Beards insulted: Maulvis to move blasphemy case

Published: July 13, 2011
The edict stated that the ad offended hundreds of thousands of Muslims.

The edict stated that the ad offended hundreds of thousands of Muslims.


Thirty Barelvi clerics on Tuesday issued an edict (fatwa) condemning a newspaper advertisement of the Population Welfare Department which they said insulted the beard. The clerics said they would submit an application with the Lower Mall police on Wednesday (today) for registration of an FIR under the Blasphemy Laws against the officials responsible for publishing the ad. The edict stated that the ad offended hundreds of thousands of Muslims.

It said the provincial government would be responsible for any unrest in the country in case an FIR was not registered in the case. Some of the clerics endorsing the edict were: Allama Razae Mustafa Naqshbandi, Allama Mufti Muhammad Khan Qadri, Mufti Abdul Aleem Sialvi, Allama Dr Muhammad Raghib Naeemi, Allama Dr Muhammad Ashraf Asif Jalali, Mufti Muhammad haseeb Qadri, Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi and  Allama Sheikhul Hadees Mufti Abdul Sattar Saeedi.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 13th, 2011.

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  • abdul moiz
    Jul 13, 2011 - 11:07AM

    these islamist clerics were the ones who issued statements and orders that anyone attending funeral prayers for salman taseer would be a non-muslim.why has our society given so much power to such hatefilled religious bigots? in a sane society these mullahs would have been relegated to the dustbin of society but we have made them the kings.

    our media needs to ignore these misogynistic,homophobic,hate mongering maulvis who’ve brought nothing but death and misery to our people.


  • Dajjal
    Jul 13, 2011 - 11:08AM

    The biggest insult to the beards are the clerics attached to them…


  • sarmad akhtar
    Jul 13, 2011 - 11:16AM

    the blasphemy law is a black and barbaric was created by a deranged religious fanatic who wanted to please his saudi benefactors.This law prevents people from speaking up,this law aims to ensure that religion continues to be shoved down our throats without people having the right to counter argue.

    The words ‘relgion’ and ‘laws’ don’t belong in the same sentence.laws have to be secular,free of religious dogma.making laws under pressure from religion leads to disaster as we have seen in our society.We have to abolish savage,inhuman laws like the blasphemy laws as they were an exercise in religious absurdity to start with.


  • che
    Jul 13, 2011 - 11:22AM

    The maulvis themselves are committing blasphamy( not new) by registering a blasphamy case….the term blasphamy(although itself controversial) is specifically used for Prophate Mohammad (PBUH)…..

    Curse on these Pakistani Maulvis… they have defaming Islam by their own stupid actions.


  • muhammad aamir
    Jul 13, 2011 - 11:23AM

    why the automatic deference and respect for anyone who doesn’t shave? not shaving or hiding behind black tents doesn’t make anyone a ‘good’ person,relgious rituals and symbolism don’t make you any better than the rest of us.
    this delusion of hijabis and burka girls that they are better or more ‘shareef’ than the rest of the normal girls is just that : a delusion.

    so is the assumption that anyone with a beard is somehow more honest or pious than the clean shaven ones.The islamic fascists need to get out of their self created delusions of moral superiority over the rest of society.Recommend

  • Uzair
    Jul 13, 2011 - 11:59AM

    Pakistan has become a place where reason and simple common sense are likely to get you branded a blasphemere or a murtid and get you killed. The most idiotic place on the planet is what our country has become Recommend

  • Ba Ha
    Jul 13, 2011 - 1:03PM

    Yes! We need to have a place like “the Vatican” where we can put all these Maulvi types. They can have their own passports their own everything and they can even kill themselves. This is what Europe did to rid itself of a perpetual problem. Just imagine “tauhine-a-Dahari”! What next??


  • Master Ji
    Jul 13, 2011 - 1:14PM

    Which ad they are referring to ?


  • Zubair
    Jul 13, 2011 - 2:09PM

    Yes plz, can anybody provide with a link to that add.


  • W.A
    Jul 13, 2011 - 2:12PM

    There is a chance to make money.
    Start selling artificial beards which could be used
    to protect you from charges of blasphemy.

  • Sabih Zafar Ullah
    Jul 13, 2011 - 2:13PM

    inanimate objects can feel insult? that is news. Imagine people moving cases in the court for insult against their tv, refrigerator, underwear….


    Jul 13, 2011 - 2:16PM

    These moulvis should be hanged for fanatism, spreading hatred towards other religions and are responsible for making it as the most hated religion in the present day world.


  • Rohail
    Jul 13, 2011 - 2:50PM

    Having a beard should be crime in Pakistan. We need a revolution like Turkey.


  • Shahid Raza
    Jul 13, 2011 - 3:10PM

    Mulla power at its height. Everything is blasphemy. It wasan ‘insult’ to beard-a big offence. They would have raised hell even if someone did not agree with their standard of ‘shar’i’ length of these most glorious of body hair.


  • Roflcopter
    Jul 13, 2011 - 3:28PM

    I’m with malvis on this one.


  • AnisAqeel
    Jul 13, 2011 - 3:50PM

    My Fatwa, these few bearded fanatics don’t have much value left as our military is making a sharp U-Turn and we are closing their Jihad factories.


  • Faction
    Jul 13, 2011 - 4:00PM

    @abdul moiz: The sad reality is that the majority of Pakistanis support this stuff. If anyone is to blame, it’s the Pakistanis who did nothing while their culture was destroyed by extremist indoctrination under Zia. Now it’s too late.


  • MAS
    Jul 13, 2011 - 4:13PM

    mullas again proved that they are real enemies of human beings, human rights and Islam.


  • Wahas Ahmed
    Jul 13, 2011 - 5:02PM

    Well Well. Tomorrow they might bring a Fatwa Against Gillette for adding insult to the Fire.


  • Disco Molvi
    Jul 13, 2011 - 5:17PM

    @Wahas Ahmed: They’ve already done that. Mullahs in hundreds of numbers came out to protest and demand blood against Gillette’s world’s biggest collective shaving day which was to be held at Expo Center, Karachi last year. Gillette showed maturity and called off the incident in wake of these rabid clerics.
    Here’s the video:

    P.S: I shave off my beard religiously after every week, Alhumdulillah!


  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Jul 13, 2011 - 5:28PM

    Please give full information, the name of newspaper and ad contents. Why these illeterate Mullahs know and ET readers have no clue.


  • Jul 13, 2011 - 5:56PM

    Half an article.
    What did the Ad say ?


  • Furqan
    Jul 13, 2011 - 5:58PM

    With the Maulvis,Same old posting again here when ever there is man with a beard making a genuine complaint against someone for offending them, people start criticizing, if this was a human rights group making the complaint not person person would’ve spoke against it.our country has been so westernised that we have forgotten our own religion.then we complain why do we have a government like this.


  • imaginist
    Jul 13, 2011 - 6:10PM

    poor maulvis…….they r real shame for all


  • let there be peace
    Jul 13, 2011 - 6:15PM

    coming soon;
    man says beheading of human beings is gruesome. Maulvis claim he has offended hundreds of thousands of Muslims. Register blasphemy case demanding punishment of offender – by public beheading.Recommend

  • Wahas Ahmed
    Jul 13, 2011 - 7:07PM

    @Disco Molvi: Now ain’t that awesome. And somehow it didn’t amaze me that they came up with a protest like that. P.S thanks for sharing the Info.


  • Cautious
    Jul 13, 2011 - 7:32PM

    It’s your law — you went to the streets to defend it — it doesn’t matter that the rest of the World thinks it’s an example of primitive xenophobic behavior. It’s Pakistan!


  • White Russian
    Jul 13, 2011 - 8:11PM

    I confess that I am quite ignorant of Divine affairs. And so are these maulvis. These charlatans pretend that they have special access to divine sources which we ordinary mortals do not have. Fact is that they are just ordinary people like everyone else. They need to be forcefully told that they are not the centre of the universe.


    Jul 13, 2011 - 9:21PM

    @Disco Molvi:
    Thanks for loading the video, a simple shaving ad similar to the one which we see on Indian channels but could’nt understand what was un-Islamic about it since majority of Muslims are clean-shaven. Can you elaborate please?


  • Jul 13, 2011 - 11:08PM

    There are many mullahs and bearded people around my house. Every evening, they gather regularly and sit on the stone benches near my house and talk rubbish, uncivilised, filthy language about any body and movie actors. In between they quarrel themselves and use all type of epithets often spit on each other. I enjoyed thier fighting when I was a child, but after coming of age, i started hating them and never stand beside them.


  • Disco Molvi
    Jul 13, 2011 - 11:57PM

    @Wahas Ahmed: You’re welcome.

    @R S JOHAR: Mullahs and their likes believe that by just by copying the appearance and dressing sense of Prophet Muhammad(pbuh) they’ll become the best of Muslims overnight superior to all, rather than preaching and applying Prophet(pbuh)’s message of peace, tolerance and humility on themselves.
    Truth is, I don’t know myself what is it that goes on the mind of these fire breathing, blasphemy chanting, crazy mullahs and why they consider shaving to be unIslamic. Maybe they believe sporting a beard increases their religious knowledge (which is zilch by the way).
    So my apologies for not being of any help this matter.


  • goggi
    Jul 14, 2011 - 12:27AM

    These mischief-maker and hatemonger mullahs should be parceled to their beloved cities of Madina, karbala, Qadian, vatican etc. without any consignor`s address! Our country will be suddenly cured from many diseases. Kheer ho ham sab ki


  • Yelmaz
    Jul 14, 2011 - 12:37AM

    I LOL’ed at this. Amazing how deluded we are as a nation. So when are they holding a protest/filing a petition against suicide bombings by their bearded brethren?


  • Spud
    Jul 14, 2011 - 4:10AM

    @sarmad akhtar: I believe that this Blasphemy law was enacted because anyone could be arrested on the say so of mullah who dislikes that person or some such frivolous reason. Pakistanis should reject these illiterate people who refuse to come out of their 7th century mentality. That is why women are banned from schools in many parts of Muslim world why women have to go through genital mutilation etc. Pakistanis should question their religious texts and see which parts are relevant and which are not. Then only pakistan will have peace and prosperity.


  • Amir
    Jul 14, 2011 - 8:13AM

    Facial pubic hair…..


  • how come?
    Jul 14, 2011 - 10:02AM

    Chineese can never become good muslims as they can not grow a thick beard like Arabs !!


  • Waqar Ahmed
    Jul 14, 2011 - 10:09AM

    I think everyone here is just blindly blaming the maulvis, the article fails to provide any information regarding the content of the ad which lead the maulvis to think that its insulting.. Hasty Generalization is never good i.e. Not all are same.


  • Truth Prevails
    Jul 14, 2011 - 11:31AM

    @sarmad akhtar:
    secularism = anti-religion … and any law based on secularism would only be raised by evil-minded, worldly life lover who never wants to die as after-death is purely a religious matter. So why such a hypocrisy ? When after-death matters are handled according to religious decrees than why shouldn’t pre-death matter be.

    When someone say laws should be based on secularism that clearly means the person is not affiliated with any religion hence he is a atheist and Atheism is the worst disease a person can have who have no right to walk painlessly on the land of God who he doesn’t believe,


  • Truth Prevails
    Jul 14, 2011 - 11:34AM

    @Disco Molvi:
    Skins do have cancers too … Alhamdulillah


  • Nude-Face
    Jul 14, 2011 - 11:41AM

    Revolution is already in place, but the other way around. Which other passport you hold currently, get it ready you might need that soon …


  • Lions vs Swines
    Jul 14, 2011 - 11:48AM

    @muhammad aamir:
    What makes someone avoid to have a beard is the ‘Hate’ towards is. The same goes to for hijab And if you want to be seen by the God as a person who respects his commands, you should keep your mouth shut till the ‘Day’ when ‘mouths will be shut forcefully’ and other body parts will talk .. that might be the time when beard could be your savior …


  • Burger-Eater
    Jul 14, 2011 - 12:04PM

    @Disco Molvi:
    And who in the world says that shaving and rubbing skin like a shining metal is welcome by the God ? … See what your filthy non-beard secularist and brothers of Iblees doing on the roads of Karachi


  • Chinese
    Jul 14, 2011 - 12:07PM

    @how come?:
    They can become if they want to … By making sure where they are wiping their blades …


  • goggi
    Jul 14, 2011 - 2:36PM

    we had once a governor in Punjab, Malik Amir Mohammad Khan whose huge mustache was very popular. One day a hawker was selling artificial mustaches like his in Anarkali bazaar and attracting people with his shouting, Malik Amir Muhammad Khan ki muunch khareed lo……he was caught from the police, beaten and locked behind bars.


  • Jul 14, 2011 - 3:40PM

    All those talking abusive against beard,should refresh their Eman,and Nikah.
    They are out of Islam.


  • social_eye
    Jul 14, 2011 - 3:57PM

    look at the epity of the scene…anti Mullah people commiting wildly without looking at the ad. I have seen in print but not able to provide a link for the soft copy…I think ad was an act (may be not deliberately) to belittle the beard! Due to western influence we are branding every beard person terrorist and anti-human which is not the true case…


    Jul 14, 2011 - 4:08PM

    Oh wait… I thought I was reading something on The Onion…


  • Abdur Rehman
    Jul 14, 2011 - 5:11PM

    People relax. Mullahs can not only bark, never bite. Liberal, secular and progressive thinking will always prevail.


  • Disease
    Jul 14, 2011 - 6:34PM

    @Abdur Rehman:
    We are seeing how they are prevailing … with all kind of evil diseases …. lolz


  • Disco Molvi
    Jul 14, 2011 - 8:35PM

    @Truth Prevails: As someone belonging to the medical profession, I only want to say that if you’re somehow trying to connect the habit of shaving with increased incidence of skin neoplasm, you’re sadly mistaken. Now I’ve never heard of people who habitually perform Umra developing ‘neoplasms’ on their scalps after getting shaved, have you?
    However if you that is what you’re infallibly trying to prove, I’d advise you to stop shaving your underarms and groin area too, for I fear you may develop ‘neoplasms’ there too.


  • Jul 14, 2011 - 9:14PM

    @Abdur Rehman:
    very sad Mr.Abdul Rehman.
    Very nice name,but very evil thoughts.


  • Abdur Rehman
    Jul 14, 2011 - 10:08PM

    @ Dr SA KHAN

    you have spent your entire life in a narrow vacuum where you have been taught to hate people. khan sahib/sahiba please haven’t you heard that we user 70 muscles to frown and 14 to smile. So stop hating people just because they don’t approve of things you do.


  • Disease
    Jul 14, 2011 - 10:29PM

    @Disco Molvi:
    Man is never judged by his abilities, he is judged by the choice he makes … People like you speaking with such cold-hearted bluntness regarding those matter which have direct relation with Religion must be brought to justice before death … Evil will keeps away from those who confess that they need guidance, but not from those who considers the creator and his orders (that must be adhered in strict manners) as a secondary entity.

    Your own comment has the answers to your misfit reasoning of developing neoplasm. Its all controlled by the one who created man from a drop of filth. Recommend

  • Truth Prevails
    Jul 14, 2011 - 11:10PM

    @Disco Molvi:
    So how many ‘plasms’ and ‘mas’ (carcinoma, glioma, etc) a man would control ? … The only thing he can control is his tongue and what he writes. Men can hate everything he like (there are examples of men who perished living similar lives filled with venom against religion), but he cannot open his mouth against it by standing under the flag of ‘Freedom of Speech’ because nothing is for ‘Free’ in this world and anyone who likes to enjoy this freedom has to pay something in return. Now, Its God’s choice what he makes him pay for, whether it comes in malignant or benign …Recommend

  • M.Khan
    Jul 14, 2011 - 11:17PM

    @Dr S.A.Khan

    Your comments sum up the stupidity and obscurantist and unislamic mindset of someone who has the audacity to declare that anyone wjo disagrees with him is outside the pale of Islam or that their Nikkah is broken. Only a half wit with no intelligence would make such a comment.
    What is the point of discusing the subject when we don’t even challenge the moronic comments of Dr.Saeed. Who knows he may be a a doctor in the same way that the charlatan Aamir Liaquat Hussein was proved to have a fake degree.He is a true “showbiz” Mullah!!!


  • Bearded One
    Jul 14, 2011 - 11:35PM

    All over the world beard is a sign of religious and spiritual people. This is a fact and can also be noted in Jews and Christian orthodox.
    where as Hitler, George Bush and Tony Blair and people like him, prefer to shave.
    This is something so obvious that even the film makers of a religious comedy “Evan Almighty” knew this.


  • Grave
    Jul 15, 2011 - 1:16AM

    @Abdur Rehman:
    And how many muscles are used when someone cries from pain ?
    Fake happiness of this life will be soon diminished by the darkness of death and pain decent upon a men … Who can be happy if so much terror is waiting for a person right within the same world he used to live in … ‘The Grave’

    And by the way how many people use to hip-hop, sing or dance on funeral these day and if not so, then why don’t you start doing it in the name of ‘Progressiveness and Secularism’ …
    But you know what will happen with the men inside that hole of earth and there will be a terrible terrible pain inside.


  • Adeel
    Jul 15, 2011 - 5:50AM

    @Bearded One: You are grossly mistaken my friend. A person having a beard does not automatically make him more spiritual or greater in the eyes of Allah than anyone else. Allah judges a person by his actions, intentions, deeds and sins. He does not judge him by his appearance. A clean shaven person can be hundred times nobler than a mullah.
    Osama Bin Laden and others like him all have/had beards would you suggest that they are spiritual and their killing of innocent people is justified. Come out of your cave and see where the world is going. We are still in the 7th Century because of people like you.


    Jul 15, 2011 - 9:52AM

    I want to share with my Pakistani brothers what ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ the holy book of the Sikhs says about the traits of a good Muslim with a hope that ET publishes it since there is nothing in it which is against the Muslims or Islam but a message of good-will for the whole Muslim community–

    *Panj nivaja vakhat panje panj nao. Pahila sach, halal Due, Tija khair khudaye, Chautha mat ras man, Panjavi sifat sanaye, karni kalma aakh ta Musalman sadee. Nanak jete kuriar kurahe kur pal. Guru Granth Sahib Pg-141. *

    There are five prayers recited five times a day. The five have five names. First is truthfulness, the Second honest living, the Third charity in the name of God/Allah, Fourth the goodwill to all and Fifth is praise of Lord/Allah. Repeat the prayers of good deeds then you may call yourself a true Muslim. O Nanak, the false only obtain only falsehood and only falsehood.


  • Jul 15, 2011 - 2:15PM

    @Ba Ha:

    For information the Vatican was set up in 1929 by a Latern treaty between Italy and the Catholic Church in exchange for the Papal States under the control and govenance of the church. It wanted a united Italy under one Government.

    The Catholic Church was also responsable for develpoment of western civilization long before the refprmation and contibuted greately to education, medicine and social welfare all over the world unlike the mullahs.


  • Jul 15, 2011 - 5:15PM

    @Abdur Rehman:
    AOA Ala maneta ba alhuda.
    I dont know about your religion and faith.
    You seem to be ignorant about basics of Islam.
    I am not commenting emotionally.
    The fact is,that what I commented earlier,is a fatwa.these are not my words.But telling all the detail here is difficult.
    If you are a muslim,then correct ur thoughts and faith.
    “There are some words which are very light on tongue,but very heavy in meaning,even they can deprive a person from Eman.”
    With best wishes,,


  • Tanoli.
    Jul 15, 2011 - 7:53PM

    what was a ad which these mullahs crying for the paper does not said.


  • Cruiser
    Jul 16, 2011 - 12:09AM

    Even a slightest sign of disgrace towards anything that relates to the ‘Core of Religion’ must be answered in the harshest manner, no matter how much it disgusts the offender. A mere human filled with blood and filth has literally no right and justification of disagreeing with anything ‘The God’ has made sacred. Every sign and commandments must be respected in a strict adherence according the code of conduct decreed by the supreme deity. This is the way acceptable to The God, this is the way acceptable to the Prophets and this is the way acceptable to the one who shall die as believer.

    So, if guidance is not chosen for them. Curse be upon those sinners …


  • M.Khan
    Jul 16, 2011 - 1:34PM


    People like you distort the faith because you you cannot speak Arabic and have little or no religious education other than what you have been told by the “illiterate” mullah himself! How is the beard the “core” of the faith? It is a sunnat to wear it by all means, but simply wearing a beard does not absolve you of your sins.I am astonsished at the stupidity of some of the posters here who suggest that simply because someone has a beard they are pious.Karl Marx had a long beard and he was the most famous of atheists.George Bernard Shaw had a long beard and was another famous beard.
    Secondly, where does it say that something has to be answered in the harshest possible way.The Holy Prophet’s life and sunnnah are quite the revers, as he was the most tolerant and kindest of individuals.
    You talk of beards please tell me what was the minister of religious affairs Kazmi doing fleecing poor Haji’s and pocketing millions, he had a big long red beard!!

    You are like the blind leading the blind……….Recommend

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