Stand with Sister Asia Bibi! She is Innocent


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?

Photo Coutesy: Dawn.com

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

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17 responses to “Stand with Sister Asia Bibi! She is Innocent

  1. The blasphemy law, is a blasphemy itself. Why is it too hard for the government to repeal such black laws. They pass 18th Amendments, the maulvis can pitch in with their suggestions, but there is no one to speak for humanity?

    I wonder why the maulvis are still silent on this issue? Does Islam preach such inhumane acts. We try to make a good impression of Islam everywhere and incidents like these throw us years back.

    • So you are saying that the Law is blasphemous. And it is so because the judge (who is educated in British Colonial Law) passed a judgement using a law (that is fully based on Sharia’h) without any conclusive evidence, and the blame is on the Law! What kind of logic is this?

      Ulema have been used and misused by all government. Blasphemey law along with other Hudood Laws were part of a better project. After the death of the Military President Zia-ul-Haq, the very lovely figure of the “Freedom loving world” West back then, Benazir Bhutto dumped the entire project.

      So lets bring the well versed scholars and give them the opportunity to be the Qadhis on the issues related to Sharia, and not the people who are educated in British Colonial Law decide what is are the rulings based on Shariah! I think that is very logical, wouldn’t you agree.

      • blockquote cite=””>So lets bring the well versed scholars and give them the opportunity to be the Qadhis on the issues related to Sharia Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t that operation in Sawat valley done because of someone who wanted ‘Shariah Law’? You are for Hudood law? I can’t believe that! did you not see how many women were persecuted under that law.

        Do you know the implications of blasphemy law my friend? Did you not see the news where two christians were put to death by a mob because they allegedly ‘handed out blasphemy posters’. No one was caught for that. Why? Do you not remember the incident of Gojra? How many people got caught there?

        There was no blasphemy law in the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), no wonder the whole world thinks of us Muslims as extremists. None of us go out to protest when innocent blood is spilling in Afghanistan or Sudan in the name of Islam, while we protest side by side with the extremists if some stupid man draws some stupid cartoons.

        This is how they see us. I have written a series of blogs about the History trying to clear the the image of Islam. Do take your time and go through them.

        http://dinopak.wordpress.com/tag/religion-of-peace/

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  3. Lance

    “…was sentenced on Monday 21st by the court in Nankana district…”
    You sure about that date? Would that be Monday 21st June 2010, or Monday 21st September or December 2009? Various articles I’ve seen about her can’t agree on Asia’s age, or the spelling of her name, which makes everyone lose credibility when giving their opinions of this case.

    • The case started in 2009, but the death sentence is given on the 21st November, 2010.
      Asia Bibi’s age I think is irrelevant, and so is the spelling. However, my source is the National Newspaper of Pakistan, Dawn. If the media outside Pakistan is spelling differently then its their fault.

  4. @ Hasan:
    What Muslims protesting against the Cartoons has to do with Blasphemey Law?? Nothing! That is the reaction, You disagree with that, I do too, but that has nothing to do with Blasphemey Law. Don’t compare Apples with Oranges.
    And The mob that killed those 2 boys few months back, what that has to do with the Blasphemey Law?? If you repeal the laws, do you think ignorant people will stop acting like this? Where in the B.Laws it says that the public has a free hand to kill anyone? No where.

    About the Gojra Incident, the Secularist lobby in Pakistan was very busy in its Propaganda like it is now. I suggest you read this http://hamarapakistan1947.wordpress.com/2009/08/07/the-gojra-riots/

    What happen in Swat Valley has nothing to do with the Scholars of Islam. The Corrupt Government of Pakistan is trying to please everyone at the same time in order to get paid from the Super powers. If one understands Islam, one would clearly see that what these radicals stood for was not Islam. Moreover, I am least interested about how the Islamophobes perceive Muslims as, I am not going to be apologetic to please them, for they will never be pleased. They are fulll with hate. These same people have contributed to more terrorism and extremism, in their society and in our society. And that is not the topic in discussion.

    Stick to the issue of Blasphemey Law, don’t drift here and there and vent all your emotions. NO One has been hanged by the Blasphemey Law, this case would be the first one. I am against her sentence because there is no evidence!

    Do you love the Messenger of Allah or not? If you do then how can you oppose a law that is for those people who hate Islam and hate Prophets of Allah?

    In Islam for a any death sentence, there needs to be an explicit evidence! If there is a doubt, then the Qadhi has to give the person the benefit of the doubt. Here forget doubt, there is no evidence what so ever!

    • http://news.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/local/lahore/killing-of-blasphemy-accused-condemned-070

      This is what I am talking about. Two Christians killed in front of the court. The deal about blasphemy law is that one can kill anyone and claim he angered him by saying blasphemous words about the Prophet (peace be upon him), I ask you, where in the lifetime of Prophet peace be upon him was someone executed for being blasphemous? We have all read the story of that old woman who used to throw trash over the Prophet (peace be upon him), that was the act of blasphemy, what did the Prophet do? Did he execute her or persecute her?

      Not in the Qura’an not even in the Hadith we find blasphemy law, this law is taken from the Ummayyad’s and the Abbasiyad’s later on who also inducted laws for Apostasy. I have discussed the issue of apostasy in detail here. http://dinopak.wordpress.com/2010/11/19/recantation-under-islam/

      The simple conclusion is, blasphemy law is totally un-Islamic and has implications which can drive our society towards anarchy, since its making only innocent lives have been lost. There NO case in its history which was at all justified.

      • Regarding the link you provided about the two Christians killed outside the court: Tell me where in the Blasphemey law it states that the public has a free license to put anyone to death?? NO WHERE.. so stop arguing with me about what ignorant people do & regarding which government is absolutely unwilling to do!

        Tell me you guys go so crazy on the Law itself, and don’t go after the Government that is time and time again being the part in the atrocities. Why no one ever got hanged who killed these 2 Christians? Why no one from the Gojra Incident got hanges? Why? & Why you guys don’t go after the gov about it instead of trying to repeal the Law!!

        Do you know that Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, never had Taraweeh Salah in the Mosque. It was added later, by Khalifa Umar ibn Khattab, Radiallahu anho.

        Just because a law was added later doesn’t mean that is unislamic. If the law is based on the teachings of Quran and Sunnah, and the practise of the Companions of the Messenger of Allah, then it is not un-islamic.

        I agree that the Blasphemey Law is not in Quran, but one of the requirements for loving the Last Messenger of Allah is defending him, peace be upon him. As a Muslims State, one of its role should be to put to stop to anyone who has an evil intention (within its boundaries).
        Having said that, the Muslim gov should also have a rule of law! The rights of the majority and the minorities should be protected! The life, honor and property of everyone with the boundaries should be protected.

        So don’t tell me that Pakistani gov should repeal all the laws, because the Gov of Pakistan has been a failure in providing all these things to the People of Pakistan! Its illogical, it doesn’t make sense! When there will be rule of Law in Pakistan, there won’t be any problem with this law…OH Wait… The Modernists and the Apologists and the Progressives and the Secularists will still have the problem, but I don’t really care about that!

  5. stop arguing with me about what ignorant people do & regarding which government is absolutely unwilling to do!

    Tell me you guys go so crazy on the Law itself, and don’t go after the Government that is time and time again being the part in the atrocities.
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    Just because a law was added later doesn’t mean that is unislamic. If the law is based on the teachings of Quran and Sunnah, and the practise of the Companions of the Messenger of Allah, then it is not un-islamic.
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    I agree that the Blasphemey Law is not in Quran, but one of the requirements for loving the Last Messenger of Allah is defending him, peace be upon him. As a Muslims State, one of its role should be to put to stop to anyone who has an evil intention (within its boundaries). The rights of the majority and the minorities should be protected! The life, honor and property of everyone with the boundaries should be protected.

    You have no idea what the implications of this law is. Perhaps you didn’t read my comment, the law was inducted in Ummayad and Abbasyid rule, it wasn’t present until the Rashidah Khilafat. None of the four Khalifah’s executed anyone on charges of blasphemy. If someone who belongs to minority doesn’t even recognizes the status of the Prophet Peace be upon him how do you expect to guard their rights under the blasphemy law, time and again they will be called upon in the courts just because some ‘Lover of Islam’ alleged that they were blasphemic about the Prophet. Do you understand the fact that calling Jesus a son of God is also blasphemic?

    You yourself claim that Pakistan is a failed state, a failed government. I am not at all defending the government here, for me I believe in such a system where the state is already lawless, blasphemy laws give a common man reason to do horrible acts just like that with Aasia bibi.

    By the way if you didn’t read the news yet here is a heads up for you. http://tribune.com.pk/story/80604/blasphemy-case-zardari-warned-not-to-grant-pardon/
    ISLAMABAD: In an unprecedented move, top Deobandi and Barelvi clerics joined hands to warn President Asif Ali Zardari against granting a discretionary pardon to a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, saying that the decision may trigger adverse reaction.

    Shouldn’t we persecute these ‘CLERICS’? Aren’t these the ones who are ‘looking after’ the blasphemy law? You give me an example of how this law should stay in practice and not be misused.

    • During the era of Khulafa Rashideen, no one could have thought to defame Prophet Muhammad SAW, when the Islam was established as the government of the Land. The only defamation was coming and came from outside the boundaries!! After the era of Khulafa Rashideen, things changed radically.

      Jesus being the “son of God” is not blasphemous, my friend you saying this shows how much more you need to study Islam. Allah mentions this misheld belief in his Book Qura’n as a wrong belief and corrects it. No where in Quran-o-Sunnah the religious believes of other faiths have been taken in such a way!

      I did not say that Pakistan is a failed state, in this you are putting words in my mouth. I said that Pakistan has a failed government. Failed government and failed state are two different things. And you know very well that Pakistan has a dysfunctional government, that neither upholds the Constitution of Pakistan, nor it establishes the basic rights bestowed by the Quran-o-Sunnah!

      They seem to be talking about preserving the Law. She is innocent based on the facts brought by the News mediums, but the misuse of law doesn’t mean that one should repeal the law. I think this is what you and all other Secular minded people in Pakistan need to understand. “Repeal the law” slogan only resonates in the Blasphemy case, and you guys pack up bags and go home when the Constitution of Pakistan is misused, when the traffic laws are violated, when the government openly and boldly misuses and/or violates the law!!

      I will stand by the law, when the rule of Law will be established in Pakistan, then the majority will not suffer, and when that happens the minorities will not suffer too. That is only possible when the people of Pakistan live their lives according to Allah’s Deen, Islam, and increase their understanding of Islam.
      Wassalam

      • Jesus being the “son of God” is not blasphemous, my friend you saying this shows how much more you need to study Islam. Allah mentions this misheld belief in his Book Qura’n as a wrong belief and corrects it. No where in Quran-o-Sunnah the religious believes of other faiths have been taken in such a way!

        Exactly what I am trying to say, though I am amazed why Jesus being ‘son of God’ isn’t blasphemous to you, because it is to me. In Islam, all the Prophets have a very high status, especially those whom got the Holy Book.

        You mentioned Allah says this is a misheld belief by the Christians. Likewise Allah have told Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that he will be ridiculed by his own people, conspired against by his own tribe and will get a very hard time on earth. But he should continue with his path and not be distracted. If someone commits to blasphemy, he or she is answerable to God, who are we to decide if someone should live or not. Life is granted to someone by Allah and it is Allah alone who is to decide whether a person should live or not. Unless there is a clear indication in Qura’an that so and so person should be killed.

        The Qura’an say idolators MUST be killed, but Pakistan has Hindus, Parsis and other religions. But they are spared while someone alleged with blasphemy is put to death? Isn’t this a distortion in religion? Aren’t we making our own laws against those of Allah’s?

  6. @ Hasan:
    If you think that the belief “Jesus son of God” is blasphemous then what you need to do is study Islam from good Islamic Scholars, so that you can leave your feelings and opinions aside from the teachings of Islam.

    “Quran says idolators must be killed”
    I think what you really need is to study Islam from the Ulema. Don’t just read the translation of the Book of Allah and derive your rulings from it!!

    Wassalam.

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  8. Dear Umer,

    I would like you to go through this post I just made. I will be waiting for your comments on this.
    http://dinopak.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/why-blasphemy-law-is-not-islamic/

    Regards.

  9. There wouldn’t be any need for imposing such laws if all opponent forces agree at one thing that they won’t insult the holy personalities of any side.

    • There is nothing wrong with the law, because we can’t just expect people to be nice.
      If we think like this then we should not have Military either because we expect people to be nice enough not to invade us.

      In the lawlessed Pakistan, this is the only law that gets battered down. These Human Rights freaks don’t care that in the interior parts of pakistan the Landlords forced their women to marry to Quran, which is totally insane, that the in the interior areas, the public schools are the Landlords hanging out place and not the educational place. This is called Hypocrasy. If they are standing up for Human Rights they should stand everywhere. They don’t care about Afia Siddiqi.

      Most of these groups are funded by foreign entities, no conspiracy everyone knows that.

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