Is THIS a sign of a Mosque that might need be monitoring?
Imagine that people, living in your neighborhood gathered quietly for prayer… and celebrated the anniversary of an assassin’s death.
Would that bother you at all? Because it happened in America.
A Pakistani bodyguard murdered the Elected Official he was paid to protect. After his trial, he was hanged by his neck until dead. One Hundred THOUSAND people came to his funeral.
And a Mosque in Maryland just celebrated the one-year anniversary of his death. Does that upset you?
You may need more information. Pakistan’s politics aren’t really ‘on our radar’, are they?
Mumtaz Qadri, who was the Governor’s bodyguard, assassinated liberal Pakistani politician and Governor of Punjab province Salman Taseer in 2011 for speaking out against Pakistan’s controversial Blasphemy laws and expressing solidarity with a Christian woman who had been accused of blasphemy. After Qadri was charged with murder by an anti-terrorism court and hanged in 2016, more than 100,000 people came out to attend his funeral.
…The Gulzar E Madina Mosque in Pikesville, Maryland hosted an “Urs” in honor of the infamous killer on February 12th. Urs is a traditional commemoration usually given to Saints and Holy personages. The Mosque also advertised the event in the February 9th edition of Urdu Times, America’s most widely distributed Urdu language newspaper.
Speaking at the event New Jersey-based Islamic scholar Syed Saad Ali asked the attendees why they did not take any action after the arrest of Qadri, Ali said:
Warrior Mumtaz Qadri kissed the noose in love for Prophet Muhammad When Qadri was in jail for 5 years what did we do? what effort did we make (for his release), Why did we not go where he was being held? Qadri did everything for us, and for the love of Islam and we could not even stand by himPeople say Islam teaches peace…..I say Islam teaches us Ghairat (Honor) Who will now stand up?
…Baltimore-based Islamic cleric Ijaz Hussain praised the religious freedom in the U.S. and said:
We have some freedoms here (in the U.S.) which we do not even have in other Muslim countries, this is the beauty of this country. There are some countries where we can’t even praise the prophet, we can’t celebrate the Day of Imam Hussain, this country has freedom of religion and this is the beauty of this country.
Hussain further said:
Mumtaz Qadri was not a terrorist and whoever says “We are with you O Prophet” cannot be a terrorist.
He went on to condemn American Muslim organizations for not taking action against Blasphemers, Hussain said
When the blasphemous film was released in the U.S, everyone was sleeping including CAIR, ISNA, ICNA and others, and now when the ban has come into effect, they all have risen up, because they are not letting Muslims come into this (so called) heaven —Rabwah Times
Back in Pakistan? His grave has become a shrine. Is that a problem?
So, we have clerics and scholars in America giving lip service to Tolerance… while not only Praising someone who murdered a duly-elected Muslim businessman who Opposed Islamic Extremism and exhibited religious tolerance.
Why was it a ‘good’ thing that Shaan Taseer be assassinated?
A quick description of his crime: from Huffington Post, who is NOT inclined to exaggerate crimes done in the name of Islam. (If anything, they are more likely to downplay them.)
…[Taseer] was murdered by Mumtaz Qadri, his own security guard, for speaking in favor of repealing Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws, according to which a person found guilty of blasphemy can be sentenced to death. Salman Taseer had also asked for official pardon of an illiterate woman, Aasia Bibi, who had been sentenced to death by Pakistani courts after being found guilty of blasphemy.
However, even this humane gesture was construed as blasphemy by the religious lobby and they started to agitate against him. The drop scene finally came when Qadri, his own guard, shot him and surrendered himself to police.
Later, in embarrassing scenes which have been permanently ingrained in the memory, he was showered by rose petals. After Qadri’s arrest he went to court where finally he lost his appeal. He was executed on 29th February 2016 and his funeral was attended by millions.
…His act was subsequently glorified and his legacy has been immortalized in the following words of Iqbal, the national poet of Pakistan: “This uneducated young man has surpassed us, the educated ones”. The narrative around Ilm-ud-Din is that he did the right thing and today he is highly respected. This, in my opinion, is a dangerous narrative as it is projecting the wrong kind of heroes.
In a society where Ilm-ud-Din has been made into a legend and a “Shaheed”, the murder of Salman Taseer is hardly a surprise. Mumtaz Qadri, in his head was going to heaven and on his way to attaining the same legendary status when he fired shots at Salman Taseer, despite the fact that the latter had only asked for a presidential pardon of an illiterate woman accused of blasphemy. And yet Mumtaz Qadri took the decision, a calculated one, and literally got away with it. And the subsequent showering of the rose petals demonstrate that he was not wrong in his calculations —Huffpo
The people who CELEBRATE this mentality… the murder not merely of unbelievers, but the murder of even who show TOLERANCE for the unbelievers … live among us.
Does it make sense to monitor mosques that embrace such attitudes?