It seems as if in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, blasphemy is a one-way street against non-Muslims, after videos emerged of people in tears as pages of the Holy Bible were rescued from a burning church in Jaranwala, Faislabad. Social media users have questioned if this would lead to any blasphemy charges at all?
People in Tears as Holy Bible Rescued from Burning Church in Jaranwala Faislabad. 🔥📚 pic.twitter.com/lTk2fJ4RSh
— Sarman Brohi ☭ (@SarmanBrohi) August 16, 2023
While we as Muslims openly complain and grieve the biases and prejudices that Muslims are subjected to in many parts of the world, and campaign against movements such as the anti-hijab laws of France, it is deeply saddening to see our own people treating other religious minorities of our country in such a cruel and unjust manner.
So per Pak blasphemy laws, all the people who burned the church and bible should be booked and convicted then 🤔
— KK (@kkamalx) August 16, 2023
Many questioned how causing damage to the Bible, which contains the names of so many of our Muslim Prophets and heroes, will ever be forgiven by Allah!
mery un Ashaqeen sy sawal hy k kya in kitabon main pichlay peyghambaron k naam nai likay hotay,kya vo peyghambar nai azeez apko jinky naamon ko aisy jalaya tum ny apni jahalat main? Kis mun sy Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W) k samny jao gy?
— Gulalae🇵🇰 (@gul_gulalae) August 16, 2023
Others grieved the fact that as Pakistanis, we have by and large failed to safeguard our minorities.
Strongly condemned. Religious fundamentals destroyed our society. That religious group, supported by establishment. Clergy providing human resources for Jihad and establishment using inside and outside the country.
— Syed Munawar Alam (@syedMunawarAlam) August 16, 2023
People expressed dismay over the event, recalling the teaching of Muhammad (SAW) the last Prophet of Islam. “Christians are my citizens; and by Allah I hold out against anything that displeases them”, said the Prophet’s (PBUH) Charter of Privileges to Christians.
Prophet Muhammad (S. A. W. W) write letter to Muslims for security of churches. pic.twitter.com/t4UryNpSOA
— Eng.Usman Awan (@Usmanspeak) August 16, 2023