For the last time, there is no ‘blasphemy law’ in Islam

The fair name of Islam has recently been darkened by the murderous directive issued by certain Muslim leaders and endorsed by their supporters that Aasia Bibi must be assassinated as a result of her making blasphemous remarks about the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Aasia Bibi might be guilty of blasphemy but this is not an offense for which the death penalty is prescribed by Islam. Not at all. No such instruction is contained in the Holy Qur’an and it is a significant point to bear in mind, that not one protagonist demanding her assassination has quoted a single verse from the Holy Qur’an as a basis of authority.

No Prophet of God was more blasphemed, maligned, insulted and abused during his lifetime than the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).  He and his faithful followers were subjected to every kind of verbal invective and physical harassment. He was forced to migrate from Mecca to Medina due to the severity of persecution by the Meccans. Ten years later he returned to Mecca with ten thousand followers who could have taken the town by storm but the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade any bloodshed. Much to the amazement of the Meccans he forgave them their cruel enormities and this was his general attitude throughout his life towards his enemies and blasphemous opponents. All Muslims look upon the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, as a perfect exemplar for mankind and they would do well to be moved and guided by his noble example.

There is no mention in the Holy Qur’an or anywhere else of any punishment for a blasphemous act. The consequences of her blasphemy in this world and in the next life lie solely in the hands of God. Humans are free to accept or reject whatever they believe in. God says in the Holy Qur’an:

‘There is no compulsion in religion.’ (2:256)

‘It is the truth from your Lord; wherefore let him who will believe and let him who will disbelieve.’ (18:29)

Islam recognizes the right of freedom of conscience and freedom of belief and that as far as one’s religious belief is concerned one is answerable to God alone. No man has the right to punish another for his choice of belief. There is absolutely no compulsion whatsoever in Islam and no punishment of any kind permitted in the Holy Qur’an for blasphemy.

Human rights are laid down in the Holy Qur’an which guarantee man the right of perfect freedom of faith and conscience. In such matters God is the Judge – not man.

About Hasan
A Muslim with a slightly different perspective. A student of history, theology and science.

2 Responses to For the last time, there is no ‘blasphemy law’ in Islam

  1. Sheila O'Sullivan says:

    Thank you Hasan, for this post. I have a few Muslim friends and acquaintances, who all follow the same reasoning. They are highly educated and live in the West, as I do. I also am a student of history and science. Theology I know little about, though I am reading in an attempt to remedy that lack. Sadly, a month after this was posted Salman Taheer was assasinated in Isb. There are many posted reactions on the forum ‘Pakistan Youth’ which may be of interest to you. They were enlightening for me. It is difficult for a Christian to enter into a meaningful dialogue with a Muslim, for various cultural reasons. So those of us who are interested in these matters, are disproportionately reliant on posts such as this one. Please keep up this effort, it is very useful.

    • Hasan says:

      Thank you for your appreciation Sheila, I consider it my duty to defend my religion, which has been in the spotlight of bad criticism due to the actions of some ‘self-proclaimed’ Muslims. The assassination came as a shock to me and the glorification of it is just depressing.

      Muslims don’t realize this is not glorification of Islam rather it is pushing it towards ignorance and intolerance. Islam wasn’t brought on the sword as many claim. You should go through my posts about Islam and do help me by spreading my work among your Muslim acquaintances.


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