Category Archives: Blasphemy

Christian jailed in Pakistan for refusing to render free service based on Muslim privilege

The Pakistani Center for Law and Justice reports that on June 15, 2017, Muhammad Ishtiaq, son of Haji Muhammad Rafique of the Miraasi caste, came into the shop of Ashfaq Masih, son of Yaqoob Masih, resident of Green Town, Baghariyan Road, Lahore, Pakistan, to get his bicycle repaired, which Masih did, and requested payment.

Ishtiaq replied that “I am a Sadhu person and you should have to give me free services,” but Masih said, “I only believe in Jesus Christ not others, so please give me the payment since I repaired your bicycle.”

Upon hearing this, Ishtiaq accused Masih of using abusive words against the holy prophet, an unpardonable microagression, and lodged an FIR (First Information Report) against Masih under section 295C PPC in the police station of Green Town, Baghariya Road, Lahore.

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First death sentence handed to Lahore man for blasphemy on social media

An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Saturday sentenced a man to death for sharing blasphemous content about Islam on social media, a government prosecutor said.

ATC Judge Shabir Ahmed announced the sentence for the 30-year-old accused in Bahawalpur.

The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) had arrested the accused, who belongs to the Shia community, last year from Bahawalpur and a case was registered against him at CTD Multan police station.

The accused, who hails from Lahore, had allegedly posted derogatory content about prominent Sunni religious figures and wives of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on Facebook.

h/t Dr. J

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Activist faces death for dumping Islam

Mohamed Al-Dosogy -Apostate

Mr. Mohamed Al-Dosogy, an activist who tried to dump Islam for atheism, is in trouble in Sudan where authorities ordered his arrest for apostasy which attracts death penalty.

Article 126 of Sudan’s 1991 Penal Code imposes the death penalty on offenders found guilty of apostasy.

The section defined apostasy as a crime that is committed by any Muslim who advocates for the renunciation of the creed of Islam or publicly renounces his or her faith.

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The Great Price of “Blaspheming” against Muhammad

A few days ago in Pakistan, a Christian pastor who has been “tortured every day in prison” since 2012 when he was first incarcerated, was sentenced to life in prison. Zafar Bhatti, 51, is accused of sending “blasphemous” text messages from his mobile phone; but human rights activists contend that the charge “was fabricated to remove him from his role as a Pastor.”

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Blasphemy Laws Still Reign in Many Muslim Countries

Demonstrators rally in favor of blasphemy laws in Mardan, Pakistan

Blasphemy laws across the world were brought back into the spotlight this week after a court in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, sentenced Jakarta’s Chinese-Christian governor to two years in prison for insulting Islam.

Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama was accused of blasphemy during his re-election campaign last year when a video surfaced of him quoting a verse in the Quran to prove to his supporters that there were no restrictions on Muslims voting for non-Muslim politicians.

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Richard Dawkins challenges Ireland to arrest him for blasphemy after Stephen Fry investigation

Richard Dawkins has challenged Irish police to arrest him for blasphemy after they investigated Stephen Fry for calling God “capricious, mean-minded [and] stupid”.

In an article for The Irish Times, the outspoken atheist and evolutionary biologist said he would “be available for arrest on a charge of blasphemy” as he gave a public lecture in Ireland.

“I shall be giving a public lecture in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on June 12th, and I shall therefore be available for arrest on a charge of blasphemy,” he wrote.

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Jakarta’s Christian governor jailed for two years for blasphemy

Jakarta’s Christian governor was jailed for two years Tuesday after being found guilty of committing blasphemy, capping a saga seen as a test of religious tolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation.

Presiding judge Dwiarso Budi Santiarto told the Jakarta court that Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was “convincingly guilty of committing blasphemy and is sentenced to two years in prison”.

He ordered Purnama, known by his nickname Ahok, to be detained. Purnama said: “We will file an appeal.” Islamic hardliners outside the court cheered as news of verdict emerged and shouted “God is greatest”.

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Boy, 10, killed in attempted blasphemy lynching in Pakistan

A 10-year-old boy has been killed and five other people wounded after a mob attacked a police station in an attempt to lynch a Hindu man charged with blasphemy in south-west Pakistan, officials said. It was the third major vigilante attack linked to accusations of insulting Islam in less than a month, as law enforcement agencies struggle to deal with a surge in violence.

Thursday’s incident occurred in the town of Hub in the restive province of Balochistan following the arrest of Prakash Kumar, a 34-year-old member of the country’s Hindu religious minority. Kumar, a crockery shop owner, was detained on Tuesday for allegedly posting an incendiary image on social media.

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Blasphemy and Terrorism: Catchall Phrases to Repress Dissent

Muslims protest against freedom of speech in Toronto – 2012

“…Saudi Arabia and other Muslim nations have been lobbying in recent years for the criminalization of blasphemy in international law in a move that would legitimize curbs on free speech and growing Muslim intolerance towards any open discussion of their faith. The kingdom’s ability to further its efforts was enhanced last November when it was elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Assertions of blasphemy and terrorism have become favourite terms employed by illiberal, authoritarian and autocratic leaders to crush their opponents. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has used terrorism allegations to arrest tens of thousands and fire more than 100,000 civil servants, teachers, professors, journalists, judicial personnel, and police and military officers. In January, persons believed to be associated with security forces kidnapped and abused five Pakistani bloggers critical of the military under the guise of blasphemy…”

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Why have blasphemy laws at all?

Beware if you are a dissident of any sort in sharia-infested, mullah-controlled Pakistan. You can be jailed, beaten, stabbed or lynched if you do not endorse the state religion. You can be murdered for anything less than wholehearted endorsement of majority beliefs.

Christian Asia Bibi is still in prison awaiting execution on charges of blasphemy. The past few weeks have seen murders of student dissidents and Ahmadi Muslim academics. On March 30 a cousin of Nobel laureate Dr. Abdus Salam was shot dead. He was a prominent Ahmadi Muslim leader.

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Everyday Islam: Three sisters kill man booked for blasphemy in Sialkot

SIALKOT: Three armed burqa-clad sisters on Wednesday shot dead a man near Sialkot after accusing him of committing blasphemy 13 years ago.

Police managed to arrest the three suspects and identified them as Amna, Afshan and Razia.

The incident took place in Nangal Mirza village, Pasrur tehsil.

According to the police, the three women went to the house of Mazhar Hussain Syed, a faith healer, and asked him to pray for them. They also asked him if his son, Fazal Abbas, had returned from abroad. When told that he had returned from Belgium, they asked if they could see him. As soon as Abbas, 45, appeared before the women, they opened fire on him with the weapons they had brought with them secretly. Abbas died on the spot.

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Imam refuses to read last rites of student killed for “blasphemy”

Outrage and hatred continue after a Pakistani university journalism student was brutally beaten by an angry mob of fellow classmates Thursday.

The day before his death, Marshal Khan allegedly engaged in a heated debate with fellow students over whether the offspring of Adam and Eve would have married each other, which led to him being accused of blasphemy against Islam, according to India Times.

The following day, a mob of students busted into Khan’s hostel room, dragged him outside naked, and publically beat the man to death using sticks and broken glasses while shouting, “Allahu Akbar.”

On Friday, the Imam at the local mosque outright refused to read the last rites at Khan’s funeral. The report states that a technician who was asked to read the rites in place of the cleric was later approached by several angry people after the ceremony.

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The Religion of Peace: Student murdered after being accused of blasphemy in Pakistan

MARDAN: A journalism student was lynched at Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU), Mardan in broad daylight on Thursday after being accused of blasphemy.

The deceased was identified as Mashal Khan, a resident of Swabi and a student at AWKU’s Journalism and Mass Communication department.

A friend of the deceased student told The Express Tribune that a mob attacked him before shooting him in the head and chest. He added that the mob then continued to beat his body with sticks.

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