Younus AlGohar answers a viewer's question about the Blasphemy Law in Pakistan.
Main Points: - The most important thing to understand is that a Muslim who recites the Declaration of Faith and respects Prophet Mohammad will never blaspheme against the Prophet. No follower of any religion would blaspheme against their own prophet. However, the level of respect for Prophet Mohammad does differ from each sect in Islam and this is the main reason why problems arise.
- Blasphemy cases are only filed against Sufis. If you pay close attention, you will come to know that Wahhabis and Deobandis are never charged with the blasphemy law. If somebody from the Wahhabi sect is accused of blasphemy, the religious scholars say that it was a mistake and God will forgive him; the same is never said about a non-Wahhabi Muslim.
- If somebody has committed blasphemy against Prophet Mohammad, the religion of Islam does not allow the public to take the law into its hands. The judiciary must assess the case, check the evidence and witness' statements in order to determine whether blasphemy was committed or not.
- Unfortunately, in Pakistan currently, not only do the religious scholars force the police to file a blasphemy case against their victims; even before it reaches the court, they kill the accused but also the common public uses the blasphemy law for their personal vendettas as well.
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