ISLAM NEWSROOM: "15 Yr. Old Boy Cuts Off Own Hand for - "BLASPHEMY" - in Pakistan
Here's headlines the news sources are all buzzing about right now!
A 15 year old youth in remote area of Pakistan who misunderstood a question from the Imam (prayer leader) and then was accused of "blasphemy" the boy runs home, pulls out a knife and cuts off his own hand.
(full story below)
But first - let's understand a few things to help us living here in the west what is really going on in other parts of the world.
Ignorance - To say the least! This case really needs examination before drawing any conclusions or making accusations toward Islam or Muslims in general.
Education - Although some very brilliant minds come from this part of the world, there are still far too many in remote areas existing without even 5th grade educations and in some cases can barely read and write.
Conditions - Most still live in very rural and impoverished conditions. Jobs are mostly meial tasks, long hours, every day, no benefits and some even selling their own body parts (like kidneys) for their family's survival.
Beliefs - Almost all of Pakistan claim to be Muslims. However, beliefs range from some basic tenants of Islam to some very "un-Islamic" practices. For example: beating, cutting, bleeding themselves in pagan-type rituals; cutting little babies for sacrifice to the dead; wife beatings; honor killings and the list goes on. Some blame the pre-Islamic Hinduism history for these and other horrific acts of violence and superstition. But the solution lies in proper education of the religious leaders, teachers and parents.
First of all, we understand from the news articles, the boy "MISUNDERSTOOD" the question, and obviously misunderstood what was meant by "shirk" (Arabic for blasphemy).
Second, the boy had raised his hand when he misunderstood the question. After the admonishment from the Imam (prayer leader) for supposed "shirk", the boy wants to make amends for his action and decides to cut off the hand that he raised.
Third, the praise for this act from the locals (even his own father) indicates their over whelming zeal for something that is not praised worthy at all. They felt the boy had been willing to do something - over and above - what Islam calls for in cases of disobedience and therefore considered this a praise worthy and commendable act of dedication to God.
Fourth, The boy, and perhaps the entire community, are misguided and are in desparate need of real education of reality, common sense and most of all TRUE ISLAM.
Our prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, would never approve of such actions, nor should any of us.
BLASPHEMY (yushirk-billah - in Arabic): The "unforgiveable sin"! What is it really? Look to the Quran, chapter 4, verse 48:
Arabic to English Transliteration: 'Inna Allāha Lā Yaghfiru 'An Yushraka Bihi Wa Yaghfiru Mā Dūna Dhālika Liman Yashā'u Wa Man Yu-shrik Billāhi Faqadi Aftará 'Ithmāan `Ažīmāan
For sure, Allah does not forgive shirk (making partners in worship) with Him. But He forgives anything less than this for whomever He wills. And whoever does shirk-billah (associating other gods with God) has certainly fabricated a tremenous sin.
Clearly, this is talking about the Day of Judgment and only those who died without repenting of the "shirk". Therefore, it is not for the people to punish anyone for religious beliefs or lack of beliefs in any form or fashion.
Belief is an essential, protected right of every individual according to Islam. Read the Quran, chapter 2, verse 256:
Arabic to English Transliteration: Lā 'Ikrāha Fī Ad-Dīni Qad Tabayyana Ar-Rushdu Mina Al-Ghayyi Faman Yakfur Biţ-Ţāghūti Wa Yu'umin Billāhi Faqadi Astamsaka Bil-`Urwati Al-Wuthqá Lā Anfişāma Lahā Wa Allāhu Samī`un `Alīmun
Sahih International: There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in taghūt (false gods) and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.
This whole story is really about ignorance, misunderstanding and false beliefs - NOT ISLAM.
[One more thought - "What else could such an ignorant boy do?"]
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