Tag: Qur’an

On Dishonest Maulvis, Harsh Laws, and Minority Rights

Last year when the case was being made to alter or abolish the blasphemy laws, the argument from the liberal and progressive minority of Pakistan was mobilized primarily to point out as to how the law could be misused to persecute minorities. At that point, the case of Asia Bibi was at the forefront of…

Rishman: Another Victim of Unjust Laws and Communal Hatered

It seems that those who claim to police the sanctity of the majority religion in Pakistan are on a constant and unending witch hunt. Their victims, or targets, mostly always happen to be poor and destitute women from the Christian minority that already lives a perilous existence in our increasingly intolerant country. A few years…

Pakistani Blasphemy Laws: Resources

(From Citizens for Democracy) Religion or Politics?: Tracing the history and origin of 295-B and C, the most misused sections in the chapter on Offences Related to Religion – by Farieha Aziz, Newsline, Feb 27, 2011 No punishment for blasphemy in Quran – detailed study by the eminent scholar Javed Ahmed Ghamidi, downloadable pdf file…

When Gen. Zia imposed Arabic

The introduction of Arabic as a second language in Pakistani schools concretized Pakistani identity as inherently Islamic and restructured our desires in Islamist terms. The role of national languages in defining and articulating national identities is a hackneyed subject, but, somehow, the privileging of learning a sacred language has not been explored much in the…

Pakistani Ulama and Their Rhetoric (6): Maulana Nasrullah Khan

(From Mashal Books) Speaker: Maulana Nasrullah Khan Location: Jamia Masjid Umar Farooq, Chichawatni, Sahiwal Sect: Deobandi Language: Punjabi Time: June 2010 Audio: [audio:http://www.thepakistanforum.net-content/uploads/2011/01/Maulana-Nasrullah-Khan1.mp3|titles=Maulana Nasrullah Khan] Transcript: Whoever does not acknowledge/believe in the Quran will be humiliated in this world and the Hereafter. Allah says namaz saves you from shamelessness and bad deeds. The point to…