Sunday, August 14, 2005

Pakistani Writer Given Life Sentence
For Naming Four Imams As Jews

Pakistani writer, Younis Sheikh, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for blasphemy. His crime was daring to suggest that four early Muslim Imams might have been Jews. From Little Green Footballs:

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court sentenced a man to life imprisonment for writing an allegedly blasphemous book about the Quran and the Islamic justice system, a lawyer said on Friday.

Police arrested 40-year-old writer Younis Sheikh early this year in Karachi after he brought out the book called ‘Shaitan Maulvi’ (Satanic Cleric).

“The court has sent him into jail for life as he described the four Imams as Jews in his book,” public prosecutor Naimat Ali Randhawa said after the court in Karachi sentenced the man on Thursday.

The four Imams were the third generation interpreters of the religion after Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and their views on law are widely respected by the world’s Muslims, he said. The writer also committed blasphemy by saying that stoning to death for adultery was “not mentioned in the Quran”, he added.