Syed Abul Ala Maudoodi
He is the founder of the "Jamat Islami". One of his basic philosophies was that in order to reform the society control over the government is essential. Lets see some of his quotes:
(Hadrat Ayesha (ra)) had become too bold against the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and had started to raise her voice against the Holy Prophet (pbuh). [Weekly Asia Lahore 1957. Volume 15 - Page 17]. Blasphemy Law 298-A applies
Hadrat Abu Bakr acted against the spirit of Islam [Tarjaman ul Quran Volume 12]. Blasphemy Law 298-A applies
Hadrat Usman was guilty of giving special treatment to his friends and relatives and gave them special considerations. [Khilafat o Malookiat pp 105]. Blasphemy Law 298-A appliesBrailvies vs Deobandies
Brailvies are a subsect of Hanafi sect which is one of the subsects of the Sunnis. In Pakistan JUI (Noorani) is one of the prominent religious political party that belongs to this school. The founder of Awami Tehreek Dr. Tahir ul Qadri also belongs to this sect.
Deobandies are another subsect of the Hanafi sect. The "Tableeghi" jamat in Pakistan, Majlis Ihraar and Majlis Tahafuz Khatm-e-Nabuwwat are all offshoots of this sect.
Here are some of the beliefs of Brailvies:
- Holy Prophet (pbuh) did not have a shadow.
- Holy Prophet (pbuh) knew ghaib (or that which is unknown or known only to God
Blasphemy Law 295-C applies - it just depends on who files the complaint!
Founder of Deobandi Sect - Maulana Muhammad Qasim
"Hypothetically speaking if a new prophet comes after the Holy Prophet (pbuh), even then the Khatam-e-Nabuwwat of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) will remain intact" [Tehzeer-ul-Nas pp 28]It is interesting that the founder of the Deobandi sect says this but this is where the Majlis Tahaffuz-e-Khatam-e-Nabuwwat started. People need to understand that this stuff is politically motivated!
Anyways, since all Ahmadies are subjected to 295-C why should he be spared!
Hadrat Shah Waliullah
He does not need any introduction. He says:
"(Khatam-e-Nabuwwat means that) after the Holy Prophet (pbuh) a prophet with a new law cannot come" (Tafheemat-e-Ilahiya pp 55)Same belief as Ahmadies so 295-C applies.
Why stop here, lets apply these to the companions of the Holy Prophet (pbuh)
- When Hadrat Ayesha (ra) was accused, during that time several companions would come under the jurisdiction of 298-A. Since this law does now allow the accused to provide an explanation, the fact that later on all of these companions changed their point of view is irrelevant.
- Recall the war between the two groups of the companions of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) where Hadrat Ayesha was on one side and Hadrat Ali was on the other - 298-A applies on both sides.
- After compiling the Holy Quran, Hadrat Usman burnt the copies of the Holy Quran that were not according to the final prepared manuscript. 295-B applies.
The so called moderates need to realize that they cannot hide behind words in this case. The problem is the law itself and not procedural matters. The law itself invites abuse. This law did not exist in Pakistan from 1947 to 1985 - did we see blasphemy rampant in Pakistan during that time? And since 1985 we have thousands of case - what is the reason?
The law also creates heroes because the death penalty is reserved for the most heinous crimes in any society. All societies give some latitude to a person who would take law in their own hands when the crime in question warrants the death penalty. Such people are often defended under "temporary insanity". The mere existence of this law puts someone who speaks their mind on a religious matter in the same category as a murderer and that should not be acceptable to any decent human being.
While conversing with Pakistanis, they often think that such laws cannot be touched or that they are too volatile. Well mark my words unless these laws and other laws like these are repealed totally and completely, extremism will increase. Ofcourse most Pakistanis will be quick to blame the west for every ill in Pakistan but do some basic study and see extremism in Pakistan before and after 1985.
You can refer to http://saadahmad.blogspot.com/2011/01/mess-called-blasphemy-laws-of-pakistan.html to see the text of these clauses.