Pakistan man sentenced to death for ridiculing Prophet Muhammad on WhatsApp

Source: The Guardian

Nadeem James was accused by a friend of sharing anti-Islamic material on messaging app last year

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 A Christian man in Pakistan intends to appeal against his death sentence for sharing material on WhatsApp about the Prophet Muhammad. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA


A Christian man has been sentenced to death for blasphemy by a court in eastern Pakistan after a close friend accused him of sharing material making fun of Islam, the defendant’s lawyer said on Friday.

Nadeem James, 35, was arrested in July 2016, accused by a friend of sharing material ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad on the WhatsApp messaging service.

Blasphemy is a criminal offence in Muslim-majority Pakistan, and insults against the Prophet are punishable by death. Most cases are filed against members of minority communities.

Lawyer Riaz Anjum said his client intended to appeal against the verdict, passed on Thursday by a sessions court in the town of Gujrat.

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  1. Believe me, Pakistan will become a extremist country soon, like Saudi Arabia, Isis, Taliban in few years. If extremist Muslim take control of goverment will be dangerous country because it has Nucler Bom.

  2. That is a ‘friend’…?! I would call him more of an enemy and an informant.

    Anyway, IF, Pakistan is supposedly following Islamic law, then can they give an example of this from the holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh), where death was a punishment given to so-called blasphemers?

    Even the most ‘famous’ hypocrite and blasphemer, Abdullah bin Ubayy, was NOT given this punishment and who died a natural death to answer for his crimes to his Maker.

    Another is the woman who used to abuse and throw garbage on the Prophet (pbuh), whenever he passed under her window. In fact, he showed an exemplary example by visiting her when he noticed that one day she didn’t do this. Because, he was told that she was sick. That’s when she realized, that he was truly sent as a mercy to ALL mankind and not only became a Muslim but an ardent follower, too.

    So, now, can the bloodthirsty Pakistani mullahs and similar thinking other so-called ‘Muslim’ countries, please explain to the world where they thought up a such a horrific punishment as death for blasphemy? It is also nowhere recorded in the Holy Qur’an, either.

    Wake up Muslims and question your mullahs and educate yourselves by studying what the Qur’an actually says and what the mullahs tell you!

  3. @ rmohamedali. I agree that every Muslim have to studi Holy Quran and Bible so your Imam can bot deceive you easily, because Allah has warned people:
    Do nit put trust on your Imam blindly, every man or imam can make mistake and go astray .. refer to Quran 9:31.
    Allah destroyed Jews because they believed in Rabbi blindly without doubt. They become Syrik, they turned away from Tourat.
    Now Muslims do not listen and obey Allah’s warning at 9:31, they repeat what Jews had did thousand years ago.
    Most Muslims believe in their imam without reading Holy Quran, including the followers of Ahmadiyyah, am I wrong?
    Why is Allah not helping Muslims from the victim of Evil such as:
    Rohingyas thiusand Muslims became victim of Evil
    Syria war millions Muslim victims
    Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebya, Negeri, Yamen, Sudan, etc
    Why, Why …. Why… ?!

    Because Muslims turn away from Holy Quran, and believe in their imams, Caliphate, instead Holy Quran alone.

    I strongly urge Muslims around the world, please leave the book of Hadith from your hand, the book of Hadith id the root of conflic, disaster, violence and then create WAR among Muslims as we see today.

      • I agree 100 percent that Islam used to be a peaceful religion, but after 200 years later when Ancient Islamic clerics wrote the book Hadith, Islamic teaching was not peaceful religion anymore. Most Islamic clerics including Ahmadiyyah believe that the book of Hadith is the second resource of Islamic teaching after Holy book Quran. Am I wrong?

        Unfortunately your Imam HMM. Ahmad did not address this issue. Whereas HMM Ahmad know that extremist terrorist use the book of Hadith to justify their acts to punish and kill infidel, Blasphemer, apostate, gay lesbian etc. I expected HMM Ahmad explain that the book of Hadith is the root of violence in Islamic teaching.
        Non Islamic scholars also read the book of Hadith and they say that Islamic teaching is not peaceful religion but violent religion.
        As long as Islamic scholars or clerics do not reject the book of hadith as second resourse of Islamic teaching, no one believe that Islam is religion of peace.
        I strongly urge HMM Ahmad to correct the book of Hadith. Beside that I also urge HMM Ahmad to reform ancient Islamic laws such as: beheading, flogging etc at front public and the same inheritance between women and men etc etc
        What do you think my respond ? Rafiq do you agree or disagree?

      • Somi: Why do you not go to Saudi Newspapers to post your messages of ‘violent Islam’. I think you have noticed by now that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at is educating the world about the peaceful nature of Islam. All that violent talk therefore is addressing a wrong audience here. You know that we do not support it.

  4. & Rafiq. I had ever written my Islamic teaching Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Aljazerra.. etc. They banned mine.You know that there is no freedom speech.

    At least HMM Ahmad explain to audience that extremist or terrorist use the book of Hadith to justify to kill innocent people. Al Quran or Allah do not allow to kill innocent people, that is it!

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