Muslims should ‘forcefully reject’ blasphemy laws

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And He has already revealed to you in the Book that, when you hear the Signs of Allah being denied and mocked at, sit not with them until they engage in a talk other than that; for in that case you would be like them. (Al Quran 4:141)

Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom & no such thing as publick liberty without freedom of speech, Benjamin Franklin, 1722. For TMT collection on Free Speech, click here

Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom & no such thing as publick liberty without freedom of speech, Benjamin Franklin, 1722. For TMT collection on Free Speech, click here

Source: The Morning Call

By Ahmad Chaudhry, D.M.D, M.D., who lives in Lower Nazareth Township, is president of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association.

The tragic attacks on Charlie Hebdo have once again focused light on a dark and difficult issue for many Muslims. The issue is blasphemy. Charli Hebdo’s insulting cartoons of Prophet Muhammad represent to Muslims a clear example of blasphemy. To some extremists, it rose to the level of offense that mandated death.

Though Islam forbids any worldly punishment for blasphemy, let alone death, too many Muslim-majority countries have clear blasphemy laws contradicting this view. For example, Pakistan, a country of 200 million Muslims, defines one form of blasphemy in its criminal code as the “use of derogatory remarks, spoken, written, directly or indirectly, etc. [that] defiles the name of Muhammad.” This offense carries “mandatory death and fine.”

In Iran, Ayotollah Khomeni called for the killing of Salman Rushdie for his book, “The Satanic Verses.” Khomeni’s fatwa gained worldwide prominence in 1989. In 2009, an Iranian songwriter, Mohsen Namjoo, was sentenced in absentia to a five-year jail term for apparently insulting the Quran with his lyrics.

The list of Muslim-majority countries that enforce blasphemy laws is a staggering 70 percent. These nations include Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Iraq, Malaysia and the most populous Muslim country, Indonesia.

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  1. Death for blasphemy in the Old Testament

    Now the son of an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father went out among the Israelites, and a fight broke out in the camp between him and an Israelite. The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name with a curse; so they brought him to Moses. (His mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri the Danite.) They put him in custody until the will of the Lord should be made clear to them.

    Then the Lord said to Moses: “Take the blasphemer outside the camp. All those who heard him are to lay their hands on his head, and the entire assembly is to stone him. Say to the Israelites: ‘Anyone who curses their God will be held responsible; anyone who blasphemes the name of the Lord is to be put to death. The entire assembly must stone them. Whether foreigner or native-born, when they blaspheme the Name they are to be put to death.

    “You are to have the same law for the foreigner and the native-born. I am the Lord your God.”

    Then Moses spoke to the Israelites, and they took the blasphemer outside the camp and stoned him. The Israelites did as the Lord commanded Moses.

    (Leviticus 24:10-23)

  2. to all: I am writing to see who can recommend a tutor that is willing to teach me Quran Recitation, at low cost or free inshallah. I am a new revert , and am disabled, so online tutoring would be perfect inshallah.

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