As an avid reader of global politics, business, economics, religion and sports, I felt the need to properly explain what is Blasphemy in general and what is it per Islam and the Abrahamic religions, and finally, what is its application in 2016. This essay will also briefly cover the Ahmadiyya approach to blasphemy and its wider significance in Ahmadiyya polemics vs. the known universe.
Firstly, blasphemy was a crime in almost every organized community of humans dating back to at least Greek culture and Socrates. Socrates was put on trial for blasphemy and impiety, and promoting Atheism and other anti-govt ideas. In that era of our species, simply speaking against your government aka the King was always against the law and death is a common penalty, in fact, see the life of Esa (as). Can you imagine if your King was Muslim or Christian? Obviously, if any King made Islam or Christianity as state religion, then, they would surely enforce blasphemy. If a government did arise that refused to recognize religion, then blasphemy laws would surely die out. However, anti government behavior would be watched and evaluated.
Just like every other government in the world, Islamic governments also had laws vs. blasphemy and they come from the Quran. Nonetheless, the Quran appears to be vague on the matter of blasphemy, however, the hadith tell us as follows:
The Prophet said, “Who is ready to kill Ka’b ibn al-Ashraf who has really hurt Allah and His Apostle?” Muhammad bin Maslama said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Do you like me to kill him?” He replied in the affirmative. So, Muhammad bin Maslama went to him (i.e. Ka’b) and said, “This person (i.e. the Prophet) has put us to task and asked us for charity.” Ka’b replied, “By Allah, you will get tired of him.” Muhammad said to him, “We have followed him, so we dislike to leave him till we see the end of his affair.” Muhammad bin Maslama went on talking to him in this way till he got the chance to kill him. Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah
Further, all 4 of the schools of Islamic thought (sunni) also believe that blasphemy should be punishable by death. As well as Shia schools of thought. However, even Judaism has a similar practice as well as Christianity. So Islam is not unique in this regard, in fact all of the Abrahamic religions and random governments have had the same practice.
The Ahmadiyya approach has been to lie. They refuse to both acknowledge the hadith on blasphemy, or even call them totally false. Moreover, it is unclear whether MGA ever wrote on blasphemy, however, MGA was always quick to pray for anyone to die if he suspected that they blasphemed Muhammad (saw), which is equivalent to the ruling by the 4 schools of thought. So Ahmadis are now tasked to show us what MGA actually wrote on the topic.
Blasphemy only changed upon the inception of the US government, however, it remained in smaller forms or in political forms. Nowadays the United Nations is working on eliminating blasphemy, however, that is an impossible task.
So what should Muslims around the world in terms of blasphemy? Well, there are many laws in the Quran that most Muslim countries simply dont follow, or have added many exemptions and etc, however, this is nothing new, in terms of theft, the Quran is clear that the thieves hand should be cut off and this was the law in Arabia before Islam had arrived, however, hadith reports tell us that additional rules can also be applied to this injunction, such as setting limits on the value of the stolen goods and etc.
I have presented many facts in the case of blasphemy, I now ask the reader to judge for themselves.