|19 Jan 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com|
|Blasphemy laws of Pakistan: Indian clerics are no less extremist and obscurantist - Part 1|
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