In the Name
of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Fatwa on Punishment of
Blasphemy based on Quraan
Irshad Mahmood – Director, Siraat-al-Mustaqeem Dawah Centre
Blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence to a deity, to religious or holy persons or sacred things, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable. No Muslim is a Muslim if
doesn’t feel pain/hurt due to Blasphemy of any of the
Prophets/Messengers of Allah including Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses),
Isa (Jesus), Dawood (David) and Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Them). Laws
of Makka al Mukarrama and Al Madina Al Monawara where disbelievers are
not allowed to visit or live cannot be applied to rest of the Islaamic
Countries. Similarly Laws of Islaamic Countries cannot be applied to
rest of the world. People are not allowed to take laws
their own hand. Violence is hurting Islaam very badly. It is becoming
extremely difficult to do Dawah in Non-Muslim countries after any
single violence by a single Muslim. A wise approach could be to reply
in the media, to participate in peaceful demonstrations, or take legal
actions seeking punishment or compensation and even boycott goods or
apply political pressure since it’s a matter of personal choice.
Freedom of Speech does
hurting the feelings of others and in this case 1.8 Billions of
around the world, so there must be checks and balances with tolerances
to co-exist in our Global Village. There is law for many things but
there is no law for hurting 1.8
Billions of Muslims feelings is unjust,
double standard and is not acceptable to Muslims. Is there any law for
hurting peoples feeling who are living in minority. Positive dialogues
must be established including live on Media (e.g. TV) where people can
ask direct questions from scholars.
Bullying can hurt
someone so severely
that one might commit suicide or kill others. In Ontario, Canada, there
is law known as Bill-14,
for Anti-Bullying Act in school, and the
principal may suspend or expel any student found guilty of bullying a
student. Now the world is joining together in a Global Village and is
learning to live together. Everybody must have right to live peacefully
without being hurt including by bullying. It
is extremely necessary to pass a strict International Law to prevent
this from happening again and hurting People’s feelings of any faith. Pope Francis on free speech: ‘You cannot insult the faith of others’, Josephine McKenna | January 15, 2015.
Muslims are strongly
organized true peaceful rally, writing articles and presenting to
Religious & Political Leaders, Countries National Assemblies
United Nations for such issues of Blasphemy of any of the
Prophets/Messengers of Allah including Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses),
Isa (Jesus), Dawood (David) and Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Them).
actions in Muslim
Countries are hurting Islaam badly due to un-Islaamic behavior, since
they are not taking guidance from the Quraan. Forget about blasphemy
against Allah, his Prophets (Peace-Be-Upon-Them) and Sahaba
(Raḍiyul-Laahu-Anhu), even if someone says anything about Religious
Scholars (Faqui, Peer, Molvi or Mufti etc.), we are just so ready to
KILL, KILL and KILL again and destroy our own economy with our own
hands and put Billions of Dollars of losses in just few hours, which
might have taken ages to established. This could be Shaitaan’s
another Trap to destroy Muslims economy. True Muslim’s actions must be to
build this world heavenly likely instead of destroying it.
Forgiveness is the key to start with, and keeping in mind we are living
in one global village and we need to apply wisdom to prove that Islaam
is truly a Peaceful Religion/Deen.
unjust including bribing, cheating, unjust favoring, looting, steeling,
robbing, killing or punishing innocents instead of actual criminals
etc. are clearly declared as disbelievers in the Quraan, (Ref:
Al_Quraan_005_044, 045, 047).
Blasphemy and these
types of slogans
are not new and many times, Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) was
subjected to verbal and physical humiliation. He (Peace-Be-Upon-Him)
was narrowly escaped assassination by migrating to Medina along with
Hazrat Abu Bakar (Raḍiyul-Laahu-Anhu). He was accused of FORGERY, (Ref:
Al_Quraan_021.005), and MAD/CRAZY/POSSESSED, (Ref: Al_Quraan_068.002).
His personal reaction, as also the reaction of all his devoted
Companions (Raḍiyul-Laahu-Anhu), while both in and out of power, was
impeccable adherence to the Quraanic teachings.
for Physical Abuse/Crime in the Quraan:
The Quraan sets strict limits on punishment for any and every physical
abuse/crime, i.e. tit for tat, e.g., eye for eye, teeth for teeth and
wounds for similar wounds as its maximum punishment, while recommends
to forgive to set a role model for others, (Ref: Al_Quraan_002.178,
004.092-093, 005.032, 005.045, 062.040, 028.054). The
ministers and lawyers must have clear knowledge of the Quraanic
directives on crime and its punishment.
And if you punished, let
punishment be proportionate to the wrong that has been done to you; but
if you show patience, that is indeed the best course,
Muslims are urged to be very patients in the Quraan in every matters
including Blasphemy, however Allah has given very limited authority to
Islaamic Government to established peace in Muslims Countries as last
option in a balanced way, (Ref: Al_Quraan_018.028, 004.059, 004.140,
005:033, 005.57, 006.068, 018.106, 033.60-62, 045.33).
there are very strict laws in the Bible in Book of Leviticus 24:16 and
also in Hindus Holy Book Manusmriti 9:248
for Blasphemy as well. True
peaceful rally in front of Parliament/Secretariat Buildings, Courts and
Palaces etc. is necessary during the weekends, which do not hurt
Peoples economy. True Islaamic Government must fines those doing these
types of verbal abuses/crimes, in addition to put them into jail for
limited time and teach them all the Quraanic (True Book of Guidance)
Messages in their language during this jail time regardless of
diplomats or high officials, (Ref:
Al_Quraan_009.006). Anyone entering
into Muslims Country must be taught a Brief Quraanic Messages before
issuing them visas including Diplomats and High Officials.
Be patient with what
celebrate (constantly) the praises of thy Lord and leave them with
noble (dignity), (Ref:
Al_Quran_020.130, 050:039, 073.010).
Why Blame Others:
Pointing fingers is actually pointing three fingers on you.
Mischiefs/Oppressions could also be done by those religious scholars
who exploit Muslims to come on the street violently by taking the laws
in their own hands, since they do not understand the wisdom of the
Quraan. It is duty on
Muslims Men and women to at least read few verses from the Quraan with
translation DAILY and if they need more explanation on those verses
then consult Religious Scholars, not just one but must have second,
third and fourth opinions, including from other sects,
for your critical and complex treatments, many times you need to
consult more doctors for second, third and fourth opinions, if you are
needed by Muslim Scholars/Ulemaas and Muslims Countries:
Muslims Countries are urged to immediately arranged special task force
to consolidate all Hadeeth books into one Authentic, Approved and
Issued by Saudi Arabia and remove all un-authentic hadeeth which
contradict the Quraan. Also they need to re-define/re-write Sharia Law
in the light of the Quraan. Otherwise more and more sever nature of
Blasphemy may arise for which Allah may punish those Muslims, Muslim
Scholars/Ulemaas and Muslims Countries who do not participate or
support to clean up all the mess which contradict the Quraan. Remember
Age of Ayesha (RA) was 18+Plus,
as according to the teaching of the
Quraan age of puberty is necessary and if you re-check the Islaamic
History and re-calculate it. Ayesha (RA) was born in Makka al Mukarrama
and later migrated to Al Madina Al Monawara. Also Prophet Muhammad
(Peace-Be-Upon-Him) never had another wife/wives during the life of his
first loving wife Khadija.
What about those
criminals because of
whom Islaam goes on trial? What if Allah will put them into the
Category of Blasphemy, since disbelievers pointing fingers on the
Quraan, Islaam, or Prophets because of their wrong actions or sayings
etc.? Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) was walking Quraan and every
Muslims must reflect on the Directive of the Quraan (true book of
guidance). Be careful on what you say, or what you do, and what you
preach, since it may matters in front of Allah.
Muslims highly appreciate this Great Statement by Pope Francis on free
speech on January 15, 2015, ‘You cannot insult the
faith of others’.
Freedom of Speech does not mean hurting the feelings of others and NO
one should be allowed on bullying or insulting others including others
must be an International Laws to punish those who insult others faiths
which ignites Global Terrorism.
First Victims of Global Terrorism, Fanaticism, Fundamentalism,
Intolerance, Discrimination and Racism. When others are
victims, you hear on the main stream media round the clock 7 days a
week, but when Muslims are victims they are hardly presented on the
main stream media. When around 40
million Muslims were victims on false accusation of Weapons of Mass
Destruction, main stream media hardly covered them except for only few
times instead of 400
years, which is totally unjust with Muslim Community and it has become
breeding grounds for Criminal Minds. No one is there to wipe off tears
million Muslims and help them re-build. For few centuries Muslims
are being Holocaust, Genocide, Massacre & Ethnic Cleanse till
the beginning of 21st century and no one know
how long will it continue against them.
And withhold yourself with those
call on their Lord morning and evening desiring His goodwill, and let
not your eyes pass from them (always
yes sir, till they follow the Quraan and Really Authentic Sunnah),
desiring the beauties of this world's life; and do not follow him whose
heart We have made unmindful to Our remembrance, and he follows his low
desires and his case is one in which due bounds are exceeded,
Muslim is a Muslim if one takes laws in his/her own hand and unjustly
kill or hurt anyone including for Blasphemy. He/she don’t deserve to be
called as Muslim rather a Hypocrite, (Ref: Al_Quraan_005.044-047).
If Quraan cannot convince you
None argue concerning the revelations (Ayaat) of Allah BUT those who
Disbelieve ..., (Al_Quraan_040.004).
The command is for none
but Allah, (Al_Quraan_018:026).
Hypocrites read the Quraan but practice something else.
Al-Quraan, the Miracle of Miracles and free from contradictions and