By Umer Sultan|
Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian, was sentenced on Monday 21st by the court in Nankana district to be hanged for giving blasphemous statement in the province of Punjab in Pakistan.
The story of this mother of 5 goes somewhat like this:
Back in 2009, she was either working on farm fields or she was working as a domestic maid in rural Punjab. Asia Bibi brought water to the women laborers working in the field who were Muslim. The women refused to touch the water brought by Asia Bibi because she was a christian and thus unclean (don’t ask me where they got that from!)
“a group of Muslim women labourers objected, saying that as a non-Muslim she should not touch the water bowl.
A few days later the women went to a local cleric and alleged that Ms Asia made derogatory remarks about the Prophet (peace be upon him). The cleric went to police, who opened an investigation.
Ms Asia was arrested in Ittanwalai village and prosecuted under Section 295-C of the PPC, which carries the death penalty.” Dawn Pakistan
Thats it, I go to a cleric and say person X said blasphmous stuff about Prophert Muhammad, peace be upon him. Cleric goes to police, and police arrests the person X, and after a year the court declares death sentence. What is this? A Joke?
I am against the death sentenced of Sister Asia, a Pakistani Christian, who is charged by the court of Pakistan to be hanged according to the Blasphemy law. Christians in Pakistan don’t do such things, I know and I have met many of them. There is so conclusive evidence based on the news reports that she said anything about Prophet Muhammad. Infact, the Muslim women on the farm were being racist and saying that the water was unclean because a “non-muslim” touched it. These ignorant women should have been reprihanded first for being racists to such extent.
Are they following Hinduism’s caste system where there are untouchables? There are no untouchables in Islam. Do these women not know that when Prophet Muhammad first receieved a revelation, his wife Khadija took him to her cousin, Warqa bin Nawfil, who was a Christian monk of old Bible, who comforted Prophet Muhammad.
Ignorance can result in the life of a innocent!
I as a Muslim and as a Pakistani fuly condemn this sentence because
– there is no conclusive evidence that she was being blasphemous, on the contrary, the evidence shows that Muslim women were being as Pagans of Makkah from the days of Jahiliyyah (Ignorance) and that has no place in Islam.
-that Christians in Pakistan are part of the fabric of Pakistani life. They are in the Army, they are doctors, teachers, sweepers, cleaners, and business people. They don’t disrespect Islam at all, infact the Christian sweepers even give Islamic greetings to everyone “Assalam-o-Alaikum” (peace be upon you).
-The cleric should be ashamed of himself for being part of such racism.
Pakistani civil society should be in one voice in support of Sister Asia Bibi and prevent her from being hanged.
On the other hand, I totally support the blashphemy laws in Pakistan, and reject the Secularists slogans of repealing the blashphemy law. The implementation of law and the spirit of the law itself should not be confused.
In Pakistan, people don’t follow traffic rules that doesn’t mean that we should remove traffic laws. So many people die because of ignorant people breaking traffic rules, and the government not enforcing it, but that does not mean you through traffic laws in trash.
In the ignorant society of Pakistan, where hatred & jealousy can take various shapes, where mother-in-law throws acid on her daugher-in-law, where a husdand gets approval from his mother to be abusive to his wife, where seeking to inflict harm to others makes people do black magic, where Muslim-on-Muslim crime is normal because one side is ethnic Muhajir of MQM and the other is ethnic Pakhtoon of ANP political parties, this incident and the likes of these just shows how low Pakistani society is going under.
But there is still hope, for being hopeless is disbelieving. There is still hope that the Pakistanis will realize that their success does not lie in waging ethnic nationalist battles on each other, political hits and assassins at each other, that their success does not lie in having a secularism either. It is the proper understanding of Islam among the confused generation of Muslims that will be the cause of success. When Muslims start acting racist to this extent, You Got A Problem!!
“One lesson I have learnt from the history of Muslims. At critical moments in their history it is Islam that has saved Muslims and not vice versa.” —Allama Iqbal