Secure men believe in God and the Day of Judgment and have full faith that God alone decides what is in one’s heart. Insecure men's way to find solutions is to eliminate the other with power, screams, deaths and threats.
Unless a few of us start speaking against Blasphemy, the evil vigilantist anti-Islamic practice of insecure men will continue.
Except the first four caliphs, who were chosen to govern rather than forcefully taking over, we have a bad history of oppression. Have we ever been ruled by sane men? It is not just us, until 100 years ago with the exception of the United States; the whole world was run by dictators and kings. Most nations are moving towards civil societies run by the consensus of the people and sadly our freedom is not proportional.
Look at our history, we have been prevented from independent inquiry, we were imposed by the damned dictators and kings. Thank God we have Turkey, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Indonesia, and Pakistan (occasionally), where the civil society rules. Islam will do well in democracies and freedom.
Unfortunately Muslims do not have the breathing room to be themselves, they are continuously bonded by one tyrant or the other… We certainly can pray asking God to help Muslims to be free to govern themselves and not throw them in the mouths of Mullahs from the dictators. One bad Mubarak goes and the brotherhood is out there to force their laws on the unwilling people…
We the Muslims have been reduced to Pavlovian Muslims - we are too damned conditioned with the laws of men like Zia, Wahhab, Maududi, Banna and others, rather than guidance of God. We need to be free, and do our Iqra.
Prophet Muhammad said, I am leaving this book to you - he did not say, well, I have assigned the interpretation of the book to the Imams, Kings and the dictators... you don't need to read the Quran any more, just follow the rules made by the dominant partners of God, you will get a free pass on the Day of Judgement. They will take care of you.
Time to start from Zero and listen to the Prophet and not the Great Imams of the past, following them has made us cowards and insecure with Blasphemy and Apostasy laws that go against God's will.
Here are the verses from Quraan, compiled by Irtaza.
[5:57] O you who believe, do not befriend those among the recipients of previous scripture who mock and ridicule your religion, nor shall you befriend the disbelievers. You shall reverence GOD, if you are really believers.
[6:68] If you see those who mock our revelations, you shall avoid them until they delve into another subject. If the devil causes you to forget, then, as soon as you remember, do not sit with such evil people.
[18:106] Their just requital is Hell, in return for their disbelief, and for mocking My revelations and My messengers.
[39:48] The sinful works they had earned will be shown to them, and the very things they used to mock will come back to haunt them.
[45:33] The evils of their works will become evident to them, and the very things they mocked will come back and haunt them.
Why the Muslim masses ignore the Messenger Muhammad? Who they want to please?
The punishment is delivered by God, not by you or me.
The killing is justified only if people wage war against you. You may kill them, in that case:
[5:33] The just retribution for those who fight GOD and His messenger, and commit horrendous crimes, is to be killed, or crucified, or to have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or to be banished from the land. This is to humiliate them in this life, then they suffer a far worse retribution in the Hereafter.
The killing is not justified if people evict you. You may only evict them:
[2:191] You may kill those who wage war against you, and you may evict them whence they evicted you. Oppression is worse than murder. Do not fight them at the Sacred Masjid, unless they attack you therein. If they attack you, you may kill them. This is the just retribution for those disbelievers.
The killing is not justified if people insult the Prophet. God will take care of it.
[18:106] Their just requital is Hell, in return for their disbelief, and for mocking My revelations and My messengers
And, these are some of the Quranic wisdoms:
[42:37] They avoid gross sins and vice, and when angered they forgive
[42:40] Although the just requital for an injustice is an equivalent retribution, those who pardon and maintain righteousness are rewarded by GOD. He does not love the unjust.
The Muslim masses need to learn a lot from the Quran. They are shackled by their Ulams and Allamas!
It is illogical that in a Muslim state Prophet will be insulted and the offender will not be punished. Dr Hashim Kamali has concluded in chapter on Blasphemy in his book the Freedom Of Expression in Islam that blasphemy is punishable under Taziir and the punishment will depend on the level of offence. I feel he is right.
Shah Abdul Hannan
Dear Mr. Hannan,
Please do not insult the Qur'anic teachings. The Qur'an does not require us to punish blasphemy in THIS world. It's solely Allah's territory and He will deal with the blasphemers as He sees fit. Why do you want to kill the blasphemer when Allah has declared ALL murders unlawful (except when the are legally justified-and blasphemy is NOT one of them)? Do you blood on your hands?
Even the prophets were badly insulted during their lifetimes and Allah threatened the blasphemers to punish them Himself---Here and in the Hereafter. Only He has this prerogative, no one else. This is because the blasphemer must be allowed to have their natural life to repent at any time, and this opportunity must not be taken away from them. I hope you understand the difference between insulting and spreading widespread corruption on the Earth.