Imam-i-Kaaba Sheikh Saleh Bin Mohammad Bin Ibrahim, in an interview with Geo News, said when it comes to accusing someone of blasphemy, there are two types of people, “those who are illiterate and those who misuse Islam for personal gains”, adding there is no reprieve in religion for the latter.
Ibrahim’s comments came when a debate surrounding the Blasphemy law has resurfaced following the lynching of a university student in Mardan by an angry mob, comprising mainly of other fellow students, based on blasphemy allegations.
The Imam of Makkah’s Grand Mosque, in the interview aired on Sunday, said the people who are illiterate and cast false blasphemy accusations on someone should be educated and given the relevant knowledge.
However, he added that those “whose hearts are plagued with disease misuse Islam intentionally”.
He said same people use the name of Islam to serve their own purposes but they’ll never get guidance because Allah said: “And I shall turn from My signs those who wish greatness in the earth unjustly; and even if they see all the signs, they will not believe therein; and if they see the path of guidance, they will not like to walk on it; and if they see the path of error, they will be ready to adopt it.” (Surah Al-A’raf, 146)
The Grand Mosque’s prayer leader said that it was the responsibility of the ulema to educate people about the teachings of Islam. “The ulema should teach people to stay away from terrorism and extremism,” he said, adding the scholars should preach such that a positive image of Islam emerges.
Calling for people to adhere to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), the Imam-e-Ka’aba said Allah had told his Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him): “Your duty is to only convey My message.”
“Islam is a religion of peace, forgiveness, and tolerance,” he added.