for the courts. It is a matter of family justice and vengeance. Often a crime can be made right by paying a money penalty. As long as the families are satisfied, all is well.
This is not just a concept from Islam. Many cultures in their primitive stages have such a safety valve. The Germanic cultures called it weregild. Different crimes had a monetary value assigned. In a barbaric, warrior culture it seemed to slow down the fighting. Whether it has a place on modern society, I have serious doubts.
Share this article with some of your friends who are into diversity and multi-culturalism. I doubt if they will be horrified but you can always hope.
Hourani, Albert. A History of the Arab Peoples. Cambridge: The Belknap
Press of Harvard University Press, 1991.
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