ISNA Welcomes Pakistan Supreme Court Acquittal of Asia Bibi

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) welcomes the acquittal of Asia Bibi by Pakistan’s Supreme Court. We deplore the violent acts and destruction of property by those who oppose the acquittal of Asia Bibi. Religious illiteracy and, particularly, the irresponsible exploitation of the popular sentiment of the love for Prophet is misguided.
In a statement, ISNA President Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed said:
“We welcome the decision of the Supreme Court in acquitting Asia Bibi of blasphemy. Our beloved Prophet came as a mercy to mankind to fill the world with love and mercy. Allah called him in the Quran (27:107) Mercy for Worlds (Rahmatan lil Aalameen). He taught us to be loving and forgiving by his example. When our Prophet (P) heard that a woman in his neighborhood who used to throw dirt on him every time he passed by her house was sick, he visited her and prayed for her healing. The laws of blasphemy do not reflect the teachings of our Prophet and need to be reformed.”
Click here to read the full decision by the Supreme Court. ISNA believes the decision represents a sound understanding of the challenges our brothers and sisters are facing in Pakistan.
The decision cites the Madina Constitution which ISNA promotes as it gives a clear understanding of our Prophet’s vision about a pluralist society, where there is full religious freedom to different religious communities to practice their faith.