Repealing the blasphemy law by taking a lesson from the life of the Prophet

It shocks me to see the things Muslims do in the name of Islam. We have stopped looking inside ourselves and only focused on correcting others. Asiya Bibi, a Christian woman who has been sentenced to death after being accused of blasphemy in Pakistan is a victim of this outlook. Blasphemy laws were introduced by General Zia in an attempt to Islamicize the state. According to these laws, a person who passes on derogatory remarks for the Prophet or desecrates the Quran is to be put to death or imprisoned for life. There have been many occasions where these laws have been used and abused for political purposes and personal rivalries. The case of Asiya Bibi is no different. However, regardless of Asiya Bibi’s innocence, these laws don’t fall in line with the lessons we learn from the life of our Holy Prophet. The Prophet, in whose name we carry out these sentences, had avoided these proceedings.

Let me narrate to you an incident from the Prophet’s life. As the story goes, the Prophet travelled to the valley of Tai’f to invite its people to Islam. At the Prophet’s arrival, he was not only mistreated by the locals but children were made to run after him throwing stones at him. The Prophet was injured so badly that his shoes were filled with blood. Allah was displeased by the behavior of the people of Tai’f and sent the messenger Gibrael to tell the Prophet that if he wanted, Allah would destroy the whole valley bringing down its people under the mountains. The Prophet responded with asking Allah for forgiveness for the people and praying for their future generations to be shown the right path.

Imagine now, how the Prophet would have responded to the use of derogatory remarks for him. He would have forgiven the person and prayed for him to be shown the right path! Why then do we acting on the Prophet’s behalf sentence these people for life imprisonment or put them to death. The Prophet surely wouldn’t have wanted this. He would be displeased not with the people who ridicule him but rather people who follow him but misinterpret his teachings.

The minorities have been the ones to suffer most by these laws. These laws have bred intolerance amongst the general public and this intolerance is what causes such incidents in the first place.  Let’s learn the lessons of compassion and forgiveness from the Prophet’s life and raise our voice against these cruel laws. Let’s stand up with Asiya Bibi and fight for her release. Most importantly, let’s ask for these laws to be repealed to avoid the mistreatment of minorities in our country in the future.

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5 thoughts on “Repealing the blasphemy law by taking a lesson from the life of the Prophet

  1. zain

    I agree, forgiveness probably no longer holds value in a society where power and vengeance seem to be the only constants.

    and waht teh Prophet PBUH did was actually much stronger. To forgive individual/s at a time when the fault lies completely with them requires you to drink your desire to react, which is natural, and to against what is natural for our self is actually the biggest achievement, and thats what we need to learn to do.

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  2. YWB

    very well written…i completely agree with you. i dont know where our nation is heading…i dont see any examples of Holy Prophet pbuh in our nation…yet they proudly call them self muslims and claim to follow Holy Prophet pbuh’s teachings… what teachings i always wonder?

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  3. Syed Abdul Wahab Gilani

    Dear Aun:

    Well I will humbly disagree with the example you quoted. My answer to this example lies in the same what I posted while review Arslan Iftikhar’s Article on CNN. You can read my article that answers your question

    Imagine now, how the Prophet would have responded to the use of derogatory remarks for him

    here.

    For the rest part let me tell to that the most ferocious Holy War (In terms of number of Martyres) was fought in the time Khulfa-e-Rashaydeen against the False Prohethood claim of Musaylama Kazzzab and for his blasphemous acts. In that wae oodles of Comapanions of Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W) were martyred and the history tells us that in this war highest number of Huf’faz were martyred.

    Now lets move to the death sentence, Is it right or wrong??

    I would answer this question only in the context of how you see it wrong??

    Is it againsat human rights? Is it against demcracy??

    If the convict of high treason can be sentenced to death why can’t the convict of blasphemy?

    I believe if the parliamnet of 4 democratic Govt. havent abolished it yet then it means that it was no against the consent of Majority of Pakistan.

    By the very fact I cannot say that Asiya Bibi was innocent or guilty bnecause I was not there.
    Session court has already convicted her. If she thinks her case was not decided on merits, she should go for the higher court not the president.

    food for thought; Asiya’s husband did not appear in the court to give his statement on her character. If you don’t, I’ll put a HUGE question mark here.

    Yes Indeed there is a need for procedural changes in this Law, so it cannot be used for personal vendetta

    I hadn’t written on this topic yet because I don’t want to be on the wrong side of the Facts and history in making.

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