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No justification for murder

Published Jan 06, 2011 01:42pm


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On January 6, around 150 members of civil society gathered at the Karachi Press Club for a vigil in memory of the late Governor. It was a fairly decent turn out, especially considering the security risks involved. We took to the streets and went around the Press Club with candles in our hands, demanding an end to this state of lawlessness. Keeping in line with the idea of a peaceful protest, none of the protestors called out for death or blood but instead, demanded justice and respect for the deceased. Even so, there were only 150 of us when there should have been thousands more.

Whether you stand for the blasphemy law or against it, this blog is for you. It is a plea addressed to each of you regardless of your stance. In order to reach a mutual consensus on a debatable issue, it is important to have a holistic approach. Rather than obscuring and isolating the issue, we need to look at the larger picture, analyse every aspect before deciding on a stance. Unfortunately, when it comes to one of the most pertinent issues we currently face, we are wasting our energies in arguing, blaming and categorising the other rather than thinking rationally. Our own flaws prevent us from solving issues, which often get so out of hand that they are then dubbed controversial and thus, snubbed forever. The debate on the blasphemy laws in Pakistan is one of the many examples of how our myopic view has hindered any progress that might have been possible.

I cannot seem to shake off the image of Mumtaz Qadri, the 26-year-old assassin who killed Governor Salman Taseer, smiling with content, his words "Bus sarkar, qabool karlain" as he confessed to the murdered of Governor Taseer.

In his opinion and in the opinions of many others, Qadri is a hero because he had killed in the name of God. Again, the lack of foresight and fervor for martyrdom prevented hundreds of his supporters from condemning something that was nothing but cold-blooded murder. Islam does not allow us to take law into our hands. Whether you stand for or against the blasphemy law is insignificant, taking the law into our hands is a crime irrespective of the motive. Islam, by means of Quran and Hadith, strongly advocates against false accusations and the need for concrete evidence before any kind of punishment is ruled out:

"He who, in order to find fault, says something about a person that was not there, Allah will throw such a person in hell till he tastes fully what he had fabricated." (Tibrani)

Those who claim that Qadri was a hero conveniently overlooked that there is a reason why there are courts in this country. There is a reason why there is a proper judicial system to tackle any forms of crime. The reason is fairly simple: to prevent lawlessness and injustice. Taseer wasn't a blasphemer, he had never insulted the Quran, the Prophet (PBUH) or Islam but he was killed in the name of the blasphemy law that according to him, was “man-made.”

Governor Taseer was killed because he asked for mercy for a 45-year old mother of five. Twenty-seven bullets for taking a stance.  His murder highlights the abuse of Islam and Quran for the sake of power and authority. By encouraging such behavior we are promoting lawlessness and a state where people will be at each other’s throat on a mere disagreement. Is this the message of the Quran? Is this what Islam teaches us? How humane is it to rejoice someone’s death?

In the aftermath of Governor Taseer's murder and the confession, many considered the murder a victory for Islam, justifying the killing by Governer Taseer's opposition to the abuse of the blasphemy law. It was mind-numbing to see people using all forms of media to publicly advocate murder and justify blood in the name of religion. Let’s be clear on this: these people rejoicing weren't the Taliban and neither did a significant number of these individuals have links with terrorist organisations. Some television anchors resorted to using "jaa bahaq" rather than the more suiting (and often abused) "shaheed" (martyr) when talking about the murder. A Wikpedia entry and a few fan pages were created on Facebook in support of Qadri. Over 500 ‘moderate’ religious clerics, pronounced Qadri as “ghazi” while lawyers showered him with rose petals; one of them even embraced him as he arrived in Islamabad.

Governor Salman Taseer stood for tolerance and he was killed at the hands of extremism. There's no justification for his murder, and every single one who instigated violence, has blood on their hands. Governor Taseer's death highlights intolerance, hate and bigotry and speaks of a desensitised society where cold-blooded murders are justified.

We have been moving in the wrong direction for a very long time now. Our ideologies have become distorted and our vision, diminishing. The constant state of violence and the need to prove ourselves as pious Muslims and patriotic Pakistanis has engulfed our humanity. There are no rational dialogues anymore, only ego tussles, labels and death threats.

It appears that when religious sentiments are involved anything and everything is justified. This is not piety or devotion, it is pure insanity, inhumanity and barbarism.

The solution to our problems does not lie in striking each others head off, or battling for or against the blasphemy law, the solution lies in reasonable public discourse. Taseer’s death highlights the need for counter abuse laws to prevent wrongful accusations. Let us not talk of repeal and amendments but the need to fight abuse, to ensure that no one is allowed to use laws to settle personal vendettas, that violence is no longer justified in the name of religion.

As a practicing Muslim and a devotee to the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet (PBUH), I am outraged by those like Qadri who justify their heinous crime in the name of Islam. Nothing would disappoint the Prophet (PBUH) more than violence being justified in his name; nothing is more blasphemous than using Islam as a tool to justify violence.

Sana Saleem is a Features Editor at BEE magazine and blogs at Global Voices,  Asian Correspondent, The Guardian and her personal blog Mystified Justice. She was awarded the Best Activist Blogger Award by CIO & Google at the Pakistan Blogger Awards. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter

The views expressed by this blogger and in the following reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.


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Fizza Rizvi Jan 26, 2011 10:33am
Good work Sana. A single word in favor of tolerance and religious acceptance in a world full of intolerance, anger and terrorism seems a bounty for me. Your words give me the hope for the future of Pakistan. Kind Regards and Best of luck for all the efforts and words.
Abbas Sukhera Jan 22, 2011 10:54pm
It apears that you have read few books on religion and now you behave like an expert on Islam. The people with knowledge who spent years learning islam have refused to lead his funeral prayer. The late governor had no right to call it a black law as it was passed by the parliament in 1992. Am I wrong, pl. let me know.
kartik Jan 18, 2011 04:46am
wow Was Taseer a bad muslim only from last week, that he had to be killed now. The truth is The bodyguard watched him drink and he was ok. He watched Taseer indulge in corruption and that was fine. But he defended a defenceless poor woman and he had to be killed
kartik Jan 18, 2011 04:31am
let us take a hypothetical situation where the prophet himself faces a harmless joker , who abuses him. Will the prophet advocate his murderer for blasphemy ? If the prophet himself would not have minded abuse then what are these lesser mortals trying to defend.
Sunil Jan 06, 2011 04:51pm
If Pakistanis are truly "moderate and tolerant people" (which is usually said by many commentators in media), I expect processions & condemnation from the general public at large in support of the murdered governor. The ultimate tribute to Mr. Taseer would be a mass-gathering in favor of 'reviewing' the dreaded blasphemy laws!! Question is: Will it happen?
Akshay Jan 06, 2011 09:12am
Dear Sana, I liked your moderate views very much. It is great to have someone with such views. But I have a question here, why is it that everyone puts forth his/her views whether moderate or extreme in the name of Islam. Is not humanity, justice and equality greater a reason than religion ?
A worried Paki Jan 06, 2011 07:57pm
This guy is a murderer not a hero. He should face the consequences as any other person who murders an innocent person.
shafi Jan 06, 2011 07:56pm
Usma Mirza, There is no doubt that you are totally brainwashed despite your education. Can you really explain what was Mr Taseer's 'crime'. You say he insulted our prophet (pbuh) and the holy Quraan. Is it a crime asking for a law to be amended? Can you cite any Quraanic verse regarding punishment for blasphemy? Our Prophet (pbuh) was insulted and abused in his life time but he never ordered any one to be killed for that. If you have any proofs then cite them otherwise follow the true way of our prophet pbuh) that is forgiveness and compassion.
saad Jan 06, 2011 04:49pm
this is probably one of the most humiliating incidents for us, both as muslims and pakistanis. All those people who are supporting salman taseer's murderer seem to be forgetting, as the writer has also mentioned, that qadri took the law into his own hands and he committed one of the worst sins in the quran, which is murder. I cant seem to understand since when is murdering someone an ok thing to do? when terrorists kill someone its condemned by everyone, but when this guy goes and kills the governer it seems to be alright with the whole pakistani nation! why dont our people understand? the sins/good deeds a person commits is between that person and Allah, why must anyone else get involved? if someone really did commit a sin, surely Allah will punish that person in his own way? and there is serious need to do something abt these blasphemy laws, if they cant be repealed, they can at least be modified cant they?
shafi Jan 06, 2011 08:11pm
Haroon, please read history in depth and do not listen to illiterate and hatred ridden mullahs.
Sarah Jan 06, 2011 06:50pm
This is just brilliant logic! You are saying then, that anyone who is not a good Muslim should be murdered? I can't believe, and it really grieves me, to see that this is what Pakistan has come to.
Citizen Jan 06, 2011 08:13pm
This is the root of all evil going in your country. This question you asked "Why do you believe in humanity, justice and equality?
nadir hasan Jan 06, 2011 10:18pm
The so-called 'moderate' muslims are anything but that. Salman Taseer was a TRUE BELIEVER in fairplay and justice.........which is why he stuck his neck out for a poor helpless person........ and paid for it with his life. I salute you Mr Taseer.
Aslam Jan 06, 2011 10:27pm
Would any body like to highlight the role PPP in all this issue. Salman taseer late was alone in this issue and what media did...daily some one of all the channels took his interview to highlight this issue more and more. And the result is Salman taseer is no more in this world. If u people keep highlighting this issue, I fear we will lose more precious lives. To avoid the wrong use of blasphemy law, Their should be some bold step taken by judiciary internally and stop its wrong usage. I again repeat the wrong polices of PPP high command and over reacting media played the role Salman taseer's assassination. Please stop it now to avoid more killings.
Proud to be Hindu Jan 06, 2011 07:03pm
Even if he was corrupt or alchoIic is it worth killing a man? is this the preaching of a peacefull relgion?, we have a thing call vote, which gives strong power to poor & weak citizen of any civilised nation.
Mubashir Jan 06, 2011 10:35pm
Well said Sana. In my opinion the blasphemy law itself is blasphemous since the honor and dignity of our Holy Prophet cannot be made dependent on any man made law and besides no where in Quran is there any mention of corporal punishment for blasphemy. Read verses 6:10, 13:32, 4:140, 6:68, 63:8. May Allah rid this nation from the curse of ignorant mullahs.
Saleem Jan 09, 2011 02:52pm
Abdullah follow the blind to the abyss, good luck!
anujrj Jan 09, 2011 02:59pm
I am afraid Ms Sana is acting ALMOST an apologist for the rather more extreme action people in Pakistan, rather than as a courageous opponent of plain buthcery under the garb of religion. I also think that this killing and it's message is - in Pakistan, it is OK to interpret the blasphemy law and kill for it, not just post a court verdict, but whenevr, wherever. And, thou shalt become a future hero/heroine. I'm afraid that this does show that SOME Muslims in Pakistan do believe and accept that essentially THEY understand their religion to be one FOR VIOLENCE, and no pretence attached.
soophia Jan 06, 2011 07:11pm
May you rest in peace Mr Taseer.
mrpqrs Jan 08, 2011 05:27am
Ms Sana Great piece: you have articulated the thoughts of many like minded people, and done it so well. Great loss to the country. Pakistan has tipped beyond the point of possible return to sanity. The mullahs are openly offering millions for murder, and they have the (tax-free) money too. It is too late now ... Just migrate to a safe and sane place. Live this life happily. We have only one life.
Akshay Jan 06, 2011 08:17pm
Justice , liberty and equality are the aspirations of every human being, while religion is not. Every man wants to live in freedom, have equality and justice. These are absolute things. Whereas, religion is merely a philosophy which people follow. There are thousands of religion. One-fifth of the world is atheist/irreligious. For Muslims Islam is the best, for Hindus Hindu Dharm is the best, but one thing that every human wants is liberty, equality and justice. By using religion, one narrows the debate to mere interpretation of scriptures written thousands of years ago which in itself may not be much relevant to the modern times.
Sara Jan 07, 2011 10:35am
I will hate to admit that but when it comes to religion no one is ready to hear a different view. Only right wing has the right to decide what is right and what is wrong and if you disagree, most likely you will also end up with bullets in your chest.
Sara Jan 07, 2011 10:32am
Oh here comes the justification again. You said that "Even though religiously correct, for breaking the law I believe the assassin should be punished." Religiously correct? How come he was right? Taseer only disagreed with blasphemy law. Is that a crime? To have a different opinion? He didn't say anything against our prophet(P.B.U.H), Quran or Sunnah? So tell me that how he deserved death but nothing less. Even if someone was hurt why didn't he dragged Taseer in the court? Secondly I definitely live in Pakistan and i am aware of political procedures and politicians shenanigans but doesn't mean that i would like them to be killed. You are complaining about politicians. In our country even a terrorist is not punished and the only option left for security agencies is their extra judicial killings. So don't worry this Qadri guy will not be punished. He will be set free and will be considered a hero of Islam. Thanks to this Qadri, everyone right now in the world is committing blasphemy by cursing our country and our religion. So what should we do now?
BeTheChange Jan 06, 2011 08:34pm
yeah but only when its message of peace, forgiveness and tolerance is actually practiced. Other wise, it is cheap words and nothing more!
truthy Jan 06, 2011 07:33pm
Along with this murderer Pakistan should also punish the people severely who incited others for murder of Mr. Taseer, because they can again incite and this killing process is not going to stop until they are punished severely.
shumaila Jan 08, 2011 06:22am
well said...
Awais Jan 06, 2011 06:30pm
See the problem lies in OURSELVES. We can keep complaining that we are illitrate and our pseudo imams and mullahs will keep missguiding the people. I think we ALL are illitrate when it comes to Islam. In us there is no one who has the correct knowledge of what and why Islam commanded what. The real problem is that never thought of building this very institution. We, being modern and liberals, hesitate to make our children learn Islam and Quran. For us, reading it once in a lifetime is sufficient for our kids. That is why we dont have people like Maududi, Israr Ahmad and many other good scholars (that we lost) anymore. And this is the very explaination of the Prophet's (PBUH) saying that "Knowledge will be lifted (taken away)" near Qayamah. And this is exactly what is happening, we are ALL illiterate when it comes to Islam no matter how much educated we are in worldly subjects. That will only make you an extremist on either side. You learn moderation through Islam.
Humaira Jan 06, 2011 06:17pm
You know i agree with your views...but it just came to me that these kind of articles should be in urdu newspapers where the masses can read them. i may be wrong but my belief is that majority of readers of english newspapers (which is a minority in pakistan) would agree with you. whereas your logic should be read by the majority in pakistan
Farhan Siddiqi Jan 06, 2011 05:30pm
You should read the article in full she is not conveying that. She is seperating this act from whatever the reason the murderer thought the righteous one. She is trying to say that one should act and opinionate under the guidance of governing law not by his own judgement. thanks
Tahir Jan 15, 2011 01:41pm
The other day I was listening to a TV program on the national TV channel hosted by a distinguished anchor about tolerance levels and how to improve and promote harmony amongst those holding extremist views. To my utter surprise and disgust, I was alarmed to hear one of the invited guests, to speak on the subject, was an alim from another rival TV channel, a person who openly had incited a couple of years ago the killing and extinction of a minority community as an act of Wajib ul Qatil. if we are going to idolize such people then God forbid what is in store for our nation.
Usama Khilji Jan 14, 2011 08:01pm
Did you miss the part where she said "need to fight abuse". I think you did.
Sheel Chowdhry Jan 06, 2011 05:24pm
...and the killer found his pleasure in taking someone's life due to his version of a religion.
M.L.Banerji Jan 06, 2011 05:23pm
I am very sad after reading this case in the news papers/TV/internet. This is not the way one can up hold the religious belief. God is for all and we are his children. We have no rights to take any ones life under any circumstances. Ameen
imtiaz Jan 06, 2011 05:18pm
'Islam is in danger', we heard throughout 63 years of Pakistan existence. Now that Qadri has saved Islam supposedly, can the nation move on without that slogan ?
Rizwan Ahmed Jan 06, 2011 05:10pm
Check the facts You say: "according the book that we all follow, there should be a punishment declared for such act (insulted the prophet (PBUH)) by the judiciary of that state (We all know what the punishment is)" Can you quote me the Surah and Ayat where it 1) Defnes what blashphemy is, 2) Allocated punishment. If you cannot produce this evidence then it means you have not read the book and are lying.
Sana Saleem Jan 09, 2011 09:14am
What I am saying is that rather than using terms like "repeal" and "amendment" let's talk about "counter abuse" laws. Package the campaign well so that people understand what we are talking about. No where in my piece do I justify the abuse of the blasphemy law.
G. Din Jan 06, 2011 02:00pm
Sir, I am not a Muslim. But,are you sure YOU are a GOOD MUSLIM? It is very easy to see that all those people you say are happy at the unnatural death of a human being includes you. Now, don't be bashful. Fess up! Or, is it that your conscience tells you that there is something wrong with this picture. Unnatural death of any one should not cause joy in a fellow human being.
Omer Farooq Jan 06, 2011 04:33pm
Can u prove his corruption? If yes u should have gone to the courts instead of giving baseless statements.
M. Yasir Mughal Jan 06, 2011 05:05pm
Well, you really put my views and feelings in some order through this and one thing I now dare to say is, Justice must be served swiftly, agreeing with many others here.
mehmoona Feb 02, 2011 11:14pm
what is our country being reduced to.?..are there no thinking minds left,are there no compassionate souls left... is all that we can do kill , celebrate death and eulogize murders !!! the whole issue about blasphemy law, and the alleged blasphemer... i would like to kno what kind of blasphemy did salmaan taseer commit? was he disrepectful to the Prophet(peace be upon him),?the answer to that is no. was Jinnahs Pakistan not islamic prior to zia ul haq? is death penalty the only punishment for blasphemy in the Quran? ..the whole issue has been sidetracked , is our purpose in this life to kill and celebrate there going to be no moral right or wrong except for those that perpetrate violence. it seems we are gradually being reduced to a mob of bloodthirsty killers only looking forward to causing suffering. what has the sheikh of mecca said in this regard,will his religious views not count...s simply and simply because we want an Islam of our choosing not the Islam that is. are we going to distort our religion to further suit our limited views,where is the pan islamic religious authority on this .t the world of islam does have proper religious scholars what is their opinion on this. please dont let the reins of a religion as beautiful as Islam be in the hands of those whose hands are tainted....
Shakeel.Quddus Jan 08, 2011 04:16am
After the murder of the Governor of Punjab and with the possibilities of debate over the now infamous blasphmehy law, 'the solution lies in reasonable public discourse.' The assumption is that the Mr. Quadri had acted irrationally and if a peaceful debate were to take place, men like Quadri would see the light and renounce the violence. What if more than considerable amount of Pakistanis feel that they are not going to compromise thier ideas even after a 'reasonable publice discourse.' Ideas have consequences and Mr. Quadri proudly follows an idea present long before the creation of Pakistan. Idea being that Muslims were free to pray in the Hindu India but Pakistan was created as an Islamic state with an intent to establish Islamic rule. Up until 2010, it had been quite a struggle to enact the rules suitable for an Islamic state such as the rule of Sharia, the Hoddod ordinance and the blasphmey law. How could, in a debate, a murdered Governor could defend his position while under oath upholding the laws of the land?
Peter Alexander Jan 06, 2011 09:15pm
I am a Christian. If someone calls me Kafir or Infidel, then it is very blasphemous for me and my Christian faith. Then all Muslims who call me a Kafir or an Infidel are guilty under the blasphemy law and must be punished.
Robert Jan 06, 2011 09:53pm
If anyone can kill another because he insulted their religious sentiments, why can't the others do the same and finish off this assassin and his backers in a similar manner? I am waiting to see how far these Mullahs can push the society. If the prophet (PBUH) requires such actions to uphold Islam, why can't the others follow suit and settle scores?
Hopefull Jan 06, 2011 09:54pm
SALMAN TASEER will be remembered for eternity as hero and standing up to ugly minded people like QADRI his killer.QADRI would be remembered as a murderer and embarasment to his family and friends and the whole episode would be remembered as BRAVE man against MURDERER. SHAME ON QADRI MURDERER
naved Jan 17, 2011 06:22pm
I think the media both print and electronic needs to set their boundaries on this issue of extremism in Pakistan. They need to guide the people towards positive attitude and should not exploit the sentiments of the people of Pakistan. The american journalists do not exploit the people on 911 issues in USA and have a moratorium on that issue, the same way the Pakistani journalists should not exploit the sensitive issues of Islam in Pakistan. There are so many issues to talk about in Pakistan including basic needs, corruption, education and so on, why do we have to keep on pushing on the Blasphemy topic. Have we resolved all other issues. Are all journalists and TV anchors not showing that they are of problem and they are not trying to resolve issues but EXPLOITING them..... Can we the journalists create a moratorium and stop publishing on any sensitive issues in papers and on live TV. Can we expect a simple respect from our own journalists. Is it not time to step up and show leadership
Ali Khan Jan 17, 2011 06:18pm
Aslam o Aliakum Terms such as fundamentalist, extremists, radical etc are all mand made. Islam is a practical religion and simple one. This is the beauty of Islam and it is religion of truth that is why so many are embracing it. It does not teach brutality neither does it teach to judge people at the spur of the moment. I don't think any muslim will accept disrepectable remarks about any of our Prohpet (PBUT). I am not for praising this woman for what she did but at the same understand that she is not a muslim and she does have a different point of view although with a wrong approach. However, we as muslims need to understand that our beloved Prophet (PBUH) was tollerant when non muslims uttered disrespectfull remark and exercised violent actions. We need to do the same. Have we forgotten the incident of a woman hauling garbage on the Prophet (PBUH). Have we forgotten fatah Makkah or have we forgotten Hazrat Ali R.A exercising restraint and not killing the kafir when he spitted on Hazarat Ali's R.A face. The tolerance and patience of our Prophet (PBUH) and sahaba R.A ajmain gave non believers chance to see & experience Islam in practical which led them to accept the dean of truth. I grew up in Pakistan & I love every bit. It is unfortunate to see that we have left the teachings of Prophet (PBUH) and have adopted the ways of emotions & nafs. I do not believe the picture that we are painting s helping Islam any shape or form. I pray to Allah for right guidance for myself & the umma. Wasalam
Fahim Qureshi Jan 06, 2011 11:38pm
In my opinion things have gone too far in Pakistan its about time Pakistan Army should take over and launch operation DEEP STRIKE and to start with wipe out, get rid of all these Mullahs, religious parties and religiois leaders. All thses extreamists be dispatched to their creator where they can live happily ever after.
Muhammad Jan 13, 2011 06:51am
Haroon, for God sake stop blowing the same old trumpet I think you are an educated person you should read all old and recent history yourself rather following the ignorant Mullahs blindly becasue on the day of judgement you will be answerable to only your actions no Mullah will defened you there.
Aamer Aziz Jan 07, 2011 02:47am
I generally agree with the article. I would add that anyone who condones murder or incites it leading to murder is accomplice under law. The best example is that of Mr. Bhutto who was hanged because he had (apparently) ordered and facilitated murder of Mr. Qasuri. With the same extension ALL the people who are justifying this murder or had given "fatwa" or announced head monies have to be considered accomplices and be tried under law. But I know this would never happen in the land of the pure where the establishment is coward and does not have balls to confront the religious zealots. We are only left to two options: ONE: to lay down arms and surrender to the "Islamisation" and turn Pakistan into a religious state regressing to 5th century AD. or TWO: decide as a nation if the religion and state need to be separated and rule of the law preserved. Then we have to deal with all the religious blackmailers with a very firm hand - even if it means killing a million people.
malik Jan 07, 2011 02:26am
It may be mentioned that religious people do not beleive in courts and laws when it comes to blasphemy. They believe in killing that individual ASAP for Godly unknown reasons. Nothing you and me can do will stop this mindset. Sorry but it is a sad day for this country when you are killed for simply expressing your feelings. The plethora of religious parties and lashkars of every sort are going to make sure these kind of killings to continue in the name of religion. Soon they will be calling this murderer as ghazi or shaheed whatever the outcome of this case maybe.
Saleem Jan 09, 2011 06:15am
agreed. this law should be repealed.
shabir Jan 12, 2011 09:56am
I wonder if any Judge will have the courage to condemn this murderer. Even our PM has not had the courage to repeal the law that caused this tragic result. What kind of country have we inherited? and what kind of country are we going to leave for our children? or are we going to leave a country for our children at all ?
samyak gowda Jan 07, 2011 09:33am
And also remember that all these countries were progressing and developing even when they committed these crimes and Pakistan is not.
Abdullah Jan 08, 2011 12:12am
Your emotions blind you. Read his post again; he did not say that.
Abdullah Jan 08, 2011 12:07am
Ah but I don't. I believe blasphemers of ALL religions and races should be justly punished, even if they are so-called Muslims.
AA Jan 07, 2011 12:08am
I want to remind those who assassinated governor- this act of yours make Pakistan image in ruins. Your actions hijacked the peaceful and peace loving religion of my Prophet Mohammed (peace is upon him). In the war of Uhed, when infidels had taken the control of the battle, and then challenged and announced, O Muslims, if Mohammed is alive, produce him. A few injured and broken limbs companions of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him attempted to challenges the infidels. The Prophet advised, you should not respond and keep quite. When Abu Sufian stood up at the hill of the Uhed, and praised loudly his God and challenged the God of Muhammad peace be upon him, companion of the Prophet were quite, the Prophet of God, urged every one who was short their limbs and injured, raise Allah Akber!! Then it was not the grace of the Prophet it was the grace of the Almighty Allah. Prophet Mohammed peace be upon him was full love, affection, care, and he sacrificed his honor and kept a close obedience with the Allah Almighty. His followers were torched, neglected, divided into peaces, women and salves were killed and torched, his name was defamed, and even he was forced to leave and he even when he was leaving he was then chased. He forgive every one when he took control of Mecca. Ready the life of the Prophet and examine if you have any association with his life style. Today, the Pakistan founder who get this country for every one and promised all minorities must prosper, you posed this mother land intolerant. There was no need of this law, we all live in peace and harmony. I never observed every any minority ever said any ill words to Prophet Mohammed peace be upon him and his companion. I must urge the reader to go to your mosques and observe what have been taught, only hate, and but hate. Killers were welcomes with roses. It is the need of the time, the military, the government and the judiciary must decide, what Pakistan we want to project to the world and what kind of protection we want to offer our minorities. You can not hold on this power. There is a direct fear of civil war. It is not the killing of the Salman Taseer, it is murder of Islam and the Pakistan. The intellectuals, minorities and peace loving people have been capitulated.
samyak gowda Jan 07, 2011 09:36am
By saying "I believe it would not be religiously wrong although the individual should be brought to account according to the law", you're showing a very poor image of Islam, which condones violence and murder and more isolation from the rest of the world.
Mohammad Jan 07, 2011 09:27am
Adbullah, you neither know the law nor the details of the case of Asia Bibi. You don't know whether or how she committed blasphemy. You don't know how Taseer defended blasphemy. And still you are defending murder of Taseer on some weird logic of honour. It is clear there is defect in your understanding on religion, the bhasphemy case, the blasphemy law. This is the behaviour of an ignorant person.
Basharat Jan 07, 2011 09:04am
Loving the Prophet(SAW) doesn't mean doing what one deem's necessary to prove his love for the Prophet(SAW) it means following the criterion that Allah and His Messenger(SAW) have set to prove one's love, which clearly forbids killing any blasphemer as you have mentioned.
Sohail Akhtar Jan 10, 2011 10:39am
A very concerned person, It calls for a lot of courage to stand by one's ideals and convictions. Salman Taseer did that and paid by sacrificing his life. An innocent victim. Will his sacrifice yield any positive results or was it a futile stance in the face of so much opposition? The moot question, who has benefited? Needless to say, the fallout from his death has solely benefited mullah community - the hardliners. It has served their purpose and grand design. Now the opposition to the blesphemy law will be minimal if not non-existent. Those who oppose the blasphemy law will now keep quite out of fear of unwarranted reprisal. In other words, the blesphemy law has been reinforced in its entirely and is here to stay. Alas, ST's manumental sacrifice has played into the hands of the mullahs. Their aim is fulfilled, fear is the key. The opposition to the blesphemy law will be silenced forever. A definite victory for misguided mullahs. A sad state of affairs. Now the reign of terror will persist. God help the minority. Now who will take the cudgels for them?
Nouman Jan 07, 2011 12:58am
@ Kashan I don't understand this logic. Even in the strictest interpretation of Sharia law, death is not the punishment for drinking or corruption. So how can people say that it was justified to kill Mr. Taseer because he was corrupt and a drinker? And first of all this corruption, blasphemy or any other crimes must be proven in a court of law (modern judicial system or a Sharia court) before deciding the conviction. How can someone take law into his own hands? No Sharia law allows for it. And no, Salman Taseer did not committ blasphemy, he merely called for the law to be amended so that it could not be misused/abused by people for their own interest. Anybody can refer to his interview given on 25 November 2010 to a TV channel. The problem is that this extremist lot does not even understand the very Sharia laws that they claim to protect. Ignorance prevails in the land of pure!
F Jan 07, 2011 08:38am
So you will let go of all his (PBUH) teachings, all his examples, all his Sunnah to uphold his honor???? Just think about it, are you even doing justice to our great Prophet's teaching, his life, if he didn't allow Angels and his followers to hurt people, when they hurt him (PBUH), in his life then who are you to take revenge in his name? Khuda ka wastey be on the right track. Don't kill on my Prophet's name, on your Prophet's name, follow his examples, follow his Sunnah. This is doing Islam no service. "And clearly you do not understand that it is the lover who upholds the honour of his beloved, even if the beloved is willing to tolerate." Are you following Sunnah brother?
Sid Jan 07, 2011 08:32am
Exactly my thoughts. These kind of articles do no good to solve issues. In fact they just do more harm.
Emmon Khan Jan 07, 2011 08:21am
Dear Sana, Only a miniscule English reading minority will listen to voices of reason like yours. An overwhelming majority of Pakistanis will listen to and follow myopic self-servers and blind ideologues like this gentleman:
Jannat Jan 07, 2011 08:11am
Very well said Sana, and I agree with you all the way. These people abuse Islam to justify violence. They have ruined our image worldwide and because of the mentality of these jahl people, innocent people are being killed everyday and all over the world all in the name of means of gaining power. Disgusting and inhumane, I spit on all of their faces.
F Jan 07, 2011 08:21am
So Mr Abdullah Didn't Our Holy Prophet (PBUH) set an example there for all of us to follow (the story you have given in your post). Who you want to follow more, one of his followers or the Prophet himself (PBUH) ? and please don't try to suggest that you are as good a follower as Hazrat Umar himself. No one is trying to please the West here, we are ordinary citizens who want peace and rule of law in the country. We don't run governments, wanting peace to prevail in the country does not mean siding with West. This is against self-denying conspiratorial mindset at work.
shafi Jan 08, 2011 08:33pm
Kashan Chodhry, If that is the reason for murder then I am afraid as majority of Pakistanis are corrupt, should they be dealt in the same way?
Jacho Jan 07, 2011 06:22am
This is the choice of Pakistani people, whether they want to continue the lawlessness or want to govern by law. The problem is, the country never appreciated the peaceful protest or respect for democracy. Since inception the country is run by mostly military and through dictatorship. There is no sense of urgency of the population and it's leaders for true education. It will be extremely difficult for the country to mange its millions of illiterate religious extremist population.
Ayesha Jan 06, 2011 09:55am
Thank you for being a sane voice in this ocean of madness right now! "As a practicing Muslim and a devotee to the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet (PBUH), I am outraged by those like Qadri who justify their heinous crime in the name of Islam. Nothing would disappoint the Prophet (PBUH) more than violence being justified in his name; nothing is more blasphemous than using Islam as a tool to justify violence" Wish more people could understand this message!
Abu Aayan Jan 07, 2011 06:10am
Sana, well done like always.. This indeed was a tragedy. Dont know if it was designed or what ... But what I am worried about is even the bigger tragedy which is happening on the streets of this country after the killing of Governor ST. The ruthless Killer is being praised like a hero and a solider of Islam etc. etc. What precedent is this Society setting??? Does not it make such acts more fantasizing and great-looking? Many more "so-called-extremist-cum-lovers-of-PBUH" would be more than happy to take the law into their own hands and then end up having rose petals being showered onto them. So far whoever did anything like this was not made a hero like this but all what is happening is drafting an extremely ugly picture of the future of minorities for this country. ... and What more damage these Mullahs can do to Islam. For sure they are the ones who are actually committing blasphemy by damaging and dis-reputing OUR religion "ISLAM".
Mpuri Jan 07, 2011 01:26am
Akshay, Good observation, was about to write the same and then read your comment. We need to look beyond religion. When people here refer to religion to justify/unjustify something saying Islam said this, Islam teaches this, so this.. so that I wonder why is it so hard to understand that killing someone is wrong...whether Isalm teaches this or not. May be because Islam is state religion in pakistan and a common person is so used to think that Islam is the only religion and everything needs to be looked at from this angle only
Usama Mirza Jan 07, 2011 05:44am
Like I said: "(think of the possible outcome if you press charges against a governor in this govt)"
Kabeer Jan 07, 2011 01:06pm
Mr. Kashan, Can tell us where Allah in his holy book Quran or Prophet (PBUH) proposed death penalty on drinking?
brighton Jan 31, 2011 10:42pm
makin Qadri hero murdering Government of Pakistan's high ranking official is state of mind which have been developed by nurturing unreal education. Being a christian I have been taught in government schools and Islamia College , Karachi, that muslims are perfect in leading a poise life. The Islamic history I have learned in Pakistan mostly proved to be wrong when I came across the truth through books written by non-muslims and even muslims authors. I remember a few words of Wali Khan who said people who make the leader climb on the top of the pole should first learn how to bring him down. The entire state of mind is set by the teaching we have acquired in 60 plus years, have fought so many wars with India and have created so many dictators who have absused human rights of men, woman and children in the name of religion.People of Pakistan have to think clearly and rightly and learn to live with other human beings of this world. Open up your mind, pakistanis donot create masses who have no knowledge to make their living. By reciting Quran or any holy verse will not enable to compete this sharp world. Let us pray for using our wisdom in righteous way and first all of us need wisdom.
Waqar Jan 07, 2011 05:26am
root root root just basic roots are required to be reconstructed! Otherwise murders like taseer's will be continued in Pakistan. I am afraid that did Qadri read a law before killing taseer?
Kabeer Jan 07, 2011 12:51pm
Youe views are totally against the principles of Islam and teaching of our beloved Prophet (PBUH) can you give any single example where our beloved Prophet taught us violence or injustice in the name of Islam or can you quote any single verse from the holy Quran, which teaches us violence or cold blooded murder and further rejoicing the same? Remember all Muslims are bond to follow the Quran & Sunnah and nothing else otherwise they would be considered Mushriks because there is no "personal belief" in Islam.
Sami Jan 06, 2011 10:27am
Sana, its good to read blog like yours. Those of us who live outside of Pakistan cannot understand how, & what kind of intolerant society Pakistan has become where you can be killed for just expressing your views. I hope his killer face justice, and this mob mentality, and religious extremism is contained or the Pakistan is doomed.
Courage Jan 06, 2011 10:28am
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. Albert Einstein and here we see plp are supporting evil.... HOW COULD ANYONE SMILE WHEN HE KILLED SOMEONE....?? AND HOW CAN PLP MAKE HIM A HERO....??? DONT U THINK MORE AND MORE PLP WILL GET INSPIRED AND ACT LIKE HIM? i just hope there are more and more "Sana Saleem " everywhere ... and what u said is exactly true "The constant state of violence and the need to prove ourselves as pious Muslims and patriotic Pakistanis has engulfed our humanity. There are no rational dialogues anymore, only ego tussles, labels and death threats." IS killing the only solution to problems?
Muhammad Jan 07, 2011 12:44pm
Mr. Kashan Chodhry, Would you please like to inform us whether you belief in Islamic teachings or in tribal customs because according to Quran & Sunnah you cannot kill any innocent person let alone a fellow Muslim whether according to you "he was not a good Muslim" remember in Islam you have to belief each and every tenets of Islam without personal liking or disliking and Islam never proposed death penalty for drinking Allah Almighty knows better than you that which punishment should be given for different crimes or sins
shafi Jan 07, 2011 12:36pm
Brother if anybody , you are misguided.
shafi Jan 07, 2011 12:35pm
Abdullah, But you accept that in Pakistan i.e inciting racial or religious hatred. Is that what you stand for? Shame.
Muhammad Jan 07, 2011 12:30pm
Mr. Abdullah Your every assertion is against the teachings of Islam I thought you have never read Quran or never tried to understand the meanings of this Great book. Quran admonishes the illiterates and you are praising them. Quran never asked us to blindly follow these ignorant Mullahs instead Quran cursed those people who blindly follow the Mullahs please read tafaseer of Surah Mariam.
shafi Jan 07, 2011 12:31pm
Abdullah, Killing a human being. Is that what you call love? Shame on you.
shafi Jan 07, 2011 12:23pm
' A Peshawar based mullah Yousaf has offered Rupees 30million for the killer of Asia Bibi a Christian women in jail'. Is it not a crime to instigate murder even in Pakistan? Why does not the government arrest this mullah charge him? Where is the shriah court now? Or is it permitted by the shriah court? Allah save Pakistan from barbarians,
Ruma Jan 07, 2011 09:31pm
Great article. We need more people like you. Thanks Ruma
shafi Jan 07, 2011 12:17pm
'A Peshawer based mullah, Yousaf has offered Rupees 30million for the killer of Asia bibi, the condemned Christian in jail'. This is an instigation to murder which I hope is a crime even in Pakistan. Should not this mullah be arrested and charged? W
Hamza Jan 07, 2011 01:51am
So his notorious drinking habits and corrupt nature gives you a reason to think or believe that it wasn't too bad that which happened to him after all?
Hamza Jan 07, 2011 01:52am
Thanks for a quick lesson on ethics.
david coleman headley Jan 12, 2011 08:04pm
so all clerics do not understand islam. lawyers do not. the army does not. the real reason is that you do not understand your religion. most nonmuslims have a very bad opinion of Islam and the prophet. this opinion is confirmed by daily happenings.
hassan Jan 07, 2011 03:52am
Yes Sana, thank you for your excellent piece of fence sitting.
Nadir Jan 07, 2011 03:59am
He was killed by maulana qadri not because he drank or he was a bad muslim or he was a corrupt politician. he was killed because he spoke against the blasphemy laws. That is the problem with pakistani muslims. they have lost their sense of priorities. most muslims in pakistan consider blasphemy to be a much worse crime when compared to corruption, murder and looting of the "awam".
Abdullah Jan 07, 2011 04:02am
The Mullahs are learned in the religion. You are not. The Mulahs may have many faults but you cannot, I repeat cannot, claim to understand the religion better than them! And clearly you do not understand that it is the lover who upholds the honour of his beloved, even if the beloved is willing to tolerate.
shafi Jan 08, 2011 09:30pm
Abdullah, you seem to be a 'guide' person. Can you please cite one quranic verse which orders death for blasphemy. Can you please quote an Arabic word for blasphemy and then find it in the holy Book. By murdering another human being you are neither showing your love for the holy Prophet (PBUH) nor doing any good to His honour. In fact you are doing otherwise. Even in the land of the pure there are courts of law to deliver justice. Taking law in his/her hand is a criminal offence and I hope the criminal murderer is appropriately dealt with.
shafi Jan 08, 2011 09:55pm
Mansoor, Yesterday a group of so called Muslims were convicted in the UK for rape and other sexual offences against very young girls. Some of these had part of there name MUHAMMAD. Would you use blasphemy law against them because they shamed the name of our Prophet (PBUH). If you are ignorant then I would like to enlighten you that MUHAMMAD is the commonest name in the world and very often 'abused' by the name holders by their actions or the others. Would you like to kill them all for your love of the Prophet (PBUH). The tally could come to hundreds of thousands which might quench your thirst for 'love'. Misuse of blasphemy law has been demonstrated many times by false accusation to settle old/new scores. Mr Taseer was only trying to save her from death penalty legally which nowhere is thought to be a crime except of course by ignorant people like you in the land of the Pure. Allah save us from the misguided killers.
Hamza Jan 07, 2011 01:58am
Man you've really got significant knowledge about Islam in general and the laws in Pakistan.
Abdullah Jan 07, 2011 03:35am
I am not sure you are familiar with life in Pakistan. Politicians are virtually untouchable when it comes to facing the law. They are above the law. So even if a case was to be made, it would never be successful. I admit that I am ignorant of the details of the law and do not know if he was guilty in the light of the law anyway. However, the issue was less to do with the blasphemy law itself and more to do with the defending of the blasphemy that was committed. In other words, when it comes to the honour of the Prophet (S.A.W.) the blasphemer must be punished whether or not there is a law because the Muslim loves his Prophet more than his mother, father and children and nothing wounds him more than the disrespect shown to him. One who cannot understand this has a defect in his understanding of the religion. Even though religiously correct, for breaking the law I believe the assassin should be punished. But he already knew his fate, and welcomed it, when he pulled the trigger.
Abdullah Jan 07, 2011 02:20am
I have too many points in my head (not all exclusively related to this article) so I have bullet pointed them below: - In your article you talk about false accusations and need for concrete proof. I thought Taseer's stance on the blasphemy law was public? - Defenders and sympathisers of blasphemers are surely equal to blasphemers? - Regarding taking the law in to your own hands (in a country such as Pakistan), I agree that in most cases it would be religiously and legally wrong. However, when it comes to the honour of the religion, and especially in the case of our beloved Prophet (S.A.W.), I believe it would not be religiously wrong although the individual should be brought to account according to the law. Those who believe the assassination of Taseer was not justified in Islam quite frankly do not understand the place of the honour of the Prophet (S.A.W.) in Islam. At the time of the Prophet (S.A.W.), whenever the slightest disrespect was shown to the Prophet (S.A.W.), the companions (Umar, the second Caliph, foremost among them) would become furious and say: "Oh the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.)! Let me cut his head off." And although the Prophet (S.A.W.) would refuse (as was his character), it shows how his lovers would never stand for any disrespect shown to him. - Regarding misuse of the blasphemy law by individuals to settle personal scores: if the accused is guilty then he or she deserves to be punished according to the law but if they are innocent and wrongly found guilty then the surely it is due to the flaws in the legal system and not in this specific law itself. - Finally, I am tired of the modernists who are ever ready to compromise the religion in order to appease the west. I agree, we are headed in the wrong direction. Let us turn away from modernisation and return to our fundamentals, for that is where the success of the Nation lies as it always has.
usman Jan 07, 2011 07:29pm
beautifully writen.
Abdullah Jan 07, 2011 02:55am
Sadly, it seems to me the literates in Pakistan are farthest from Islam and the illiterates closest to Islam. Total dependence for religious guidance on those who are qualified (i.e. the 'Mullahs') is the crux of the religion. Those who think they can derive their own conclusions by reading the Qur'an and Ahadith are very misguided.
Abdullah Jan 07, 2011 03:02am
Everyone has a right to opinion in its entirety. The problem is vocally voicing the opinion, which is unacceptable in many countries. For example, here in the UK inciting racial or religious hatred is not acceptable. There is no such thing as free speech.
Aneta Jan 07, 2011 03:06am
Sana, Thank you for speaking up. It saddens and scares me where we as human are headed. I hope we are not headed back to the Dark Ages.
Ayan Khan Jan 07, 2011 04:53am
If you follow "humanity, justice and equality" then you need not think about any simple as that..... no fight only you understand?this are the basic principles of life and every religion tells it(from the early age of human society) why to follow a specific religion? keep your basic principles of life straight and do not avoid them as philosophical questions.......
hansa Jan 07, 2011 04:54am
glorification for murdering on religious, race, colour etc basis is the reflection of the attitude of the society passing through a particular phase in their history. remember nasiz were glorified in Germany for destroying, burning Jews shops and businesses. so were Americans for treating blacks, south Africans for discriminating against the blacks and so on. eventually they all came out of that phase and probably felt bad about it. lets sincerely hope that people in pakistan are going through a particular phase in their lives and will eventually come out of it not feeling proud for what they did. because glorifying murder is not something to feel proud about.
Abhijit Jan 07, 2011 05:10am
Dear Sana, Nice article, I would like to add one point. In the current situation (Terrorist, Blasphemy law & Mr. Tasser's murder) it is necessary that the entire nation address following question. What stands first? a) Human Life b) Religion c) Pakistan as nation The answers may be differnt, however the future of Pakistan depends on it. Regards Abhijit
AB Jan 11, 2011 10:22pm
If Pakistan has to survive we will somehow have to defeat these religious extremists like Mumtaz Qadri, The image of Pakistan that is being portrayed by such fanatics. If we don't stand against such elements now it will be too late, today they are killing us in the name of blasphemy tomorrow even they will even explain the very system of democracy as un-islamic. The killing of Salman Taseer is the first of many if we don't choose to act to the occasion. We have to show the Mulla thier limits and boundaries. Mumtaz Qadri should be made into an example. But the thing is Mumtaz Qadri is not the only one to blame, Many TV anchors and Columnists are portraying him as a hero. They are the ones who set the fire ablaze, they were continuously criticizing Salman Taseer for a very long time, even before Asia Bibi's Case.
Anish Jan 07, 2011 06:14am
Shakeel...where have you a long time I have met a Pakistani friend who cuts the chase and calls a spade a spade. Even this article is very guarded and balanced approach to prove that she is a good muslim first. Let us acknowledge the fact that reform in Islamic societies is past due. You have to move out of the 6th century Mid eastern tribal mindset..choose what is good and rational and for your own sake dump what is not.
rz Jan 08, 2011 08:02pm
Your article is a feeble attempt to soften the blow on the image of the religion because of this senseless murder of a well-wisher of the country. Most of the points were well taken in the article but the sentence "Let us not talk of repeal and amendments...." revealed your true fundamentalist self. Why not talk about repeal? This law and Hudood laws were passed in 1980s by a dictator. These laws have to be condemned and repealed if Pakistan has to be saved from imploding. I recall how this country's people were progressives and forward looking just 20-30 years ago. Many were religious but no one imposed their brand of religion on others. What a sad state of affairs as far as religiosity is concerned!
dajura Jan 07, 2011 12:01am
where will all this end?. The voice of moderates are all but silenced, extremist actions and intolerance are being accepted and condoned in the name of patriotism and faith. pakistan is sleepwalking into the abyss..............
imran butt Jan 06, 2011 02:00pm
I like reading your blog and agree with its title as this murder can never be justified. However I cannot help feeling that you acted as an apologist for extremists when you invoke a Hadith in support of your view. I think you can never win an argument with an extremist on the interpretation of a religious text.
Manek Jan 06, 2011 02:01pm
What is very disturbing is that educated people like Lawyers, who know the law more than ordinary people are celebrating !!!! It is a shocking situation and shows how radicalised society has become. Pakistan greatest threat is from within, and I am not surprised when the western media potrays the country as the most dangerous place.
Kashan Chodhry Jan 06, 2011 12:03pm
Dear Sana, We all forget that the deceased was a notorious for his drinking and he was also one of the most corrupt leaders in Pakistan, we see this reaction from general public because he was not a good Muslim. keeping this in mind It is very easy to see why people are happy for his death. Thanks
Saleem Jan 07, 2011 06:08pm
for those who support the killer and are rejoicing should remember that if these fanatics remain unchecked, they will come to you too one day.
MAR Jan 06, 2011 01:39pm
Justice must be served swiftly
Nas Jan 06, 2011 01:36pm
setting up facebook pages in support of Qadri is something done by the internet users not them who listens to Mullah's inmasjids. Those who set up those pages should read this article to enlighten themselves.
Yusuf Jan 06, 2011 01:34pm
True! The issue needs to be addressed at its roots, but even ppl like Ghamidi have a very negligible effect on the mainstream Muslim thought.
MK Jan 08, 2011 06:45pm
It seems like both the Muslims and the rest of the world is equally confused about this beautiful religion of Islam. The main reason for this mess that we got ourselves in is our own ignorance about this religion. That is why the whole world is struggling, suffering and failing. If the whole world gets the true message and the truth, we all would prevail. We all were able to live in peace and harmony for centuries and this could happen again in the future. But if we chose to stay illetrate, who will suffer? I am afraid, we all will. I would assure you that this status quo will keep on continuing if we keep on shying away from the facts. Please try to get the knowledge so that this craziness could be stopped for good.
Goga Nalaik Jan 06, 2011 01:00pm
Dear Sana, Thanks for this very well documented article and I totally agree with you. This blasphemy law has to be modified. Please keep writing on this issue as much as you can and explain us that humanity cannot be disassociated from Islam. Unfortunately, 57 percent of Pakistani population is illiterate. These masses know nothing about what is mentioned in Quran and totally depend on Mullahs for religious guidance. This is the very reason why molvis are doing big business in our country. Goga Nalaik
Proud to be Hindu Jan 07, 2011 05:47pm
No body in this world nor any religion is above the human life, So it is not justifiabel to kill or discriminate a person for his life style, ideology, colour, relgion and sexual orientation.
Javed Jan 06, 2011 12:56pm
Khalid, I'm sorry but your comments make no sense as Islam only forbids unjust killing. If your argument is taken to its logical conclusion then capital punishment would not be permitted in Islam, yet we know that in some cases this is permitted. Also I don't see how this relates to the concept of akirah. Perhaps what you meant to say is that an individual should not take the law into their own hands and act in an arbitrary manner.
Aik Insaan Jan 06, 2011 12:43pm
I am afraid to tell you that it is not Dawn that majority of Pakistanis read and are influenced by. Instead it is the Masjids where many messed up pseudo Imams influence the hearts and minds of many Pakistanis, not all of them poor or uneducated. Even the more educated Pakistanis, some of them, are influenced by such leaders who misuse, misinterpret and misunderstand religion. I am sorry but change is not going to come through Dawn, a larger change that it. It will come when we start to influence those who are in the grip of no one but uneducated, irresponsible, unintelligent speakers in some Mosques. We have to replace them with a more educated body of Muslims. We need to win back our religion by studying it, removing the misconceptions and misunderstandings created about it, especially by and among Muslims.
Rehan Jan 06, 2011 12:41pm
I question: did you or any of these MULLAHS ever tried to lodge a FIR against Salman for the said insult he did? NO, because these MULLAHS and Like-minded do not know any thing but to Kill or be-Killed. I feel very disappointed to see that a bunch of MULLAHS have held the whole nation hostage. If these MULLAHS go to election, I am not sure even their family members will vote for them !!
Goga Nalaik Jan 06, 2011 12:40pm
Your religion also says that "forgiving is greater than taking revenge" You can also take a few examples from the life of our Holy prophet pbuh. Islam teaches us Peace and Humanity. Salman Taseer talked about the "Law" and not about our Prophet pbuh. The Law he talked about is not something devine, it is made by the people like you and me and therefore there is always a possibility to modify it as per the needs of our times. I hope sanity will prevail in this country. Goga Nalaik
Sara Jan 06, 2011 12:32pm
Thanks Sana! I really write your articles. I am sick of people who are justifying Taseer's murder in different ways. Murder is a murder. If anyone had a problem with Taseer why they didn't use the same blasphemy law against him? The murderer should be given an exemplary punishment. Nothing less.
Rehan Jan 06, 2011 12:35pm
Dear Mansoor, read the comment from Shiv Lahiri and think deeply if you have courage to dig deep into yourself. When Prophet Mohammad PBUH did not hurt that woman throwing garbage on him but instead helped her during her illness, who are we to kill in his name? Day by day, we are sinking into our wrong beliefs. But i predict that there will be a time (and we may not live long to see that happening) when people will confine these MULLAHS to their home and will not listen to them - just like what is happening in west to their churches. There is more in Islam than taking others lives. ALSO, the law you are advocating (295 c) - why did not you or any other MULLAH used it and tried to lodge a FIR against Salman Taseer. I pray that May ALLAH forgive Salman and Help his family go through this period.
Sandeep Jan 06, 2011 12:32pm
And legally butchering a human life for his/her opinion is justified. Then your article on humanity is just a sham.
Sandeep Jan 06, 2011 12:25pm
Sana - With all due respect, by justifying blasphemy law, do you also agree that right to opinion in its entirety is not allowed in your country.
Javeria Nauman Jan 06, 2011 12:04pm
Mansoor, The bottom line is no one has the right to a cold blooded murder. Life is Allah's blessing and the guard took the matter in his own hands. Bloodshed is not a solution. While, Mr. ST may have been wrong in his belief to support the female ( whether she was guilty or not ) but to kill ruthlessly, taking away a life Allah blessed us with, it was shocking. No one can stand our beloved Holy Prophets disrespect, neither can I. ST did not support her statement ( if given ) either. He was killed ruthlessly not because he committed Blasphemy but because he wanted to respect and save a life Allah blessed us with.
Kumar Jan 08, 2011 04:01pm
Dear F, I replied to the main post without looking at your reply. Basically, I posted that who to follow--the founder who shows mercy or the follower who wants to kill.
Jamil Jan 06, 2011 11:56am
well done Sana. you guys are couragous when you stand against these barbarians
Jamil Jan 06, 2011 11:54am
who says Shaheed Taseer commited blasphemy? what did he say against holy prophet? can you state that? His only crime was that he sympathised with a poor woman, he did not like to see her poor, shaken children orphans....thats what our holy prophet would have you think our holy prophet would like to see her 4 children orphans,,,my friend the only person who loved the orphans most in the history of mankind was Muhammad PBUH. Taseer died on chosing Muhammmad's path. May his soul rest in peace.
Riz Khan Jan 08, 2011 03:38pm
Mr. Mansoor very well said, ((He was killed ruthlessly not because he committed Blasphemy but because he wanted to respect and save a life Allah blessed us with))
Tahir Jan 06, 2011 11:39am
I am sure our most beloved Prophet (SAW) would not preferred that a nation gets itself so sentimental so as to indulge in acts of pity for him fourteen hundred years later and lose track of all other pressing issues like overcoming poverty and energy crisis. This is simply a man made idolized sentiments.
Maudood A. Bhatti Jan 06, 2011 11:50am
Very well said!
Khalid Jan 06, 2011 11:38am
There's no law, either man made or divine, which allows a human to kill another human. If that had been the case, the concept of hereafter would not have been there.
Akram Jan 06, 2011 12:01pm
The law is a poorly made law, it is being used by the illiterate masses to settle personal scores and by nature is therefore unjust. If it is unjust, it is automatically unIslamic as Islam stands for justice. The law needs amendment, it has to be changed to protect innocent people from having such mud flung at them. Islam also stands very much for the protection of minorities in Muslim lands, so you should not see this as liberals vs Islam as some Jahil Maulvis want to portray it. It is about whether this law is even remotely Islamic when it delivers such injustice.
Maudood A. Bhatti Jan 06, 2011 11:53am
I agree.
Ali Jan 06, 2011 11:31am
We all are humans first and then muslims for Allah's sake. What Qadri did is inhumane and barbaric and no where close to be glorified by any sane person. Who is he to take anyones life and pass a judgement on any other human. BTW what is his education? Was he a qualified mullah????? I guess the way things have hapenned Qadri will sure rot in his own hell eventually.
siva Jan 14, 2011 03:37am
I agree with anujrj. This is a typical article of a muslim fanatic trying to please all sides by sliding or masking the
sam Jan 06, 2011 11:26am
I read this piece of news and went numb for a while. How can someone do cold blooded murder and be at peace? Worse still, a sea of people from a cross section of the society hailing the murderer? I really respect Islam and its followers, but am afraid, the sane voices there are getting lost in the shouts of fanatics. My heart goes out to the minorities in your country (PEACE BE UPON YOUR COUNTRY), who will defend them anymore? I am a Christian and live in India, and i tell you, despite all the odds, I am proud to be an Indian and my first help often come from my Hindu and Muslim neighbors whenever I need one.
Anum Jan 06, 2011 11:23am
I m not sure as to how far u have been catching up with the news but that woman apologised for her act ... and granting forgiveness is NOT insulting islam... the main reason why court exist is to provide JUSTICE... and letting that woman go through the appeal system could very well be fair in all sense... but by praising the murderer the society has once again proven how intolerant we are. by this i dont mean i dont comdemn her act but there should be a proper system guideline that every institution should follow. You just dont kill a human and justify that on religious basis. our religion dont allow anyone to kill (unless its for self-defense) ..
Neil Jan 06, 2011 11:13am
Dear Sania, Like your sentiments.Very few people have proper understanding of real religion and scriptures. While there is one great science with same air, earth and water and one universe, there cannot be two God. One spiritual foundation is the basis of all religion. God cannot be arbitrarily dictated what to do and what not to do. One need moral life, love and patience, hundred percent liberal and compassionate heart and hate and bigotry free mind and heart to understand the words of great Prophet. The world has to understand that hate and fear are not the solution but non-violence and tolerance is the need of the time.great example has been set in history. Everything that separates is an illusion and leads to sufferings in the end and anything that unites is a holy. If there is one god and one science that explains everything, than people have to follow the natural order; nature is though seemingly separated in water, plants and animals and lands is so connected in order and reciprocates one another need. Education and tolerance is number one ideals we have to develop in the world now. It can easily be imagined God would have loved the peace, tolerance and acceptance and joy in our life. People don't even think what God or Prophet would have done in these circumstances. They just bring out their own personal agendas which is so much prejudiced by personal and and so many other identifications and associations. Very few people can understand Prophets and supreme God.When man has not been able to know God's nature, science and life's trillion mysteries, how can single person claim they are doing something for God who is all merciful, intelligent and powerful. When man doesn't know the mechanism of his own life and death, when he is going to die and how this world is working, to act it labeling for God is just pure personal agendas. Greatest religion in this world to love Lord and to love his creation and laws. If we can't contribute to his splendid creation, we can't harm it to in anyway. If people are so intelligent they forget how powerful and intelligent God would be. Love, tolerance and non-violence as God is doing and showing every time must be greatest religious practice in this world.
siva Jan 14, 2011 03:32am
Good thoughts Courage.
Rafeeq Jan 06, 2011 10:57am
Akshay, Although this is not the place to discuss philosophical questions but I am curious about what will be your answer to the question: "Why do you believe in humanity, justice and equality?". If you care to answer, I would recommend taking sometime to think over it Thanks,
siva Jan 14, 2011 03:29am
I agree with anujrj. This is a typical article of a muslim fanatic trying to please all sides by sliding or masking the "let us not repeal" sentence. None so blind as those who refuse to see.
Shiv Lahiri Jan 06, 2011 11:00am
I dont know much about Islam but know a story about a woman throwing garbage on the Prophet and abusing him and he went to see her when she was sick. So when the Prophet himself didnt kill for abusing him - who are you guys. Now think as a human, how widely can "Directly or Indirectly" be used against you. Didnt you hear about the case when a M.R. filed a case against a doctor for throwing a card on which his name "Mohammed" was written. I suppose you want him killed too because that is "indirectly" insulting the prophet. I saw a video on you tube in which a mullah advocates death sentence for well known Indian muslim preacher who refers to the Prophet by his name without adding S.A.W.etc. Would you agree to him ?
Ahsan Jan 06, 2011 11:00am
very well said. i appreciate your comments on this issue
Bharat Jan 08, 2011 12:05pm
I didn't realise that religion could propagate so much hate and killing
abdul Basit Jan 06, 2011 10:59am
Well done Sana! But in this country dominated by illiterate ,"so called" molwis who used innocent peolpe for their own " Halwa Manda ..your voice cannot be heard. I am afraid ,Kamran Khan , Hamid Mir or even Dr. Shahid Masood will "Dare" to talk like you... I wish main TV Anchors follow your footsteps,,,as unfortunately now a days people listen to them. Any way you have done your part...BRAVO!!!!
saswath Jan 11, 2011 10:17am
what do u say when other countries propagate same law for outsider muslims who are migrants & in minority their..then u ppl start shouting human rights abuse..don't you!
Dilip Patel Jan 06, 2011 10:46am
Good to read this article and views\comments. Sana, hats off to you for nice article. As long as there are people like you, Imran, there is hope in Pakistan. The fanatical madness of all kind has to end.
Salman Jan 06, 2011 10:42am
Salam Sana, I cant agree with you more. You spills out words which cant be contradicted. I endorse your views. Akshay: Islam is not just a religion. It is the way of life. Islam teaches us what humanity is, how justice should be done. Islam is peace, in which we all find pleasure :)
Sami Jan 06, 2011 10:41am
I want to point out few things. First, there is nothing in Quran about blasphemy, and secondly blasphemy laws were first passed by British when there was British Raj in India. In 1980s, same laws were taken by late Pakistani dictator, Zia, and made he them such they can be abused by anyone. Mere accusation is enough to face death penalty, and no proof is needed. Also, our holy Prophet (S.A.W) faced all kind of problems and abuses during his life, even to the point that he was physically attacked, yet he forgave his attackers, and prayed that may Allah show them right path. How can then people liker of the governor be doing any service to Islam? Simple fact is that he is murder, and one who condones his actions is equally guilty.
miss x Jan 06, 2011 10:41am
the people in general and molvis in particular who are supporting Qadri are the ones who don't even know the difference between martyred and murdered.SHAME!
Shakeel Jan 06, 2011 10:33am
"The solution to our problems does not lie in striking each others head off, or battling for or against the blasphemy law" I am really sorry to read this but the solution is definitely to remove the blasphemy law as a starter. Why should a business card bearing the name Muhammad (of any person) when thrown in a waste bin trigger a case of blasphemy? The nation is obsessed with nothing else but petty things. About time we changed ourselves and started to address other issues - how not to depend on foreign aid, an invention of technology that can eliminate power crisis etc.
Yousuf Hussain Jan 06, 2011 10:11am
Very well said. Nothing could justify for the murder. Taking law in his own hand is in itself a crime. Islam teaches us that patriotism is part of the faith.
Sana Jan 06, 2011 10:09am
I agree with you there and my opinion stems from humanity, but in a situation like this when religion is being used to justify an inhumane act, I feel compelled to speak out as a Muslim. Won't let them give us a bad name. Enough already.
saswath Jan 11, 2011 10:08am
i'm pretty sure all region is beautiful minus fanatics & illiterate imposers...and not only islam & muslims have license of a beautiful religion & most pure believers...I always found any religion most beautiful when its an individuals private affair, but when it comes to public with so many opinions and self praising nomads its becomes the ugliest..and that happens with your religion...and so happening with other religions...i must have to point its because of your own radical beliefs world is dividing very fast..and its only you guys how needs to be blamed.
Mansoor Jan 06, 2011 10:09am
dear sana... the woman was blasphemous.. the jirgah , 150 ppl the lower courts confirmed that she did that.. nd according to our law in Pakistan penal code section 295 c a person who directly or INDIRECTLY disgrade the name of Muhammad S.A.W is a blasphemous. why was he taking the woman out from jail was she was given death sentence???? the matter was in courts ????.. nd it is confirmed that she did that.. 150 ppl, the jirgah and the courts are liars and only mr. taseer was speaking truth, it means tht if the Asia bibi did not blaspheme then 150 muslims the jirgah ppl the courts were... as a muslim no 1 can bear this .. its our moral responsibility as being a muslim to condemn the act of mr. taseer.. wht is the comparison of mr taseer and respect of Muhammad S.A.W????? though v are very educated and moderate liberal muslims but v will not allow anybody to disrespect our Prophet or taking side ov a person who blaspheme
shafi Jan 06, 2011 10:02am
Sana, Unfortunately brainwashing of Pakistanis has been going on for many years. Illiterate as well as educated (like lawyers) had been fed the hatred of the West or western culture citing duplicity of the Western nations regarding the Muslim nations, despite the fact that they are glad to receive western aid and technology. These bigots send their children overseas for education, they are happy to go abroad for medical treatment but return to Pakistan with hatred for the West.
Haroon Jan 06, 2011 10:02am
Dear Sana The courts and politicians of our country itself is not following law, According to law asia should hang if the accused of blasphemy has proved against her but what happened people like salman taseer breaks the law and gave favor to him.He should left the case on court but he didn't do .According to law no one has right to kill students of Jamia hafsa but what our leader did without filing any case against them great leader order army to kill all of them. Same with the case bugti.
Chughtai Baig Jan 06, 2011 10:00am
Quote "The constant state of violence and the need to prove ourselves as pious Muslims and patriotic Pakistanis has engulfed our humanity" Unquote Well said!!!
Imran Haider Jan 06, 2011 10:00am
Very well said, Sana. Akshay, That's because these days it zeitgeist to question Islam whenever a Muslim is involved in any unfortunate incidence. Also, it is because us Muslims like to believe that another Muslim cannot commit such atrocities, since they are forbidden in our religious and divine text. And then we are awaken to the horrible reality that some Muslims really do commit such acts. The first and most common reaction to such awakenings is (unfortunately) denial. I hope we get over it soon.
Taimur Jan 06, 2011 09:59am
You views are much appreciated. This country need people like you. Muslims are in majority in Pakistan and most of them beleive that Muhammad ( peace be upon him ) was the last prophet of Allah. I cannot understand why they follow mullahs who are preaching that to even talk against the blasphemy law ( made by a dictator not a prophet ) is a blasphemy. The lives of the companions of Hazrat Muhammad SAW are in front of us and we all know they never committed an act of barbarism like Qadri did.
Karim Alam Jan 06, 2011 09:48am
Islam says "Murder of a Human is Murder of the Humanity"
obaid Feb 01, 2011 09:20pm
It appears that your remained oblivious to Pak-India History and Current Affairs.
Usama Mirza Jan 06, 2011 09:42am
Dear Sana, Nice write-up, but I hate to say that you have overlooked some facts about the murder, and before I write them here, I just want to clarify that I'm NOT in the favor of religious killings. In your article, you say "In his opinion and in the opinions of many others, Qadri is a hero because he had killed in the name of God. " Not true, he's a (supposedly) hero for a group of people because he killed a person that insulted the most honorable prophet of your's and my religion and according the book that we all follow, there should be a punishment declared for such act by the judiciary of that state (We all know what the punishment is). If the case had been taken to the judiciary and they were to pass a verdict in the light of Sharia, it would've been either to give a public apology, or 'hanged till death' in case he decides not to apologize. Since our judges were too busy doing nothing and no charges were pressed either (think of the possible outcome if you press charges against a governor in this govt), the law was abused and matters were taken into the hands. Someone who couldn't stand the insult decided to take the action, he himself became the judge of the situation and acted. The story is not what it seems like, someone claiming life in the name of religion. What we are missing out on is what are the basis on which an event like this has occurred and why they hell we have two different school of thoughts now to justify this murder. If there was a proper judiciary, the case would have been taken to them and everyone would have been happy, since its not up to someone to decide who should live and who shouldn't. Since we don't have such a system, we got a different, insanely inhumane result. And Sana, while I respect your views, Salman Taseer is not the only victim of this SYSTEM. He only got a taste of his own medicine (couldn't put it more politely) because after all, he WAS the governor and responsible for building and maintaining a welfare society, where justice isn't for upper class only. I hope I clarified my point.
Analytical Engine Jan 08, 2011 11:10am
Please read the comment I posted in Mr. NFP's blog.
Aamir Jan 06, 2011 09:37am
Theres a reason I loved reading your blogs. You are so good at expressing views of this section of society that is scared to speak up. God bless you
Sunjoy Feb 03, 2011 07:01pm
Very true. This is the only way most of the muslims would understand what is blasphemy and what is not.
just a thought Jan 06, 2011 01:28pm
And yet ppl support legal murder in the form of law.
Riz Khan Jan 07, 2011 07:14pm
Emmon Khan I 100% agree with you. Its seem that illiteracy, madness, intolerance and fanatics have captured our country by these people and on other hand the educated and sensible people have surrendered before this barbarism. If these silent majorities sit like that, a day will come when people will seek help from peaceful world.
Muhammad Jan 10, 2011 03:16pm
MK You are right Islam is beautifull religion but illiterate like Talibans, fanatic Mullahs and people like Mumtaz Qadri have brought a bad name to Islam they are blotch on the face of this religion of peace we all should study atleast basic teachings of Islam so that we could get rid of these barbarians
Muhammad Jan 10, 2011 12:57pm
Iqbal rightly said "Deen e Mullah Fassad fi sabil Allah" acting ruthlessly, barbarianly is no way a honour for our beloved Prophet (PBUH).
Muhammad Jan 10, 2011 12:16pm
Abdullah What do you mean by so-called Muslims? you should read your history and you will find there are many occasions where big names clearly differ with Prophet (PBUH) whether it was the occasion of Sulah-e-Hudabia or when Prophet (PBUH) was in his death bed and he asked for pen and paper
Muhammad Jan 10, 2011 12:20pm
All other readers mis-understood him and you are the only reader who can understand him why? because you both believe in tribal customs rather in Islamic tenents.
parvez Jan 25, 2011 07:32pm
Yes you are so very, very wrong. Suggest read Sana's blog again carefully. I wish you well.
Another muslim Feb 04, 2011 10:23am
Sana is right. We are looked as an uneducated mass of religious extremists or Pakistan as breeding ground of terrorism.