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Monday, January 10, 2011

Blasphemy in Islam

In keeping with my habit of exposing & skewering liars, I quote the first paragraph of  Blasphemy and the Islamic way…..  from Islamic Blog.

"Due to some recent events in Pakistan, the issue of blasphemy is again in the news. It is generally held that Islam prescribes capital punishment for those who commit blasphemy; that is, using abusive language against the Prophet of Islam. But this is quite untrue. According to Islam, blasphemy is simply a misuse of freedom and not a cognisable offence; the blasphemer is not liable to incur legal punishment. This kind of law has no basis in Islamic scriptures. If someone uses abusive language against the Prophet, Muslims must take it as a case of misunderstanding, and then try to remove this misunderstanding. They are required to do so by engaging in discussion or by providing the blasphemer with Islamic literature that gives the true image of the Prophet of Islam."


cognisable offence

    This strange expression is used in the law of India & Pakistan, I presume that it originated in the colonial period.  It refers to a violation of law which the police can recognize, take notice of;  arrest & charge the perpetrator for.

blasphemy: capital offense?

    The author says that it is not; what does Shari'ah say?  Let us turn first to Reliance of the Traveller, Book o.


o8.1 When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed.

o8.2 In such a case, it is obligatory for the caliph (A: or his representive) to ask him to repent and return to Islam. If he does, it is accepted from him, but if he refuses, he is immediately killed.

What treatment does an apostate deserve? What treatment does he receive if he does not recant?


o8.7: Acts that Entail Leaving Islam

-4- to revile Allah or His messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace); 


-16- to revile the religion of Islam;

    If a Muslim reviles Allah, Moe or Islam, he is an apostate and must be ______. Can you fill in the blank?  Does Islam prescribe capital punishment for blasphemers?

scriptural basis  

4:89. They wish that you reject Faith, as they have rejected (Faith), and thus that you all become equal (like one another). So take not Auliyâ' (protectors or friends) from them, till they emigrate in the Way of Allâh (to Muhammad ). But if they turn back (from Islâm), take (hold) of them and kill them wherever you find them, and take neither Auliyâ' (protectors or friends) nor helpers from them.   


exemplary basis

Sahih Bukhari  Volume 5, Book 59, Number 369:

Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah:

Allah's Apostle said, "Who is willing to kill Ka'b bin Al-Ashraf who has hurt Allah and His Apostle?" Thereupon Muhammad bin Maslama got up saying, "O Allah's Apostle! Would you like that I kill him?" The Prophet said, "Yes," Muhammad bin Maslama said, "Then allow me to say a (false) thing (i.e. to deceive Kab). "The Prophet said, "You may say it."[...]

Sahih Bukhari  Volume 3, Book 48, Number 829:

[...] Allah's Apostle said, 'Who will support me to punish that person ('Abdullah bin Ubai bin Salul) who has hurt me by slandering the reputation of my family? By Allah, I know nothing about my family but good, and they have accused a person about whom I know nothing except good, and he never entered my house except in my company.' 

Sad bin Mu'adh got up and said, 'O Allah's Apostle! by Allah, I will relieve you from him. If that man is from the tribe of the Aus, then we will chop his head off, and if he is from our brothers, the Khazraj, then order us, and we will fulfill your order.'[...]

Malik's Muwatta Book 36, Number 36.18.15

Yahya related to me from Malik from Zayd ibn Aslam that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "If someone changes his deen - strike his neck!"

The meaning of the statement of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, in our opinion and Allah knows best, is that "if someone changes his deen, strike his neck!" refers to those who leave Islam for other than it - like the heretics and their like, about whom it is known. They are killed without being called to tawba because their tawba is not recognised. They were hiding their kufr and publishing their Islam, so I do not think that one calls such people to tawba, and one does not accept their word. As for the one who goes out of Islam to something else and divulges it, one calls him to tawba. If he does not turn in tawba, he is killed. [...]

    At the end of the article, I found attribution  to the Times of India. The source us under the byline of a noted Islamic scholar[1]" .   An 86 year old scholar who has written ten books should know his subject, but what he wrote in the article quoted above is not congruent with authentic source texts.

    Fake it 'till you make it does not work when authentic source texts can be referenced. Islam can not be reformed without eliminating the Qur'an & hadith, without which it would cease to be Islam.

1 comment:

Uncle Vladdi said...

Those who offend
Islam may be assassinated, since Mohammed had several artists assassi-
nated. Salman Rushdie has lived under a death threat for writing a novel,
*The Satanic Verses.* There were world wide riots and killings when the
Danish Mohammed cartoons were published. Theo Van Gogh and Pim
Fortun, two artists, were assassinated in Europe for "blasphemy" against

Mohammed repeatedly killed artists and intellectuals such as Kab, a
poet, who wrote a poem criticizing Islam. Notice the use of deceit.

[Bukhari 5,59,369] Allah's Apostle said, "Who is willing to kill
Kab who has hurt Allah and His Apostle?"
Thereupon Maslama got up saying, "O Allah's Apostle! Would
you like that I kill him?"


The Prophet said, Yes.
Maslama said, "Then allow me to say a false thing to deceive
The Prohet said "You may say it."
Then Maslama went to Kab and said, "Mohammed demands
money from us and I need to borrow money."
On that, Kab said, "By Allah, you will get tired of him!"
Maslama said, "Now as we have followed him, we do not want
to leave him. Now we want you to lend us a camel load of food."
Kab said, "Yes, I will lend you the food, but you should mort-
gage something to me."
They mortgaged their arms to him and promised to return
that night. So Maslama returned with two men and said to them,
"When Kab comes, I will touch his hair and smell it and, when
you see that I have got hold of his head, kill him."
Kab came down to them wrapped in his clothes and smelling
of perfume.
Maslama said, "I have never smelt a better scent than this.
Will you allow me to smell your head?"
Kab said, "Yes."
When Maslama got a strong hold of him, he said to his com-
panion, "Get at him!"
So they killed him and went to the Prophet and informed him.
Abu Raft was killed after Kab Bin Al-Ashraf.

Ishaq819 Mohammed had told his commanders only to kill those who
resisted; otherwise they were not to bother anyone except for those who
had spoken against Mohammed. He then issued death warrants for all of
those in Mecca who had resisted Islam. The list of those to be killed was:

. One of Mohammed's secretaries. He had said that Mohammed
sometimes let him insert better speech when he was recording
Mohammed's Koranic revelations, and this caused the secretary
to lose faith.

. Two girls who had sung satires against Mohammed.

. A Muslim tax collector who had become an apostate (left Islam).

. A man who had insulted Mohammed.

. All artists and political figures who had opposed him.

The United Nations - a secular body created to prevent wars - has recently taken it upon itself to enforce a global theocracy by supporting anti-blasphemy laws.

Apart from the obvious stupidity of trying to enforce laws limiting the discussion of others' claims that there subjective superstitions are in fact the objective truth, all similar attempts to make hate a crime only make it illegal to hate crimes (like islam)!