Recent heated debate over Blasphemy laws is getting worse day by day and now the issue has gone to the level of insanity and now people are using it to score political points.
The issue got worse when instead of taking the issue in parliament or Islamic ideological council , the issue is politicized for point scoring left/right politics or liberal/mullah politics. Now its high time for religious scholars, law experts and human rights experts to sit together and resolve the issue by doing a constructive legal and academic debate. We have a very basic principle in Quran :
“O ye who believe! Be steadfast witnesses for Allah in equity, and let not hatred of any people seduce you that ye deal not justly. Deal justly, that is nearer to your duty. Observe your duty to Allah. Lo! Allah is Informed of what ye do.” [Al-maeda ,8]
The biggest blasphemy that can be done is to introduce things in the name of Allah and Prophet (S.A.W) which are not part of their teachings.
We need to improve Qazaf laws for false witness, law of witness itself, importance of personal testimony, procedure of implementation and also we need to see whether this law can be implemented on minorities or not. According to fiqh Hanafi the dominating fiqh , the law cannot be implemented on Zimmi or non muslims under the responsibility of an Islamic State. Even for majority muslim population we need to see what punishment is there according to Quran and Sunnah or social circumstances of the alleged person should be considered during the case like the punishment for Zina or adultery committed by muslim with backward or uneducated social background is half as compared to other muslims and also we need to see if apology in such cases can work. Current procedure is a legacy of colonial era where there is no consideration of alleged person’s s social background is given or law is applied in a real centralized manner.
We also need to see what is meant by Blasphemy? I have seen muslims being persecuted for this law just because of them having a different point of view on 12 Rabiulawwal and Waseela issue.
We neither want a Pastor Terry Jones type situation which can start a civil war in the country nor we should make it a holocaust issue on which even debate is not allowed in many countries including those who call themselves civilized.
The problem is that we are in a war mode and stuck in an unwanted war which has destroyed or social fabric and everyone is in hyper state to protect their ways and level of sanity has gone down. The policy of using sectarianism as a tool by establishment and foreign masters for expanding war has also contributed in this.
If we claim to be muslims and call our state an Islamic state then basic principles of justice and equality which were part of the first Islamic state of Madina and also part of Meesaq e Madina should be kept in mind.
According to media reports , some unknown men have brought a 12 year old girl at the residence of Dr. Fauzia Siddiqi . The girl is probably Dr. Aafia’s daughter who was missing from the time of her abduction along with other two children of Dr. Aafia. Previously Afghan authorities handed over son of Dr. Aafia.
Now people need to know:
1) Who kept here for so long?
2) Where is the baby child (now around 7 years old) of Dr. Aafia?
Dr. Aafia Siddiqi’s daughter brought home: reports
KARACHI: Unknown men on Sunday brought a 12-year-old girl at the residence of Dr. Aafia’s Siddiqi’s sister Dr. Fauzia Siddiqi in Karachi.
They claimed that the girl was the missing daughter of Dr. Aafia Siddiqi, who was currently in a US prison.
Meanwhile, a large number media persons after receiving the reports, gathered outside the residence of Dr. Fauzia.
According to eyewitnesses, the girl has been taken inside the house along with the people, who brought her.
On the other hand, NADRA officials got the fingerprints of the girl so that her relationship with Dr. Aafia could be verified.
Dr. Fauzia said that she was not aware who this girl was because she was not being allowed to speak to anyone
Congratulations Pakistan on a very successful display of solidarity and commitment for the cause of justice and freedom–>some personal experiences to share
Congratulations Pakistan for showing display of solidarity and commitment with the cause of justice and freedom and we specially congratulate the lawyers,students,civil society and also political workers who joined hands with each other under the leadership of Aitzaz Ahsan for the great cause.
I think PPP(specially Mr. 10% Zardari),Mush and company(MQM, Chaudharys of Gujrat),Dogar and company and PML with ANP should realize that they don’t have time to waste and they must have to act now in favor of the country and restore judiciary(with out any unconstitutional package) and get rid of that dictator Musharraf.
InshaAllah the success is near and Pakistan will experience the true justice and freedom.
Some personal experiences: I am very tired (I have arrived today at Karachi) so not in a position to write much but would like to share some personal experiences(In a random and brain storming way).
> It was great to see people coming all from Pakistan (Sind,Balauchistan,Sarhad,Punjab,Kashmir,Tribal areas) for a common cause belonging to different backgrounds.
> Specially would like to thank Fastring guys(students,alumini and faculty of FAST-NU) for showing great hospitality specially Hasan (for picking me up and helping me with many things) and Usman of YPL(for sharing his room).
> It was great to be with faculty members of FAST-Lahore and openly discussing views with them specially Dr. Durrani,Pr. Liaquat Majeed Shaikh and their former entrepreneurship faculty member Zia sahab.
> Also to CCP and SAC guys for their cooperation and support throughout the journey.
> It was great to see that people were so disciplined and united.
> still feeling in my ears “Go Musharraf Go”,”Adlia ki Azadi tak Jang rahai gi , jang rahaigi”,” Ai Khuda mera CJ salamat rahai” and …
> Cannot forget the warm welcome throughout the journey.
> Thanks to the family of Islamabad who invited us at their home and their hospitality.
After thought: We are ready for further struggle and inshaAllah the success will be of the “Right”!