Thursday, January 13, 2011

Friday Feature (a day early)- Murderers and Blasphemy

Asalamu Alaikum,

Bismillah Ar-Rahman ir Rahim


I did not want to write this post. It is a controversial topic and in real life I abhor confrontation, but I cannot stop thinking about it. I decided to make istikhara and so here we are, InshAllah after I get all my thoughts out I can have a little peace of mind.

The murder of Salman Taseer disgusts me, and the praise showered on his killer makes me ashamed for our Ummah. Malik Mumtaz Qadri is a murderer, and yet he was showered with rose petals.
I was reading a couple of hadith this morning-

Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet(SAWS) said, "The signs of a hypocrite are three:
1. Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie.
2. Whenever he promises, he always breaks it (his promise ).
3. If you trust him, he proves to be dishonest. (If you keep something as a trust with him, he will not return it.)"

Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr:
The Prophet(SAWS) said, "Whoever has the following four (characteristics) will be a pure hypocrite and whoever has one of the following four characteristics will have one characteristic of hypocrisy unless and until he gives it up.
1. Whenever he is entrusted, he betrays.
2. Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie.
3. Whenever he makes a covenant, he proves treacherous.
4. Whenever he quarrels, he behaves in a very imprudent, evil and insulting manner."
(reference here)

Malik Qadri was given a trust, he was responsible for protecting Salman Taseer and instead of following his responsibility he betrayed the trust. He murdered a man that had not broken any laws, had not blasphemed in anyway. Salman Taseer criticized the laws of Pakistan, he did not insult the Prophet(saws), does he not have the right to speak up against what he sees as wrong?

There is a hadith that says-
It is narrated on the authority of Tariq b. Shihab: It was Marwan who initiated (the practice) of delivering khutbah (address) before the prayer on the 'Id day. A man stood up and said: Prayer should precede khutbah. He (Marwan) remarked, This (practice) has been done away with. Upon this Abu Sa'id remarked: This man has performed (his duty) laid on him. I heard the Messenger of Allah as saying: He who amongst you sees something abominable should modify it with the help of his hand; and if he has not strength enough to do it, then he should do it with his tongue, and if he has not strength enough to do it, (even) then he should (abhor it) from his heart, and that is the least of faith.(bolding mine)
reference here

Was this not what Salman Taseer was doing? He saw an injustice and was trying to stop it.

The more I read of Asia Bibi the more I think that the charges against her are indeed false, or at the very most she was provoked to the point where she would utter a blasphemy. If she was provoked shouldn't the women who were tormenting her and ridiculing her for being Christian also be punished? They refused to drink water after she had drunk from the communal bucket, saying it was "unclean".

Part of Pakistan's Criminal Code states-
"§ 298 states: Whoever, with the deliberate intention of wounding the religious feelings of any person, utters any word or makes any sound in the hearing of that person or makes any gesture in the sight of that person or places any object in the sight of that person, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both. "
(reference here)

This does not seem to apply to just Islam, but to any religion. Anyone who deliberately insults/defames another persons religion can be punished. So where is the punishment of those who provoked Asia Bibi?

Usama b. Zaid reported: While we were with the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him), one of his daughters sent to him (the Messenger) to call him and inform him that her child or her son was dying. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) told the messenger to go back and tell her that what Allah had taken belonged to Him, and to him belonged what He granted; and He has an appointed time for everything. So you (the messenger) order her to show endurance and seek reward from Allah. The messenger came back and said: She adjures him to come to her. He got up to go accompanied by Sa'd b. 'Ubada, Mu'adh b. Jabal, and I also went along with them. The child was lifted to him and his soul was feeling as restless as if it was in an old (waterskin). His (Prophet's) eyes welled up with tears. Sa'd said: What is this, Messenger of Allah? He replied: This is compassion which Allah has placed in the hearts of His servants, and Allah shows compassion only to those of His servants who are compassionate.(bolding mine)
(reference)

Where is our compassion? How can we expect mercy from Allah(swt) when we show no mercy to others?

17 comments:

Adventurous Ammena said...

such a shame... we have been talking about this lately.. did you see the article about the hajji and his son who have been give life sentences for blasphemy as well?? :(

ReeBz said...

Before i comment further, i would like to know what your views about Ahmedis or Lahori gp.

Regards

Aishah said...

Salams Reebz-

49:11- O ye who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others: It may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): Nor let some women laugh at others: It may be that the (latter are better than the (former): Nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames: Ill-seeming is a name connoting wickedness, (to be used of one) after he has believed: And those who do not desist are (indeed) doing wrong.

I have no opinion/judgment on Ahmedis, I'll leave that with my Rabb, as he knows better than I what is in a person's heart.

Thinking said...

Dear Aishah....

The hipocrates is the very small word for such people...

But in both ways even if we condemn Qadri or Mr Taseer...there is a loose/loose dialogue...

Both of them were Muslims and faithful to their religion(as per their understanding)and both were trying to make effort to bring some change...

I just wondered that if other guards have taken the safety measures as they shoud be doing...

The Qadri must be shot at the incidend....

So in both the ways...we have one MUSLIM's live at stake...

I am not in favour of Qadri...though to some extent happy to read Mr Taseer's words about the Blasphemy Laws..

Only...the way he called it BLIND JUSTICE....was not humble...

But it's not a crime to think aloud...and I respect Mr Taseer's courageous step...

However...this is the time to clearly have our faith revised and seek for advise from our MAKER.

May Allah help us all. Ameen.

A very good article !hmmm

ReeBz said...

But those who openly apostates, will you still recite same ayah for them?Strange how people quote ayas and ahadees totally at different and opposite occasions.

No comments.

Take care :)
regards.

Aishah said...

@Reebz,
No matter what the Ahmedis believe, and no matter what Salman Taseer said about the constitution of Pakistan regarding them, he himself was not an apostate. He did not deserve to die. You may think he did, that he got what was coming to him for not being careful enough in his words, but I refuse to believe that.

Allah(swt) sent the Prophet(saws) as a mercy for all mankind, two of Allah's(swt) most often used names are Ar Rahman and Ar Rahim, both showing different qualities of his mercy.

Why is there so little mercy in the hearts of so many here?

You seem to see only in black and white, with no room for gray but that is not how the world is.

Salam, Reebz

Aishah said...

Salams Thinking,
"May Allah help us all. Ameen."

-Ameen

I have read in several articles that Qadri told several of his fellows what he planned before the incident, and they did not stop him.

If anyone of those men had stood up and stopped this from happening, arrested him before he did it then it would have saved the lives of both men, Taseer and Qadri. Instead we have one man dead and another who will likely be executed, it is really a very tragic situation.

ReeBz said...

I didnot support assassination of Salman Taseer even once.Neither i supported Qadri.You must avoid jumping on others without knowing their POV properly :)

I just refrained myself to comment here after listening your views about Ahmedis,and i think its my right.

Aishah said...

I never said that you support his assassination, only that maybe you think he got what was coming to him based on one of your recent blog posts(not being a PM it is not considered bad form to post this here)-

"One should remember that Salman Taseer has reaped what he sowed.We all know what type of life he was passing.Everyone can google conflicted pictures of Salman Taseer and his family.He was a shame for every Muslim.A person who claims Blasphemy Law a black law has now been sent to his destination."(bolding mine)

The first part certainly says that you believe he got what he deserved. You should be more careful with your words, as only Allah(swt) knows our final destinations, it is entirely possible that Salman Taseer will have a higher station in Jannah than any of us do.

You are entirely within your rights to refrain from comment, in America, in a situation such as this we call it "biting your tongue", it is a phrase I use a lot.

ReeBz said...

Seems you read things of your choice at blog.I did say so,but i in bold also inculded a disclaimer. I also made it clear that Qadri shouldnot have done so.
If you are leaving everything on Allah,then let it be. you should also not share your opinions about Asya or Salman.You should not try to speak in favor of Asya,let Allah decide it.

ReeBz said...

If Allah had to run this world like this then Allah wouldn't gave the concept of punishments.
If I do a crime I have to bear its punishment in this world too,and then Allah will judge me at dooms day.Yes,HE is kind,may be he will forgive me,may be not.He is a king.

Aishah said...

Reebz,
I had read the disclaimer after you edited your post, but that does not change the fact that while you do not support Qadri, you still think that Salman Taseer "reaped what he sowed". That phrase means "he got what was coming to him", if that is not what you meant then perhaps you should be more careful with your words as I have said before

I believe that the case of Asia is very different than that of Qadri.
The witnesses in the Asia case were already against her because of a dispute about some property/damage, and then insulted her/her religion to begin with(which would be wrong in the first place as Christians are "people of the book" and Isa is our Prophet as well), How can we trust the testimony of such witnesses?

On the other hand Qadri committed a premeditated murder, in cold-blood, in front many witnesses.

There is a difference between a murderer and a blasphemer.
The punishment for murder is spelled out very clearly in the Qur'an, but regarding blasphemy it only talks of a punishment in the hereafter, have you read a specific ayat that spells out the earthly punishment for blasphemy?

I feel like we have had this same conversation before and it will not be very fruitful to continue.

Salam

luckyfatima said...

Excellent post, Aishah.

ReeBz said...

I will only say one thing more, that In quran there is a clear cut decision about blasphemers too, its a different thing if you naouzubillah consider them wrong and donot feel like believing on those ayas.For your kind information if you doubt my abilities of understanding Quran and you think that I m not eligible to quote ayas at right places then you must check the column of Ansar Abbasi of last sunday 9 january.Ask ur husband to read it for you.

HE QUOTED EXACTLY THE SAME AYAS,SAME SCHOLAR,SAME TAFSEER with few more ayas.It has been published in the most circulated newspaper of the country so they cant afford any wrong document.

Secondly,even in provoking crime is a crime.If a person commits a crime,he she is in no way free from the grip of law and punishment.Lets take a case, two people( let it be friends,brothers or anyone)starts fighting,and one of them ended up in killing the other.Ofcourse the one who survived will say that the deceased provoked me so i had this only option left.Do you think he should be freed?NO!

Thirdly,Asiya too also spoke derogatory comments about Prophet S.A.W infront all.She even in court repeated the same crime.You cant put all on the witnesses my dear.She herself became the witness for court by repeating the same act in court.

I will again say yes Salman Taseer has reaped what he sowed,but it doesn't mean that i SUPPORT his assassination.

strange,how much a soft heart you have for a blasphemer,that for saving her,you don't believe any aya,any hadees,any scholar or any well known writer referring Ansar Abbasi.

If Asia is innocent she should get justice,but she is NOT innocent.The court has given verdict.We ought to believe our courts.

If we donot believe courts,scholars,writers,ahadees,Quranic verses but just our heart,then there is no need of such conversations.Go on!

Aishah said...

@Reebz,
Firstly, all of your last three comments- blogger sorted them into my spam folder because they were exactly the same. I am hoping this was just a computer glitch when you were posting, so I am only going to post the last one, I hope you don't mind.

Secondly, regarding the ayat(and the story about the Prophet(saws) killing someone with his own hands), if a second scholar is quoting the same ayat, same tafseer as the first scholar that you posted about then you still have not proven your point, as per our previous conversations, the tafseer did not give any reference to which book of hadith the story can be found in. How do we know it is authentic? If this new scholar has given the appropriate references to one of the six authentic books of hadith then please give me the reference number so that I may look it up. I do accept the other hadith as valid but in all case there was a primary reason for the person to be killed namely-Apostasy. Anyone can blaspheme, but only Muslims can apostate from Islam, apostasy would be the worse crime.

Thirdly, if she had been provoked than the women who provoked her should also fall under the blasphemy laws in the section regarding "outraging religious feeling", which does not apply only to Muslim feelings. As I said in the original post if this is the case where is their punishment? I have not read a single article that says that Asia said blasphemy in a courtroom, can you give me a source for that also?

Please see part two-

Aishah said...

This is not my heart working for Asia, but my mind, how many people in Pakistan use the blasphemy laws against others for personal slights, who are later killed while waiting for their trial, or after they had been acquitted because someone did not believe they were truly innocent.

It is better to err on the side of mercy when the only evidence is hearsay, and the witnesses already biased.
Please read this wiki on blasphemy laws in Pakistan, paying particular attention to the "selected Cases" section. How many of those charge with blasphemy in Pakistan were Christians or other minorities? About 50 percent- and they make up only three percent of the total population. Among those charged how many were found innocent, and then later killed by vigilantes who did not believe the court ruling? Of the ones found innocent in how many cases was it found that the person who accused them in the first place did so for personal reasons and not because of actual blasphemy?

The system in place in Pakistan is not justice, if even the innocent will die.

So if you can- where is the proof that Asia repeatedly said a blasphemy in court? Do they have video, or non biased witnesses, has the judge/lawyers made statements about it? And when the mob in her village went and ransacked a church and tore up bibles, where is the punishment? These things are also against the blasphemy laws, why are they not being punished along with Asia?

I would ask Tariq about the newspaper, but he already is rather upset about the stress this whole topic is giving me, as this post was not supposed to incite debate but simply let me get all thoughts on the subject out of my head so that I can have peace on it.

Salam

Thinking said...

hmm...actually...some people don't want to understand what me or any other sensible person wanted to tell them..

Its not that we are not in the favour of Blasphemy Law...its only...

We know that in Pakistan it is not equally checked as the law should be...

I still believe what I tried to clear in my blog that there are no incident in Quran Shareef which says that God Forbid...Muhammad(pbuh) killed someone just to punish him for his making fun of our Prophet(pbuh).

Allah has taken the responsiblity...that HE punished the people...not Muhammad(pbuh).

And I will keep my faith on it.

For Asia Bibi...I believed that she is innocent and we have full power to free her...and we used the Blasphemy Laws to take our revenge from her...

About the amendments in Blasphemy law...is not very unusall thing...

We had law that for eye is an eye...and for stealing we should cut the hand...so how many in our country are without hand...??

I believed it is because there are certain amendments in our law...since the birth of Pakistan...so why not amendments in Blasphemy Law...so that our Minorities could have breath of relief.

Some people are using Quranic Ayats to make their point clear...but they don't have any knowledge at all about them...

I think...its useless to have any discussion with them...because they don't want discussion...they just want to over power you by their so called higher knowledge and oh so understanding of Islam.

hmm...Dear Aisha...