No offence to everyone, I don’t think I will ever understand this law. “Islam” is derived from the Arabic root “Salema”: peace, purity, submission and obedience and today Islam in this world might offer you everything other than peace, purity, submission and obedience. (I am not blaming Islam here; I am blaming the Islam representing faces).
Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was at age of 40 when he was ordered by Allah to spread the message of Peace, purity, submission and obedience to Allah. Before age of 40 he was the ideal character of a human in Makah, he was given titles of honest and trustworthy (Al-Ameen & Al-Sadiq). When Prophet (s.a.w) was ordered by Allah it’s time you start spreading the message for which you have been sent on earth; Prophet (s.a.w) faced insults and humiliation in form of cruses, abuses and physical torture. It all continued till Muslim started getting stronger in number and strength. All those people who contributed in creating hurdles with physical, social and verbal abuse were pardoned by Prophet (s.a.w) himself. (These people were lucky there was no Pakistan at that time or else Blasphemy law doesn’t listen to Islam either)
Allah kept sending messengers after messengers and all they did was to upgrade the religion according to social and time needs though concept was same submission to one Almighty. And all messengers of Allah suffered by hands of people who opposed them for reason they have insulted their Gods, Abraham was thrown in fire, Jesus was crucified, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was stoned few times and history is full of such stories.
The purpose to mention all this history is to bring back to one point, the way 400 mobs attacked an 11 year old place and later that girl was arrested for blasphemy charges. “Are we not like Kuffar-e-Makkah? Or Namrood’s follower?” Because we have no tolerance in fact we don’t have any character which was presented by all messengers of Almighty. We can’t take criticism in any part of our lives; we are inhumane with poor, rude with elders and arrogant towards children. Our character has fallen in deep darkness which needs a miracle to be uplifted.
Let me take you back in history of Islam which proves Blasphemy law could have written off Islam on its very start days. A small reference from Sahih al Bukhari as narrated by Sa’id Ibn Jubair, who heard Ibn ‘Abbas say:
“Thursday! And you know not what Thursday is?” After that Ibn ‘Abbas wept till the stones on the ground were soaked with his tears. On that I asked Ibn ‘Abbas, “What is (about) Thursday?” He said, “When the condition (i.e. health) of Allah’s Apostle deteriorated, he said, ‘Bring me a bone of scapula, so that I may write something for you after which you will never go astray.’ The people differed in their opinions although it was improper to differ in front of a prophet. They said, ‘What is wrong with him? Do you think he is talking no sense (delirious)? Ask him (to see if he is talking no sense). The Prophet replied, ‘Leave me, for I am in a better state than what you are asking me.’ Then the Prophet ordered them to do three things saying: ‘Turn out all the pagans from the Arabian Peninsula, show respect to all foreign delegates by giving them gifts as I used to do.’ The third order was something beneficial which either Ibn ‘Abbas did not mention or he mentioned but I forgot!.
(Sahih al Bukhari Arabic-English Volume 9 hadith number 468 and Volume 4 hadith 393)
In this era if these people were alive who differed with Prophet and made comments like he is not making any sense would be killed without given them chance to prove their point or ask for pardon. As we lack the forgiveness power which our leader had who even on death bed ignored the arrogance of people surrounding him for sake of Islam. But today we do nothing for sake of Islam everything has to be according to our Ego we can kill and get killed for our egos but forgive & forget is blasphemous act.
I don’t support insulting cartoons, statements against any holy person let alone be out Prophet (s.a.w) but one has to follow his footsteps to finish this evil in his way. The strong repulsive attitude with barbarian acts on such issues is provoking more and more people towards this ugly act and I am right to say Muslims are more responsible for blasphemy than non-Muslims.
Let’s move on to The book of books, the light for the whole humanity and a blessing on this earth. Is blasphemy really only act on if physical shape of book is burned? I will always prefer a human who has learnt a single verse of this holy book by heart on book as he can convey that verse (message of God) more than a book lying in a bookshelf. If we Pakistani are that much concerned about Holy book respect than lets wage a war against all talibans first who have mercilessly slaughtered this book reader and the book hafiz(may it be one verse or surah hafiz only).
Let’s go back and turn pages of history where the book lover was slaughtered by the other book follower. Jang-e-jamal the war where the most hafiz lost their lives, isn’t that war blasphemous because the book was damaged and disrespected in end.
The holy book and holy Prophet real message is peace, love, humanity. And if we can’t follow these three simple rules to live than with what face do we claim ourselves Muslim or their follower. As Allah conveyed his message via Prophet (s.a.w) and Quran I will forgive my rights but human rights will not be forgiven till that specific human pardons it.
Life is too short to hate and waste, it’s given to us to explore the world and be thankful to the Al-mighty who gave us this opportunity. wama alaina illal balagh ul mubeen