Is a Muslim duty bound to murder anyone who insults the Prophet Muhammad? By Nasir Saeed
04 Sep 2013
Most Islamic scholars like to quote Koranic references and hadiths and offer their own interpretations to back up what they say. However, there are no direct instructions in the Holy Koran to kill someone who insults the Prophet. Pakistani preachers are zealous, emotional and less reserved about preaching hatred. They enjoy impunity as the Pakistani government has never questioned them, and when they migrate to the UK or other Western countries, they bring these views with them and whenever they get a chance they preach them without knowing the country's domestic laws.
In Britain, by contrast, the broadcasting regulator Ofcom fined Noor TV - owned by Al Ehya - £85,000 for inciting hatred and murder. The fine related to an episode of the programme Paigham-e-Mustafa broadcast on 3 May 2012, in which presenter Allama Muhammad Farooq Nizami answered questions from viewers about a wide range of issues relating to Islam. When one caller asked what the punishment was for anyone showing disrespect to the Prophet Muhammad, Nizami answered that "there is no disagreement about this".
"There is absolutely no doubt about it that the punishment for the person who shows disrespect for the Prophet is death," he said.
Nizami also argued that the actions of Mumtaz Qadri were justified on the grounds