Bible should be banned, demand Muslim clerics in Pakistan
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Bible should be banned, demanded JUI leaders
May 31 2011
Ban on the holy book of Christians has been demanded by a group of Muslim clerics. They have blamed that several stories inserted into Bible, charge various prophets of various moral crimes which compromise the sanctity of the holy prophets.
While addressing to a Press Conference in Masjid-e- Khizra , Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Samiul Haq) leader Maulana Abdul Rauf Farooqi and others pleaded the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take suo motu notice of the “blasphemous” materials added to the Bible. “Otherwise we will be compelled to move the court to ban the book completely, on which a panel of lawyers is already working”, they added.
Farooqi said, he and his colleagues want to reply the blasphemers in an equally insulting attack, but Islam does not allow repeating such heinous activities. “We will not follow the footsteps of Terry Jones and will not burn the holy book”, he said. Adding to it, he said some other punishment-mode would be devised soon to prevent such incidents from happening again in the future.
Farooqi cited a number of scriptures from the Bible, saying such “insertions” strongly offend the Muslims, who hold all prophets and holy books in high esteem, as part of religious belief and never even think of committing any blasphemy against them, as reported by The News.
On the other hand various Muslim Scholars have rejected the idea of banning the holy book of Christians. They warned that it will only end up in the clash between two religions. The enemies of Islam would get a chance to defame Islam even more, if the idea of banning Bible is put into practice, they said.
Mufti Mohammad Khan Qadri, central leader of Tahaffuz Namoos Risalat Mahaz (TNRM), said, “There is no doubt that Bible suffered numerous tampering which their scholars also admit but inviting an open clash with Christianity is not in the interest of Islam, particularly at this crucial juncture”
A noted Shia scholar Hafiz Kazim Raza Naqvi opined that only preaching of Islam can help solving such issues with peace.
Qadri invited all the religious scholars belonging from different schools of thoughts to sit together and find a better way for dealing blasphemy issues in order to stay away from any resulting communal clash.
Head of Ruet e hilal committee Mufti Munib ur Rehman could not be contacted even after several tries. Whereas Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Syed Munawwar Hasan refrained from giving any comment without first reading the text of the press conference or the published news item.