JUI-S urges SC to ban Bible within 30 days

Published: June 9, 2011
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JUI-S leader claims that the Christian’s holy book “contains blasphemous passages that are a cause of humiliation for Muslims.” PHOTO: FILE

JUI-S leader claims that the Christian’s holy book “contains blasphemous passages that are a cause of humiliation for Muslims.” PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: The Samiul Haq faction of the Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam party (JUI-S) publicly demanded a ban on the Bible, and has set a 30-day deadline for the Supreme Court to take action.

Talking to The Express Tribune, JUI-S leader Maulana Abdur Raoof Farooqi said that his party requests that the Chief Justice of Pakistan take suo motu notice of this issue.

Farooqi claims that the Christian’s holy book “contains blasphemous passages that are a cause of humiliation for Muslims”.

He added that if the CJP does not accept their writ within one month, he will present the issue to an independent tribunal that may comprise of judges from the Federal Shariat Court. Farooqui said he wants the matter to be resolved judicially, so that the Christian community has the right to defend its stance.

Farooqi also said that if this petition was unsuccessful, then “pages from the Bible will be burned all over the world.”

MPA PPP Pervez Rafique, a member of the central organising committee of All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, said that the SC should not take any action of the JUI-S’ request to ban the Bible.

“We totally condemn this demand from their party. It is against religious freedom and violates the right to practice our religion as granted by the UN charter,” said Rafique.

He criticized the JUI-S’ statement as being “very negative”, adding that no one has the authority to ban the Bible.

Rafique reiterated that the SC should not take any action in this case as it is a matter of a religion followed all over the world.

“How can they ban the Bible that is followed throughout the world?” deplored Rafique.

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Reader Comments (42)

  • Muhammad Junaid Akhter Dar
    Jun 9, 2011 - 8:54PM

    Hazrat! why don’t you please first look into our own matters??? Pakistan is already in much troubles if you are not willing to eliminate some then a humble request is that please don’t add more to the stack. Already the Minorities are crying on lots of troubles here in Pakistan they are facing, and you are trying to create another big issue now.Recommend

  • anum
    Jun 9, 2011 - 8:59PM

    this is beyond ridiculous. Recommend

  • Samuel Niaz
    Jun 9, 2011 - 10:13PM

    This is Madness!Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Jun 9, 2011 - 10:18PM

    This has to be the most ridiculous thing these mullahs have come up withRecommend

  • Akif Khan
    Jun 9, 2011 - 10:35PM

    Fanatics! This is not Islam!Recommend

  • Asmat Jamal
    Jun 9, 2011 - 10:56PM

    Quran clearly spells that ” You follow your religon and I will follow mine”. Our Holy Prophet never asked Muslims for any such act. Maulana Sami Ul Haq should brushup his Islamic knowledge.Recommend

  • akbar
    Jun 9, 2011 - 10:59PM

    Allah plz save Pakistan from hypocrite clerics ..i am in dismay after reading this!Recommend

  • Bangash
    Jun 9, 2011 - 11:02PM

    Mullahs have too much free time on their hands.Recommend

  • R S JOHAR
    Jun 9, 2011 - 11:12PM

    JUI-S should know that millions of Pak Muslims live in Western and many other countries where Christanity is the main religion. If ban on Bible is imposed in Pakistan then Christians all over the world will demand ban on Koran in their respective countries. Where will this lead to? Recommend

  • Fortune Cookie
    Jun 9, 2011 - 11:15PM

    WOW!!!!! Is this maulana for REAL!!!! Recommend

  • Javed
    Jun 9, 2011 - 11:37PM

    Ban Sami ul Haq and then banish him. Recommend

  • Moderate
    Jun 9, 2011 - 11:43PM

    facepalmRecommend

  • Aijaz Hussain
    Jun 10, 2011 - 1:05AM

    next we’ll ban cars because they are a Christian invention, then computers and the printing press will follow.
    why not just skip all the shenanigans and just go back into the stone age?Recommend

  • Ishtiaq Ahmed
    Jun 10, 2011 - 1:34AM

    This Moulana at best is an attention seeker, at worst voilance.Recommend

  • saher
    Jun 10, 2011 - 1:36AM

    are they serious????!!!!Recommend

  • Kirtan Kumar Varasia
    Jun 10, 2011 - 1:49AM

    What …………. is this? Please save our country, our Pakistan!Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Jun 10, 2011 - 2:47AM

    The leader of this party was once caught red-handed in a compromise position with one call girl in Islamabad. I hope Farooqi sahib will first present his own leader Sami ul Haq before the Supreme Court according to Islamic Laws. I would further suggest to book this crack pot for behaving like Pastor Terry John. I also hope that this person is booked and sent behind the bars for creating “Fasaad fi al Arz”.Recommend

  • Curmudgeon
    Jun 10, 2011 - 5:58AM

    Why not ban all the books? After all, they are all blasphemous one way or another. Or alternatively why not cork and cement all the cavities of these Maulanas after all it would be far cheaper and easier than banning all these books the world churns out every day.Recommend

  • Curmudgeon
    Jun 10, 2011 - 5:59AM

    Maulana Sami Ul Taliban should be immediately arrested and exiled to Houri infested Paradise. Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jun 10, 2011 - 6:08AM

    And you wonder why the rest of the World thinks you guys are bunch of religious fanatics.Recommend

  • Singh
    Jun 10, 2011 - 7:01AM

    Somebody save Pakistan from Pakistani.Recommend

  • Indian
    Jun 10, 2011 - 7:32AM

    I think,rangers of pakistan should shoot such people..World will be better place if such hate mongers and trouble creators are stoned to death.Recommend

  • AnisAqeel
    Jun 10, 2011 - 8:48AM

    Moulana is creating his own Islam as Namrood was creating his own religion. Moulana has no knowledge of Islam that says “no compulsion in religion”.Recommend

  • imme
    Jun 10, 2011 - 8:52AM

    height of insanity .. Recommend

  • Farhan Khan
    Jun 10, 2011 - 9:04AM

    @Curmudgeon:
    How many fanatics will you cork and cement ?
    Don’t you think they have similar desire for you.Recommend

  • Asia Siddiqui
    Jun 10, 2011 - 9:05AM

    I may be wrong, but didnt Bible come out just a little Islam. How can it be blasphemous.

    Also is the respected Maulana threatening the Supreme Court of Pakistan by threatening to take his own suo moto actions against the Bible if the CJP does not listen.

    On a more serious note, why is he saying this. Is this another distraction. From what?Recommend

  • faraz
    Jun 10, 2011 - 10:12AM

    Whatelse can you expect from the spiritual head of the taliban. Most of the good and bad taliban are graduates from JUI-S run seminariesRecommend

  • Yo
    Jun 10, 2011 - 10:21AM

    Dude, trying to act like Terry Jones. Trust me no one is going to take you seriously! Recommend

  • Saad Durrani
    Jun 10, 2011 - 10:34AM

    Does the Maulvi has a brain or not? Banning means making it a hot commodity A ban gathers attention like no other in Pakistan. Thanks to him a lot of us would read the Bible to know whats blasphemous about it.

    CJP, we know we whine a lot but can please take notice of his issue and send him to jail for life for inciting hate in the community.Recommend

  • Anwar
    Jun 10, 2011 - 11:05AM

    PAKISTAN…A nation gone to hell! Too bad the mullahs cannot read English or know how to use the internet. They will not be reading this message.Recommend

  • Jun 10, 2011 - 11:13AM

    @JUI-S Leader (read: wanna-be Terry Jones):
    As you pretend to follow Islam, and you want to defend it. Maybe it would be wise for you to first understand or follow it and no, I’m not supporting or denying the Bible and its contents, or any other religion, my personal conclusions are my own, just like the choice of religion.

    As for what should be done about these “ignorant”, “Infidels”, who do not follow you around believing the rampant rubbish that spills from your mouth. I’ll quote the Holy Quran as to what we should do about them.

    “And the servants of the Beneficent Allah are they who walk on the earth in humbleness, and when the ignorant address them, they say: Peace.”
    Chapter 25. Verse 63. As translated by M. Shakir.

    @Everyone:
    Maybe the concept of Islam being a peaceful religion can be better understood from this one verse by those who wish to gain their 15 minutes of fame by misrepresenting Islam. Recommend

  • mind control
    Jun 10, 2011 - 3:04PM

    Will the Supreme Court be also required to hand down a death sentence to all Christians for being ‘blasphemers’ as was the case with Aasia Bibi?

    Or is that Pakistan according to JUI-S, part II.Recommend

  • Pragmatist
    Jun 10, 2011 - 3:21PM

    Imagine the furore in the Muslim world if any Christian or Hindu zealot had asked for a ban on the Quran! They would be blowing themselves up left, right and center. (Don’t ask me why they do that !)Recommend

  • Badu jah
    Jun 10, 2011 - 4:37PM

    it has become imperative to check the sanity of these people. What needs to be banned is outfits like JUI and JI. StupidsRecommend

  • Kashif
    Jun 11, 2011 - 2:20AM

    Any volunteer’s from sindh rangers to shoot me? Yes! Shoot me please… I can’t take this any more. This insanity is pushing me to my limits. I might go fanatic and start thrashing loonies like him. Recommend

  • Adnan
    Jun 11, 2011 - 4:16AM

    These people do realise the fact that Bible is also a book that was written by Allah only. It may be somewhat fabricated and faked but the message from Allah is in that book too!Recommend

  • IZ
    Jun 11, 2011 - 10:23AM

    “Farooqi claims that the Christian’s holy book “contains blasphemous passages that are a cause of humiliation for Muslims”.”
    .
    The words and deeds of JUI-S are a far greater cause of humiliation for Muslims!Recommend

  • Mirza Abeer
    Jun 11, 2011 - 2:59PM

    He cries ‘Ban the Bible’ I hear ‘Pay attention to my party too!’. Tis just a ploy to grab headlines. But still the absurdity of this is simply astounding!.Recommend

  • Atique
    Jun 11, 2011 - 8:11PM

    This is becoming too much in Pakistan. Any body uttering such nonsense should immediately be arrested and prosecuted to discourage nonsensical utterances. Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 11, 2011 - 8:16PM

    What has bappened to Pakistan??? Since when did this country have so many Thieves, Idiots and Clerics, whose whole interpretation of their Religion simply has Zero Tolerance!!!!
    Why are you still accepting AID from all the Christain Countries In the World??
    I don’t see Middle Eastern Countries falling over themselves to assist you!!!!! Or for that matter any other of your so called close friends, like China!!!!Love to see what you all will have to say if the Holy Koran, was Banned in all the Christian Nations and also to Shut down the Mosques too!!
    Who allowed this Idiot to have any position of power???
    It is in your national interest to shut up these sort of Idiots permantly!!
    Otherwise be ready to the music too, as this is a two way traffic!!!Recommend

  • Khalid
    Jul 8, 2011 - 10:00PM

    With due reverence, i dare to ask my all friends who are against the demand to ban the Bible that why they are crying so on this demand? where were they when a cursed priest has burned the Holy Quran? Did they protest on the burning of the Quran as they are doing now?

    By the way! before considering Maulana Abdur rauf Faroqi wrong, they should read his complete article published in his own magazine “Mukalamah”. Without having proper information of his statement, their cries are the cries of extremists. I have no doubt to say that instead of our religious scholars, our so called Muslims are extremists. May Allah show us all the right path. Amin Recommend

  • Khalid
    Jul 8, 2011 - 10:11PM

    With due reverence, i dare to ask my all friends who are against the demand to ban the Bible that why they are crying so on this demand? where were they when a cursed priest has burned the Holy Quran? Did they protest on the burning of the Quran as they are doing now?

    By the way! before considering Maulana Abdur rauf Faroqi wrong, they should read his complete article published in his own magazine “Mukalamah”. Without having proper information of his statement, their cries are the cries of extremists. I have no doubt to say that instead of our religious scholars, our so called Muslims are extremists. May allah show us all the right path. Amin

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