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    Petition against Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

    http://www.petitiononline.com/VMappeal/petition.html

    To: President of Pakistan, Governments of the Muslims Countries, UN Commission for Human Rights
    Recently in Nowshera District in Pakistan, a man named Ashiq Nabi (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4466341.stm), was brutally murdered for the unproven allegation of blasphemy by an angry mob following a rumor that he had damaged a copy of the Qur’an deliberately. As the rumor spread rapidly, a 400-plus village mob chased Mr. Nabi through the fields, who finally sought refuge up on a tree where he was shot dead by someone in the mob. This is one of many frequent cases of murder for those accused of blasphemy in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

    Many people, mostly from minority religions, are often jailed in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy. Sentencing to death for blasphemy is not uncommon in Pakistan; the most well-known case being that of Dr. Younis Sheikh, who was ultimately acquitted because of intense international pressure. Dr Sheikh, still in fear for his life, has now taken refuge in a Western country. However, people accused of blasphemy, are often murdered by religious mob, who believe it to be their religious duty as Muslims to kill those who desert or disrespect Islam. Indeed, death for blasphemy is common to all over the Muslims world. The case of Salman Rushdie and Taslima Nasrin (Bangladesh), who are under “Islamic rogue justice” called “fatwa” and currently hiding in Western countries, are just a few well-known cases. Also recently Prof. Humayun Azad of Bangladesh (http://www.mukto-mona.com/Articles/h...rmanubhuti.htm) was fatally assaulted by Islamic zealots for allegedly defaming Islam in his book, who finally died in Germany on 11 August, 2004.

    Historically, Muslims have killed those who desert Islam (apostates) as well as those who deny the words of Prophet Muhammad or the content of Qur’an as divine truth. This brutal custom of killing the blasphemers was started by the Prophet Muhammad himself in the 7th century and continues even till today in the Muslims countries. Passages in the Ahadiths/Sunnah (actions and sayings of Prophet Muhammad: Sahih Bukhari 4:52:260, 5:59:369 etc.) recorded Prophet Muhammad ordering to kill those who disrespected or deserted Islam.

    Sahih Bukhari 4:52:260:
    Narrated Ikrima:
    Ali burnt some people and this news reached Ibn 'Abbas, who said, "Had I been in his place I would not have burnt them, as the Prophet said, 'Don't punish (anybody) with Allah's Punishment. 'No doubt, I would have killed them, for the Prophet said, 'If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.'

    Sahih Bukhari 5:59:369:
    Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah:
    Allah's Apostle said, "Who is willing to kill Ka'b bin Al-Ashraf who has hurt Allah and His Apostle?" Thereupon Muhammad bin Maslama got up saying, "O Allah's Apostle! Would you like that I kill him?" The Prophet said, "Yes,"

    The Quran also contains verses that sanction killing of the disbelievers or deserters of Islam (Quran 4:89, 9:12, 33:15-16, 33:60-61). For example:
    They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level (with them). So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the way of Allah; if they turn back (to enmity) then take them and kill them wherever ye find them, and choose no friend, nor helper from among them." [Quran 4:89]

    This idea of murdering those, who express opinions opposing or disrespecting any religion or prophet, is a vestige of the medieval barbaric traditions that has no place in today’s modern world of excellence in human rights and dignity where fundamental human rights must be assured to people in every country of the world. Articles 18 and 19 of the United Nation’s Declaration of Universal Human Rights guarantee the freedom of choosing, practicing and preaching one’s religion and belief as well as freedom of expression of one’s opinion without interference or fear. The blasphemy penal law, which carries penalty as severe as death, is in outright contravention of UN’s Declaration of Universal Human Rights and is barbaric and unacceptable today.

    We, the members of Vinnomot (www.vinnomot.com, an internet congregation of Bengali and international mix) feel that such barbaric and cruel laws should not exist anywhere in the world and should be abolished without delay. We also express concern about the passages in the holy Qur’an and Ahadiths/Sunnah which frequently incite the religious Muslims to take justice in their own hands, even in countries without blasphemy laws, resulting in the unfortunate murder and torture of the so-called blasphemers. Even in the Western countries, despite being a minority, zealot Muslims and Imams routinely calls for death of the alleged blasphemers

    We appeal to the President of Pakistan to take stern actions against those responsible for the barbaric murder of Ashiq Nabi and we plead with him to take immediate steps to repeal this barbaric blasphemy law which contravenes the universal human rights. We also appeal to Governments and the religious authorities of the Muslim nations to look into the religious text which spontaneously instigate the general public to “mob justice” to kill and torture the alleged blasphemers. Unless the religious basis of such brutal acts are properly interpreted or edited, the devout religious Muslims would continue to resort to such cruel “rogue justice”.

    We also appeal to the United Nations to take her Declaration of Universal Human Rights seriously and work with or pressurize (if needed) member Governments to abolish such uncivilized criminal laws, including their religious bases.

    We also appeal to those, who value life, human rights and human dignity, to sign this petition so as to raise your voice and conscience against such unacceptable and barbaric cruelty that still exists in our civilized world.

    Sincerely,
    Compulsory course for fundos: Gitmo Diversity training

    #2
    Re: Petition against Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

    pathetic patetion by pathetic people

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      #3
      Re: Petition against Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

      Originally posted by Khatmal
      pathetic patetion by pathetic people
      Agreed.
      Quite often good things have hurtful consequences. There are instances of men who have been ruined by their money or KILLED by their COURAGE.” ~Aristotle

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        #4
        Re: Petition against Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

        Originally posted by Anwaar Qureshi
        Agreed.
        agreed
        BTW lostsoul you should also start a petition on challenging people to practise black magic on you
        Oh, everything's too damned expensive these days. This Bible cost 15 bucks! And talk about a preachy book! Everybody's a sinner! Except this guy.

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          #5
          Re: Petition against Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

          I expect someone to deny the allegation or opt for an open discussion.....but Lostsoul...get ready for all abuses! Amin!

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            #6
            Re: Petition against Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

            Iam with lostsoul on this one.
            Reason: laws such as these have been misused as tools of exploitation, suppress dissent, intimidate minorities and impose ideas which suite those in power. When laws become exploitative, they need to be either rescinded or amended.

            For all those who favor blasphemy laws, what happens if tomorrow US of A and other western countries decide that any criticism of their christian faith will be taken as blasphemy and those found guilty will be punished? Ever thought about the repercussions? Or, that minorities have rights and have always enjoyed them under Caliphs and days of the Prophet.

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              #7
              Re: Petition against Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

              Fatguru...you must be ashamed for such non-sense law, on the contrary you justify it.

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                #8
                Re: Petition against Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

                There should also be a petition banning the production of Shaan BBQ Pork masala.
                “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

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                  #9
                  Re: Petition against Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

                  Originally posted by anjjan
                  Fatguru...you must be ashamed for such non-sense law, on the contrary you justify it.
                  Does not compute??

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                    #10
                    Re: Petition against Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

                    Originally posted by fartguru
                    Iam with lostsoul on this one.
                    Reason: laws such as these have been misused as tools of exploitation, suppress dissent, intimidate minorities and impose ideas which suite those in power. When laws become exploitative, they need to be either rescinded or amended.

                    For all those who favor blasphemy laws, what happens if tomorrow US of A and other western countries decide that any criticism of their christian faith will be taken as blasphemy and those found guilty will be punished? Ever thought about the repercussions? Or, that minorities have rights and have always enjoyed them under Caliphs and days of the Prophet.
                    The minorities enjoyed religious freedom during the time of the Caliphs (and still should, no doubt). But they were not believers to begin with. If you are a believer and then attack your religion, that's a totally different matter.
                    !!! World's Shortest Giant !!!
                    (A Man and a Half)

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                      #11
                      Re: Petition against Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

                      Why is it when someone points out a practice (and this is not the first time I am hearing of this, heard of this for a while now) of Muslims to lynch, tax, take property, or even rape simply on hearsay and simply because it is condoned Islamically, automatically the person who dares point out a flaw is pathetic. I am not even touching on the contempt most Muslims here have for other religions (qualifying word -> here, I try to have the hope that people on this board are not the average Muslim on the street).

                      Lost soul pointed out a problem, gave examples, and presented the texts to back up the mob mentality rule. If you don't agree, then rebut it with something better than pathetic. If that is all you have why bother posting.
                      "Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." - John F. Kennedy

                      "Someday we gonna rise up on that wind you know
                      Someday we gonna dance with those lions
                      Someday we gonna break free from these chains and keep on flyin'" - flipsyde

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                        #12
                        Re: Petition against Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

                        Originally posted by fartguru
                        Iam with lostsoul on this one.
                        Reason: laws such as these have been misused as tools of exploitation, suppress dissent, intimidate minorities and impose ideas which suite those in power. When laws become exploitative, they need to be either rescinded or amended.

                        For all those who favor blasphemy laws, what happens if tomorrow US of A and other western countries decide that any criticism of their christian faith will be taken as blasphemy and those found guilty will be punished? Ever thought about the repercussions? Or, that minorities have rights and have always enjoyed them under Caliphs and days of the Prophet.

                        hmm..it will be a cause of jihad for us. if we are tortured/killed for our religion then it is a blessing for us. offcourse we seek refuge with Allah from being tried because we might fail, but if he tests us then we seek patience from Him so we can pass the test and be succesfull.

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                          #13
                          Re: Petition against Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

                          ThandyMazaq - so

                          http://www.cswusa.com/Reports%20Page...s-Pakistan.htm

                          http://www.persecution.org/Countries/pakistan.html

                          After looking through the following links, does this mean that Christians, and by extension, America can declare jihad because of our suffering for our religion? Or does it mean that you are justified persecuting others and they just have to deal with it, but none should touch you because you are, after all, Muslims?

                          Or are you going to say the same cop-out that it is all just media hype and NOTHING like that happens.

                          Then the cycle never ends
                          "Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." - John F. Kennedy

                          "Someday we gonna rise up on that wind you know
                          Someday we gonna dance with those lions
                          Someday we gonna break free from these chains and keep on flyin'" - flipsyde

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                            #14
                            Re: Petition against Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

                            Originally posted by ThandyMazaq
                            hmm..it will be a cause of jihad for us. if we are tortured/killed for our religion then it is a blessing for us. offcourse we seek refuge with Allah from being tried because we might fail, but if he tests us then we seek patience from Him so we can pass the test and be succesfull.
                            !!! World's Shortest Giant !!!
                            (A Man and a Half)

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                              #15
                              Re: Petition against Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

                              Originally posted by The Hunk
                              The minorities enjoyed religious freedom during the time of the Caliphs (and still should, no doubt). But they were not believers to begin with. If you are a believer and then attack your religion, that's a totally different matter.
                              Blasphemy law applies to all, not just the minorities. Charges can be levelled against Shia's by Sunni's as they have recently in Gilgit. Where does this stop?

                              When state is unable to defend its citizens from exploitation of loopholes in the judicial system, then all laws which provide such excuses should cease to exist immediately.

                              Patriot Act....Hate it, should be rescinded cause it violates my basic rights.
                              Army laws in the occupied territories of Israel (West Bank Gaza)...Hate it, treat Palestinians as suspects and collaborators
                              Pota (India)...disgusting, cause it targetted Muslims

                              When we Muslims make so much fuss about laws targeting Muslims, then why have double standards when it comes to those within your jurisidiction?

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