Kufr fatwa issued against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for speaking at Holi festival

Source: Daily Pakistan

By Hamza Rao | Published on March 21, 2017

ISLAMABAD – A religious scholar has issued a fatwa against Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif for ‘blaspheming’ against Islam in his recent speech on Holi festival.

While delivering a sermon, Allama Ashraf Jalali,  a leader of Pakistan Ahle Sunnah wa Jama’ah and secretary of Sunni Ittehad Council, said that the prime minister had not only blasphemed against Islam but also demeaned the ‘ideological foundations’ of Pakistan.

Premier Sharif on 14th March had given a bold, progressive and inclusive message to minorities in the country, saying “no one can force others to adopt a certain religion”.

“God will not ask a ruler what he did for followers of a certain religion,” said Nawaz. “He will ask people such as me: what did we do for God’s creation?”

While demanding an open apology from PM, Jalali said the latter had also violated the oath that he took as prime minister.

PM Sharif is not the first politician to face ‘Kufr’ fatwa. Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan was also accused of blasphemy in one of his speeches.

Khan had to retract his words later and tender an open apology during a press conference for ‘hurting’ religious sentiments.

It is pertinent to note here that religious edicts against ‘infidelity’ in Pakistan have been a source of controversy and debate. Rights activists have argued that hate speech can’t be tolerated merely on the grounds that religious ‘pretext’ has been used for it.

Premier Nawaz Sharif’s speech on Holi festival was largely seen as a historic speech that elucidated inclusiveness, tolerance and coexistence for the country.

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The Muslim Times Chief Editor’s comments

Nawaz Sharif showed religious tolerance and the Fundamentalist is trying to play God. God is the Master of the Day of Judgment and will give His decision then.

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2 replies

  1. Long ago majority of Pakistanis were Hindu who converted to Islam. It is same laws of nature of Allah (SWT) and mankind came into existence. Please quote the Chapter and Verse of Quran which has given you the power to pass the verdict against any person you want. .

  2. Nawaz Sharif showed religious tolerance and the Fundamentalist is trying to play God. God is the Master of the Day of Judgment and will give His decision then.

    God is Bhagwan and Bhagwan is God.

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