Shia clerics warn govt against tampering with blasphemy laws

Shia clerics choose the Muharram 9 sermons as an opportunity to comment on the blasphemy law.


Faraz Khan December 17, 2010

KARACHI: Shia clerics chose the Muharram 9 sermons as an opportunity to comment on the blasphemy law, which they warned the government should not tamper with.

“Muslims in Pakistan will not accept any amendments to the blasphemy law,” said Maulana Shahanshah Hussain at one point. He condemned the attacks on mourners in Hangu and Orakzai and said that they were ready to sacrifice their lives for the supremacy of Islam and mourning of Imam Hussain (RA).

Earlier on, the mourners in the central congregation offered Zuhr prayers on MA Jinnah Road. They were led by Maulana Ahmed Iqbal Rizvi. After the prayers, the mourners staged a demonstration against what they said was the increasing interference of the United States government in Pakistan’s internal affairs.

Other Shia clerics who addressed mourners commented on the sacrifices of Imam Hussain (RA) to preach courage and bravery for Muslims. They believed that Karbala took Islamic Shariah to new heights. Scholar Maulana Syed Shahanshah Hussain also said that Karbala had become a source of guidance for all independence movements.

He believed that the sacrifices offered by Imam Hussain (RA) teach people how to tackle oppression, suppression and brutality.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 17th, 2010.

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AA | 9 years ago | Reply | Recommend the head says that they warned the government to not tamper with the law...whichmeans they mean to keep the law the way it is....
Ajay Mittal | 9 years ago | Reply | Recommend @Fahim You said "Majoirty 95% of Pakistani people are for Blasphemy laws". That is why the rest of the world says that the moderates in Pakistan with saner minds are far and few between, probably restricted to the various bloggers on sites who appear to be moderate. That is why any change in Pakistan such as with Blasphemy law will not come from inside but outside. Pakistan is in need of a serious change because the religoeus madness isn't just affecting Muslims and minorities inside these countries but the stability and way of life of the western world. So the outside world will not ingnore it for too long. A westerner told me this once that Americans do not like to get involved in little affairs of little people but when it becomes necessary for the sake of their own quality of life, they will.
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