Muslims Condemn Blasphemy Charges Against Christian Girl in Pakistan
Muslims together condemn the arrest and imprisonment of a Christian girl, Rimsha Masih, in Pakistan on blasphemy charges. We urge Muslims in Pakistan and around the world to focus on this particular topic and seek to abolish the blasphemy laws.
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Dallas, Texas - There is a way to find lasting solutions and to rid of abusive practices by a few clergy men. These men, literate or illiterate, claim to follow Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) life examples; however, they don't. It is our immediate responsibility to pass on Prophet Muhammad's practices to these men who pass judgments without any reverence for the life of the Prophet. Screaming at them or pushing them to the corner is neither Jesus' way nor Muhammad's way.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is considered a blessing to the humanity and rightfully known as Rahmutul Aalameen, the mercy to mankind. It behooves Muslims to protect the integrity of that title and never commit an unmerciful act invoking his name.
There are innumerable examples of forbearance, forgiveness and kindness of the prophet (pbuh) toward those who insulted and even tried to harm him.
On his way to the city of Taif, the Prophet was pelted with rocks by miscreants, his associates wanted to retaliate and go beat up the bad boys. Even the archangel Gabriel offered to crush them and bring relief to the situation. The prophet said no, and instead asked them to join him in forgiving and asked God to bless them with good will. The Prophet preached that the dearest human act to God is forgiveness. As Muslims we need to keep his message of kindness alive and bring to fruition what he was all about: Rahmutul Aalameen. Let the mercy and kindness he taught become a blessing to the universe and continue to shower on humanity.
We appeal to the Ulema, thoughtful people and the Government of Pakistan to give life to the examples of the Prophet. Blasphemy has become a source of harassment and to a few who have nothing better to do than create chaos.
We ask the people of Pakistan to seriously debate the blasphemy laws. Islam is about free will and as Muslims we need to stand against any oppression towards any human being following in the footsteps of the prophet.
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