This necessitates that the honour and dignity of the Prophet of Islam must be protected at all costs and no effort to put his sublime personality into dispute or disrespect should be tolerated.
Any move to revile his sacred name or to insult his beloved conduct is considered High Treason. That is why from the days of the First Caliph upto our own times, it has almost unanimously been held by the Muslims that any blashphemous act or utterance towards the Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) is liable to capital punishment.
Throughout Muslim history, the las of land provided death punishment for the perpetrators of this crime. Even during the days of so-called liberal and enlightened Mughal Emperor, Jalaluddin Akbar, the law provided death as the only punishment for this serious offence.
Unfortunately, under the influence of the secular liberal democracy of the west, a small minority in our country has been raising voices against the provision of blasphemy in our law.
By Muhammad Ismail Qureshy