The time is right for clerics in the Muslim faith to issue a fatwa against blasphemy  

The general secretary of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), Hazrat Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, made an intriguing comment in response to the brutal murder of Kanhaiya Lal, an Udaipur tailor, by two Muslim males. On the surface, he condemned the murder, calling it “some non-ethical minds’ barbaric attack on a poor guy. But it becomes clear that this was a conditional critique when one examines the statement’s finer aspects.

Rahmani declared, “Defaming and slandering any religious figure is a serious crime. The Muslim community is deeply hurt by the disparaging remarks made about Prophet Mohammed by (former BJP spokesman) Nupur Sharma. Government inactivity in the face of this tragedy only serves to aggravate our wounds.”

The statement is troubling because it both denounces the killing and makes an attempt to defend it. Rahmani claims that Nupur Sharma, whose “derogatory statements” have “pained” the Muslim community, is actually the largest offender because the Indian government did nothing to stop her. Therefore, in the grand scheme of things, Nupur Sharma’s comments and the BJP government’s inaction to stop her are to blame for the terrible actions of these two Muslim guys!

Congressman Pawan Khera directly stated what Rahmani had implied. “Kanhaiya Kumar, Akhlaq and Pehlu Khan – all became victims of hatred,” he said on Twitter. “Who is fostering a climate of extremism in the nation? Who is causing societal controversies? Who benefits politically from inciting hatred? He is well-known to everyone. While everyone is looking, he remains mute.”

It is this mindset that invariably makes people look for the “root cause” of any dastardly incident; they invent one when there is none. This mentality prevents society as a whole from reflecting on the root of the issue. In this story, a false victimhood is created, leaving the actual victims to lick their wounds.

For those who have a fundamental grasp of Islam, Kanhaiya Lal’s murder is not shocking. Because some interpretations of the holy book, particularly those taught in religious institutions and madrassas, are incompatible with today’s liberal sensibilities. There are scriptures that categorise people as being either believers or unbelievers, with the latter having no possibility of being saved no matter how virtuous they may be.

To address the source of the issue, Muslim clerics must be urged to issue fatwas against blasphemy. Blasphemy is not tolerated in a democracy like India, and this must be made very clear by the administration. Additionally, it’s time we examined the issue without remorse or attempting to strike a balance. Although politically correct words like these may seem pleasant, they ultimately only serve to empower Islamist movements in the nation.