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Muslim hardliner allegedly blasphemed

Muslim hardliner allegedly blasphemed

Junaid Jamshed, a pop star-turned-televangelist isn’t smiling now. In fact, the ‘born-again’ Pakistani Muslim is in hiding in London after he was accused of blasphemy.

According to this report, Jamshed has no immediate plans to return to Pakistan following news that police in Karachi have opened an investigation into his “blasphemous” remarks contained in a video in which the 50-year-old evangelist – in a bid to show that women were, by their very nature, attention-seekers – cited Mohammed’s child bride Ayesha as an example.

Freethinker reader M A Chohan translated some of the remarks made in the video. They include:

• Ayesha often used to lie down feigning illness.
• She wrapped a cloth around the head and made sounds ‘haey, haey’ – a moan of pain.

• Even in a prophet’s company, a woman cannot change.

A visibly distraught Jamshed apologised for his actions in a video posted to his Facebook page.

This is my mistake and it happened because of my ignorance and lack of knowledge and I seek forgiveness from the Muslim world. I request my brothers to forgive me and I am thankful to them for pointing out my mistake, it happened unintentionally and I seek forgiveness from Allah.

However, Mohammad Mobin Qadri, a Sunni Tehreek leader who accused Jamshed of blasphemy, said this was “irrelevant,” and demanded the former pop star answer for his alleged crime

Qadri’s organization has also organised rallies across Pakistan, demanding Jamshed be arrested.

The number of blasphemy cases being lodged with police in Pakistan has been steadily rising in recent years and even unproven allegations often prompt mob retribution.

A lawyer defending a blasphemy accused professor in Multan was shot dead earlier this year, while his replacement has been threatened to stop his defence or risk retaliation.

The blasphemy allegations have already hurt Jamshed’s standing as an Islamic scholar, with a non-profit Muslim charity cancelling a scheduled appearance in Edinburgh to avoid controversy.

The Tableeghi Jamaat, a conservative Sunni evangelical group often associated with Jamshed’s “born-again” Muslim status, has also taken steps to distance itself from the former singer. In a video posted online, Jamaat leader Maulana Tariq Jameel upbraided Jamshed for his controversial remarks.

Jameel said Jamshed telephoned him in tears after the video was posted and assured him that he had never meant to insult anyone.

Everyone can commit such a mistake. These people [Sunni Tehreek] have given it a sectarian colour, made it into an issue of Muslim vs non-Muslim, which it is not.

Jameel said that he supported Jamshed and had accepted his apology.

Issues like these will lead to my country’s ruin.

Jamshed, who rose to prominence as the frontman of the pop band Vital Signs, quit music in 2004 and joined the Tableeghi Jamaat. He also runs a chain of clothing stores and hosts a televised show on Islam.

This is not the first time his words have caused controversy. In his role as televangelist, he has urged Muslim women not to leave their houses without a male guardian and also discouraged them from driving cars.

The former singer maintains his innocence, but appears to have become dejected by the blasphemy allegations. In a recent tweet, he said:

I never thought I would ever receive so much pain from the people of my country.

Hat tip: M A Chohan

21 responses to “Muslim hardliner allegedly blasphemed”

  1. Robster says:

    I know it’s kind of sad the poor bugger’s got the paki plods after him but I can’t be sympathetic, he’s probably spent his life spreading religiously inspired hate anyway so it sort of serves him right.

  2. L.Long says:

    Just like the catlicks, if you don’t like the rules get the phuck out of the religion!!! It is pure BS fairy tales anyway.
    But if you want to stay in a BS dogma then follow the rules and take the assigned punishment….if it hurts tough schite!!! Suffer for your BS imaginary gawd and be happy.
    ABSOLUTELY no sympathy for this dimwit.

  3. Canada Dave says:

    “I never thought I would ever receive so much pain from the people of my country.”

    And we are to have some sort of sympathetic reaction to that remark?
    A small bit of advice for you lad……to quote Forest Gump…..
    Stupid is as stupid does….that about sums up religion….and Islam in
    particular….and you are the face of it Junaid.

  4. Paul Cook says:

    @ l Long
    I don’t think islam allows believers to leave the religion.
    Hold on- they do, but if any one leaves it is permanent – as it is death – they must be killed.

  5. Trevor Blake says:

    Is what this man said that is so offensive to Muslims derived from anything other than mainstream Muslim literature? What does it mean that a faith hates itself so?

  6. Ex Patriot says:

    Now all the bs he has spouted over the years has come back to haunt him,I hope he has to spend the rest of his misable life in hiding from his gawd backed hit men

  7. Brummie says:

    I have some sympathy for him. Since most of us inherit a religion as children and don’t choose it,his options are probably limited by fear. It’s an appalling situation thatpotentialy rational people find themselves in.
    Fear governs our freedom in the UK. Try publishing a cartoon of the founder of Islam, or set up an Atheist bookstall outside a mosque.

  8. TrickyDicky says:

    So he insults women and then asks his “brothers” for forgiveness.

    Par for the course.

  9. TrickyDicky says:

    Of course Ayesha was an attention seeker, most children are.

  10. Newspaniard says:

    So he says that his country is Pakistan. What has he been doing in the UK, apart from “hiding”? Hmmm… Let’s see. Telling his brothers how bad us infidels are and how he hates democracy, together with women, gays and pork products. While he is “hiding”, is he waiting for a ‘plane home? Is he living off social services in a council house while he decides who will be his fourth wife? So many decisions, such an awful country What is he to do? How about telephoning someone who cares?* P*ss off and stop scrounging off UK tax payers would be a good start.
    (Angry of Spain)
    *Title of a song I heard recently but it included the offer of a dime, of which I have none.

  11. Brian Jordan says:

    Hmm. Being hounded for criticising the late Glorious Leader’s wife? Sounds like North Korea with added superstition.
    Incidentally, this uproar seems to involve a major distinction between Mo’s wives and women in general, so supports the argument that veiling was never intended for other than Mo’s harem.

  12. Broga says:

    Why is he doing his whining and blubbing in the benighted UK? The believers really do have their cake and eat it in this country.

  13. Mr average civilised person who is totally pissed off with islamic intolerance and stupidity says:

    I really don’t care what happens to this character…if he gets bumped off by the god squad too bad…it’s one less loon to worry about and islam will again show what an abomination it is. I would prefer it if he fucked off out of the UK so that we don’t have to support his dependants and we will not have to pay for the incarceration of the murderous criminal fuckwits who cut his throat or whatever way they choose to put him out of my misery.

  14. Mr average civilised person who is totally pissed off with islamic intolerance and stupidity says:

    Can anyone tell us what proportion of the inmates of British prisons are muslim or what percentage of muslims in Britain are banged away. Maybe we should reduce the amount of money we squander on foreign aid to muslim countries in proportion to the burgeoning islamic cohort in our prisons.

  15. Marky Mark says:

    This statement says it all about this hateful religion;

    “The number of blasphemy cases being lodged with police in Pakistan has been steadily rising in recent years and even unproven allegations often prompt mob retribution.”

    …and what it says is that the followers are running around waiting and looking for someone to kill for fun…sick fu*ks are all religious people are!

  16. Lee says:

    I’d like to ask Mr Duke about freethinker.co.uk comment policy & moderation policy; apologies, but I don’t see another way to contact you through the site.

  17. Broga says:

    @Marky Mark: They are back in the witch burning days. A woman could be called a witch on no evidence and a howling mob would enjoy her being burned alive. Let these sadists get a grip on the UK and the only way is back to the past. Civilisation, such as it is, has passed them by. However, they still come here to benefit from the society they so much despise.

  18. Vanity Unfair says:

    I suppose Mr. Jamshed is supporting himself in this country using the proceeds of his clothing shops but is he also receiving police protection at the state’s expense?
    I am pleased that someone with his background finds that the religious climate in the UK is such that he is safer here than in a country where the peaceful religion of submission to Allah’s will is the major practice. Is it possible that he might see the logical problem with this? We can hope.
    Pakistan has acquired a very bad record for its treatment of people accused of heretical actions or even thoughts such that some sort of international action must be contemplated otherwise it might be taken that other countries actually support this state of affairs.
    Pakistan has its own space exploration programme, civil atomic energy research, military atomic weapons and military ballistic missiles yet still receives aid from the UK of about £400M per year to help with its problems. The most significant issues are soil erosion, deforestation, desertification, and water pollution with untreated sewage and industrial waste and by use of commercial pesticides. http://thecommonwealth.org/our-member-countries/pakistan
    Education is amongst the world’s worst: http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/ED/pdf/EDUCATION_IN_PAKISTAN__A_FACT_SHEET.pdf
    It is 126/175 on the Transparency International list http://www.transparency.org/country#PAK
    You can see why they need help but why won’t they help themselves?
    Note to editor: I appreciate your open door policy and it is something of which we can be proud. However, it looks as though, along with people who dislike Islam, part of your natural constituency, you might also be attracting people who dislike Muslims. That is another thing entirely.

  19. John the Drunkard says:

    Wait a minute. What is his ‘mistake?’ Are his statements about Aisha not supported by hadith? Or is this another case of being ‘blasphemous’ by saying the same thing where the Kaffirs might hear?

    People have been threatened with death for merely reporting Aisha’s age at marriage, six, or her age when the Prophet raped…oops! ‘consummated his marriage’ with her, NINE.

  20. Maggie says:

    The UK is a strange choice of destination for someone running from persecution from Muslims. We are not particularly ‘blessed’ with rational followers here.

  21. Cali Ron says:

    I believe the words “rational” and “Muslim followers” are incompatible, an oxymoron even. If they were rational they wouldn’t believe in religion. Seems like poetic justice that a man who used the religion to spread intolerance towards women would be subjected to intolerance from that same religion. Sounds like the definition of Karma. Just rewards!