A mosque near Washington, D.C. recently held a ceremony to honor a radical Islamist who murdered an esteemed Pakistani political figure for publicly deriding the Muslim country’s blasphemy laws and supporting a Christian woman.
The ceremony, officially called an “Urs,” is a Muslim celebration to honor the death anniversary of saints. It was held at the Gulzar E. Madina Mosque in Pikesville, Maryland, in memory of Islamist assassin Mumtaz Qadri, who shot the governor of the Punjab province, Salman Taseer, in 2011 for speaking out against Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws.
When serving as the governor’s bodyguard, Qadri shot Taseer 28 times in Islamabad’s Kohsar Market in broad daylight, according to a news report. Qadri was charged with terrorism and murder and hanged in 2016. His execution sparked violent protests throughout Pakistan, where Qadri was hailed as a hero by Islamist groups.
Pakistani law bans the use of derogatory remarks about the holy prophet Mohammad. Those convicted of violating the law are punished with life imprisonment or death.
The “Urs” honoring Qadri was attended by a large crowd including New Jersey-based Islamic scholar Syed Saad Ali, who claimed that Qadri surpassed all warriors and chastised the crowd for not assisting him while he was in jail.
“Qadri did everything for us and for the love of Islam and we could not even stand by him,” Ali said. “People say Islam teaches peace. … I say Islam teaches us ghairat (honor). Who will now stand up?” Ali also praised Islamist assassin Tanveer Ahmad, who stabbed a British-Pakistani man to death in Scotland for posting blasphemous statements on social media.
Baltimore-based Imam Ijaz Hussain also appeared at the ceremony, denouncing American Muslim groups such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) for failing to act against those who commit blasphemy.
An unidentified speaker reportedly claimed, “Whoever disrespects the Holy Prophet Muhammad is worthy of death, and even if [he] disrespects indirectly, he is still worthy of death. Even if someone asks for forgiveness, it is not acceptable.”
H/T: Judicial Watch
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