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‘Let’s Start By Not Losing Hope’ – Ghamidi

March 26, 2011

‘Let’s Start By Not Losing Hope’ – An interview with Javaid Ahmed Ghamidi by Shehrbano Taseer in Newsweek Pakistan
“There is no punishment prescribed for blasphemy in the Quran or in the sayings of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). Some clerics cite the case of Ibn Akhtar, but they misinterpret that incident and make it about blasphemy. Man can make laws, and these should not be misused to unfairly target or victimize anyone. Islam specifically says that taking the life of an individual is tantamount to taking the life of all humanity. It is a crime. It is wrong. Allah says true Muslims are those in whose hands others are safe.”

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Amna Saif permalink
    November 26, 2011 2:37 am

    I know Ghamidi Sahib from a very long time due to my father as he is a recognized member of their institution based in Karachi. Fortunately, my family had privilege to attend many his lectures and read the work he has done for Islam, so I couldn’t agree more on this. His take on every aspect of our society reflects logic and rationalism thus we need to spread the word and invite people to understand Islam with reason.
    No doubt, even Ghamidi Sahab has to face severe aversion due to the colliding paradigms but we can find a way to change the orthodox thinking of our society with our personal efforts.
    Keep up the good work!

  2. March 27, 2011 7:38 am

    If we to bring change in this country,we will have start bringing reform in the religious thinking. Ghamidi and his friends is one the group who are the vanguard of this reform. Beacon of hope in the otherwise dark clouds of bigotry,hatred,sectarianism! May Allah keep Ghamidi sahib in his protection!

  3. Shahnaz Khan permalink
    March 26, 2011 6:44 pm

    It is really encouraging to see this initiaitive coming out of Pakistan. If there is anything ex-pat Pakistani can do to help, please let us know.

    • March 26, 2011 7:18 pm

      Thanks. Spread the word. Help change the discourse in the public sphere.

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