The Qur’anic teaching on blasphemy is in direct conflict with the general Muslims’ practice of this doctrine. While the Qur’an condemns blasphemy on moral and ethical grounds the Muslims’ practice of killing the blasphemer – as justifiable punishment – is contrary to Islamic teachings. Similarly, capital punishment for blasphemy, as legislated in several Muslim countries, is contrary to Qur’anic teachings. It is important to understand that blasphemy is neither a pillar nor an article of faith of Islam; it is thus imperative that the Muslims’ reaction to blasphemy be consistent with the Qur’anic teachings and the Holy Prophet’s practices. This is the only way for them to serve in cause of Islam.
The divergence between the Qur’anic teachings and the Holy Prophet practices and the current Muslim practice when dealing with blasphemy will be highlighted in this paper. The Muslim’s violent response to events of blasphemy not only results in loss of human rights, it brings Islam into disrepute and disturbs interfaith harmony which is essential for a peaceful environment. Click here to read complete article on Blasphemy