The Assassination Of Salman Taseer Could Have Been Avoided.


I thought about this a lot, and I came down to this conclusion that whatever happened was wrong, but it could have been avoided.  Religion is always a sensitive topic, and its surprising that everyone and I mean like everyone from the most illiterate person to the most prominent figure in the media is talking about what Islam has to say about the blasphemy law, and who is right in doing what.  I understand that the religion has to be interpreted at times, but I don’t think everyone can or is able to do that, by not knowing the history of why something is considered right or wrong in a religion, or what was the basis of a Hadith in regards to Islam.  I think the interpretation is best left to the people, who actually know what they are talking about, and by that I mean the scholars of a particular religion, in this case, Islam.  These people have actually studied Islam in depth, and they know what they are talking about.  When all sorts of people start talking about a topic, with not enough information as one is suppose to have, they spew out all different kinds of opinions and views on the public.  And usually people take offense if something wrong is said about their religion. Some of the emotional outbursts become really drastic, and events such as the assassination of Salman Taseer happens. 

Pakistan is after all an Islamic Republic country, and it should follow the Islamic and the Sharia law. Therefore, in the controversial cases such as Aasia Bibi, we should rely on the best scholars of Islam, for them to interpret the law of Islam, and help in giving out the ruling accordingly. The final verdict might not sit well with many people, but that doesn’t mean, that to make people happy we just ignore the laws set by Islam.

I personally do not know much about the blasphemy law according to Islam in detail, but I am doing my research trying to understand it all. This is why I should leave it to the experts who know best in this area to guide the people like me, who do not know much. I am not being ignorant of all this by simply saying that the scholars know best, but I want to know what exactly is right and what Islam says on this. I am a Muslim, and I want to follow my religion and it’s practices as closely and effectively as I can. I mean, there are some aspects that you do not like in a particular religion, but you still follow it. I don’t like the rule that a widow has to stay in iddath for 4 months after the death of her husband, even though she might be in her old age, but they still follow it…because one is committed to becoming a good Muslim, and you have to follow the system set by Islam. Just like you will not speed on the roadways, because you will get a speeding ticket. You might not like this law, but you still follow it, because it’s a system made so that everyone would follow it. 

We should always think before we speak, especially on controversial cases like these, because there will be instances where you would impart some knowledgeable insight, but there will also be many instances where you will incite anger. That anger can be harmful, especially if it is based on something that is not correct. For example, I just found out that Mr. Rehman Malik, the Interior Minister of Pakistan, gave a statement today that he would shoot any blasphemer himself, and this is coming from a guy who could not recite Surah Ikhlas correctly. Why in the world would you say such drastic things on the media, when you know there can be negative consequences of it. 

I just want to say that before anyone speaks on controversial topics like these, make sure you have enough information, and also think about what outcomes there will be to what you say.

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  1. #1 by naziratif on January 7, 2011 - 12:00 pm

    Agreed
    “make sure you have enough information, and also think about what outcomes there will be to what you say.”

    • #2 by Sarah Memon on January 7, 2011 - 12:28 pm

      Thanks for agreeing! 🙂

      • #3 by neel123 on January 7, 2011 - 2:11 pm

        It is fine for you to follow your religion as interpreted by the mullahs. But make sure you do not expect to be treated differently in another country, from how you treat the minorities in your own country … !

      • #4 by Sarah Memon on January 7, 2011 - 4:45 pm

        But I believe that when you live in a country you abide by the rules set by that country…that is what the teachings have been since the time of Socrates. If one does not agree to the laws, they don’t have to break it, instead they can move somewhere else or better than that would be that they approach people who have the authority to change it and convince them that what you say is right. By saying this, I don’t approve of how minorities are treated, but it tends to get worse if people start breaking the law, and saying blasphemous things about the religion that the country you are living in follows. Unfair treatment is everywhere, I mean in the Western countries, even if the Muslims living there don’t break a rule or law, still people tend to be cautious when it comes to Muslims, because of the stereotype created that all Muslims are terrorists. And I agree that what Qadri did by assassinating Salman Taseer just makes someone believe in the stereotype even more, and I do not support Qadri at all for taking the approach that he did, but one has to realize that these people are incited by others who tend to say wrong things without having enough information. This has to be looked at from all different aspects, I mean Pakistan is an unstable country, injustice is prevalent there, to make things right takes forever, the government rarely listens or cares about the public (you can see that by the conditions of petroleum prices, lack of electricity, increasing inflation rate), the poverty level is very high, there is a large number of illiterate people living there….and on top of all this, one goes ahead and say blasphemous things about their religion (and I must tell you, Muslims are very passionate about their religion…of course one should not show the passion in harmful ways, and not by killing someone), but there is bound to be a reaction. I understand that people question some aspects of religion, whether they be Muslims or Non-Muslims…even I do at times, but one should do that by respecting the others’ feelings, especially when you know that the country you are living in has blasphemous laws.

  2. #5 by Hasan on January 7, 2011 - 9:45 pm

    First of all, Islam as interpreted by the “MULLAH” is not Islam at all.

    Secondly, Sarah when you have such intolerant people within your MEDIA, who on national television become so smug about religion, they openly discuss fates of other human beings, how can you even hope to avoid such actions.

    If you don’t know what I am talking about, please go through this post of mine, its a reference (to the videos of the program) of a program by everyone’s favourite Aamir Liaquat Hussain which went on air on 3rd December 2010.

    http://dinopak.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/the-real-blasphemers/

    (Do see the reference posts too which I linked in it)

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