One who wants the blasphemy laws to be amended or reviewed and the second who wants no change in it.I shall try to describe what blasphemy actually is and what Islam orders us about blaspehmours in the light of Quran.
Blasphemy is“offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things”. Countries use blasphemy laws to victimize non-members of, and dissident members of, the ruling sect or cult. Countries with a state religion are the most punitive users of blasphemy laws.
Blasphemy in Judaism:
In the third book of the Torah, Leviticus 24:16 states that those who speak blasphemy "shall surely be put to death"by stoning.The blasphemer was to be taken outside the camp, and all who heard him should lay their hands upon his head; then all the congregation should stone him. Leviticus also provides an example of an Israelite mixed blood (having an Egyptian father) being stoned to death after getting into a fight with a Hebrew and cursing the Name of the Hebrew God.
Ref: Blasphemy in Judanism
Blasphemy in Christianity:
Christian theology condemns blasphemy. One verse from the Bible that directly concerns the sin reads as follows:
|“||Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (Exodus 20:7 KJV)||”|
Blasphemy in other religions:
There are no formal concepts of blasphemy in Budhism and Hinduism yet the Buddhist Eightfold Path requires a practitioner to cultivate "right speech," which includes no abusive language, gossip, lying, or slander. Moreover,despite the general tolerance and pluralism of the Hindu religion, the attitude of some Hindus toward people of Veda-rejecting faiths, such as Jains and Buddhists, is similar to those who condemn blasphemy.
Blasphemy Laws in several countries:
Blasphemy laws exist in several countries, such as in: Austria (Articles 188, 189 of the penal code); Denmark (Paragraph 140); Finland (Section 10 of chapter 17); Germany (Article 166); Greece; Ireland; Iceland; Italy; The Netherlands (Article 147 of the penal code); New Zealand Section 123 of the Crimes Act 1961); Norway (section 142 of the the Norwegian Penal Code never applied); Spain (Article 525 of the penal code); and Switzerland (Article 261 of the penal code).
Blasphemy in Islam:
Blasphemy in Islam constitutes speaking ill God, of the prophet Muhammad, any other prophet mentioned in the Qur'an, or of any biblical prophets.For those who blaspheme by attacking the Qur'an or the Prophet, the Qur'an says that the punishment shall be "execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: That is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter" (Surah Al-Maidah 5:33).
Read about punishment of blasphemy in light of religious scriptures.
Ref:Wikipedia and Blasphemy in different religions.
Blasphemy in Pakistan:
Hence it has been proved that blasphemy laws are not only a product of Islam but all religions have similar concepts.As other religions announce strickest of punishment for blasphemers,Islam also condems it by putting blasphemer to death.In Pakistan Blasphemy laws were introduced by General Zia ul Haq.Christians in Paksitan and all across the world with the support of Muslims protested against Da Vinci as they found it blasphemous
Saying things like Blasphemy Law have deprived minorities of religious freedom and violated their rights as citizens
is like being baseless and unaware of the real facts,because no religion preaches blasphemy.Infact all religions condemn it.Quoting Molana Ibtasam Ilahi Zaheer:"In quran para 19, first rakoo a whole incident has been mentioned where Holy Prophet himself killed a person who would make fun of his face.Naouzubillah."
Reference:Ummat newspaper 24 november 2010 page 3
If someone is charged of blasphemy,he or she should be taken to the court.Let the court decides him/her guilty.If he/she is convicted by court then no one else can repeal the law.LAws can be misused,I agree but we arenot wise enough to judge it.Nowadays,non-Muslims and Muslims even from Pakistan are talking about abondoning blasphemy law as it is the source of crushing minorities. I would like such people to answer me the following questions:
1.Why the making of minarates has been banned in some countries?
2.Why A lady shaheeda tul Hijab was murdered in COURT only cause she wanted to cover her head ?(no action was taken against the murderer)
3.Why in France you are not allowed to wear a head covering?
4.Why in US you are forced to get bodily screened-it shows your body nude.Why dont they respect about our concerns?isnt it insulting?
Now people say that religion and state both are different.They say that while thinking of Paksitan keep Islam aside.They have forgotten may be,that Pakistan was formed on the name of Allah.It is not only a piece of land for which our ancestors sacrfices their lives-but it is a place which we got to practise our religion Islam.It doesnot mean that minorities are given no importance.They are free in here,They can worship their gods,can build their temples and churches.10 seats are reserved for religious minorities in constitution of Paksitan.Even people of Paksitan show love and affection by celebrating christmas etc.Malls are public places are decorated with misletoes and baubles. Then how can anyone question about rights of minorties in Paksitan?
I think I'm clear enough in defending my point of view.Everyone is welcomed to share their views but please no hate speech as you ca not notice any here.
NOTE: Ibtisam Elahi Zaheer is Secretary General of Jamat Ahle Hadis Pakistan.His quote included in this post couldnot be varified.Author is trying to contact the newspaper and the scholar for rectification/explanation.Kindly accept the apologies for the mental trouble and annoyance.Thanks
Update:Author has finally managed to contact Ebtisam Elahi Zaheer.He has explained everything in detail with references. A very kind information that the Quote from him (incidence referred from Quran) was definitely right and authentic.All those readers who were too arrogant to hear anything earlier must read the next post.Its a request that next time before passing any harsh comments to anyone i.e calling someone a blasphmere one should think very carefully.YOU SHOULD BELIEVE SCHOLARS OF TIME!Since you are not in a position with your limited knowledge to challenge them!This shall be a good lesson to those who are double in age than author but have learnt nothing from life experiences.May Allah help us all!