"A Daughter is a Gift by Allah"

The All Pakistani Ulema Council has issued an edict that daughters are gifts from Allah and honor killings are not in line with Islamic teaching. The council, comprised of Pakistani religious leaders, wants all sermons in Pakistani mosques Friday to center on the message that "Daughter is a gift not a problem." Surveys reveal that one in 10 Pakistanis believe that there are times when killing women is justified but the council says that such killings are not only ignorant but fall "outside the ambit of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, the Quran and Sunnah [Islamic way of life]." The council has schedule a meeting for June 5 to discuss honor killings and other social issues.

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