After reading the following daring and well articulated coulmn on Salman Taseer shaheed by veteran journalist Abbas Ather, I consider it a duty of every Pakistani to call and remember Salman Taseer as Salman Taseer Shaheed; he was martyred for raising his voice in support of an innocent mother of five.
In my assessment, shaheed Salman Taseer was a true lover of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the Rehmatul-lil-Aalimeen (mercy to all the worlds); his appeal for clemency for Aasia bibi was in fact an effort to spread the Prophet Muhammad’s message of mercy. In this manner, Salman Taseer may be duly remembered as Shaheed-e-Rehmat-e-Rasool (martyred in the path of the Prophet of Mercy).
Items recovered after Mr Taseer’s post-mortem included a chain around his neck, with the Prophet Muhammad’s name and a miniature Quran inside the amulet. Could he be a blasphemer to Islam as has been claimed by the religious fanatic who killed him and the murderer mullahs who brainwashed the killer and his likes?
There are indeed more than one ways in which Salman Taseer’s message and his martyrdom will be remembered and honoured. From a secular perspective, Salman Taseer will be remembered as a Shaheed-e-Insaiat (martyr of humanity) and Shaheed-e-Hurriat-e-Fikr (martyr of freedom of speech) as Sherry very aptly suggested in the comments section.
To describe his killer and apologists and praisers of his killer, I have only two words: maloon (cursed by Allah, his Prophet and the people) and mufsid (creators of mischief on earth).
Taseer publicly vented his opposition to Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws that effectively order death for anyone convicted of insulting Islam. People accused of blasphemy are often killed by extremists or spend significant amounts of time behind bars. In some cases, the charges border on the ridiculous: A man was recently held because he threw away a business card of someone whose first name is Muhammad. In other instances, the blasphemy laws have been used to persecute or harass religious minorities or to settle personal rivalries.
The laws came under renewed international scrutiny late last year when a 45-year-old Christian woman, Asia Bibi, a mother of five, was sentenced to death for allegedly insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Taseer called for granting Asia Bibi a pardon, a stance that earned him death threats from Islamists. “I was under huge pressure sure 2 cow down b4 rightest pressure on blasphemy. Refused. Even if I’m the last man standing,” Taseer tweeted on Dec. 31.
“This is a war,” Taseer said in a recent sessions with reporters broadcast Tuesday by Pakistan’s Geo TV. “Whether we receive threats or not, it does not make any difference to us. I am a Muslim. … God willing, life or death for a Muslim, we are not afraid of that. Whatever threats they give to us.” (Source: Huffington Post)
Religious fanatics of “Hurmat-e-Rasool” (honour of the Prophet) killed a proponent of “Rehmat-e-Rasool” (mercy of the Prophet). This could only happen in the Islamaofascist Military State of Pakistan.
Source: Daily Express, 5 Jan 2010
A tribute to Shaheed Salman Taseer: Dhoondo ge agar mulkon mulkon
Salman Taseer on tauheen risalat-Frontline with Kamran shahid