With the passage of time we as nation are pushing ourselves towards dark ages that is absurd. We have opted for the “highway to hell” and running madly to reach there. Quiad-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah once said that Pakistan would face fatal disaster if falls in hands of the religious conservatives. What we are witnessing these days is mere trailer and promo of the forthcoming film; unfortunately this is being done in the name of Islam. The assassination of the Governor Punjab – Salman Taseer can lead to a series of killings if it is not stopped and condemned at this point.
Three aspects can be taken into consideration:
1. First could this murder bear political implications while making religion a pretext.
2. Second did governor really was responsible for blasphemy.
3. Third and most important, what is the punishment of blasphemy in Islam?
First: Analysts claiming it to be a political killing could have been right however covering this murder up with religious coatings might give it a different perspective. That lead us to think about old and simple “Divide and Rule”. Engage ourselves busy in non issues and not letting us to unleash our potentials. Flip of the coin side.
Secondly: Did Mr. Taseer really say or act against the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H)? It is widely known that opposing any law and committing blasphemy are two different things. These both issues can be easily distinguished. I endorse that Mr. Taseer had condemned blasphemy law in constitution that appears unjust towards the minorities; however i could not buy the fact that if any of his statements proved him blasphemer? For an instance let’s consider he had committed blasphemy, so what could have been the penalties for him or any blasphemer. Should he be sentenced to death or imprisoned?
The literal meaning of Islam is “Peace”. It is completely based on logic. If we are unable to understand any of the concepts in Islam, that is our immaturity to grab that point, but the religion has a logical explanation to every problem. it does not appeal to logic that how peace can be equal to violence.
Pakistani society is once again divided into two systems clearly, first who support murder of Mr. Taseer are Ashiqan-e-Rasool (Lovers of Holy Prophet P.B.U.H) and second who do not support murder are apparently not Ashiqan-e-Rasool (Lovers of Holy Prophet P.B.U.H).
To prove ourselves true followers of Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H); do we need to follow his footsteps or kill someone to prove love for him. Many religious scholars are quoting references that killing blasphemer is final punishment in Islam. Similarly there are also scholars who deny that there is not such punishment mentioned in Islam.
Logically if a person has committed blasphemy there remain two options: kill him i.e. punishing him or literate him i.e. by making him/her understand what true soul of Islam is. If he/she is killed one generation and a community in finished. But true practicing Muslim in an effort to literate him/her can inspire blasphemer and Islamic teachings might help in getting the wisdom Islam has. There is a possibility that upcoming whole generation of blasphemer would follow the right path of Islam. The ages of Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) proved the fact.
He and his companions converted many non-Muslim generations just by there characters not by violence. He also had the option to use the hard way but he never did it. Shouldn’t we be his followers?
Islam also indicates very clearly that the final decision should be of the Hakim-e-Waqt (Ruler), referring to the current judiciary. My whole point revolves around one fact that not any Tom , Dick and harry is not allowed to punish proclaimed blasphemer in society. This topic is so sensitive that people start getting emotional with out thinking. Our religious cult and supremacy should handle it with care. Today a murderer is made an iconic figure. Tomorrow more are going to follow it. Killing in the name of Islam would not make our image better it will damage us as Pakistani Muslims. It would lead us to – Highway to Hell.