In The Name of Religion

By Awais Rabbani

Mumtaz Qadri being showered with rose petals

Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, a name that never ceases to amaze me. Pakistan’s much loved ‘vigilante’ has made headlines again with his latest demand; that he will commit suicide if he is not allowed to meet his family.
Qadri, who has been hailed as a hero by the supporters of Pakistan’s contentious blasphemy laws, was convicted of murdering his employer Salman Taseer, former governor of Punjab
Taseer’s crime was to seek justice for Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was sentenced to death for allegedly insulting the prophet of Islam. He proposed reforms to the blasphemy law which are heavily prejudiced in favour of Muslims while failing to safeguard the followers of other religions. Qadri confessed to assassinating Taseer saying he did it because he had referred to it as a ‘black law’.
I am generally repulsed and, perhaps too easily swayed by emotions for my fellow citizens who truly care for the well being of this nation. Does it occur to any one of those followers who are feting him as a devout Muslim that committing suicide is sin forbidden in Islam?
Ironically, his lawyer stated that Qadri has done his country a great service and sacrificed his life to uphold the honour of the Prophet. The way I see it, since the Supreme Court has maintained his death penalty Qadri has two choices:
a) Hang for the heinous crime and die with the a little ‘dignity’ he has left, the chances of which probably faded after he violated the most basic human right, the right of life.
b) Commit suicide and prove that his love for the Prophet was, but a mere demonstration of a weak mind fuelled by hard-line mullahs.
These days many people leave their families behind to look for jobs overseas. I contacted Wajahat, a friend who recently returned from abroad. He left his family to find a job seven years ago and had no means of reconnecting for years to follow. “When I first set foot in Canada, all I had was hundred dollars. I could barely support my family financially.” He recalls.
Wajahat claims he is an ordinary Muslim, who visits mosque five times a day when laziness does not take the best of him. “When you are in a foreign land and have no moral support you tend to lose hope.” He said. “Ever considered committing suicide?” I remarked, in jest. “Now why would I taste a forbidden fruit?” He laughed.
Wajahat might not be the best representation of Muslim ummah, nor he is revered as Aashiqe Rasul but I think Qadri, “the renowned devotee”, should take a page out of his books.
Sometimes in the midst of all this, I find myself angry and helpless; we have hit a new low and changed our priorities from the true heroes of Islam, the four rightly guided Caliphs, to him.
Perhaps it’s time we should all commit suicide.

  • Almost every article written on this website is about religion. How Muslims who commit any crime are not true Muslims, they don’t follow true Islam, their interpretation of Quran is wrong. Hardly anything new is written. Don’t you guys ever get fed up of writing same thing again again and again.

  • Maria

    Why don’t Muslims raise their voice?
    Why do they raise their voice?
    Hypocrisy!

  • Abigail

    This is totally different from other postings, but equally awesome along a totally different dimension. It leaves you wondering.so enlightening and thoughtful.

  • Mehmud

    Awesome article. Need more articles like that to raise awareness in the society

  • Nobody

    This site has a Mirzai agenda and that is why they publish drivel that seeks to diss Islam, Muslims and Pakistan to push the narrative of the US war on Islam, which is termed war on terrorism for convenience.

  • haroon

    Intolerant Indian says:
    December 1, 2015 at 7:52 pm
    Almost every article written on this website is about religion. How Muslims who commit any crime are not true Muslims

    intorrant u are right.muslims are normal human being.90%are muslim by accident.
    extremism was exported by america.hindu and muslim both.

    isis was formed to steal oil of the area at half rate.

    american oil traders ,mosly jews, are behind all the voilence occured in last 150 yrs.reason was and is oil.

  • rasheed masood
  • Chilling …
    Grooming Pakistan’s Taliban Generation.
    .
    https://mobile.twitter.com/cestmoiz/status/671863936887554048

  • Muslims say ISIS has nothing to do with Islam, then why they got offended by piggy bank showing funding to ISIS?

    Newspaper draws piggy bank to show ISIS funding, Muslim groups attack it as pig is “unislamic”
    http://www.opindia.com/2015/11/newspaper-draws-piggy-bank-to-show-isis-funding-muslim-groups-attack-it-as-pig-is-unislamic/

  • haroon

    isis has killed more than 200,000 muslims.the world is silent,why.they are getting arms by selling oil ag cheap price.those who are getting oil is protecting them.

  • haroon
  • haroon
  • Rex Minor

    Mr Rabbani,

    Qadri, who has been hailed as a hero by the supporters of Pakistan’s contentious blasphemy laws, was convicted of murdering his employer Salman Taseer, former governor of Punjab.

    Mr Taseer was not the employer of Mr Qadri, but a book keeper accountant who belonged to the political establishment which extended the colonial blesphamic laws. He was an irresponsible individual questioning the law of the land, to which he was committed by his very oath. He had no business in defying the law publicly while loafing around in Islamabad rstaurants instead of being in his office in Lahore.
    Mr Qadri has commtted a crime of taking a humans life for whatever reaons and is not denying the charge but explaining his motivation which simply reflects his literacy standard. It does not hoever follow that the State should replicate the act in revenge,

    Remember,the commandment of God, though shall not kill! Pakistan
    must annul the legislations on Blesphamy and capital punishment.
    This should be your line as well and not the continuation of the series of murders.

    Rex Minor

  • Liberal Secular

    Once again a shoutout and mass killing of innocent people. Once again suspected killers are Muslim and once again we will hear liberals all around the world singing the same song ‘ religion has nothing to do with terrorism’ .
    ..
    Meanwhile, Friend from NDTV confirms that Syed Farook of California Shooting was a RSS shakha pramukh in San Bernardino.

  • Liberal Secular

    California jihadi terrorist “was very religious. He’d go to work, come back, go to pray, come back. He’s Muslim.”

  • Hanna

    @Rex Minor
    “The way I see it, since the Supreme Court has maintained his death penalty Qadri has two choices”

    Pretty clear where his allegiance lie, Justice. His article questions the not so impartial law of Pakistan; contentious says he. In no way it connotes an eye for an eye but justice, hence the quotation above.

  • haroon

    Liberal Secular says:
    December 3, 2015 at 10:37 am
    California jihadi terrorist “was very religious. He’d go to work, come back, go to pray, come back. He’s Muslim.”

    so what.like rapes in india,incidence like this happens daily in america.99%of them christians are involve.there was something personal ,nothing to do with religion.

  • haroon

    @Rex Minor
    “The way I see it, since the Supreme Court has maintained his death penalty Qadri has two choices.
    qadri has no choice except to die.it is good.

  • haroon

    rex…UK Members of Parliament IN FAVOUR of airstrikes intended to:

    1. Break up Syria
    2. Put various Islamists into power in Syria
    3. Help create a Greater Israel
    4. Help the military-industrial complex.

    when bombing started afghanistan had 100 talibans ,now 100000.u cannot defeat guerillas with bombing.kaddafi and saddam,yes.

  • Rex Minor

    Hanna,

    The way I see it, since the Supreme Court has maintained his death penalty Qadri has two choices”

    How can a supreme court function and shepard Justice per say, in a failed State, which oversees diabolic inhuman laws and allows military courts and extra judicial murders?

    People who are not normal require hospitalisation and a treatment, a punishment indeed which will cure them and prevent the community from further damage. The court has no jurisdiction over the life of a human whom they did not create. God almighty commands, though shall not kill and this must be upheld by all those States who believe in the God of Ibrahim.

    Pakistan has the opportunity to come in line with the European Union laws which has abolished capital punishment, alternatively it must be prepared for sanctions against its rulers.

    Have a good day.

    Rex Minor

  • Rex Minor

    Haroon,

    The middle east has been choosen as the venue for areal bombing practice to eliminate all archaic dwellings, ancient ruins and deserted towns. All the contrahands are being encouraged to participate before the start of the 3rd world war, which will most probably see the new Ata Turk and the Russian Szar to lead the event. Vladimir is on the hook to back up his verbal threats.

    Rex Minor

  • haroon

    ariel bombing is wrong policy as it provide recruits to isis.when america started bombing afghanist,taliban had 100 followers,now 100000.