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Has Ansar Abbasi committed blasphemy? – by Shiraz Paracha

Ansar Abbasi of daily Jang newspaper provided his readers incomplete and selective translation of verses from the Holy Qur’an. Just to prove his twisted logic this self-proclaimed soldier of Islam and a ‘good Muslim’, he used the Holy Qur’an to mislead and manipulate his audience.

Please read the full English translation of the verses from the Holy Qur’an Mr. Abbasi has referred to in his column and then compare the translation Mr. Abbasi has provided in his write up published in Daily Jang on 11 April 2011. Should a leading journalist, who always sells his Islamic credentials and pretends to be a perfect Muslim, do so?  

Surah Al-Baqarah
O you who believe! Al-Qisas (the Law of Equality in punishment) is prescribed for you in case of murder: the free for the free, the slave for the slave, and the female for the female. But if the killer is forgiven by the brother (or the relatives, etc.) of the killed against blood money, then adhering to it with fairness and payment of the blood money, to the heir should be made in fairness. This is an alleviation and a mercy from your Lord. So after this whoever transgresses the limits (i.e. kills the killer after taking the blood money), he shall have a painful torment.

Surah Al-Ma’idah

25: He [Musa (Moses)] said: “O my Lord! I have power only over myself and my brother, so separate us from the people who are the Fasiqun (rebellious and disobedient to Allah)!”

 Surah Al-Isra’

33. And do not kill anyone which Allâh has forbidden, except for a just cause. And whoever is killed (intentionally with hostility and oppression and not by mistake), We have given his heir the authority [(to demand Qisâs, Law of Equality in punishment or to forgive, or to take Diya (blood money)]. But let him not exceed limits in the matter of taking life (i.e he should not kill except the killer only). Verily, he is helped (by the Islâmic law

About the author

Shiraz Paracha

Mr. Paracha has worked as a journalist, with newspapers, television, radio and online companies in Britain, Central Asia and Pakistan. Between 1995 and1996, hosted and presented very popular television programs (Awami Forum and Awami Jirga) in Pakistan. His former employers include the BBC and Press TV among other notable names. Mr. Paracha is also a journalism professor and has taught journalism and communication courses at international universities outside Pakistan.


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  • salaam!

    i think this is the result of belind trust on MUFTI sahab … that ansar abbasi without verifying these verses from the quran himself, quoted the whole mufti’s writting in his article!

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  • Naooz-Billa, is any person from FSC’s advocate can serve Islam and Quran by filling a case in Shariat Court.

  • I think this journalist has committed blasphemy on many occasions including his saying no to diyat concept….meaning what our religion allows cannot be used just because ansar abbasi doesnt agree to it.
    This means doosron ko naseehat, khud ko faseehat

  • انصار عباسی فرقہ مودودی و جماتییہ سے تعلق رکھتا ہے جو قرآن کی اپنی مرضی کی تشریح کرنے میں ماہر جانے جاتے ہیں ،مجھے یاد ہے کہ نوے کی دہائی میں جب نواز شریف اور پی پی کی حکومتیں ییں تھیں اس زمانے میں میں نے جماعت اسلامی کے درس قرآن میں شرکت کی تھیں ہر درس قرآن میں جو قرآن کی آیات اس وقت کے کافروں کے لیہ تھیں یا وہ آیات جو کسی خاص وقت اور زمانے کے مطلق تھیں ان سب کو حکومت اور حکمرانوں کے خلاف استمعال کیا جاتا قرآن میں جو باطل اور طاغوت کا ذکر ہے وہ پہلے بینظیر کے لیہ تھا پھر نواز شریف کے لیہ ہو گیا .اس طرح کی تشریح سوات کا خلیفہ فضل الله بھی کرتا تھا وہ سوره کافروں کی تشریح اس طرح کرتا تھا کہ جہاں ایمان والوں کا ذکر ہے اسے طالبان کہتا تھا اور جہاں کافروں کا ذکر ہے اسے سیاسی جماعتوں ،حکمرانوں اور فوج سے منسوب کرتا تھا ،جب آیات آتی کہ اے ایمان والوں اس کا ترجمہ کرتا اے طالبانوں .
    انصار عباسی کو مفتی اعظم پاکستان بنا دینا چاہیے

  • @shiraz

    unfortunately, hardly saw anything wrong in the writing which you tried to highlight so much……….just the language gap…………may be a blogger should leave it to a mufti to declare who has comitted blasphemy????
    Atleast the guy, whether agent or not had a supporting document from a quoted authority, and sorry to say this time around this post of your is total assumption……..

  • Ansar Abbasi is a cry baby. He is a foul mouthed man. First of all he should shave his face to become presentable, and then get a make over at a parlor. He should improve his looks and out look. He is a dispicable man and always bring allegation without supporting evidence against people. he has selective bias against certain political figures. He poses as a investigative reporter , but I have not seen any element of investigation in his narratives,
    His convoluted logic is flawed and needs to be rectified. He is a confused man, bordering on insane jealousy. he gets around like his fellow journalist Shaheen Sehabi. Both these men are notorious for their techniques of unearthing scandals.
    They are nosy individuals who can make a mountain of a mole hill. They are not only ugly but insane too.
    They perhaps love themselves and wabt to become the voices of ignoramous element of our polity.
    He must not distort Quranic Verses by misquoting them, otherwise he will be liable of Blasphemy and punished for such acts. he is intolerant fool.
    He should be stopped in his stride,before he damages religious