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Mufti Tariq on Sialkot incident: Blasphemy needs to be defined

Lynching of Sri Lankan a “shame” for the whole nation

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 7, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Dec 7, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago

Religious scholar Mufti Tariq Masood has termed the lynching of Priyantha Kumar in Sialkot a “shame” for the whole nation.

He recited a Hadith that Holy Prophet (PBUH) has said, “Whoever kills a person from among Ahl Adh-Dhimmah [non-Muslims living in an Islamic state with legal protection], will not smell the fragrance of Paradise, though one can smell its fragrance from a distance of forty years.”

In many such cases in our country, it is seen that often people are trying to personal score using the name of blasphemy.

“First of all, there's a need to define blasphemy in the blasphemy laws,” he told SAMAA TV anchorperson Kiran Naz. “As per my knowledge, the argument flared up when the Sri Lankan manager tore up some posters and threw them in the dustbin. People thought it had the name of Holy Prophet (PBUH), the name of Ahl-e-Bait (prophet's family) and throwing it in the dustbin is blasphemous."

I want to tell people that every nation has a different idea of what it considers an acceptable norm, you have to consider that while determining blasphemy. He quoted an example of how people in Saudi Arabia put the Holy Quran on the floor. “Would you accuse all the Arabs of disrespecting the Holy Quran?” he asked.

“He [Priyantha Kumar] probably did not even know what was written on the poster.” A Sri Lankan wouldn’t know Urdu or Arabic.”

“Let’s suppose even if the Prophet’s (PBUH) name is written on it and he disposed of the sticker in the dustbin, then you should ask what were his intentions. Obviously, the emotionally charged crowd can not ask this, a judge can. People are not allowed to do this,” he said.

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One Comment

  1. aziz khan  December 7, 2021 12:50 am/ Reply

    The sentence ‘Shame to the whole nation” is not correct in this case as people are rejoicing over this incident. Religious parties will take over Pakistan in the next lections. That will put Pakistan in FATF black list and shortlisted for imposing sanctions. Pakistan will default within one year of the religious party taking over.

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