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Blasphemy laws of Pakistan: Indian clerics are no less extremist and obscurantist – Part 2
سلطان شاہین ، ایڈیٹر ، نیو ایج اسلام ڈاٹ کام

In the second part of his article Maulana Nadeemul Wajidi expresses his horror at the fact that the assassinated Governor of Pakistani Punjab Salman Taseer “felt sympathy for a Christian woman who committed blasphemy against the Prophet (PBUH) and even went to jail to meet her.” Of course, the Maulana has no use for any evidence against the lady who has simply been accused of some sort of blasphemy – exactly what blasphemy Asia Bibi committed no one knows as no one can ask the accuser, her sister-in-law with whom she had had a family quarrel earlier, to repeat the blasphemous statement.

Maulana’s advice and chilling warning to imaginary blasphemers against whom there may not be a shred of evidence that can stand in a civilised court of law: “People who have made it a habit to commit blasphemy against the Prophet (PBUH) should take a lesson from this incident. I will reiterate my stand that Muslims can tolerate anything but insult to the Prophet (PBUH). If the law does not punish such culprits, Muslims will be compelled to punish them themselves. There have been a number of incidents in the past when the law did not do its job, the Muslims came forward and made the guilty realise that their crime was unpardonable.” I wonder if such threats attract any laws of the land.

But the Maulana is ecstatic that “today, Salman Taseer has come down to zero and is lying underground while his assassin Mumtaz Qadri is ruling the hearts of millions of Muslims. The proceedings of the case have been started in the Islamabad court. Three hundred advocates have offered to fight the case without any fee. The court may adjudicate against Mumtaz Qadri and pronounce death sentence against him but nobody can stop him from attaining martyrdom. Saluting the courage of Ghazi Aleemuddin, Allama Iqbal had said that he wished that he had done it. Today every aalim, rather ever Muslim of Pakistan has the same feeling.”

In a tone of competitive extremism, as the “honour” of killing Salman Taseer has gone to the Barelvi sect, which was supposed to be more inclusive, tolerant and broadminded, the Maulana says: “The ulema of Deoband too declare the blasphemer deserving to be killed. Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi says: ”Committing blasphemy against prophets is infidelity (kufr)” (Imdadul fatawa 393/5). Hadhrat Allama Syed Anwar Shah Kashmiri says: “Muslims have unanimity on the view that he who abuses Allah or the Prophet (PBUH) is a Kafir” (Akfarul mulhideen p 119). Hadhrat Maulana Kifayatullah Dehlvi’s fatwa is:” The person showing disrespect to the Prophet (PBUH) or Hadhrat Aysha (R.A.) is a blasphemer and the one not angry with the blasphemer is a Kafir.”(Kifayatul mufti 31/1).The principal mufti of Pakistan Maulana Mufti Mohammad Shafi Usmani says: “The open pronouncement of the Islamic Sharia is that the punishment for apostasy is death.”

The Maulana goes on to pronounce his considered fatwa of death to the alleged blasphemer who can virtually be any one: “The ulema agree on the fact that those committing blasphemy against the Prophet (PBUH) deserve the most severe punishment. The verses of the Quran, the hadiths and numerous incidents in the Islamic history prove that the blasphemer cannot be left alive. It is not an issue of mere emotions but of beliefs. In his book Al Sarim al mas-ool fi hukm-e-Shatimir Rasool, Imam Ibn Taimiyya has compiled all the logical and theoretical arguments in this regard. Even when Salman Rushdie had written a book committing blasphemy and a fatwa ordering his murder was issued against him the question was issued why Muslims consider blasphemers against the Prophet (PBUH) deserving to be killed. On that occasion a book titled ‘Sanctity of the Prophet (PBUB) and the punishment for blasphemy’ was published in Pakistan. The book consisting of about 800 pages sheds light on all the aspects of the issue. Those who are undecided on this issue should read this book.”

Maulana Wajidi in not alone in proffering these threats of death to anyone who is accused of blasphemy, without the accuser even asked to repeat what he claims has been said. Urdu Press in India, as its counterpart in Pakistan, is coming out daily with new write-ups in a similar vein. It’s time for a reality check for those who nurse the illusion that living in a multicultural society under a secular constitution has impacted our Mullahs and made them somewhat civilised. Far from that. Indeed even our Press keeps providing generous space to these Juhala. Editorial space in Urdu dailies is practically reserved for such fulminations. Conspiracy theorists and other enemies of civilisation rule the roost.

Thankfully, there are still some Muslims who believe Islam is a religion of civilisation. Islam had brought order in unruly Arabia and other parts of the world at one time. It stood for and established the rule of law. Let us hope such people take the threats from Maulanas seriously and get together to think a way of saving Islam from these marauders and even surviving themselves from this onslaught that is coming as much in India as it has come in Pakistan. Let us also hope that these Juhala do not further inspire Hindu right wingers too who have been dreaming for decades of Muslimising Hinduism. For, while Maulanas have only one person to save from blasphemy, Mohammad (PBUH), – that too not a god, just a messenger of God - the Hindus have 330 million gods and there are myriad ways in which these Maulanas keep expressing contempt for them or at least for their images.

Maulana Abul Ala Maudoodi, the founder of Jamaat-e-Islami, wanted India to be a Hindu state as he wanted Pakistan to be a Muslim state. He was clear that Hindus in India should be free to treat Muslims the same ignominious way as Muslims of Pakistan treat the Hindus. His vision has come true in Pakistan. Let us hope he does not succeed in India. -- Sultan Shahin, Editor New Age Islam

 

[Maulana Nadeemul Wajidi’s Urdu article translated by New Age Islam Edit Desk]

 

Whatever has happened is not new in the history of Darul Uloom and perhaps they love to publicise their internal issues. So who can stop them from doing it? Albeit, the Muslim society cannot afford to see a Muslim organisation becoming a centre of controversy and swallow the jeers from preople right from the film industry to those from the non-Muslim community. Though there are other big madrasas in the country like Nadwatul Ulema, Lucknow, Jamia Ashrafia Mubarakpur, Jamia Salfia Benaras, Jamiatul Falah Azamgarh, Jamiatul Islah Azamgarh and power shift also happens in them but the news does not create such a frenzy in the Muslim community. Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulema is worthy to be emulated that all the issues are resolved peacefully and at the behest of Majlis-e-Shoura. -- Noorain Ali Haque

[Translated from Urdu by New Age Islam Edit Desk]

 

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 As the following series of articles by a Deobandi cleric Maulana Nadeemul Wajidi published in several Urdu newspapers show, so-called Ulema in India are no less obscurantist and extremist in their views. They justify killing in the same way as do the Pakistanis. They are as happy at the killing of Salman Taseer, Governor of Pakistani Punjab, as are their Pakistani counterparts. These articles reveal the way this assassination is being justified in India’s Muslim Press. The minds of common Indian Muslims are being poisoned in the same way as has been done in Pakistan. The couplets by Zafar Ali Khan Zafar the Maulana quotes with approval are enough to reveal his mind. A loose translation is being presented below:

(A blasphemer of the Prophet deserves death every which way,

 This is the principle Muslim self-respect has been following since the beginning of Time;

 If even one blasphemer of the Prophet remains alive,

God will not accept a single prayer of yours.)

 

And of course, there is no need for any evidence against a blasphemer. The courts or even media cannot perpetrate the ignominy of asking an accuser to repeat the act of blasphemy. So just if some so-called Muslim accuses any one of blasphemy, he or she should be condemned to death and since the modern courts may not do that in the absence of any evidence (except in Pakistan), so-called Muslims should take the law into their own hands and carry out the act of execution sanctioned by their “faith” or, to be more precise, the interpretation of their faith given by these obscurantist Mullahs. This is the view being widely propagated. And this at the same time as Maulanas also proclaim that Islam is a religion of peace and amity, fit to be allowed to prosper in the 21st century, even in multi-religious, multi-cultural societies. Let us hope India’s moderate Muslim intelligentsia is aware of the growing radicalisation of the Indian Muslim society and is ready to face what is coming. As many do not read these articles in the Urdu Press, we are providing an English translation. –- Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

[Maulana Nadeemul Wajidi’s Urdu article translated by New Age Islam Edit Desk]

The events of 1982 were the beginning when the Madani group had captured power in Darul Uloom with the help of Mrs Indira Gandhi and raising the slogan of the governing body, they had levelled serious allegations on the senior religious leader Hadhrat Qari Tayyab. All the tricks of the game had been used in this battle and the reputation of the institution was put at stake at national and international level. The media also played its role and finally forced this noble man to call it quits and left the judgment to Allah. -- Badr Kazmi [Translated from Urdu by New Age Islam Edit Desk]

 

اک ذرااحتیاط
Irfan Siddiquee

During the last one month, at least two news items in newspapers have left me worried. The first news was about a medical representative who went to see a doctor. He wanted to see the doctor. He did not get the appointment after numerous attempts. Finally, he entered the doctor’s chamber without permission and showed his identity card to the doctor. The doctor said that he was busy and could not give him time at the moment. At that there was an altercation. The doctor threw the card aside telling the medical representative to go out. Next day, there was a case of blasphemy against the doctor. The reason was that the card that the doctor had thrown had the name Mohammad printed on it which was a part of the person’s name. The next news has appeared just yesterday. The Anti-Terrorism court has pronounced life sentence against 45 year old imam of a mosque Syed Md Shafi and his son Md Aslam. The allegation against them was that they had torn off a poster advertising a ceremony of Meeladun Nabi. -- Irfan Siddiquee

During my stint as an ambassador to Thailand, once I invited the ambassador of China to dinner. During the dinner, the ambassador told me as a friend that we should definitely provide diplomatic and political support to Kashmir but should not make it a hindrance in our progress. Citing the example of China, he said that they waited for Hongkong for hundred years and similarly we did not withdraw our claim on Taiwan but we are doing all kinds of agreement with it. One day Taiwan will also become a part of us automatically by virtue of our progress. -- Ataul Haque Qasmi

 

 

This is not about blasphemy or the honour of the Holy Prophet. This is now all about politics, about the forces of the clergy, routed in the last elections, discovering a cause on whose bandwagon they have mounted with a vengeance.The blasphemy issue ignited by Aasia Bibi’s conviction was virtually over in November, the government making it plain that it had not the slightest intention of amending the blasphemy law, and no government figure of any consequence stepping forward to support Salmaan Taseer on the stand he had taken.There the matter should have rested if Pakistan’s clerical armies were not masters of manipulation and cold-blooded calculation. They whipped up a storm in December, when the issue was no longer an issue, and fanned such an atmosphere of intolerance and hatred that it would have been strange if nothing terrible had happened.There’s a danger of moaning too much. But what with the lionising of Salmaan Taseer’s killer and hailing him as a ghazi and defender of the faith, the impression is hard to shake off that what we are witnessing are the last burial rites of what remains of sanity in a Republic not particularly famous for any striking monuments to reason. --Ayaz Amir

 

Jawed Ghamidi, a well known religious scholar and thinker of Pakistan has called Salman Taseer’s murder “a sign of illiteracy”. He is of the opinion that if this madness is not stopped immediately we will not even be in a position to hold this dialogue as we are doing today. According to him, “if anybody has a different view on the law dealing with dishonour of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), he should also be provided an opportunity to put forward his views and should be given a patient hearing. Laws formulated by human beings are not divine scriptures that cannot be discussed”.  It should be noted that Jawed Ghamidi has also been forced to flee the country due to the threats of religious Ulema. -- Asad Mufty (Translated from Urdu by Arman Neyazi, NewAgeIslam.com)

 

IN this post-9/11 world characterised by a burgeoning clash of civilisations, multiculturalism and tolerance of religious diversity is under threat practically everywhere in the world. It has virtually ceased to exist in large parts of South Asia. In Pakistan, for instance, a near civil war in raging among religious, sectarian, ethnic and linguistic groups. Poor Pakistanis don’t even feel secure to go to mosques to pray. How does India then thrive in relative peace in the midst of this chaos, despite having the second largest population in the world, an astounding variety of religions, cultures, ethnicities and languages and dialects? [Indian constitution, for instance, recognises 22 languages and the country is home to at least 844 major dialects.] This question has staggered political scientists and sociologists around the world in recent times. …......

To understand this one has to go to the very roots of Indian way of life, our dharma, that is now known as Hindu religion but it was always a conglomeration of religions, philosophies, including atheism and agnosticism. Yes atheism was as much an integral part of Hindu dharma as was faith in one God or a multiplicity of gods or any particular deity which may have had a following in only one small locality. So one Hindu family could have had a couple of devout believers in one God or several gods or atheists or agnostics, all living together under the same roof, their beliefs causing no hindrance in their lives together. In different parts of India too there were different religions, different scriptures, and people from different parts used to travel carrying their beliefs with them and sharing them with one another.

So when beliefs like Islam or Christianity or Judaism came from foreign lands, they hardly faced any problem in being accepted. In any case the Hindu or more correctly the Indian considered the whole world as a family, a kutumb.  One of the cardinal principles of Hindu philosophy was that there are many ways to the God and ultimately they all lead to the same divine truth. So while Islam’s encounter with some other religions was quite violent, Hinduism provided it with a fertile ground for growth. -- Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam, speaking at Geneva in a United Nations informal seminar on multicultural experiences on 10 June, 2010. [Translated in Urdu by New Age Islam Edit Desk]

 

When the preparations of the issue of Pakistani currency started, the designs of notes and coins were being made.  Various designs would be presented to us and we would suggest modifications and then finalise designs.  The artists had themselves had got the idea that there would not be an image of any human being. One day the committee for the selection of design came up with the proposal that the image of Qaid-e-Azam should be on the notes. The immediate response was that the maulvis will raise a hue and cry. But the proposal had taken the fancy of the other committee members. The decision to publish Qaid-e-Azam’s picture was then taken unanimously. But our bureaucrat colleagues expressed the apprehension that there will be strong reaction from the maulvis. But there was not an intense fear. (He was talking about this during Zia regime). Acting on the decision, the currency notes were issued. There was no particular reaction as was feared. A couple of voices were raised but no one noticed them. Contrary to our apprehensions, the maulvis joined the race to earn the same notes alongwith others and are doing so even today.” -- Nazeer Naji

 

 

In the light of the proverb, “Charity begins at home”, all Islamic scholars too, began their mission from their home. Such Islamic scholars have greater reach among masses as they become closer by dint of lectures and religious sermons. The rest of the teachers, who are more resourceful and effective, are confined to the world of class rooms, mosques and their abodes. If they come out with a little openness of mind to help the society in their struggle for survival, the society can benefit extraordinarily. -- Waris Mazahari (Translated from Urdu by Raihan Nezami, NewAgeIslam.com)

 

The newspapers and periodicals in Europe are writing tongue in cheek that the reason for the international community not helping Pakistan’s flood affected people is understandable. In their view, if 67 per cent of a poor country’s budget is snatched away in the name of defence and there is even no audit for it,  whose foreign minister says that India and Israel are the two countries whose aid workers will not get Pakistani visas for the help of the billions of the flood affected people and where the greedy generals, corrupt politicians and bureaucrats scramble for piling up money and even a few helicopters cannot be managed in times of need, the aid and help are only a waste of money. -- Asad Mufti [Translated from Urdu by New Age Islam Edit Desk]

Pakistan’s policy toward the occupied Kashmir or the so-called Azad Kashmir seems different from this fact.  Practically the entire region is under total control of the Pakistani government, Pakistani army and its secret intelligence agency ISI. The people of this area do not have any right to self expression, nor do they have any right to form their political party. There is no press freedom or the freedom to carry out social or cultural activities. Worse, the outside world does not know much about the state of affair in this  region.  The first time the international community was allowed to visit the area was when the devastating earthquake ravaged this land. The world then learnt about the extent of social and economic backwardness of this region. The region which is called Azad Kashmir by Pakistan is in fact its colony and the government of Pakistan has got a separate ministry called the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs’ for the governance of Kashmir. Moreover, Pakistan has a separate constitution called the Interim constitution 1974 for Kashmir (drafted by two federal ministries – Ministry of Law and Ministry of Kashmir Affairs) according to which the government of Pakistan can remove any elected government in ‘Azad Kashmir’.

Moreover two bodies -- the government of Azad Kashmir in Muzaffarabad and the Azad Kashmir Council in Islamabad -- have been formed under the constitution that have been given the responsibility of the governance and administration in the region. The Azad Kashmir Council is presided by the Prime Minister of Pakistan who has a total control over the ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir’ Legislative Assembly which can not reject any decision of the Council. The Council comprises the Prime Minister of Pakistan, six other federal ministers, the Prime Minister of ‘Azad Kashmir’ and six members of ‘Azad Kashmir’. The interim constitution prepared for the so-called ‘Azad Kashmir’ clearly states that no individual or group in this state is permitted to take part in any activity or say anything that goes against the principle of the accession of this region to Pakistan.

Apart from that, no citizen of ‘Azad Kashmir’ will be allowed to fight an election or get a government job until he signs a declaration accepting the state’s accession to Pakistan. In view of all this, it is clear that Pakistan has enslaved the people of this region in the name of freedom. They do not have their own identity, or citizenship or the freedom to put a demand for their social and economic development before the Pakistani government. The tragedy is that even the person who is called the Prime Minister of ‘Azad Kashmir’ does not have the right to say anything in favour of the people of his state or criticise the wrong policies of Pakistan. That is the reason when speaking to a Pakistani TV channel, the former Prime Minister of ‘Azad Kashmir’ Farooque Haider had advocated the rights of the Kashmiris on the natural resources of the region, the next day two ISI officials came to his house and forced him to sign his resignation. This way, four Prime Ministers of ‘Azad Kashmir’ came and left in less than four year’s time. -- Dr Khwaja Ekram (Translated from Urdu by New Age Islam Edit Desk)

 

In my column of January 6 titled ‘ Ummati koi nahin’ (No one is a believer), I had given reference of Abdullah bin Abbi and called him Munafiq-e-Azam (the chief of the  hyopocrites) but one of my well wishers linked this reference to Hadhrat Abu Talib and circulated it through SMS all through the country. I was called a rascal and abuses were circulated against my family members. Now what can I say on this idiocy ? I did not mention the name of Hadhrat Abu Talib nor did I give any reference to him but a section thought that I wanted to malign the character of Hadhrat Abu Talib. So in this way I turned out to be a blasphemer against him by

the evening. From this incident you can gauge the extent of the misuse of laws in Pakistan and the faith of people. You can guess how people start abusing one another without giving one the opportunity for clarification. You can understand what will happen to a person if an individual or an organisation makes him a target through SMS and spreads the rumours that he is a blasphemer. -- Javed Chaudhary

(Translated from Urdu by New Age Islam Edit Desk)

Religious tolerance, a unique code of conduct in Islam, acquires a significant place in the teachings of the Quran, that is based on the concept of pluralism. The prohibition of compulsion in Islam is of utmost importance among these rules.

Quran says, “There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path.” (Surah Al-Baqarah: V-256)

The concerned verse was revealed in regard to a Sahabi Hazrat Haseen Ahmed Ansari (RA). His two sons were taken to Syria by some traders and converted to Jews. He requested the prophet (pbuh) to send someone and fetch them back into Islam whom he considered adolescent. At this occasion, this Aayat was revealed. (Qartabi: 182/3)

The Quran clearly asserts every human being has got freedom of belief to practice his religion as Allah Himself doesn’t wish everyone to follow one religion (Islam).

“And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed, all of them together. So will you (O’ Muhammad ( pbuh) then compel mankind, until they become believers?” (Surah Yunus: V-99)

 “If Allah had willed, He would have made you one nation.” (Surah Al-Ma’idah: V-48)

“He it is who created you, then some of you are disbelievers and some of you are believers.” (Surah At-Taghabun: V-2)

The Quran considers Faith and Renunciation a natural and everlasting fact declaring that Allah will pronounce His judgment on the Day of Resurrection. “Allah will judge between you on the Day of Resurrection about that wherein you used to differ.” (Surah Al-Hajj: V-69)

The rebellions are free in this world to choose and practice their faith. “To you be your religion, and to me my religion (Islamic Monotheism).” (Surah Al-Kafirun: V-6)--Warsi Mazhari

The other important aspect of Imam Hussain’s speech, in my humble opinion is that in his entire speech he does not mention Islam. In my humble opinion, Imam Hasan does this very consciously as in his view, the incident of Karbala was not the defence of Islam alone. The Imam had the confrontation between the truth and the evil in all the ages to come in mind because dictatorship is a curse that the followers of any religion in any society and in any age might be inflicted with. The curse might not be limited to the Muslims. That was the reason that when the Imam raised his voice against dictatorship, he did not confine it within the circle of Islam but he was setting the precedent of a battle which the human race might have to fight in any society and in any age to come. He also had the belief that in the fight against the dictatorship, merely the weapons of war would not be of any use but the spirit of sacrifice would be the most effective strategy. Hadhrat Hussain not only attained victory over the dictatorship of his time by sacrificing his life but also presented a unique way of fighting against dictatorship in the times to come that is still valid. -- Zafar Agha

Celebrating the Christian New Year is not permissible in any way for Muslims

... like other communities, many Muslims have also started celebrating the New Year whereas celebrating the New Year is not permissible in any way for the Muslims as Muslims have nothing to do with a new year beginning with January. Undoubtedly, it is associated with some solar or Christian calendar whereas the Islamic calendar is a lunar one with which Islamic way of life is associated. Many of the instructions of Islam are linked to the lunar calendar alone and no instructions are based on the solar or Christian calendar. According to the Islamic calendar, the New Year begins with Muharramul Haram. Eidul Fitr falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal and Eidul Adha falls on the tenth, eleventh and twelfth of the last month of Zul hajja. The two Eids are definitely two great gifts from God. -- Maulana Asrarul Haq Qasmi (Translated from Urdu by New Age Islam Edit Desk)

 

کرپشن کی لعنت پر شریعت کی نظر
مولانا ندیم الواجدی

Money is, of course, needed for a living but what kind of wealth it should be or how should it be earned only Quran-e-Kareem can guide. Its first lesson, in this regard, is that one should use the wealth earned rightfully only and should never use in any way illegitimate wealth. This teaching is there in the Quran on repeated occasions. For example “O mankind! Eat of that which is lawful and good on the earth, and follow not the footsteps of Shaitan (Satan). Verily, he is to you an open enemy.”(Al Baqura—168) This Surah is not only for the Muslims but it has been addressed to every single person to use only what is lawful and legitimate. After twenty other Ayats of this very Sura this order has been described in another way “And eat up not one another's property unjustly (in any illegal way e.g. stealing, robbing, deceiving, etc.), nor give bribery to the rulers (judges before presenting your cases) that you may knowingly eat up a part of the property of others sinfully”. This Ayat was revealed when two Sahabis quarrelled over a piece of land. -- Maulana Nadeemul Wajidi (Translated from Urdu by Arman Neyazi, NewAgeIslam.com)

Newspapers have wrongly interpreted the Fatwa of Dar ul Uloom on the donation of parts of human body. The Mufti Saheb concerned had spoken against the donation of human parts and not that of the blood donation. The scholars have defined blood and milk as equal as both these things keep generating in human body as per their requirement. This is not the case with the parts of human body. Blood and milk generate and are treasured automatically when parts of human body once destroyed are destroyed for ever. Now-a-days transplantation of parts of human body has become very common. Eyes and kidneys are being donated and transplanted; even the brain is being transplanted. Shortage of donated milk and blood is fulfilled naturally, such is God’s management but it is not so with these parts of human body. Therefore Shariah has allowed donation of blood.-- Maulana Nadeemul Wajidi

(Translated from Urdu by Arman Neyazi, NewAgeIslam.com)

The situation in Pakistan these days is similar to that of a burning inferno. All the while it seems as if an explosion is ready to occur any time somewhere or the other.  Earlier it used to be human bombs now it has been replaced by target killing. This new form of terrorism seems to have two advantages for the terrorists. First and foremost it saves their own lives and secondly they succeed in creating communal and sectarian hatred. -- Shakeel Shamsi

(Translated from Urdu by Arman Neyazi, NewAgeIslam.com)

The people who advocate treatment with forbidden things defend their stand with the hadith of the holy Prophet (PBUH) about the incident of Areena when the Prophet (PBUH) allowed the people of Areena to drink the urine of the camel (Bukhari Babul Dawa’a, Sunan Tirmidhi 106/1, raqam 72). Similarly, the books of hadiths also mention the tale of the sahabi Hazrat Harafjah whose nose had decomposed. The Prophet (PBUH) had allowed him to get an artificial nose of gold transplanted though gold is forbidden for men(Tirmidhi 206/1). -- Maulana Nadeemul Wajidi (Tranlated from Urdu by New Age Islam edit desk)

A report by Najmul Hasan Arif in the Urdu daily Ummat translated from Urdu by New Age Islam Edit Desk

The Aasia Bibi defamation case has stirred Pakistan’s collective conscience as Salman Taseer, governor of Punjab, Ms Sherry Rehman, a former federal Minister of Pakistan and eminent journalists and intellectuals have upped the ante against the blasphemy laws in Pakistan. On the other hand, the section represented by religious leaders including a section of Urdu media is demanding death for Aasia Bibi on grounds of her alleged blasphemous remarks. The excuse is that she had confessed, but we all know how confessions can be extracted from victims under such circumstances. No civilized society would give any credence to such so-called confessions. The following article from the Urdu daily Ummat, Pakistan, sums up the mood of the Mullah-inspired general Muslims in Pakistan and shows how the Urdu media is exploiting the sensitive issue. -- Editor

Recently a food chain in the suburbs of Paris has declared itself fully halal. Before that a famous burger chain had already announced the supply of halal burger. Not only that, they have also put up certificates on the walls of these chain stores stating ‘Beef of halal cows are used here’. Surprising is the fact that this is all happening in a country where the Parliament has passed a law against the hijab (The law was being debated during that time). Not only that, an American company famous for chicken has also claimed that they have been supplying only halal chicken for the last few years. But the issue being discussed was burger and beef. The arrangement was made because out of a population of 63millions in France, Muslim population is 5 million. And the number of people consuming halal food is increasing by 15% every year. It is obvious that the businessmen will give importance to the things in great demand or giving great business. -- Mosarrat Jabeen

 

The Meccan phase of the Prophet Muhammad’s life is more important for us as a model for how Muslims living in a religiously-plural society should engage in efforts for social reform. This phase was characterised by patience and avoiding conflict and confrontation. In this phase the Prophet paid greater stress on the internal reform of the fledgling Muslim community, tending to avoid involvement with external problems and issues.  As with the Prophet, one can observe varying approaches to social reform in the case of his Companions, each approach being suited to particular the conditions they were faced with at a particular time. Following their example, Muslim social reformers must be able to properly gauge what sort of model of, or approach to, reform to follow depending on the context they are faced with, choosing the model or approach that is most appropriate to the situation at hand. In today’s context, they need to mould their approach in the light of a host of challenges that Muslims (and others) are faced with. In the specific Indian context, these challenges include Hindutva chauvinism, on the one hand, and extreme emotionalism among a section of Muslim youths, which is, to a great extent, a reaction to the targeting of Islam and Muslims in certain countries. This sort of response, it must be noted, is in no way beneficial to the Muslims at all, having, for instance, led Pakistan to the brink of disaster. -- Maulana Waris Mazhari translated from Urdu by Yoginder Sikand for NewAgeIslam.com

 

The question then is what should be done. Is doing  something really that much difficult or has it been made so due to our mutually rigid attitude. I do not understand that if the undivided Punjab can split and merge into two neighbouring countries and the united Bengal can split between India and Bangladesh why can’t it be made possible for the Kashmiris to live in peace and  harmony despite being divided by artificial borderlines like the Bengalis and the Punjabis do. If Kashmir is not made a question of political ego and is seen through the point of view of human rights, solving the issue will not be a big problem. -- Prof. Tahir Mahmood



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  • Very brilliant observation'
    ( By Arshad )
  • With respect Mr GM, If I may ask- “de-Arabinize and Indianize” our Islam, would it not be a case of 'out of the frying pan ...
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • Much can be expected from the new Muslim woman if she continues...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Progressivism and Ijtihad in the service of righteousnes and justice...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • I don’t know who said I like the New Age Islam. To begin with, I don’t know...
    ( By Flossie Francis )
  • Better follow the principles of the Abdul Kalam for ideology and...
    ( By Manoranjan Mishra )
  • Write it in Hindi if possible as Hindi version shall be read by many.
    ( By Sheshmani Nath Tripathi )
  • Ved Vyas Muni ( compiler of Vedas) has written in Bhagavatam 1.2.11....
    ( By Amal Kanti Sen )
  • No God's words in any so called religious books . All man made stories.Even...
    ( By Nanak Chand Premi )
  • namit singh, no body is taught to indulge in jehad. it is just a propaganda and pretext to attack muslims.'
    ( By Urooj Fatma )
  • It is good to see at least Muslims and Hindus have come forward to speak high volume of their unity and integrity. I have written ...
    ( By GGS )
  • Mr Namit Singh, there are several war-related verses and ahadith but they can't be applied to today's context. There were ....
    ( By GGS )
  • Ghulam Gaus, see the Kerala governor quoting from the authoritative book which is taught by Deoband....
    ( By Namit Singh )
  • It is the beauties of Indian Constitution that Muslims have always rejected the call of ...
    ( By GGS )
  • Apurbajyoti Majumdar Islam supports nationalism. do you read or just pretend ,....
    ( By Urooj Fatma )
  • The present day so-called "Jihad" is simply a form of transgression and hence a great violation...
    ( By GGS )
  • Ghulam Faruki, you have said well. each and every citizen is free to practice any religion and no one is forced...
    ( By Urooj Fatma )
  • Namit Singh, muslims who remained in India were not the supporters of partition of India. This is ....
    ( By Urooj Fatma )
  • In the context of the present aroused India, Swapan Dasgupta...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • A timid Supreme Court at this juncture in our history would be disastrous....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • I support your endorsement of IHRC's appeal
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Sarva Dharma Sambhava is societal wisdom whereas secularism...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • A little “David” from tiny African Muslim majority country Gambia, to its credit...
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • Mr. Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi Thank you for your comments on my letter.Please ...
    ( By Dr.A.Anburaj )
  • Ghulam Faruki Laudable thought. But where is he?'
    ( By Apurbajyoti Majumdar )
  • The new Muslim knows the difference between what is important and what is ....
    ( By Ghulam Faruki )
  • Savarkar subscribed to the two nation theory. C Rajagopalacharya supported ....
    ( By Ghulam Faruki )
  • Namit Singh You have made a request, to accept which is difficult for many.'
    ( By Apurbajyoti Majumdar )
  • Given the link. Go, download, and read the book....
    ( By Namit Singh )
  • If his book is vilifying him, I cannot help '
    ( By Namit Singh )
  • Vilification of Nehru and Ambedkar has become the new dharma of the bhakts!'
    ( By Ghulam Faruki )
  • Ya ! He wrote a voluminous book called 'Pakistan or the Partition of India', that ....
    ( By Namit Singh )
  • Namit Singh it is the photograph of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar!'
    ( By PM Amir Sultan )
  • And you are showing the picture of a great Indian who advocated the partition of India on the basis of religion !'
    ( By Namit Singh )
  • Namit Singh Islam trumps nationalism.
    ( By Apurbajyoti Majumdar )
  • You are Indians. And you are taught to indulge in jehad with those who do not accept your invitation of 'faith'.'
    ( By Namit Singh )
  • Wattal Islam is Islam. There is no old age Islam or new age Islam. The world is tasting its fruit since.....
    ( By Hari Krishan )
  • Bhai khud ko jeetna hi jehad hai.Saitani karm karke jihad ka nam mat do.Allah aachchhi ka ...
    ( By Ashok Geda )