Assalamu alaikum, I’m obviously not the most knowledgeable Muslim, nor the best Muslim, or anything like that. So I’ll say in advance that I may inadvertentlu say something wrong or get a few things wrong but…
Should a Muslim country have a “blasphemy law”? Is there soemthing Islamic in that? And assuming that there is, that there should be a blasphemy law, what should the punishment be for violating that law? And if one is against said law, or would like to see it changed/amended or see it discarded altogether, should that person be put to death because of their opinion of said law?
Because I was really disturbed by the assassination of the governor pf Punjab (State?) in Pakistan, and even more disturbed that it was his own bodyguard(s) that did it while other of his bodyguards just stood their and looked on. I was disturbed that he was killed in such a way as to be riddled with 30 bullets. And almost most disturbing of all was that supposedly, according to the BBC, 500 “prominent Islamic scholars) approved of this, said this was exactly what should happen to someone who opposes Pakistan’s said blasphemy law. And I just felt so demoralized.
And you wanna know why? Because this is just another example of what I like to call “Islam versus reality”. What I’m saying is I can talk all day about how just and merciful and all of that that Islam is, but all that non-Muslims, including friends and family, have to do is here on the BBC that “500 prominent Islamic scholars in pakistan” think it’s perfectly acceptable to not only kill a governor for opposing a blasphemy law, but that anyone who grieves for him should suffer the same fate as well. And I’m thinking to myself, what kinda Islam is this? If supposed Islamic scholars and so-called prominent ones at that, think it’s acceptable to riddle someone with bullets simply because they oppose a so-called blasphemy law, which seems, per my understanding, to be vague at best (I mean how do you define “insulting islam” or “insulting the Prophet”)? And how doe shtis figure as we as Muslims are supposed to be people of the middle way< etc.?
I just feel like, well, I wonder what kinda Islam I entered when I said my shahadah. Certainly not the kind of Islam that says that someone should be riddled with bullets by someone who was supposed to protect them. Nor the kind of islam that would deny education to girls, for whatever reason. I guess if ti's about protecting them from bad infleunces, then at least find what you'd consider suitable educational material and teach them. But that's a different topic that after the long day I've had I don't have the mental strength to touch at this point.
I just kinda get the feeling that as a Muslim I've walked into the wrong room or something, not so much per my accepting islam itself, but that my view of how Islam should be seems to be at serious odds with a pretty decent proportion of the Muslim community. I mean,how canyou say "Islam doesn't condone this", when an argumentative non-Muslim can shoot back "well 500 prominent Islamic scholars says this is OK"? How can a layperson like me argue with that? Because supposedly I as a layperson am not supposed to question the scholars?