Stop Insulting the Prophet (PBUH) and Muslims Everywhere in the Name of Blasphemy

Posted on December 12, 2010
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Law & Justice, Poetry, Religion
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Adil Najam

Read this news from The Express Tribune and tell me how this is not idiotic:

KARACHI: A doctor has been arrested on charges of blasphemy in Hyderabad, police said on Sunday. Naushad Valiyani was detained on Friday following a complaint by a medical representative who visited the doctor in the city of Hyderabad. “The arrest was made after the complainant told the police that Valiyani threw his business card, which had his full name, Muhammad Faizan, in a dustbin during a visit to his clinic,” regional police chief Mushtaq Shah told AFP. “Faizan accused Valiyani of committing blasphemy and asked police to register a case against the doctor.”

Shah said the issue had been resolved after Valiyani, a member of the Ismaili community apologised but local religious leaders intervened and pressed for action. “Valiyani had assured Faizan that he did not mean to insult the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) by throwing the visiting card in the dustbin,” Shah said, adding that the police had registered a case under the Blasphemy Act.

Please tell me, who is insulting the Prophet (PBUH) in this case (as in so many others)? Who is the real “threat” to the “Namoos-e-Rasool“?

Using the Prophet’s name in vain and for spreading personal and petty hatred is itself an insult to the Prophet’s (PBUH) message and person. Anyone who cares for “Namoos-e-Rasool” should feel insulted and incensed at how this “namoos” is being ridiculed by the purveyors of hate in the name of blasphemy.

Maybe we should have a law against parents naming their children ‘Muhammad’. Let me confess I have two children whose middle name is ‘Muhammad’ and I sometimes do end up shouting at them or chiding them for not doing their homework. Does this, now, also count as blasphemy?

For Allah’s sake, give me a break. Please! If not me, at least give the Prophet (PBUH) a break!

P.S. For those unable to read Urdu, the verse at the top of this post is from Iftikhar Arif: “Rehmat-i-Syed-i-Lolaak pey kamil eeman / Ummat-i-Syed-i-Lolaak say khauf aata hai.” I hope readers who are better translators than me can provide a translation befitting this verse.

65 responses to “Stop Insulting the Prophet (PBUH) and Muslims Everywhere in the Name of Blasphemy”

  1. T.S. Bokhari says:

    @Mohsin

    Part II of your post could not be opened as it was labeled private. Will you please help open it?

  2. Mohsin says:

    Documentary on Blasphemy laws in Pakistan

    Blind Faith – Part I
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQueJJxFcEE

    Blind Faith – Part II
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaWogHVGVUg

  3. Lateef says:

    Are these guys still debating what is in teh post or in their own lalaland!

  4. FMS says:

    Victims of rape get justice in places where there is no Hudood Ordinance. And what is wrong with consensual sex? Live and let live!

  5. T.S. Bokhari says:

    @Adnan
    (December 26th, 2010 2:06 am)

    I read the text of Hadood laws. I agree with you that the punishment for the accuser in case of adultery is not in Quran but in Hadees. Tradition says that Hazrat Umar Farooq had punished an accuser of adultery with 80 stripes who could bring up only three witnesses and disqualified him from appearing as a witness in any case in future. I think there should be a stricter punishment for the false accusers in the case of blasphemy as they are guilty of abusing the good name of ‘Rehmatulaalimin’ who was sent by God to save mankind and not to exterminate them.

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