Pakistan ambassador to US Sherry Rehman faces blasphemy probe

Source: TOI

Pakistan ambassador to US Sherry Rehman faces blasphemy probe
In late 2010 Sherry Rehman sparked fury among religious groups as a lawmaker by lodging a private member’s bill seeking to abolish the death penalty for blasphemy after a Christian mother of five was sentenced to death. (TOI photo by Nilesh Wairkar)

MULTAN: Pakistan police are investigating the country’s ambassador to the United States for allegedly committing blasphemy in a television show three years ago, officers said Thursday.

Sherry Rehman, an ally of President Asif Ali Zardari, who has been ambassador to Washington since late 2011, has been accused of blasphemy over remarks she made on a chat show in 2010.

Those found guilty of defaming the Prophet Mohammed in Pakistan can be sentenced to death. People facing similar accusations in the past have been forced into hiding or even killed by lynch mobs.

In late 2010 Rehman sparked fury among religious groups as a lawmaker by lodging a private member’s bill seeking to abolish the death penalty for blasphemy after a Christian mother of five was sentenced to death.

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  1. Questioning a bad law is not blasphemy. Only criticizing the prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s. or abusing him or desecrating the Quran would be an act of blasphemy. Criticizing the law cannot be called blasphemy. Even calling for an amendment in the said law could not be any blasphemy,
    It could only be a blasphemy of the bad law, not blasphemy of the Prophet or the Quran.
    The law cannot be equal to the status of the prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s.
    It appears that the supporters of the blasphemy law are reading too much into that law and they are encroaching upon ( and threatening) others to protect that law. Saying something against that law is not the same thing as saying something against the prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s. Would some lawyer please shed some light on this matter and relieve Sherry Rehman sahibah from any undue legal activity against her??

  2. As pointed out by Ghulam Sarwar sahib, talking about a law on blasphemy cannot be considered blasphemy. It is a ridiculous idea.

    I would argue that such a law is blasphemous in itself since it goes against the practice of the Holy Prophet Muhmammad (pbuh). There were many incidents of blasphemy against him, yet he did not order anyone killed for that.

    One of the most horrible words of blasphemy were uttered by the chief of hyppocrites in Medinah Abdullah bin Ubaiyh bin Sulul who called himself the most honorable man of Medinah while calling the Holy Prophet (pbuh) the opposite. Muslims were so enraged that they wanted to kill him but were stopped by the Holy Prophet (s.a.w). The man’s son himself came to the Prophet and asked permission to kill his father but was not allowed. The man lived and died a hypocrite, never repenting. The Holy Prophet (pbuh) not only prayed for his forgiveness but led his funeral prayers.

    So following the sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh), I would argue it is blasphemous to kill anyone for this crime. God will punish people who actually commit this crime when time comes.

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