Punishing of the Blasphemous

 

By A Khokar    November 20, 2010

This is a known fact that when the Blasphemy laws were crafted in Pakistan; no one had in mind that this was being crafted in the best service of religion of Islam. History tells us of the vested interests of the few and it was simply a political motivated move in order to mobilize a political support of religious groups for which Ahmadiyya were made a scapegoat.

Courts as such passing the tough harsh sentences in respect of Ahmadies and others may not be solely blamed for awarding the punishments for Blasphemy. As the draconian law of Blasphemy does exist; so any case brought in the court. The courts perforce have to pass the judgement as per the law. It is not the courts but the legislative bodies; viz National assemblies and the Senate who are responsible for promulgation of such law; they are the real recreants.

We do know that Blasphemy law is basically Ahmadies specific but sorry for the other non-Muslim minorities like Christian and Hindus in the country that being non-Muslims, this Blasphemy law is extended to them also. One is horrified to look at the details of promulgated law that how a group of people are discriminated, placed defunct and pushed down as second grade citizen.

Salient of this law are as follow:

Pakistan penal Code (PPC) Description and Penalties

PPC.298A Use of derogatory remarks etc., in respect of holy personages——Three years’ imprisonment, or with fine, or with both

PPC.298B Misuse of epithets, descriptions and titles etc., reserved for certain holy personages or places, by Ahmadies——–Three years’ imprisonment and fine

PPC.298C An Ahmadi, calling himself a Muslim, or preaching or propagating his faith, or outraging the religious feelings of Muslims, or posing himself as a Muslim——-Three years’ imprisonment and fine

PPC. 295 Injuring or defiling places of worship, with intent to insult the religion of any class——–Up to two years’ imprisonment or with fine, or with both

PPC.295A Deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs———-Up to ten years’ imprisonment, or with fine, or with both

PPC.295B Defiling, etc., of Holy Quran——–Imprisonment for life

PPC.295C Use of derogatory remarks, etc; in respect of the Holy Prophet—–Death and fine

When this law is seen in the light of Islam; one is astound and fail to comprehend that how could the able Legislative Bodies… i.e National assembly and senate of Pakistan be so clue less as to pass a law but are not aware of the broader scheme of God in respect of religion of Islam that God shuns any kind of discrimination of peoples following the older religions that once they were also called by GOD as the Divine religions.

After the dawn of Islam there were scores of other active old religions including the divine religions [1] then and God Almighty being well aware of the fact that they will take considerable good time to come forward after shedding their old beliefs and to accept and know the reality of Islam. In this regard, Allah Jalashana hou very specifically says:

[2:62] “Surely, the Believers, and the Jews, and the Christians and the Sabians — whichever party from among these truly believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good deeds — shall have their reward with their Lord, and no fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve.”

We also need to understand what all it take for the ‘Matter of Belief’ that people posses toward their creator God Almighty and how the people on this planet follow certain rituals to gain the nearness to God. This Matter of belief happens to be a unique phenomenon that one may experience it in his/ her life. People may come to terms with certain belief within the confines of their knowledge, culture, geography or the environment and somehow this belief and practices of certain rituals becomes so dear to them that they will negate everything else but the belief.

For instance Christians they believe in Jesus (as) and in his sheer love, have rather elevated his status from a prophet of God to be the son of God and even the God himself. So much so that they think that Jesus is the only saviour of this world and atonement of all the peoples may only come through him.

In persuasion of their belief; Christian they ought to negate anybody other than Jesus. To defend their prophet Jesus at all cost becomes incumbent upon them…. so anything they say or demonstrate; for others it may look Blasphemy or whatever—- but for them … they are simply defending their own belief.

Islam happens to be the latest in scheme of religions of God. God Almighty declares in Quran that He has eventually selected Islam as religion for the whole mankind. The believers of Prophet Muhammad (saw) they also believe that God Almighty has told them through Quran that after the advent of Prophet Muhammad (saw) all the previous denominations including Christianity of Jesus and the Jews and all the old denominations; they stand superseded.

Muslims the flag bearers of Islam have got a great job at hand. They ought to sure know this as what all is there at stake. They are required to show their magnanimity, a special perseverance and wisdom that how best they could convince others that Islam is here which validates the truth of the older religions and ask them to hearken; join the Muslim’s ranks and files for their atonement. Islam being the latest in Divine religions; is just not the religion of Muslims only but Islam is every body’s religion.

This world does not need any Blasphemy law of any kind coming out of the House of Islam…the forbearance of Islam demands from the Muslims that they need to prove that how they excel all others. As they are the Best and are the notch above the rest on this planet.

Allah vouchsafes for the Muslims and says: [3:110] “You are the best people raised for the good of mankind; you enjoin what is good and forbid evil and believe in Allah…..”

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[1] may be in mutilated form