The Invented Islam - "Punishment for Blasphemy"

وَقَدْ نَزَّلَ عَلَيْكُمْ فِي الْكِتَابِ أَنْ إِذَا سَمِعْتُمْ آيَاتِ اللَّهِ يُكْفَرُ بِهَا وَيُسْتَهْزَأُ بِهَا فَلَا تَقْعُدُوا مَعَهُمْ حَتَّىٰ يَخُوضُوا فِي حَدِيثٍ غَيْرِهِ ۚ إِنَّكُمْ إِذًا مِّثْلُهُمْ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ جَامِعُ الْمُنَافِقِينَ وَالْكَافِرِينَ فِي جَهَنَّمَ جَمِيعًا

“And He has already revealed to you in this Book (the commandment) that when you hear Allâh’s Messages being denied and being ridiculed you should not sit with such (absurd people) unless they engage in a topic other than that, for in case (you do not leave their company) you will be indeed like them. Allâh is going to assemble the hypocrites and the disbelievers in Gehenna one and all.” (4:140)

The injunction to which reference is made here is in 6:68. The purpose of the verse is to further emphasize the seriousness of religious matters and to protect the believer against the demoralizing influences of such companies or assemblies where religion is mocked. The purpose is also to avoid confrontation and conflict. The purpose is not to avoid sincere religious discussions with non-believers, which are allowed.

Blasphemy law is a law limiting the freedom of speech and expression relating to blasphemy or irreverence toward holy personages, religious symbols, customs or beliefs. Blasphemy laws are generally used to protect the religious beliefs of a majority, or those who control the law. Islamic theocracy in countries like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, Mauritanien derives their law against blasphemy from Sharî’a in the name of Islam. Sharî’a prescribe death as the proper punishment for blasphemy. Blasphemy laws systematically target an identifiable section of the community with severe penalties. Those prosecuted are usually minorities. The penalties are mostly death. Saudi Arabia’s laws are an amalgam of rules from Sharî’a, royal edicts, and fatawa from the Council of Senior Religious Scholars. Those opposed to these laws are condemned as Non-Muslims, punishable by death under the law of Apostasy. There is no way out to get rid of the clergy and “’ulema علماء” who derive their authenticity from their long beards. Such a law is indeed a crime against humanity. Read what Qur’ȃn tells them:

وَاصْبِرْ عَلَىٰ مَا يَقُولُونَ وَاهْجُرْهُمْ هَجْرًا جَمِيلًا

“And patiently persevere in the face of all that these (enemies) say and withdraw from them in a graceful manner.” (73:10)

Qur’ȃn describes the practice of showing irreverence to God and his messenger as acts of ignorance. “Take to forgiveness and ever forbear and enjoin (the doing of) good and turn away from (those who intentionally want to remain) ignorant.” (7:199). One can identify about 55 verses in the Holy Qur’ân that teach a Muslim how to behave in situations when his religion, his Prophet and his Holy Book is disgraced or mocked (cf. 3:185; 4:140; 6:68; 20:130; 23:96-97; 25:63; 28: 55; 33:48; 50:39). No mention of punishment anywhere in the entire Qur’ȃn; not even censorship. All these verses disqualify blasphemy as Divine or Islamic law.

The Qur’ȃn told Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) and the Muslims, who routinely faced the mockery of their faith by pagans: “do not sit with them” and “withdraw from them in a graceful manner” — this is the response the Qur’ȃn suggests for mockery, and this is what the Holy Prophet practiced. Somebody forgot to remind the Sharî’a law makers, “Obey Allȃh and obey the Apostle.” (5: 95) and “Allȃh is with those who restrain themselves.” (6: 128) – two verses that are the very base of Saudi-Wahabî and Salfî Islam.

In his lifetime, the Holy Prophet (pbuh) was subjected to verbal and physical humiliation (23:69; 23:70). He narrowly escaped assassination by migrating to Medînah. He was accused of forgery; “he forged it.” (21:5), was stigmatized as a man “possessed” (23:70) and “mad’ (68:2). There are more than 200 verses in the Qur’ȃn, which tell that the contemporaries of the Prophets repeatedly perpetrated the same act, which is now called ‘blasphemy or abuse of the Prophet and Allȃh’.

Nowhere does the Qur’ȃn mention the punishment of lashes, or death, or any other physical punishment by any other Prophet when mocked and disgraced. Holy Prophet’s personal reaction, as also the reaction of all his devoted Companions, while both in and out of power, was impeccable adherence to the Qur’ânic teachings. If blasphemy was punishable by death in Islam, then the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and his followers would have been the first one to order the killing of hundreds of his foes who later became his closest companions.

Blasphemy in Holy Bible: The verdict of Holy Bible on blasphemy is very clear: “And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him (Leviticus 24.16). Christian and Jewish texts support laws against those who blaspheme and vilify their religions. In Christian theology, the Gospel of Mark 3.29 describes blaspheming the Holy Spirit as unforgiveable eternal sin. Thomas Aquinas considered blasphemy a major unforgiveable sin, more serious than murder. The Book of Concord describes it the greatest sin ever committed. The Baptist Confession of Faith calls it a disgusting and detesting act. Catholic Church has specific prayers and devotions as Acts of Reparation for blasphemy against God, and this crime was punishable by death in much of the Christian world.

Reflect on the verse below how far the Holy Qur’ȃn goes to teach on blasphemy. The Holy Book forbids to revile those whom the non-believers call in respect and reverence. Does any other Divine Book teach the same?

وَلَا تَسُبُّوا الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ فَيَسُبُّوا اللَّهَ عَدْوًا بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ ۗ كَذَ‌ٰلِكَ زَيَّنَّا لِكُلِّ أُمَّةٍ عَمَلَهُمْ ثُمَّ إِلَىٰ رَبِّهِم مَّرْجِعُهُمْ فَيُنَبِّئُهُم بِمَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ

“Do not revile those whom they call upon besides Allâh, lest they should revile Allâh transgressingly (and) through lack of knowledge. Just We made their deeds fair-seeming to them so have We made to each people fairseeming what they do”. (6:108)