Qasim Rashid: Blasphemy charges pervert Islam’s teachings

Source: religionnews.com

Sarojini_Naidu_in_Bombay_1946The famous Indian poet Sarojini Naidu famously called ‘The Nightingale of India’ who was also a  child prodigy and Indian independence activist, once wrote: “(Islam) was the first religion that preached and practiced democracy ….

(RNS) Sentenced for professing his atheism, Alexander Aan was recently released after 18 months in an Indonesian prison.

Masood Ahmad has already served over two months in a Pakistani prison for reading the Quran as an Ahmadi Muslim.

Pastor Saeed Abedini languishes in an Iranian prison for preaching Christianity.

They are but a sliver of the ongoing persecution, including murders, of Ahmadi Muslims, Shiite Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and atheists at the hands of extremists claiming Islam requires death for apostasy and blasphemy.

The famous Indian poet Sarojini Naidu once wrote, “(Islam) was the first religion that preached and practiced democracy ….” A glance at the aforementioned atrocities and one wonders how Naidu arrived at her conclusion.

Naidu and countless scholars throughout history including George Bernard Shaw, Alphonse de Lamartine, Mahatma Gandhi, and Annie Besant arrived at …continue reading at religionnews.com

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