The making of blasphemous film and subsequent publication of obnoxious cartoons is not only a step aimed at hurting the emotions of 1.5 billion Muslims in the world but also a heinous conspiracy to damage the global peace and harmony. All three religions namely Islam, Christianity and Judaism revolve around the personages of the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H), Jesus Christ (P.B.U.H) and Musa (P.B.U.H). Both the Holy Quran and the Bible not only condemn such sacrilegious acts but also regard them as the biggest crime of universe because it is not only the Holy Quran but also the Bible which was the first Book, which condemned and forbade blasphemy of Prophets and Divine Books. The 13–16 and 23 verses of Old Testament in chapter 24 titled Leviticus hold that the punishment for blasphemy of God and the Prophets is death in categorical terms. In other words, the Bible manifestly describes capital punishment as the punishment of blasphemy and Musa (P.B.U.H) got the blasphemers stoned.
Verse no 14 of chapter no 12 of 2 Samuel’s Book also mentions blasphemy. Likewise, verse no 32 of chapter no 12 of Matthew’s Book of New Testament, verse no 29 of chapter no 3 of Mark’s chapter, and verse no 10 of Luke’s chapter no 12 also mention punishments for blasphemy. Therefore, the Islamic media should convey it to the intellectuals of the western world that it is a shared matter among all Divine religions. All Abrahamic religions have the same principles. Therefore, what Bible state is also espoused by the Holy Qur’an.
Constitutions and laws of the entire world do not allow anyone to commit the contempt of court. Nor can anyone show disrespect towards any nation’s parliament. Constitutions also enjoy sanctity and are beyond reproach. Defamation of religions and holy personages has also been prohibited by a number of countries of the world including Austria, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand.
When Constitutions of western countries accept these rights, in the same manner, registering peaceful protest against blasphemy of their beloved Prophet (P.B.U.H) is the democratic, constitutional and human right of the Muslim community, which has been covered and affirmed by the United Nations Charter of Human Rights. They are justified in letting the global community know that such acts tantamount to supporting terrorism as they strengthen the hands of terrorists.
Such sacrilegious films are pushing the Muslim community and peaceful and civilized world towards radicalism. Such acts would constitute terrifying examples for our posterity. It is not sufficient for a responsible country like US to shrug its shoulders off the most important matter by issuing one minor statement. Rather, it should explore and disconnect itself from all operative factors at play in such acts, for at stake is the future of humanity and global peace. All those involved in the project including promoters, distributors, and supporters of the movie, should be apprehended under the terrorism charges and made to face law.
The US deported 744 people from 1992 to 2011 on the issue of national security. It also terminated citizenship of 125 people and deported them on charges of terrorism.
This matter is related to global security, for peace and harmony is in danger and hatred is flourishing amongst nations and religions. Invoking these justifications, the US should terminate the citizenship of those responsible for the profane movie and deport them to the countries of their origin on charges of spreading terrorism in the world where law should take its course against these people according to local laws.
The Muslims should undertake peaceful protests against conspiracy to global peace and for protection of honour and sanctity of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) and religion. There is no justification for the people to resort to violence, killing, pelting of stones or any other negative tactic. Employment of violence cannot be justified under any pretext. They should protest peacefully because peaceful protest is a fundamental right.
It is also the responsibility of the governments of the Muslims world to raise this matter at the UN. Clause no 3 of Article no 1 of the UN Charter enunciates respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms without any discrimination. This clause 3 of article no 1 is a little ambiguous. The OIC should present a resolution in the UN General Assembly demanding an amendment and insertion of respect for all religions in clear and categorical terms. It also needs to be clarified that such profane acts do not fall in the ambit of freedom of expression or speech. Therefore, unless effective legislation is carried out to check such heinous acts and basic principles are redefined, terrorism will not be eliminated and the dream of durable peace will not be realized.
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri appeared on various national TV channels: