People have been manipulated by the few people in power. Throughout the history people have been believing in things which go against the nature and their own natural instincts.
Just imagine being in the early ages and being taught that, the earth is flat. It was heard and said enough times people convinced themselves that’s true even when Pythagoras in 6th century BC and around 350 BC, the great Aristotle declared that the Earth was a sphere (based on their observations) people didn’t believe them.
When enough people are taught some lie it becomes a part of their reality, logic and eventually their culture. Then that misinformation passes to the next generations as being their “culture” and their “Traditions.”
We’ve to get this straight that just because we have a tradition doesn’t mean its morally acceptable. Tradition and Morality are not always the same. If you think of any tradition that once we had in the past like, Slavery, Caste System, Invasion, Burning or Burying the Daughters alive are now considered as immoral, cruel and illogical. So, the traditions we have today doesn’t necessarily means they’re right and morally acceptable. As we evolve as a culture, so do our traditions.
Now let’s come to the point very straight. We’ve been told over and over again that “Citizens are allowed to kill any person on the account of the Blasphemy.” A citizen is not and was never allowed to kill any person on any account. It’s in the hands of the state and the judicial system of the State.
Mostly, blasphemy cases are either brought by those wishing to undermine minority groups or by those wishing to eliminate individuals against whom they have a feud or grudge. The mere accusation of blasphemy against someone can result in the accused’s life being endangered.
For example, in November 2014 a married Christian couple, Sajjad Maseeh, 27, and Shama Bibi, 24, who was pregnant, were attacked by a mob of around 1,200 people after rumors that they had burned verses from the Quran. After their legs were broken to prevent them running, they were set alight and thrown in a kiln. As is often the case, the origin of the rumors has subsequently been linked to an interpersonal conflict, in this case, “revenge for unpaid bills”.
In 2013, Junaid Hafeez, a visiting lecturer of English in Bahauddin Zakaria University (in Multan, the Punjab province), was arrested and jailed on blasphemy charges after a student affiliated with Islami Jamiat Talaba, accused Hafeez of insulting the Prophet Muhammad on Facebook. There was no evidence for this allegation. Hafeez remains in jail.
Rashid Rehman, a lawyer and special coordinator for the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in Multan, agreed to defend Junaid Hafeez. The trial was conducted in jail because of the threat to his life. Rehman received death threats for representing Hafeez and he reported them to the Multan Bar Association several times, but no measures were taken to provide him with security. His colleagues at the human rights commission also urged the government to provide him with security.
In May 2014, two men walked into Rehman offices and shot him dead. They have not been caught and activists complain of the government seeking to bury the case.
Even now, when The country’s highest court had finally delivered justice and released a woman whose life has already been destroyed by years in imprisonment. The court decision quoted Islamic scriptures, bits of letters by the Prophet Muhammad and a smattering of Shakespeare. A great wrong was righted.
Now, some of the people have rebranded the religion and acknowledged themselves as the “protector of the Prophet’s honor.” They’ve threatened to bring the country to a halt. Posters were put up with fatwas against the judges who had issued the Bibi decision. The judges’ guards and cooks were urged to kill them before evening; anyone who did would earn great rewards in the afterlife.
Now, let’s just think for a second. By, halting whole country, Looting or Damaging the Public property, or Blocking the Roads is the way of Prophet Muhammad? “Do not cut a tree, do not destroy the villages and towns, do not spoil the cultivated fields and gardens, and do not slaughter the cattle.” These were the rules of Prophet Muhammad, when they were battling against the Kufa’ar. This is our time and it’s up to us that if we make history or become history. Let’s spread love, calm ourselves and think twise before we think “killing a citizen is a part of religion.”