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Fanning The Religious Hatred

December 3, 2010

Maulana Yousaf Qureshi, the imam of Mohabbat Khan Mosque, offered a reward of 500,000 rupees for a person who would kill the blasphemy accused and convict Aasia Bibi. It is very disheartening to know that instead of calming down matters, the imam is instigating people and fanning religious hatred. It is equally discouraging that this hostile statement came for the Imam of the city that has been a victim of countless terrorist acts in the past couple of years.

The statement of Maulana Yousaf and the 2007 incident of Lal Mosque Islamabad, make it clear that it is not just about the poor and indoctrinated seminary students of far flung area, even the well-read Imams of major mosques also have a streak of the Taliban like ideology. In Peshawar, the mullah of masses and better known for his profuse vulgar utterances in the public addresses, Maulana Bijli Ghar (Mullah Electricity), openly appreciates the Taliban and wants the Taliban style government in Pakistan. Similarly, in my previous writings, I said that rather an unknown mullah of the local mosque is also continuously busy indoctrinating the raw minds. Clearly, the local government and the agencies seem to be evading this issue.

Principally, Maulana Yousaf Qureshi should be booked for abetment and provocation but obviously it won’t happen. He may not be very popular among masses but still his apprehension might further friction and anarchy in the city or even in the country. The preferable approach would be for the government to negotiate with him and warn him to be careful regarding his statements in such turbulent times only if the government really cares about the issue of peace and security.

It is beyond understanding that why the extremist elements in the country are bent on seeing the blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi dead. If the allegation against her are proven beyond doubt even then given that she was not a habitual blasphemer and is a mother of young children she should be forgiven on the humanitarian grounds. If the aim of the blasphemy law is to punish the culprit than why people fail to see that the ordeal of her trial and term in prison already served are enough to deter her to say derogatory words for the rest of her life. Is it must to kill her?

What about the plight of Aasia Bibi’s poor family which according to the news reports has gone into hiding for fear of life. Her children might seal their tongues but has anyone given it a thought that in the light of what’s been happening to their mother how they will perceive the humble personality of Prophet (PBUH). The austerity has to be shunned if the preachers want Islam to be popular among non-Muslims. What if Aasia Bibi had uttered something unpleasant about the Prophet (PBUH) in his times? What would have been the reaction of Prophet (PBUH)? The logical expectation is that he must have forgiven her as he had forgiven the woman who would willfully dump filth on him every day. If Prophet (PBUH) can forgive; why can’t we especially when we Muslims are expected to follow his footsteps.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. neel123 permalink
    December 3, 2010 9:10 pm

    Mullah Military nexus in Pakistan is the very foundation of the nation. What is new about it … ? Is not religious intolerance ingrained in Pakistan’s constitution …. ?

    • December 3, 2010 9:17 pm

      Yes, you are right! But there are people who don’t want things to be the way they are. Unfortunately, such people are in minority!

  2. December 4, 2010 1:33 am

    Ayesha :
    Yes, you are right! But there are people who don’t want things to be the way they are. Unfortunately, such people are in minority!

    They aren’t in minority, they are afraid to get out and confront the clergy. Truth is, Pakistanis, no wait not Pakistanis, All the Muslims are confused about their faith and beliefs. Majority don’t even know the names of the Parents of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

    Muslims do not pay attention to their religious values, hence these politicians (disguised as Islamic scholars) have hijacked their most fundamental attribute, their belief. Hence, what ever comes out of the mouth of these people is holy (whether it is in the Qura’an or not). Until and unless the nation decides to refresh their religious values themselves, these clerics will push it into eternal darkness.

  3. December 4, 2010 4:22 am

    We have forgotten the essence of Islam – Love and forgiveness has been converted into hate and vengence.

  4. farazspeaks permalink
    December 4, 2010 6:25 am

    We need someone to make an immediate statement by offering Rs.1,000,000 for the murder of Maulana Yusuf Qureshi, for the crime of threatening an innocent mother of five children.

    In this miserable wreck of a nation, Islam is no longer a religion; it’s a fashion. This precarious trend must be nipped in the bud, and religion be brought back to being a private affair.

  5. farazspeaks permalink
    December 4, 2010 6:27 am

    I swear, I want to see mullahs hanging by their beards from the lamp-posts of Constitution Avenue.

  6. December 5, 2010 6:30 am

    Taliban like ideology is not something new for Pakistanis. It was okay to support Taliban cause before 9/11, it was okay to support Lashkar-e-Taiba as well, both have been criminalised now.

    It is a subject matter for a separate post.

  7. December 7, 2010 12:53 pm

    سلام وعلیکم بھای صاحب یہ میرا ویب سایٹ ہے اس کو لنک کر کے اور اپنے دوستوں کو ارسال کر دو آپ کی مہربانی ہو گی جزاک اللہ ۔

  8. farazspeaks permalink
    December 8, 2010 11:57 am

    Tauqeer: “It was okay to support Taliban cause before 9/11”

    Only the short-sighted thought it was okay, and that includes the All-American red-white-and-blue nitwits who thought they’d stir the pot here in Asia and then fly back home without any consequences.

    Pakistan should’ve been more vigilant because being Afghanistan’s neighbor, it was bound to be left behind with the bill at the end of the international dinner party held in Soviet Union’s “honor”. But that’s not the kind of prospicience one would’ve expected from the “thekedar” of Islam, Zia-ul-Haq.

  9. Uljalool permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:29 pm

    I like to see this Mullah hung upside down by his balls.

  10. Uljalool permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:42 pm

    On second thoughts such animals who only pray upon the downtroddens do not have any balls one can loop a string around.

  11. Muslim permalink
    May 25, 2011 11:10 pm

    hmm you asked a very valid question as to what would have become of this woman had she been in the time of Prophet s.a.w. Because to look at the prodigy can than ascertain a path for us to follow.
    I consider the due process in ascertaining whether blasphemy was uttered very very important. So obviously i do-not support vigilantism. Nor toting a price for heads of those accused. Leave it up the system to make sure that the claims are proven beyond a shadow of doubt.

    As for the capital punishment for the offence of blasphemy. I have not a shadow of doubt that this is endorsed by Islam.At the time of prophet no qisas was taken from a sahabi who killed a woman for blaspheming. Hazrat Umer r.a killed a man who further seeking legal consul from him after having consulted Prophet s.a.w.

    Prophet s.a.w himself pardoned some people and didn’t pardon others. The ummah has no right to pardon. Since the offence is personal so the right to pardon is only with the prophet himself.Furthermore Muslims ruled very successfully for centuries and never was any allowance made for this offence.This has only become debatable now. It never was debatable whether the punishment for blasphemy should be capital or not.

    In case of asia if she is found guilty than i certainly am not going to apologies for what is prescribed by Islam for her.

    • May 26, 2011 1:28 am

      Try to understand the legal system of Pakistan. There is no due process of law, hence, the proof of an act beyond a shadow of doubt is non-existent. I believe when the people were punished with death in times of Prophet (s.a.w) – such people were not guilty of blasphemy alone.

      There should be certain procedural changes to this law; such as, if the accused denies saying anything against Prophet (s.a.w), she/he should not be charged. It pains me that people don’t follow the teachings of Prophet in real sense and are involved in such issues that cultivates animosity not just between Muslims and non-Muslims of Pakistan but between different sects of Muslims.

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