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Muslim clerics urge fairness for Rimsha Masih

Published Aug 28, 2012 01:50pm


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Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, the lawyer of a Christian girl accused of blasphemy. Chaudhry said they had applied to have her case proceed under juvenile law after a medical report determined Rimsha’s age as “around 14”.  — Photo by AP

LAHORE: The head of Pakistan’s leading body of Muslim clerics Tuesday came to the defence of a young Christian girl accused of blasphemy, demanding her case be handled fairly and impartially.

Allama Tahir Ashrafi, chairman of the All Pakistan Ulema Council, said if Rimsha, accused of burning papers containing verses from the Quran, were found to be innocent, her accusers should face justice.

The cleric said protesters who demonstrated to demand punishment for Rimsha, who reportedly suffers from Down’s Syndrome, were following the “law of the jungle”.

Rimsha has been held since August 18 under the strict blasphemy laws, prompting concern from Western governments, the Vatican and rights groups.

On Monday Rimsha was taken from prison to hospital for tests to determine how old she was, a senior doctor told AFP, after conflicting reports about her age.

Around 120 uniformed police officers guarded the hospital, the doctor said.

Ashrafi urged the government to take action to protect Christians in the poor Islamabad suburb of Mehrabad, where Rimsha lives, and encourage Christian families who fled in fear after the incident to return.

“This is inhuman that those who have nothing to do with the case or are not a party to it are also being harassed,” Ashrafi told AFP.

“It is just like the law of jungle that 500 people approached a police station and got a report forcibly lodged with the police.”

Ashrafi said Rimsha’s case should be a watershed for Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

“We demand an impartial and thorough investigation into the case. Strict action should be taken against all those accusing the girl if she is found innocent,” he said.

“The government should make this case an example so that nobody will dare misuse the blasphemy law in future.”

Rimsha's mental age below true age, says medical report

According to a medical report seen Tuesday by AFP, the young Pakistani Christian girl appears to have a mental age below her true age and to be “uneducated”.

A panel of doctors examined Rimsha on Monday to determine her age, which had been the subject of some dispute.

The medics’ report said that based on factors including her height, build and teeth, Rimsha appeared to be “approximately 14 years”, and gave details of her apparent mental abilities.

“She appears uneducated and her mental age appears below her chronological age,” the single-page report said.

Rimsha’s lawyer Tahir Naveed Chaudhry said they had applied to have her case proceed under juvenile law.

At a brief hearing in the case on Tuesday, Judge Raja Jawad Hassan adjourned proceedings until Thursday after defence lawyers submitted a bail application.

Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive subject in the nation of 180 million people, 97 per cent of whom are Muslims, and those convicted of defaming Islam or desecrating the Quran can face life imprisonment or even the death penalty.

Human rights activists claim the laws are often used to settle personal vendettas and last year two prominent politicians were assassinated apparently for speaking out against the legislation.

Comments (189) Closed

IRUM Aug 28, 2012 04:26pm
Yes, release her ASAP.. Repeal the blasphemy law. Repeal it. She is innocent She did not commit any crime.
Goran Dimeski Aug 28, 2012 02:26pm
I don't understand what is the case against this poor, illiterate girl. She is accused of burning pages of Koran that she collected from garbage. Who are the people which threw these pages out in garbage in the first place, shouldn't they also be charged along with her. Aren't they equally guilty of Blasphemy?
Dr Imran Ahmed Aug 28, 2012 04:37pm
I love you Allama Tahir Ashrafi even though I cannot say the same for many in your and your allied professions. May Allah guide others to the right path and may He watch over you and keep you safe. I pray that others find courage to stand against zulm as you have done and in particular I pray that Judge Raja Jawad Hassan be rightly guided.
Laxman Aug 28, 2012 09:00pm
It is a very good development. Hope this is the best way forward for Pakistan as well as Hindustan.
Waseem Aug 28, 2012 02:25pm
AHK - please give any verse of the Holy Quran that prescibes a punishment for blasphemy and any incident from the life of the Holy Propophet (saw)........
dk Aug 28, 2012 06:01pm
Education is the problem. Pakistan spend lowest per capita on education in progressing nations. The gap is filled by Mullah and his Muddrasah. As long Pakistanis do no educate their citizen they will be in mess. much more to come.
M Khan Aug 28, 2012 01:16pm
A leading English newspaper in the Gulf carries verses of the Holy Quran in its daily issue! Not many people are careful where they are carrying the newspapers or where they are placing it. Are you going to accuse the readers/subscribers of blasphemy....
Javed Aug 28, 2012 02:25pm
Well done Allama Tahir Ashrafi for taking a fair and brave stance. We need more religious leaders like Allama Tahir Ashrafi to promote religious tolerance, justice, fair play and to eradicate the law of the jungle, eliminate persecution of minorities/weak segment of the society and eliminate fanaticism/madness.
ish Aug 28, 2012 04:07pm
Iqbal: "If our mullahs have any ghairat they should let this innocent girl go free." You'r equally illiterate perhaps more by saying what you said above. Mullahs haven't held her. The police have and it is this impotent, lame and incompetent government that must be appealed to to release her and not Mullahs.
sher Aug 29, 2012 08:30am
Allama Tahir Ashrafi has done an excellent Job, showing the true spirit of Islam, of tolerance and Justice. This case should be treated totally based on Justice. Common people have no right to punish other if we follow the law of the country.
iqbal Aug 28, 2012 02:25pm
I live in Canada and my son is an high school student.Since some of the muslim students were fasting and wanted to offer Zohar namaz,their Christian teacher allocated them a room for prayer. He also arranged an Iftar party for them which was open for students of all faiths. If our mullahs have any ghairat they should let this innocent girl go free.
Rafi Aug 28, 2012 08:22am
this is a barbaric law, no civilized society should allow it in any form
ROHIT PANDEY Aug 28, 2012 08:22am
The defendant is not of chronological age because of a chromosomal disorder....not fit. And,the system is showing signs of fitness or sanity to try someone who is not so! Thank you Krishna,Jesus Yahweh and Allah!
Hassa nat Aug 29, 2012 03:19am
My God .. why these group called themselves Muslim .. Islam is based upon forgiveness.. Now our law and enforcing agency is so alert for such case and they arrested this poor girl 14 years old.Just ask them why they do not arrest the murders ..robbers .. Rap caes. For God sake do not malign islam and our country. Let this poor girl to join her family. Shame on you MULLLLAHHs ..illiterate in dark age. A person who is not from the same faith she is not Muslim why blasphemy apply on her.
Khalid Aug 28, 2012 09:41am
For all Pakistanis including every institution: Before rushing to a judgement mind it that Islam is a religion of tolerence and to show the beauty of this it will be lot better if that girl is pardoned and sent for rehablitation. An Islamic scholar should sit with this girl and politely explain to her about the sensitivity of our holy book. Please do not come cruel on her. If you show mercy to her now you can create in her heart a much better impact of Islam.
saleem Aug 28, 2012 09:41am
this barbaric law need to be repealed!
pathanoo Aug 28, 2012 04:37pm
nasir Aug 29, 2012 10:53am
I am having a hard time distonguishing who has a lower mental health, this poor girl or us.
jon Aug 28, 2012 05:51pm
The issue is not that she is mentally sick. Even if she is not sick or underage, the real questions is this: If a Muslim says anything bad about other religions, their prophets, holy book or burn their stuff why is it they are not persecuted the same way?
SKChadha Aug 28, 2012 04:40pm
Bro, its not Quran.
Irfan Baloch Aug 28, 2012 06:42pm
@Goran what makes you think that people will use sense & think logically about this sad episode? a poor and weak is punished regardless of his faith or race all across the globe. the bigots in Pakistan are doing exactly what bigots across the globe do. it is sickening and sad, but when you have "ordinary" people praising the slaughter of religious minorities then what else you can expect.
Asad Aug 28, 2012 04:19pm
You are brave maulana and people like you must come forward now. It is about time to save true face of Islam !
Izhar Aug 28, 2012 12:09pm
The family moved to the house as new tenants and they removed whatever left by the previous tenants, probably they left the pages of Quran. It was their responsibility to keep these pages at a safe place.
Osman Siddiqi Aug 28, 2012 12:32pm
Because the law gives the accusers the right to accuse anyone they see fit to accuse. There is no proof of the act in itself. It's someone's word. Tomorrow it could be them targeting a Hindu, Ahmedi - heck, anyone - and just say "I saw them burn a page of the Quran!" That's why the law needs to be accused. Over and over again.
aaa Aug 28, 2012 12:37pm
Shameful act. I do hope that the person who accused also is held accountable for this.
Nunya Aug 28, 2012 04:01pm
nobody seems to be troubled by the fact that you force a woman, child, to strip down and perform medically evasive procedures to determine here age, when she has a birth certificate...and when she is in eyes of the "law" not convicted . Then you wonder why the very Allah Pakistanis adore - blesses Pakistan with so much of misery. He sure isn't on your side...for us who are attentive -he is messaging his people to stop taking his name in vain and use nefarious acts attributed to the religion
M. KHan Aug 28, 2012 11:52pm
Nope..They don't. Nothing but the crooks.. "Janat ke Thekedar"
Muhammad Alvi Aug 29, 2012 11:10am
You are right. Islam has survived and flourished for more than 1400 years without any blasphemy laws. Islam and Quran do not need our protection to survive. If someone burns a paper on which quranic verses are writen, it is not burning quran, because quran still lives in practice. Blasphemy laws of Pakistan are an indicator of how naive Pakistani people and government are.
asad Aug 28, 2012 08:49am
She was burning newspaper... For God sake.. people buy stuff in them every day and also they end up in rubbish in tons...
mohsin meghani Aug 28, 2012 11:56pm
Sometimes I don't understand the philosophy of the Muslims.When the fanatic muslims attacks the mosques of of different sects lot of Quran copies are burnt but no one speaks a word.Isn't it a hypocrisy or the mockery of religion.Please come to senses before its too late.
AHK Aug 28, 2012 01:53pm
It is 'educated' but ignorant people who know nothing of Islam and want secularism that cause more harm when they write. Blasphemy is a crime in every Abrahamic religion. Misuse is definitely wrong, but the law is good.
Karachi Wala Aug 28, 2012 11:45am
"Report by a medical board investigating the age and mental state of the girl determined she was 14 years old." The Mullah and Mob should go after medical board.........
Muhammad Alvi Aug 28, 2012 12:37pm
The law and the accusers are both wrong.
Shahid Niaz Aug 28, 2012 01:05pm
To start with take the Mullah to task. We are a special breed. We will do anything for the religion, even die for it, except practice it.
Lyra Aug 28, 2012 11:06am
Anything can be proved in Pakistan!!! Tomm they will even prove Benazir Bhutto was never ever born!! Shame!
Naeem Aug 28, 2012 01:15pm
Balshphemy law is seriously being misused. I was amazed at those who didn;t mind those pages being thrown in the garbage but when a half-sani minor used it to lit a fire, its Blasphemy.
AHK Aug 28, 2012 01:57pm
It is not a question of weaker ones. When anybody blasphemes, Muslims are supposed to at least raise their voices. If the person is within the jurisdiction of a Muslim country, the law of the land will prevail. We can question misuse, but not the law. Blasphemy, by the way is a crime in all Abrahamic religions.
rabia Aug 28, 2012 01:17pm
we must keep in mind that she is mentally sick.. and what is all of your opinion about those newspapers we see on the roads and even on dirty places? The Quranic verses are quoted on the newspaper?
Ghilzai Aug 28, 2012 01:26pm
Finally an Islamic and logical statement by Pakistani Islamic leadership, Allama Tahir Ashrafi, chairman of the All Pakistan Ulema Council. Keep the hope alive, some day minorities in Pakistan will live without any fear, right now its only a dream!
Cassim Aug 29, 2012 02:51am
Goran, I differ when you say aren't they 'equally' guilty! That would mean you are equating this innocent girl with guilty parties! Whether she burnt or not, her abilities as judged by doctors show that she is innocent!
Shaz Aug 28, 2012 02:50pm
The cleric said protesters who demonstrated to demand punishment for Rimsha, who reportedly suffers from Down
dowite Aug 28, 2012 08:32am
a positive step forward..some light in the tunnel though dim
nauman Aug 28, 2012 10:51pm
Thank you Allama Tahir Ashrafi.You have shown who a really learned scholar and a true follower of the religion is.I hope the other educated islamic scholars will stand up now,together support each other and stop all this craziness that is happening in the name of islam.
Imtiaz Aug 28, 2012 10:46am
I want to know what is the best disposal of Quran if found in garbage dump? Should it be retrieved from there? And then what should be done after that?
JAVED Aug 28, 2012 10:54pm
Please release this girl, she is innocent. She is not educated and she did not know it is Holy Quran.She is a minor, and Islam do not say to punish those who commit crime not knowingly. I ask the government of Pakistan to intervene in this matter and punish those people who are after this innocent girl. I pray for the safety and security of this minor girl.
Fahim Aug 28, 2012 11:47am
I ask every reader of Dawn to have faith in Pakistani Judicial system. A great wave of change is happening in Pakistan that has also brought about change in the Judiciary for the better. I am hopeful that in the very near future Pakistan will emerge as a strong nation with equal rights to everyone irrespective of race,creed,ethnicity and religion as envisaged by the founder Mr. Jinnah. A silent revolution is under way and progressive people are determined to bring about the necessary change. We don't need to look down upon us as majority of Pakistanis are hard working tolerant people. Inshaallah very soon we will get rid of these mad mullah's, religious fanatics and abhor-able laws which scars our Pakistani nation.
Rohan Broshar Samuel Aug 28, 2012 04:58pm
Thank you so much Mr Iqbal im running a company in pakistan and i have all muslims staff i support them as my family i dont think anyone can misbehave with Quran this is totally a creation of misleads n cruelty by someone who actually wants to destroy the peace btw these 2 religions
pakdawn333 Aug 29, 2012 06:16pm
It is so simple, if she has down syndrome it's done the law shouldn't even apply to her, what's next a 2 year old rips a page? And the accusers, if they are found guilty they should be punished accordingly. It's obvious that the current government likely wants to make amends in the blasphemy law, so they'll likely use this to there political advantage to get enough support to start making amendments, slowly but surely there probably objective is to rid of it (that would take years of course). But hey, the more you forsake the more you'll be forsaken.
Munir Saami Aug 28, 2012 11:34pm
Injustice in the name of Islam, is Injustice to Islam.
Macarena Sep 05, 2012 11:28pm
ughan Aug 28, 2012 09:43pm
I agree with Goran.
Patriot Aug 28, 2012 11:27pm
Thank God, Pakistan's clergy has taken a position they should have long time ago. Better late than never.
Shah Aug 28, 2012 10:07pm
Please quote the verse from Quran Sharif with the meaning which requires death sentence fo r any insult to the religion or Holy Quran.Please somebody come forward for the sake of knowledge. Shah
G.A. Aug 28, 2012 10:07pm
For God's sake this little girl has no place in prison. This is torture. How can anyone in Pakistan sleep easy at night knowing their fellow citizen, a little girl, is in prison for reasons she can't understand. Has our nation become so bloodthirsty and insensitive? Zardari is the only one who has shown any support so far even though it's probably symbolic.
Truth Hurts Aug 28, 2012 09:37am
The Hadith say, the Messenger of Allah Muhammad (??? ???? ???? ????) said:
Jon Aug 30, 2012 11:59pm
Don't agree...One can perhaps even have such a silly law...The question is why is this one sided? If a Muslim says bad stuff about other religions (or their prophets), say Hindus, then why cant the Muslim be persecuted in the same way? Its a one sided law made to make undermine minorities under Islamic Law or Shariah.
F Khan Aug 28, 2012 06:35pm
What is missing is the fact that burning the pages of the quran is an acceptable way to dispose off old copies. However, you do not burn it with the trash. Why don't the mullahs make that clear? Then the hysteria will stop.
Sonya Aug 29, 2012 04:33pm
Why don't they let Allah defend himself? If he is Allah, he doesn't want men to defend him and make more injustice. Allah should have mercy on a litle girl who doesn't even know how to read. A god should be a god and not depending on men to make justice for him.
Mustafa Razavi Aug 29, 2012 12:17am
Fairness for an 11 year old, especially if she has the purported medical condition is to let her go. We should however leave no stone unturned to determine if she was used as a tool by some other forces. With as popular as Quran burning is in the West, this is not beyond the realm of possibility. We cannot accept Quran burning as a quid pro quo just because some students got a free Iftar in Canada.
MAK Aug 28, 2012 07:52pm
We opted to have our own country because we could not live as minority in combined India. yet we are so incensitive to minorities among us !! Does not make sense treating fellow Pakistanis as 2nd class citizens.
Muhammad Arif Aug 28, 2012 09:36am
The matter should be thoroughly probed and findings should be made public. Remarks like "...her mental state does not correspond to her age" should be avoided being ambigious and unclear. If medical board finds her minor it should declare the fact in un-abmigious language. Public should have faith in Pakistan's judicial system which has become more credible than before. No one should be allowed to take law into his own hands and the authorities must ensure that.
Salim Aug 28, 2012 11:07pm
For starters the person who filed the complaint should withdraw charges and a public apology must be made. He should be required to personally render 4 week-end cleaning service in the church attended by Rimsha's family. He should provide sustiance for Rimsha's family for a month. Then the people 100-200 mob who wanted to burn Rimsha, should serve some time doing public service. They have free time at hand and seem eager to do good work(?), so put them to use. That is the only way to bring a change.
Mustafa Razavi Aug 29, 2012 12:27am
Goran Dimeski; If the events are as you described, indeed there is no case against her. That is why there should first be an investigation to establish the basic facts. My concern is that a real investigation would be squashed by the shrill voices of Islamic and anti-Islamic bigots and the charge of the Baniya Brigade. Some people are obviously trying to confuse the issue by bringing in facts, frivolous at best like a free Iftar in Canada by one Mr. Iqbal. frankly Iqbal sahib, I am not selling my Quran for a free Iftar.
titu Aug 28, 2012 07:56pm
I totally agree with you .In Pakistan every thing is misused .
Muhammad Aug 28, 2012 10:21pm
If our Prophet PBUH forgave and created numerous examples of forgiveness and kindness even to those who caused hurt and sorrow to him, why can't we for the sake of our religion and our prophet's teaching forgive this little girl. She may or may not have committed blasphemy but maybe our forgiveness and good behavior changes her thinking and she may end up becoming a better human being, respecting all religions.
BK Aug 28, 2012 10:23pm
Seriously, what is wrong with us? A 14 year old mentally challenged girl is in jail. Would Prophet Muhammad (SA) have done something similar? would he have put a 14 year old mentally challenged kid in jail?
bhat badri nath Aug 28, 2012 10:18pm
Realy good news at least one religious head has agreed that the impartial enquiry should be done.
Asim Aug 28, 2012 05:10pm
The comments here are from the 1% elite that can read and write - in English. We seek knowledge and are open to change. Permeating that into the average mind back in Pakistan is the tough part. The common uneducated folk dont consider their murderous reactions a crime because no one publicly calls them wrong.The Ulema need to be brave and openly denounce the backward un-Islamic indoctrination of the nation. Not one, but all of them, all of us, need to come out and say it. Time to be afraid is way past. Either we speak up or loose the basic sense of humanity under a flag and religion.
Who Dunit Aug 28, 2012 05:09pm
The holy Quran, our prophet (PBUH) and Allah are all above and beyond the insults of human beings. Unfortunately the ultra religious in Pakistan with their myopic vision have no concept that burning of the Quran cannot harm the value of our book. By claiming to be Mujahids of Allah who does not need the defense of these cretins they squash the haqooq-ul-ibad (the rights of the people), for which Allah will surely punish them.
ZEN Aug 28, 2012 06:52pm
Let her go. Blasphemy law should go. Its being abused, misused; there is no need for it. Islam can take care of itself. Its not that weak a religion. It does not this law. Stop this NONSENSE...Get rid of this black law.
Dilawar Aug 29, 2012 02:13am
Are you kidding me. What is that saying in Urdu"Hanti kay dant khanay kay aur or Dikhany kay Aur". The corrupt nation of Pakistan yes the corrupt nation of Pakistan loves abuse and being abused. We are sadistic in nature and you expect something else.
Gerry D'Cunha Aug 28, 2012 10:03am
Thanks for a positive response for this minor poor girl. Allah will bless you.
jmasih Aug 29, 2012 02:17am
Thank you very much for your message and may God bless you.
Khalid Aug 28, 2012 12:03pm
I think the whole nation owes an apology to this girl...
Ali Aug 29, 2012 01:58am
As for the honour of Quran, how many of those 500 actually sat down to understand even a single verse of Quran? I think not even once in their lifetime.
Vijay Aug 28, 2012 06:55pm
Why does the divine need human protection?
muhammad a Aug 28, 2012 05:16pm
kill every Mullah in Pakistan. Simple solution to most of the problems country is facing today
Naeem Aug 28, 2012 06:33pm
And a bigger shame who are portaying Islam as a barabaric religon!!!! These lunatics must be arrested and locked up for good. They have tarnished not only the image of Pakistan but also the image of Isam. My sympathies with Rimsha , her family, her fellow practsing Christians who have to bear such intolerance and such barbaric people.
muzjee Aug 28, 2012 04:49pm
I believe that Islam does not prescribe any punishment for blasphemy. If I am wrong, please quote me some references from Quran/Hadith.
sali Aug 28, 2012 05:15pm
As I understand a girl was burning trash outside her house. Are there people watching so they can catch her doing something wrong?
Waqas Aug 28, 2012 08:18pm
when a law starts becoming misused so blatantly and so often, makes you wonder whether it's actually good. "ignorant people who know nothing of Islam" may cause "harm when they write", just not sure how you can justify that they cause "more" harm; I doubt that a mentally ill minor girl is suffering the same plight because of the comment of the individual who wrote above.
A. Khan Aug 28, 2012 08:15pm
Those who find fault with this poor girl are animals - that's the problem and nothing else.
Azi Aug 28, 2012 08:13pm
Where is the PPP now , why ? this case is not being debated in assemblies for their barbaric laws to be changed, why the poor girl had to suffer so much.....(2) Don't we Muslims also burn the loose pages of Quran when they are found lying here & there to stop its disrespect. I am ashamed to be a Pakistani Muslim.......The holy prophet Mohammad (PBH) , after invading Makaah , told his companions strictly" that non of the Christians would be harmed & its the duty of every Muslim to safeguard the property and the lives of all the Christians of Makaah" , To all the Maulvi's , where is your folllowing of the sunnah now.
dk Aug 28, 2012 06:02pm
He is risking his life. Talibans will issue their own Fatwa against him.
Ahmed Aug 28, 2012 06:10pm
And for God sake, fellow Pakistanis, grow up!!
Vikram Aug 30, 2012 12:45am
Why was Salman Taseer killed? Why lawyers showered his killer with roses? I bet judge in this case may be afraid of his life too.
Waseem Aug 28, 2012 06:10pm
Pakistan need another freedom movement from such type of religious fanatics. Free Rimsha . We the voice of Pakstani Muslims condemn the act of these religious fanatics.
Abdul Hafeez Aug 28, 2012 08:03am
beautiful, needless, to say anymore, further be blessed Abdul Hafeez
Nauman Mansoor Aug 29, 2012 04:17pm
The blasphemy law should be repealed.Prophet Mohammed never punished those who insulted him.I don"t think there is such a law in any other Muslim country.Prophet Mohammed went to inquire about the well being of a tormenter when he noticed that that person that day or for some days had not tormented him.Surely in his times people insulted Quran but they were tolerated and there were dialogues and Quran is defended by Allah.It is in hearts of followers and Will be respected by non believers also by good,noble,kind practices of Muslims not by the misguided behaviors of ignorant and in fact selfish mullahs who are distorting the religion for thier power and control over ignorant masses. Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 12:00:35 +0000 To:
MUNIR BUTT Aug 30, 2012 10:44am
In a country where unjustice is everywhere and lawlessness is an everyday norm, how do you expect them to do justice?. most of the muslms are muslm by names only (traditional muslm born in muslim families only)prophet Muhammad (pbuh) tell us to forgive and here we are doing the opposite. Lastly deprived communities along with minorities are the main target of thse so called mullas . it is shamefull act and they should be ashamed.
abdullah Aug 28, 2012 08:36pm
Incidents like these are so sad. I am ashamed to call myself a pakistani. I pray to Allah please help this girl and many others like her who are tried under this law but dont make the news.
NASAH (USA) Aug 29, 2012 01:08am
I tip my hat for the clerics led by Allama Tahir Ashrafi -- he is a true Allama of a true Islam.
Abdul Aug 29, 2012 01:06am
CJ of Pakistan can strike down the law
Naveed Israr Khan Aug 28, 2012 10:37pm
Unfortunately, all these clowns that are demanding punishment for Rimsha are illiterate people who do not that have any understanding of this beautiful religion. These people need to read the last sermon of Muhammad (peace be upon him) and understand that Islam teaches solidarity and peace. What will they achieve by punishing this young girl? These jokers should go after the person who threw the pages of Quran in the garbage. The senseless act of people like these are defaming Islam in the whole world.
Syed Salman Aug 28, 2012 09:06pm
Even if she doesn't have Down's syndrome, the little girl doesn't deserve this brutal behaviour. I am ashamed of being a Pakistani.For God sake let her go.
sohail Aug 28, 2012 11:52am
Because the law is flawed and also can easily be misused!
Dr. Emile Unjom Aug 28, 2012 02:45pm
Allama Ashrafi has stood up in the face of the storm to deliver his message of hope and sagacity, while others have felt compelled by conscience to express themselves releasing their their pain and anguish, I salute him. It is such men of great conviction who stand up to the wrong they see vividly and experience the joy of standing up amid the dangers and risks to their lives and say and speak their heart out. A loud voice of reason and a moment of change is there. It is for others to grab the moment and think of ways and means to get rid of the laws that prompt and encourage the ignorent sea of humanity to surge wildly in babaric expressions clearly subhuman and deplorable. This is exactly what Quaid E Azam envisioned in his 11th of Aug 1947 speech, while others following him envisioned self interest. We have come too far, Allama Ashrafi is our Quaid for the moment and the man of the hour. If we do not pay heed to him at this tragic moment,we are destined to drown deeper in the stormy sea raging stormily with barbaric winds blowing all over and all across ready to repeat the tragic scenarios at a moments notice adding to the tragic plight of the Pakistani minorities. Let us not forget that the Pakistani Christiani minority like other minorities has a very fair share in our independence through their vote in the Punjab assembly of 1947 which changed the geographical boundries of Pakistan.How can one ignore the role played by the Christian educational institutions, they even have a role educating our leaders like Allma Iqbal and Faiz who studied at Murray College, Sialkot while Gen Musharaf and many others have studied at Forman Christian college, Lahore like myself. We need to open our minds and act responsibly as human beings and not let the miniorities feel as if they are living in the jungle where wolves are ready to pounce to satisfy their inner crush, as we being not disciplined enough to act as human beings promoting harmony and peace for the good of all the communities. Let us learn even now to behave as human beings rather than wolves. Think about it. May God bless Allama Asharafi and all others who see clarity in the light he has dared to show. Better days dawn for only those who learn from the past.
Moin Khan Aug 28, 2012 11:56am
How a Christian family possess a Quran?
Mack Aug 28, 2012 09:25pm
In year 2012, USA lands a vehicle on Mars, the space shuttle travelling roughly at 10,000 km/hour; and look what are Pakistan's priorities . There is a reason why Muslim countries all over the world are going back to dark ages(except a few like Turkey, which are Secular). the reason is lack of education, and access to only Madrassa education. In 1947, India and Pakistan were carved out of same piece of land; basically they are like two bollywood brothers. One chose secularism and education, other chose extremism. After 60 years of independence, India has developed cheapest method of launching satellites in space (many european companies are its clients); India exports world's largest number of medical doctors, software engineers and pharmacists, and what is Pakistan's number 1 product? Jihadis and suicide bombers. I feel very sad for my educated pakistani brothers and sisters.
lfahfnAzwar Aug 28, 2012 11:04pm
Well done after a long while I hear a senseable Mullah, who at least showed guts that are natural and spoke truely just how the mind set of these illitrate followers of Equally Illitrate Mullahs has done to Pakistan's image in and out of Pakistan. Just go to any of the Middle Eastern Muslim country and you will find Quranic verses written on papers flying about and on the ground, what do we say to all of those people that they should all be hanged or killed out right for those actions. Worse is happening to our Islam than these silly issues that these So called Half Mullahs keep raising.
Abu-Salmaan Aug 28, 2012 08:27pm
To solve the religious problems in Pakistan the Pakistani Muslims need correct education and understanding of their great religion Islaam which should be spread all over the country only by the learned Religious scholars like Allama Tahir Ashrafi through Radio and TV and Madrassas and Masajids should also be led only by the educated Muslims.
Mujeeb Aug 29, 2012 12:00am
I totally agree with you. Please let her go. This girl has done nothing wrong. Any child of her age can make this kind of mistake.
Rev. Eldrick Lal Aug 28, 2012 10:34pm
Thank you Mr. Khan for your honest request.
Rattan Aug 28, 2012 09:00am
it is not even clear if she burnt the quran or pages of can you just lock up some one just like that - so she is going to be tried for what?IF she is found innocent than hang the person who reported her to the police.
PeopleInGlassWindows Aug 28, 2012 08:04pm
Incorrect,read canadian news paper,currently they want to ban muslim prayer in public schools.FYI i live in canada too.
Rafeh Aug 28, 2012 08:04pm
You are absolutely right. I went to school in a small community in USA. We didn't have any mosque to say Jumma prayer since there wasn't any community except foriegn students from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Bangladesh. The Church across our university open their doors for us and allowed us to say Jumma Prayers in the Church. They even provided new mats for us! And we are willing to take a child's life on a non-sense thing like this? I'm sorry for these lost souls and their hate for their fellow humans..So sad!!
Cyrus Howell Aug 28, 2012 06:18pm
People are petty and mean. The Prophet Mohammed could not cure them "It takes a village to burn a child."
raza aly Aug 28, 2012 06:18pm
I live in California and I strongly believe that blasphemy law should be abolished because it is used unfairly.In my town, muslims bought and converted a church in- to a mosque and there was not a single demonstration against this.This is all Zia's mess.
Abdullah Hussain Aug 28, 2012 08:01pm
It seems no one actually knows what has happened, it is all guess work that is going on. Some vested interest has created media hype against Pakistan, Pakistanis, Muslims etc. Regretfully front runners are mostly immigrant Pakistanis & Indians. All sort of cheap words are being used against Pakistan & Pakistanis & of course Muslims. This is not in good taste. If the girl has burnt Holy pages & was aware of her action then she is accountable but if the answer is in negative then no one can punish her. She has been detained only for her safety so why all this fuss. First the hype was of Pakistani Hindus migrating & then Rimsha's case unfolded.
SAEED AHMED Aug 28, 2012 06:18pm
Our government used these issues to skip their corruption. They don't care whether a person live or die. they are dancing on the fingers of america to fulfill their means. Ramsha is being used as an object.
Nadir Aziz Aug 29, 2012 01:49am
My admiration for Allama Tahir Ashravi for his balanced view on the subject. Let us hope other Ulema's would follow his example. Aug 28, 2012 10:44am
This is a black law. Just the fact that there is a discussion here about a potentially mentally retarded girl burning " some" paper that noone even know makes me feel sick to my stomach.
noor Aug 28, 2012 05:32pm
She must be very scared. Poor soul. Wish sanity prevails among those suffering from mass hysteria.
AHA Aug 28, 2012 12:00pm
It is both. We, the poeple, are getting what we deserved.
Mir Jehan Zeb,MD Aug 28, 2012 04:03pm
Such conduct or forcing Islam on others,punishing them for not following Islam, promoting irrationality and oppressing under Blasphemy laws is only going to worsen hatred of Islam and Muslims on World wide basis and cause reactionary burnings of Quran and ridicule of Islam.
T, Nawaz Aug 29, 2012 12:05am
If this under age girl is known to be suffering from Downs Syndrome, she should not be tried and set free. The law however is not barbaric.
Nunya Aug 28, 2012 12:31pm
Like the Hindus leaving Pakistan, the Christians should also. The country is by law against them. It treats minorities as 2nd class citizens ( by law not allowed to hold 'all' political office or vote across the board and pay additional taxes for being non- Muslim).
Ayra Aug 28, 2012 05:25pm
Thank you Allam Ashrafi, your statement is a sign of assurance for us that a Muslim religious ulema also speak for religious minorities in a fair manner. Rimsha case has added more to fear and insecurity people feel over issues involving blasphemy. This is a man made law and should be reviewed. Incidents of mob violence leave lasting impacts on the psyche of its recipients and are also big obstacles to creating interfaith harmony.
Ajaya K Dutt Aug 29, 2012 12:16am
I get a lump in my throat with all the support for her. May God guide us from age of darkness to light.
iqbal Aug 28, 2012 09:45am
Is it the law or is it the people?
Liaquat Aug 28, 2012 05:17pm
In my opinion all scholars would support what Respectable Scholar has expressed and any true Muslim would appreciate that blasphemy is not to be taken the way some people suggest it to be. If that be the case, many of us Muslims commit it on daily bases by not following the commandments of Allah in the way of His Prophet Muhammad PBUH. This is not Islam what people profess it to be. Our beloved Prophet PBUH was himself the most tolerant towards non-Muslims. Please stop high jacking Islam. I have lived many years among non-Muslims and found utmost respect for myself (a person with beard), for my wife and daughter who always did full veil and my Son who is Hafiz-e-Quran. My son was given special place to pray during school time and Principal would allow him room in his own office. Sister from Canada is absolutely right. Lets present beauty of tolerance and diversity of Islam to others and not hide its beauty through our ignorance or ulterior motives
waqas Aug 28, 2012 04:55pm
it is quite incomprehensible that people show such an extreme reverence for the Quranic verses only in their physical, paper form and are ready to die for it after being fueled up by religious demagogues without personal pondering. But they along with their demagogues are not only unaware of the purpose of Holy Quran but also believe and act diametrically opposite to the revelation which is; "And We sent down the Reminder (The Qur
sultan Aug 28, 2012 02:44pm
you are totally right who threw this in the garbage and who ever collect these types of garbage are uneducated and how many percentage muslims in Pakistan knows the arabic ? and who turns pages if something is found in garbage every garbage is being torched out we can smell the garbage torched even in posh locality of Pakistan every where in big citied and these poor collect for some money and to buy food.
Irfan Aug 28, 2012 12:07pm
Law needs to be changed to punish the person who has lodges a false complaint. I think the accuser in this complaint wanted to rid of his christian neighbours
sal Aug 28, 2012 10:02am
The neighbour clearly saw an opportunity to rid himself of his christian neighbour. Shame on him!
Amjad Wyne Aug 28, 2012 11:38pm
More power to you Allama Tahir for stepping forward and defending the young girl and her rights - something that our coward government could not do.
kdspirited Aug 28, 2012 03:14pm
Justice will not be done until those people who falsely accused this girl are put behind bars. I want to see the maullanas go after those people and drag them to the authorities. Read the comments carefully. the mullahs are not asking for the case to be dropped based on the medical findings they are asking the courts to go easy on the girl. Hardly a brave act by the Ullema council.
Janglee Aug 28, 2012 12:25pm
Seroiusly, do people accusing others of burning quran even know whats in quran? Do they know how much tolerance is taught by our book and our prophet? no wonder people don't know the real islam around the globe because of dumb stories like this. Even if it was not a minor, they should let him/her go. Stop treating quraan as words on paper that you should put on top as a sacred item. Instead Open it and READ it (to all muslims). That is what Quran is, it means Recite. and keep in mind that if you push someone away from Islam because of your actions (or actions like this), then God will ask you on the day of judgement.
bilal Aug 28, 2012 12:17pm
I really hope everything gets sorted out but to b very honest she;s still stuck, shes not going to be outta danger even if she ends up being released....knowing how illetrate these extremists are, they're gonna kill her and her family...the poor girl is outright innocent but if a person has been suspected of blasphemy...that person is in real danger even though they're innocent.... these extremists are such hypocrites...these r our muslim brothers? i feel ashamed to call em my muslim brothers... they believe in what suits them most...its funny how these extremists don't really have a problem when people around them are getting killed...where are the MULLAHS then? and if rimsha ends up getting killed...that would b the lowest point in the history of pakistan...gonna b more shameful and embaressing the the bin-laden raid...we don't really have a good reputation around the if something were 2 happen to pakstan...
Izhar Aug 28, 2012 12:22pm
She should be forgiven and let her live. Please imagine how this time of prison will affect her personality and thoughts as it said she was crying so she is scared by what is happening with her. I understand at this time she should stay in prison otherwise the society / neighbors would not leave her alive so good stay away but effects will be there.
B.Rao Aug 28, 2012 03:15pm
This is a very sensible question.
Ahmed Jumma Sep 04, 2012 11:40am
You are saying "shame on all muslims". Mind your language. Do you know what is a Muslim? All the prophets are pure Muslims. Actually you people do not have any knowledge nor you have any religion. You can just abuse. There are good people in every religion and in every country and also there are bad people.
Naeem Sep 07, 2012 11:22pm
My Christian brother Muslims can't b your friend, firstly second in Quran it's written clearly allah will protect his book him self so to me all Muslims r becoming Allah.
Seedoo Aug 28, 2012 12:56pm
Why, Christians are not supposed to or what?
Dawn Reader Aug 29, 2012 07:40am
Please, just let her go, and quickly. Please, the whole Pakistani nation, think of the damage which the charges, and the tension and imprisonment, cause to the mind of this fragile, innocent minor child, with probably a Down-syndrome (a birth-defect). She and her family need protection, and psychological and medical care and support. And, most probably, help in migrating now to somewhere else to live. Will the accusers ever let them to live in peace, or will there be a revenge? This case is absurd - even now this poor child faces court proceedings - due to having burnt something = newspaper from garbage! She cannot read (Arabic), nor would never know what is from the Holy Book Quran. -- What has happened to the judicial system in Pakistan, because it accepts to handle such nonsense? Everyone in their right mind - as all the comments show - wants this innocent child to be set free, and the Christian community protected, and allowed to live in peace. They do no harm to others. As someone very rightly says, please, do not mix NATO and the US with the poor Christians in Pakistan. And, this is a child with a Down-syndrome birth defect, who needs special protection in any case. Rather, this case should now be turned around to educate people in Pakistan of the needs of people with disabilites - of all kind - for medical and psychological care, and attention. That is an area, which is totally neglected in Pakistan, and hardly ever even talked about. But, please, as Allama Tahir Ashraf basically says: "Stop now this nonsense concerning this innocent child, and the poor Christian community in Islamabad". Government protection for them, and this child free immeaditely without any court trial, and with medical and psychological help, and protection to try to undo the trauma now caused to her, and her family.
GoodNews Aug 28, 2012 03:01pm
Very strange! they shouldn't have arrested the girl and left her on the mercy of the mob who APPARENTLY was beating her insane and about to kill her. Instead of us making irrational comments based on incomplete information let the authorities, human right groups and other stake holders involved make their assessment and bring the truth to the table. We can then make all sorts of comments. WE DON'T KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE CASE YET IT IS MOSTLY HERESAY!
Anwar Aug 28, 2012 09:08pm
I bet that the cunning Moulvi himself arranged the whole incident to get funds and attention. Since, she had down syndrome, she wouldn't understand what she was asked to do by another girl. This "another" girl who ran to the mosque should be questioned to find out the facts. There are some skeltons in the story. It is that mullah who accused her, who should be arrested immediately.
Muhammad Alvi Aug 28, 2012 12:55pm
The Pakistani nation and the system has gone crazy. This case does not make any sense: 1) The girl is minor and mentally incapable to understand, 2) she is christian and not expected to have Quran in her possesion, any way, 3) nobody is sure what she burnt; it could be a piece of news paper which she burnt for fun, as many children do (most probable case). The law enforcement in Pakistan is fast enough to arrest this poor minor girl, whereas they do not take notice of most serious crimes, including murders, robberies, arsons, etc.
Secular Pakistan Aug 28, 2012 12:54pm
This is such nonsense. This poor girl got paper from a garbage dump to start a cooking fire. It was probably a Muslim who threw these pages in the dump. To accuse her of Blasphemy is a crime against humanity, no matter what religion you belong to. Islam is what the people practice. The Blasphemy law is responsible for many outrages committed againt other humans. This law is neither peaceful nor humane. Muslims look like savages, when adhereing to such archiac laws. This is the ugly part of Mulims that repels so many people against Islam.
hasib Aug 28, 2012 12:55pm
Hasnain Haque Aug 28, 2012 12:54pm
Mr Arif which Pakistan do you live in, it is the most corrupt nation on earth and there is no a single institution in Pakistan which is not corrupt. Oh by the way I am not a Christian or a Hindu.
Akhter Husain Aug 28, 2012 08:44am
Why condemn the law?why not the accusers?
Hina Aug 28, 2012 12:53pm
If you dare to punish go and grab the blasphemers in USA.Why are you toching the weaker ones in Pakistan and remember Our Prophet would teach them with love and respect and not kill them.Majority of Pakistanis are against this act but at the same time feel extremely angry as what is happening to Muslims by the the hands of NATO foces.But these Christians are not responsible for it.So please stop blaming and stop killing.
anjum15 Aug 28, 2012 01:47pm
Which Mullah?
Khalid Aug 28, 2012 01:44pm
I agree. Our Prophet even vacated the mosue to allow Christians to pray in the same mosque. How about that??? Would today's mullah allow that??. I think we all know the answer. Well, to me the most important thing is that they are Pakistanis. That is ALL. I dont care what religion they follow and what sect they are from. Who am I to criticize that.
Jo Sep 03, 2012 08:38pm
shame on all muslims
Jo Sep 03, 2012 08:40pm
well and you right
Ahmed Jumma Sep 06, 2012 11:53am
Thanks for your comment. Our involvement for peaceful environment will bring harmony in the world. Good people should be connected to each other irrespect of their cast, color creed or religion.
Yawar Aug 28, 2012 01:32pm
Thank you Allama Ashrafi for taking such an inspirational and strong stand and projecting Islam as it should be projected. May Allah grant you a long life.
Christian Aug 30, 2012 01:37pm
This case is giving Pakistan a bad name; moreover, it is giving Muslims a bad name too. Only few individuals will have views that support Rimsha's imprisonment; however, this case has created a negative vibe overall. Sharing articles on facebook regarding this issue had led to angry messages from my Muslim 'friends' in inbox demanding to remove said posts. I personally found this very demeaning. It is good to see a positive message coming from the Muslim community too, which restores my faith in humanity.
Dharma Aug 28, 2012 01:39pm
What would you do if you are that girl. Always think from the unbiased mind. The judgement will be fairer. Do not think of you as from the west or the east nor from Muslim or as Christian but as an alien from another planet who has nothing to do with the mindset of this world.
Jaideep Gupta Aug 28, 2012 11:17am
The christian girl is a minor. She does not know what is right or wrong.So she deserves clemency.No human being knowingly treads into an area where he or she is forbidden.People are aware of the prevalent Blasphemy act in Pakistan.No one will dare to play with the fire. Specially people belongs to minority group cannot dream about that.This little girl had no idea about the ordeal she would pass through.
MD Aug 28, 2012 01:54pm
It is nice to see that all the comment were supporting the girl and condemning the barbaric law. I wish your voices prevail in your country. MD
Agha Ata Aug 28, 2012 01:29pm
Punish this Mullah. Mullahs need a lesson.
Muhammad Alvi Aug 30, 2012 07:24pm
I believe you are right. This is what happens when the government is incapable and inept.
Ejaz (Indian) Aug 29, 2012 05:59am
It was a grave mistake by the family who left back the Holy pages. The little girl is not at fault. Imagine her plight of facing the blasphemy law. Punishing an innocent (and that too mentally unstable ) girl is surely not the teaching of the Holy Quran, and our Prophet (SAW). Such 'over' acts of some people is causing much malice to the name of Islam. May Allah give taufeek to everyone to understand the teachings of the Holy Quran and follow the path of our Prophet (SAW). It is heartening to see so many voices (Pak and Indian) for the little girl.
Syed Aug 28, 2012 08:08pm
set the girl free right now. have some fear of God.
Secular Pakistan Aug 28, 2012 12:58pm
Dont blame the Western media. Look at the practice and our behavior and we will rank among the lowest in the world when it comes to civility and tolerance. If you claim, Islam is a peaceful religion then practice peace, not violence. Actions of Mulims speak louder than their claims.
Secular Pakistan Aug 28, 2012 12:46pm
This is such nonsense. This poor girl got paper from a garbage dump to start a cooking fire. It was probably a Muslim who threw these pages in the dump. To accuse her of Blasphemy is a crime against humanity, no matter what religion you belong to. Islam is what the people practice. The Blasphemy law is responsible for many outrages committed againt other humans. This law is neither peaceful nor humane.
Khalid Aug 28, 2012 01:54pm
Hasnain, I fully agree with you. I am ashamed to be a Pakistani and I am not a Christian or a Hindu either.
zEeS Aug 28, 2012 11:07am
the chrisitians in pakistan have been the most peaceful people, known for nothing but hardwork and absolute loyalty towards their work and we never heard any thig like this..... any ways its the sense which should prevail and not the mob psyche
Khan Aug 28, 2012 02:46pm
We need more Ulama like Allama Tahir Ashrafi for taking a fair and brave stance. People who misuse this law shall be severly punished. Typical molvi will never take an honest and fair stand, they cause more harm to Islam than any one else Why people do not get up against corruption and loot in the society ?
Ash Malik Aug 29, 2012 02:42am
The Supreme Court Chief Justice should have intervened here by now! But alas! we don't see him in this case!
Shaz Aug 28, 2012 02:54pm
The problem is not of someone disabled, who accidentally burnt the pages, the problem is something else here.
S Khan Aug 29, 2012 12:40am
S. Khan, It is the shame for Pakistan as nation. Even if that girl is not sick, she was just collecting garbage. Please free this innocent girl, and i request all Pakistanis and Dawn newspaper to publish this on their main page that as muslims we should respect all religions and all nations. We are all human being first. As a nation we should learn something from western nation like North America and Eurpose where everyone has the freedom of the religoin and i think that's why they are blessed more than us. We should protect our Christian or Hindu brothers and make them feel that Pakistan is also their country and we will protect them.
Shaz Aug 28, 2012 02:52pm
Yes a shame!
Jalal Khan Aug 28, 2012 02:31pm
Let her go. Let her go.Let her go.Let her go.Let her go.Let her go.Let her go.Let her go.
Dilawar Aug 29, 2012 02:02am
Make a case that Aafia should be released on humanitarian grounds
ALi Aug 28, 2012 01:42pm
It is indeed a shame for pakistan as a nation
Osman Siddiqi Aug 29, 2012 06:27am
The law 'cannot' be good if it can be misused.
The Muslim Press Aug 28, 2012 07:36am
It's good that this case is going somewhere. We don't need such incidents to make Islam look even worse than what the media has portrayed it in the west already. The girl is a minor and there is no doubt about that. A person who is not sane, is even pardoned by Allah swt and here we are talking about individuals who probably don't have the first hand knowledge of what even is in the Quran.
Ash Aug 28, 2012 07:52am
Will she survive ????
Kashif Chohan Aug 28, 2012 07:52am
God Bless you my friend!
Idris Aug 28, 2012 07:50am
The most of the people in authory in pakistan do not even observe the fundamental obligations like salaat themselves, no punishment is ment for such people then why punish a nonmuslim who is involved in an act like blasphemy. This is not Islam.
sanebrain Aug 28, 2012 07:49am
she shouldnt even get a case. they only "humane" thing would have been to drop the charges immediately! this is farce for the state of Pakistan and the "state" of Pakistan. We need to get rid of these midieval Blasphemy Laws! Pakistan was not supposed to be an islamic state and least of all a state which misuses the teachings of islam and applies them. Religion nor the mutation that is being applied in this case have no space in politics and law. FULL STOP!
Najeeb baloch Aug 29, 2012 03:40am
It is obligatory to the concerned authority to impartially deal this issue and have mercy to the little rimsha.
anony Aug 29, 2012 05:26am
For God's sake, let the poor little girl go. on't you mullah's have anything better to do? May allah have mercy on the little girl.
Najeeb baloch Aug 29, 2012 03:42am
Alvi i do agree with u,
bobs Aug 29, 2012 05:55pm
Also please find out who threw the holy papers in the garbage first place..its not that person committing blasphemy according to this law or this girl who is actually unknowingly burning which in turn is doing favor to all muslim by burning it .Because thats the correct way to dispose old holy papers She should be rewarded not punished: Can somebody in pakistan print my comment in urdu and give it mullah who declared it throuh loud speaker...
Faran Ali Aug 29, 2012 04:15am
Yes its good but lets see if anyone pays heed to the clerics voices. I hope for the safety of the girl but i dont think she will remain safe even after being proved innocent.
Ahmedi Aug 29, 2012 04:23am
So this other Mulvi says ..... if Rimsha, accused of burning papers containing verses from the Quran, were found to be innocent, her accusers should face justice. ..... He should have said " irrespective Rimsha innocent or not, he would willingly give his neck for her freedom. " Islam is destined to be confined to a nationalist religion of Arab land, every other place of any muslim bearing is just a lost world imploding within itself.
Muhammad A. Ahmed Aug 30, 2012 04:42pm
If she starts interfering then what's the use of day of judgement! try reading some religious books to get clear concepts. [no offence]
Ahmed Jumma Aug 30, 2012 10:24am
Dear Sonya, Allah Almighty Subhanhutaala has given wisdom to people to decide in the right direction in the light of holy Quran, followed in true practice by His holy prophet salal lao aleh wa salam who says love to humanity as Allah loves more than 70-mothers of a person. Prophet says children are innocent by birth, if any child will die in his/her childhood irrespective of any religion, it will directly enter ihto Heaven without any question by the angels so if there is any true Muslims, they will never demand punishment for a 14-years girl. The demanding people will surely enter into Hell for their injustice.
Ahmed Jumma Aug 30, 2012 11:55am
ZEN - the Blasphemy Law is not a black law because you know that in India and Europe burn holy Quran in public and also make cartoons of holy prophet (s.a.w.w.). Similarly U.K. has also made Blasphemy Law so nobody can disrespect holy prophet Jesus Christ who is equally respectable by the Muslims. However, misuse of the law is unforgivable crime and the little girl must be freed without waste of time.
Jamil Siddique Aug 28, 2012 08:15pm
Goran You are right on point my friend
Alin Aug 28, 2012 05:24pm
If this girl got convicted by Pakistani judiciary, let the world treat all the Pakistanis as blasphemers
Shankar Aug 28, 2012 02:49pm
Pakistani society is truly a masterpiece of confusion and evil.
BABU Aug 28, 2012 11:15pm
I don't think any Judge will have the courage to let her go unpunished for burning those papers with verses of Quran written on them.Don't forget what happened to Justice Bhatti.He was murdered in the court room.You are not dealing with NORMAL people.
Farrukh Aug 28, 2012 05:07pm
The people who are against this poor and innocent girl should first go and read Quran to understand what Islam says about treating other people no matter what religion they are from... Burning few pages of Quran (esp. by a physically unfit kid) is not a crime in Islam... These people burn and disrespect Islam teaching and laws every day in there practical life and thats a CRIME... May Allah guide these illiterate people on the right path... Ameen