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Blasphemy caused by cuddly animals

Saturday December 1, 2007
The Guardian

I am saddened at the sentence given to Gillian Gibbons by the Khartoum court (Report, November 30). It is a wholly unfair and un-Islamic punishment. Mrs Gibbons should have been set free by the judge, as she committed no offence. Her plight calls for a debate among Muslims about the broader issue of blasphemy. Since no punishment for such offences is to be found in the primary sources of Islamic law or life, and examples of the Prophet Muhammad himself, Muslims need to re-examine these outdated laws imposed by the King-Caliphs during a period of turmoil and decadence, when Muslims felt vulnerable to abuse and slander. It's about time these laws were scrutinised, reformed and brought into line with 21st-century realities and universal human rights.

Dr Ghayasuddin Siddiqui
The Muslim Parliament

 

 

 

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