In what seems to be a first for Pakistan, a group of Muslim men who damaged a temple and attacked homes of Hindus during a protest in Karachi against an anti-Islam film have been charged under the country’s harsh blasphemy law, a media report said on Sunday.
Welcoming the move by the police, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan chairperson Zohra Yusuf said she had never heard of a blasphemy case registered against Muslims for damaging a house of worship.
Nine men, including Maulvi Habibur Rehman and his accomplices, have been named in the police complaint regarding the ransacking of the Sri Krishna Bhagwan Mandir in Gulshan-e-Maymar area of Karachi. The temple was vandalised during government-sanctioned protests against the film “Innocence Of Muslims” on September 21.
Complete story at: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/blasphemy-case-against-9-pak-men-for-temple-damage/1010097/
“Muslim rage is playing into the hands of their enemies when Muslims attack innocent people and set fire to public or private institutions. Such acts, in fact, damage the image of Islam, a situation the enemies of Islam seek to create. Such acts go against the teachings of the Prophet and are deplorable,” the grand mufti said.
audi Arabia’s highest-ranking religious authority has appealed to Muslims worldwide not to unleash violence against innocent people while protesting against an offensive movie about the Prophet Muhammad.
Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh said, “Condemnation of the attempts to abuse the Prophet should be within the Law of Allah and Sunnah of the Prophet… Muslims should not shed the blood of innocent people or vandalize private properties or public institutions.”
He said “such hateful” movies would not harm the great personality of the Prophet or the beauty of Islam. “Such animosity only helps in spreading the glory of the Prophet with greater vigour,” he said.
The grand mufti warned that the enemies of the Prophet and Muslims achieve their goals when Muslims resort to violence.
Complete story at: http://www.sunday-guardian.com/news/saudi-grand-mufti-urges-muslims-to-shun-violence
Afghan human rights activist, ex-minister and burka opponent Sima Samar on Thursday won the Swedish Right Livelihood Award honouring those who work to improve the lives of others.
Samar, 55, was honoured “for her longstanding and courageous dedication to human rights, especially the rights of women, in one of the most complex and dangerous regions in the world,” the jury said in a statement.
A medical doctor by training, Samar fled to Pakistan in 1984 when her husband disappeared following his arrest by Afghanistan’s communist regime.
She returned in 2001 to become her country’s first minister of women’s affairs, but had to resign after just six months after she criticised sharia law in an interview in Canada.
The complete story at: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/afghan-burka-opponent-wins-swedish-rights-prize/article3943629.ece
We Libyans are filled with grief. Chris Stevens was more than an ambassador – he Protests have been held in Benghazi condemning the attackwas a friend.
We condemn this barbaric act, which does not represent us as Libyans and Muslims and we send our sincere condolences to his family and friends.
This attack is a wake-up call for us, a realisation of the danger and the urgent need to defend freedom.
Complete story at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19593578
Yoga not limited to Hindus
There’s nothing wrong with the efforts of Paraykulath Ninan Paul, a retired priest, to propagate what he describes as “Christian yoga”. “Unification of all in God is the principle of yoga,” says Paul. There’s no single way of describing the essence of yoga. Or limiting it to any one religion – in this case Hinduism. The fact is that despite its Hindu roots, the practice of yoga is essentially transcendental in nature, going beyond its classical definitions and a set of physical exercises. It’s an integrated system of physical and spiritual health that can appeal across religions, attested to by its popularity across the world.
Story at: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-04-10/edit-page/31313675_1_christian-yoga-term-yoga-yogic-asanas