Blasphemy law and discrimination

Published Aug 28, 2012 03:26am

THE case about Rimsha’s alleged burning of the pages of the Holy Quran while highlighting the controversial application of the blasphemy law also brings to mind another angle when it comes to defending the sanctity of the noblest of all books.

A correct and rational application of the blasphemy law is indeed what any sane Pakistani would want to see in action. However, those at the receiving end should not just be Christians or other minority groups when it is proved in a court of law that they are indeed perpetrators of such crimes.

But they should also be those Muslims who, on a daily basis, intentionally disregard any respect for the Holy Quran and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Newspapers publish Quranic verses along with their translation in Urdu and other languages as well as sayings of the Prophet.

Furthermore, politicians’ comments and speeches containing references to the above are also published regularly.

These newspaper pages, which bear the same significance when it comes to upholding the dignity and sanctity of the pages from the Quran or a saying of the Prophet, are then used as wrappings for everything from food items to glassware. More often than not, they are found lying at open sewers and rubbish dumps.

If, on the one hand, the nation can get so emotionally charged about a mentally challenged Christian girl allegedly burning pages from the holy book, they ought to first take notice of the blatant disregard of the Quran’s sanctity that is found in abundance all around us on a daily basis.

DR SHAAZ MAHBOOB London


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Comments (9) (Closed)


Hameed younes
Aug 28, 2012 07:10am
Well Said Doc....
Sunny Aneel
Aug 28, 2012 02:28pm
Although sir, you are right saying that there is lack of educaton and common sense here, but "Everything is not okay and was not okay for few years." These type of issues do come up regularly. Only some of them are able to get such attention. Check records of last 4-5 years and u will find incidents like this coming regularly. In Pakistan, people (muslim majority) need to correct themselves rather than burning and punishing by mobs the little minorities.
Humanist
Aug 28, 2012 07:48pm
Pakistani Blasphemy laws are imprecise, barbaric, fascist and brutal; the laws do not discriminate against Christians, Muslims, Ahmedis etc. The PPP Govt is least concerned with People, the neo-Colonial Pak Democrcay is dangerous, it is destroying pak society and state.
Dr.Rasheed Syed
Aug 28, 2012 09:20pm
Minorities have coexisted peacefully in Pakistan. I have went to church in Karachi and have Christan friends. Please don't highlight this issue as if Pakistan is eradicating minorities like Burma. Few minor radical Islamic fundamentalist today ruined the whole community image because Media made it big and use it for its own propaganda. Lot of big nations made money selling weapons in this war region and they talk about democracy. Are all Muslim terrorist? but the perception in the world is that All Muslims are terrorist thanks to the media. Bottom line: Don't tell me that Pakistan is making minorities live hell. Are Pakistani's not going thru hell right now? How do accept law for minorities when there is no law for the majority. I have mentioned earlier that law is politicized. That's is why there is a need of change which only PTI Imran Khan can bring. World #1 democracy like U.S.A have more incidents relating to minority issues on regular basis; you can check stats yourself. India has issues with minorities regular basis. Mayanmar (burma) world is watching what is happening to minorities. Are Pakistanis behaving to minorities like Burma? But when Pakistan does it, it becomes headlines. Double standards. World looks to point out faults in Muslim nations; specially Pakistan and Iran. And I wonder whose money and media is working behind to highlight minor issues to make it major ones. It is clear that funds are allocated for media to do its job by foreigners in Pakistan. From head to toe corruption and you expect law for minorities?
Avtar
Aug 28, 2012 04:44pm
A number of good points. Are the holy books of others less religious! When do you hear emotionally charged crowds burning people and property in the name of a text that few understand in Pakistan. Would you think that Prophet would have been unkind to children who do not right from wrong - in this case a Christian girl?
AHMAD
Aug 28, 2012 10:37pm
This is the job of religious leaders to protect the minorities and weak. Islam preaches about love and respect of life. The self made crusaders should be punished. This poor girl probably had no idea what she was doing. She was lighting wood fire and grabed a piece of paper not knowing that it contained religious writing and definitly it was not Quran.
Raheel
Aug 28, 2012 05:37pm
well said. Aneel.
Dr.Rasheed Syed
Aug 28, 2012 01:50pm
Partly agree with the author. Author fails to highlight the core issue in detail. Just saying correct your self 1st is not going to solve the problem. It is the failure of Islamic education here. Islam makes life easy. It is common sense. Here the uneducated people made bad decisions in the minor case and unfortunately the nation is highlighted; all goes back to lack of religious and social education. What can you expect from politicized Law enforcement? If people read Quran and implement it then this world would be a better place, this is the core issue. Author is sitting in London and is not aware of ground realities of Pakistan. There are people who monitor such activity and advise people not to put Quranic phrases in items or areas where it may be abused. Despite the regulation people still do it? Why? I already mentioned it; lack of education. Another scary aspect of this is that the people lack common sense even if they are not educated. If nation is getting highlighted then it is the Government who is responsible for it. There is a religious tolerance in Pakistan, however, election is nearer. Expect more stories to pop up in future. Everything was ok for few years an now problems are rising in all areas in Pakistan. May Allah guide and have mercy on Pakistan and its people. Long live Pakistan!
Cyrus Howell
Aug 29, 2012 05:01am
We are missing an important factor here. Electrical power needs to be reinstalled immediately so all villagers can watch television. Then they won't need to burn people for entertainment.