“anti-minority legislations not only violate the
UN Resolution, but also Islam’s primary scripture. The Holy Quran does not
prescribe any punishment for blasphemy. Nor does it permit any one to declare
Pakistan as a signatory to Resolution
16/18 of Human Rights Council must repeal of the blasphemy law and revoke its resolution
(Constitutional Ammendment Bill No. 29, 7th September
1974) declaring Ahmadis as non-Muslims.
Pakistan Parliament has no religious right to deny a
whole community of believing, practicing Muslims, their inalienable right to
choose their own religion, simply on account of some marginal theological
differences. I had put this in following technical terms in my article dated
Nov. 2011 referenced below:
“to enact a law that effectively condemns the
Ahmadi non-Muslim because of theological, interpretational or doctrinal
differences is no less than a grand mockery of constitutional process - a
spiritual carnage that is ultra-vires of law.” And warned them in these words: “Given
the growing violence and sectarian fragmentation in Pakistan, it is high time
for its Parliament to revoke the clause redefining a Muslim, before it may be
forced into it by the Big Brother or historical realities.” .
The spiritual Genocide of a Godly people – the
case of Ahmadis in Pakistan
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I must add to Sultan Shahin Sahab’s concern at the continued
teaching of hatred inducing literature in madrasas and Islamic seminaries that
those who preach hatred in the name of Islam are traitors of Islam. I can say
this in the Court of God (Allah). If Muslims do not shun hatred they will
themselves become pray to hatred as is happening in this era – in addition to
being traitors of faith. This writer could possibly not use such strong word
which is recorded in his ‘book’ without
being absolutely sure about it.
I also fully agree with his concluding remarks re need for
the Muslims to reorient their religious thoughts is line with the Qur’anic
ideals and the needs of the globalized society of the era.
In one word, an excellent presentation that superbly blends Sultan Shahin Sahab's journalistic acumen with clear insight into Islamic values as encapsulated in the Qur'an. A presentation that perhaps only few people in this era could possibly make.