Muslims present this argument that penalty of blasphemy should be death while it hurts the feelings of 1.5 billion Muslims.
While we answer them that:
(1) Punishment of an "Oral" Insult cannot be any "Physical" Punishment:
If 1.5 billion Muslims are hurt by the oral insult of prophet, then the Secular Western Laws also allow these 1.5 billion Muslims to orally insult that person and hurt his feelings too in the reply.
And if the oral insult has any effects, then that person will surely die due to the curses and insults of these 1.5 billion Muslims.
Contrary to Islamic law, if someone is cursing you, then the western laws allow you to curse him back orally, but they don't allow you to become physical.
(2) Where there is “Preaching”, there is also “Criticism”:
Both preaching and criticism go hand in hand.
Everyone is allowed to preach his religion/ideology, but then others are also fully allowed to differ and criticize his religion/ideology.
Western Secular laws provide you with full freedom to preach your religion/ideology, which comes under the right of Freedom of Religion. But at the same time, they also provide full freedom to criticize any religion/ideology under the right of Freedom of Expression.
(3) Where there is “Praise”, there is also “Insult/Blasphemy”:
Muslims consider Muhammad to be the best of mankind. Thus, they can highly "praise" Muhammad.
While non-Muslims believe Muhammad to be a false prophet, who killed thousands of people for his personal interests. Thus, non-Muslims are hurt and feel emotionally harmed when such a person is highly "praised" by Muslims.
Nevertheless, the western secular system fully allows Muslims to praise Muhammad as much as they want, while the non-Muslims cannot stop them from praising Muhammad, and they have to bear this praise in the name of Freedom of Expression and move on.
Similarly, even if Muslims claim they are hurt when someone insults Muhammad, still they cannot stop non-Muslims from orally insulting Muhammad. They have to bear this insult and move on.
Thus, praising Muhammad is a Right of Muslims, while insulting/blasphemy is the Right of non-Muslims.
Moreover, without the right of insulting/blasphemy, nobody knows what makes Muslims to accuse a non-Muslim for blasphemy and then kill him.
For example, when the Quran curses non-Muslim, resemble then with dogs and donkeys, call them filth and worst of animals and worst of creatures, or call them bastard, then it is neither insult nor blasphemy for Muslims. But just imagine if a non-Muslim curse Muhammad or resembles him with an animal in a Islamic country, then what would Muslims do with him.
Therefore, insulting/ridiculing are fundamental parts of discussions and debates, just like praising someone is a fundamental right.
(4) Human Nature:
It is normal according to human nature that people may become angry during discussions & debates due to the difference of opinions and use harsh words in anger for the opponent. Thus, the western law is thus based exactly according to this human nature.
Even the writer of the Quran (which is Muhammad himself according to non-Muslims) showed this exact human nature. When the opponents didn't accept the prophethood of Muhammad, then the writer of Quran became angry and then he started cursing them at several places in Quran, and insulting them by equating them to the Donkey, Dogs and the worst of animals and the worst of creatures, and for being filthy, and calling them names (like Abu Jahl) and “bastard” (Arabic: زنیم) and fools and deaf and blind and Kafir.
Muslims claim divine Allah has divine MORALS.
Then the question is: "When even ,"Divine Allah" is not able to control upon his anger and he curses and abuses the opponents, how then can we expect from a "normal human being" to have full control over his anger, and to show "better Morals" then even divine Allah?"
Quranic Verses which are insulting the non-Muslims
(Quran 68:10-13) Heed not the type of despicable men,- ready with oaths, A slanderer, going about with calumnies, (Habitually) hindering (all) good, transgressing beyond bounds, deep in sin, Violent (and cruel),- with all that, base-born (bastard),-
The Quran used all these bad words for Walid bin al-Mughirah. He didn’t accept that Muhammad was any prophet, but he said that Muhammad had lost his senses. Upon that, Quran called him all these names, including “bastard”.
And then the writer of Quran (i.e. Muhammad) abused Abu Lahab in these words:
(Quran 111:1) May the hands of Abu Lahab perish! May he too perish! ..
And then Muhammad changed the name of “Amr Ibn Hisham” in order to abuse him and started calling him “Abu Jahl (i.e. Father of Ignorance)”. This Amr Ibn Hisham was a very wise person, and Quraysh used to call him “Abu Hakam (i.e. Father of Wisdom)”. But he opposed Muhammad, thus Muhammad started abusing him by calling him “Abu Jahl”.
(Quran 2:89) فَلَعْنَةُ اللَّـهِ عَلَى الْكَافِرِينَ
Allah's curse is on the unbelievers.
(Quran 2:161) نَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا وَمَاتُوا وَهُمْ كُفَّارٌ أُولَـٰئِكَ عَلَيْهِمْ لَعْنَةُ اللَّـهِ وَالْمَلَائِكَةِ وَالنَّاسِ أَجْمَعِينَ
Those who reject Faith, and die rejecting,- on them is Allah's curse, and the curse of angels, and of all mankind;
(Quran 7:179) لَقَدْ ذَرَأْنَا لِجَهَنَّمَ كَثِيرًا مِّنَ الْجِنِّ وَالْإِنسِ لَهُمْ قُلُوبٌ لَّا يَفْقَهُونَ بِهَا وَلَهُمْ أَعْيُنٌ لَّا يُبْصِرُونَ بِهَا وَلَهُمْ آذَانٌ لَّا يَسْمَعُونَ بِهَا أُولَـٰئِكَ كَالْأَنْعَامِ بَلْ هُمْ أَضَلُّ أُولَـٰئِكَ هُمُ الْغَافِلُونَ
Already have We urged unto hell many of the jinn and humankind, having hearts wherewith they understand not, and having eyes wherewith they see not, and having ears wherewith they hear not. These are as the cattle - nay, but they are worse than cattle
(Quran 62:5) مَثَلُ الَّذِينَ حُمِّلُوا التَّوْرَاةَ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَحْمِلُوهَا كَمَثَلِ الْحِمَارِ يَحْمِلُ أَسْفَارًا بِئْسَ مَثَلُ الْقَوْمِ الَّذِينَ كَذَّبُوا بِآيَاتِ اللَّـهِ وَاللَّـهُ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ
The likeness of those who were charged with the Taurat, then they did not observe it, is as the likeness of the ass (donkey) bearing books, evil is the likeness of the people who reject the communications of Allah; and Allah does not guide the unjust people.
(Quran 2:171) وَمَثَلُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا كَمَثَلِ الَّذِي يَنْعِقُ بِمَا لَا يَسْمَعُ إِلَّا دُعَاءً وَنِدَاءً صُمٌّ بُكْمٌ عُمْيٌ فَهُمْ لَا يَعْقِلُونَ
And the parable of those who disbelieve is as the parable of one who calls out to that which hears no more than a call and a cry; deaf, dumb (and) blind, so they do not understand.
(Quran 5:60) قُلْ هَلْ أُنَبِّئُكُم بِشَرٍّ مِّن ذَٰلِكَ مَثُوبَةً عِندَ اللَّـهِ مَن لَّعَنَهُ اللَّـهُ وَغَضِبَ عَلَيْهِ وَجَعَلَ مِنْهُمُ الْقِرَدَةَ وَالْخَنَازِيرَ وَعَبَدَ الطَّاغُوتَ أُولَـٰئِكَ شَرٌّ مَّكَانًا وَأَضَلُّ عَن سَوَاءِ السَّبِيلِ
Say, "Should I tell you who will receive the worst punishment from God? Those whom God has condemned, afflicted with His anger, made apes out of them, swine and worshippers of Satan, will have the worst dwelling and will wander far away from the right path."
(Quran 7:176) وَلَوْ شِئْنَا لَرَفَعْنَاهُ بِهَا وَلَـٰكِنَّهُ أَخْلَدَ إِلَى الْأَرْضِ وَاتَّبَعَ هَوَاه فَمَثَلُهُ كَمَثَلِ الْكَلْبِ إِن تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْهِ يَلْهَثْ أَوْ تَتْرُكْهُ يَلْهَث ذَّٰلِكَ مَثَلُ الْقَوْمِ الَّذِينَ كَذَّبُوا بِآيَاتِنَا فَاقْصُصِ الْقَصَصَ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ
And if We had pleased, We would certainly have exalted him thereby; but he clung to the earth and followed his low desire, so his parable is as the parable of the dog; if you attack him he lolls out his tongue; and if you leave him alone he lolls out his tongue; this is the parable of the people who reject Our communications;
(Quran 47:12) إِنَّ اللَّـهَ يُدْخِلُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا يَتَمَتَّعُونَ وَيَأْكُلُونَ كَمَا تَأْكُلُ الْأَنْعَامُ وَالنَّارُ مَثْوًى لَّهُمْ
Surely Allah will make those who believe and do good enter gardens beneath which rivers flow; and those who disbelieve enjoy themselves and eat as the beasts eat, and the fire is their abode.
(Quran 74:51) فَمَا لَهُمْ عَنِ التَّذْكِرَةِ مُعْرِضِينَ كَأَنَّهُمْ حُمُرٌ مُّسْتَنفِرَةٌ
What is then the matter with them (Kuffar), that they turn away from the admonition. As they were frightened donkeys.
(Quran 7:166) فَلَمَّا عَتَوْا عَن مَّا نُهُوا عَنْهُ قُلْنَا لَهُمْ كُونُوا قِرَدَةً خَاسِئِينَ
Therefore when they revoltingly persisted in what they had been forbidden, We said to them: Be apes, despised and hated.
(Quran 98:6) إِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا مِنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ وَالْمُشْرِكِينَ فِي نَارِ جَهَنَّمَ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا أُولَـٰئِكَ هُمْ شَرُّ الْبَرِيَّةِ
The disbelievers among the People of the Book and the pagans will dwell forever in hell; they are the worst of all creatures.
(Quran 2:99) وَلَقَدْ أَنزَلْنَا إِلَيْكَ آيَاتٍ بَيِّنَاتٍ وَمَا يَكْفُرُ بِهَا إِلَّا الْفَاسِقُونَ
We have sent down to you clear revelations: no one can deny them except the evil transgressors.
(Quran 9:28) يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ إِنَّمَا الْمُشْرِكُونَ نَجَسٌ فَلاَ يَقْرَبُواْ الْمَسْجِدَ الْحَرَامَ بَعْدَ عَامِهِمْ
O Believers, the pagans are filthy and unclean. Do not let them come near to the Sacred Mosque after this year.
(Quran 8:55) إِنَّ شَرَّ الدَّوَابِّ عِندَ اللَّـهِ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا فَهُمْ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ
Surely the vilest of animals in Allah's sight are those who disbelieve
(Quran 2:142) سَيَقُولُ السُّفَهَاءُ مِنَ النَّاسِ مَا وَلاَّهُمْ عَن قِبْلَتِهِمُ الَّتِي كَانُواْ عَلَيْهَا قُل لِّلّهِ الْمَشْرِقُ وَالْمَغْرِبُ يَهْدِي مَن يَشَاءُ إِلَى صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ
The fools (pagans, hypocrites, and Jews) among the people will say, "What has turned them (Muslims) from their Qiblah [prayer direction (towards Jerusalem)] to which they were used to face in prayer." Say, (O Muhammad SAW) "To Allah belong both, east and the west. He guides whom He wills to a Straight Way."
Insult of Non-Muslims in Hadith:
… Then ‘Urwa said, “O Muhammad! Won’t you feel any scruple in extirpating your relations? Have you ever heard of any one amongst the Arabs extirpating his relatives before you? On the other hand, if the reverse should happen, (nobody will aid you, for) by Allah, I do not see (with you) dignified people, but people from various tribes who would run away leaving you alone.” Hearing that, Abu Bakr abused him by saying ‘Go suck clitoris of al-Lat’ (فَقَالَ لَهُ أَبُو بَكْرٍ امْصُصْ بَظْرَ اللاَّتِ)
Prophet Muhammad didn't stop Abu Bakr from this blasphemy, but supported him by keeping quiet (known as Taqriri Hadith).
Ibn Hajar al-Asqallani wrote (link):
(As the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) was silent on saying of Abu Bakr and didn’t rebuke him, it shows the permissibility of using these words ...).
[Note: The Muslim English translator of Sahih Bukhari didn't translate the exact words of Abu Bakr, which constitutes to "Distortion". (link)].
There was no insult or abuse present in the words of 'Urwah (i.e. the ambassador of polytheists of Quraysh), and he was only telling his opinion as Muslims had already run away before in the battle of Uhud, leaving Muhammad alone. It is human nature when people lose their argument (especially those who are not well-civilized), then they become aggressive and abusive. Same thing happened with Abu Bakr and Muhammad and they became aggressive and abusive towards 'Urwah. And especially considering that 'Urwah was an ambassador, then only a diplomatic civilized argument could be given in response to his argument instead of extreme insult and abuse.
Islam Apologists: But the Quran forbade to abuse the gods of non-Muslims:
Islam apologists come up with the excuse how could Abu Bakr abuse 'Urwa in the presence of Muhammad, while the Quran forbade to abuse the gods of non-Muslims.
Do not revile those who invoke others apart from God, lest they begin to revile God out of malice and ignorance.
This verse 6:108 of Suran al-Anam was revealed in the last years of Meccan life, when Muslims were weak and they feared the power of the Kuffars of Mecca. While the incident of 'Urwa and Abu Bakr happened many years later in the Madinan life (during the incident of Hudaybiah in 6th Hijri year), when Muslims had already become stronger and they had no fear of Meccans.
Whole Quran is a witness that initially in the Meccan life, when Muslims were weak, then no Quranic verses were revealed about Qatal (killing) and Jihad. But later in the Madinan life, when Muslims became stronger, then the Quran talked only about killing and Jihad and threatening the Kaffirs. Please read our article upon this: When Islam was weak, then Quranic Verses taught peace. When Islam became stronger, then Quranic Verses taught violence, cruelty, coercion, and intolerance.
Where does criticism end and where does blasphemy begin?
Islam advocates make this claim that non-Muslims may criticize Islam, but they are not allowed to insult it.
But the problem with this claim is:
- How are you going to decide where does the criticism ends and where does the blasphemy begins? Nowhere, these limits have been stipulated.
- What is the guarantee that Muslims will not block the criticism of Islam completely in the name of blasphemy?
- That is why there is a big flaw in the blasphemy laws of the Islamic countries that no mention has been made of what is criticism and what is blasphemy. Thus, even the slightest criticism of Islam has become totally banned and immediately the criticism is blamed for being blasphemy and the people are killed.
- In Islamic Pakistan, you cannot publish a single book which criticizes Islam. Not a single speech could be made criticizing Islam. There is total restriction upon any criticism of Islam in the name of blasphemy.
Thus secularism.org.uk makes this point clear in these words (link):
Allowing people to criticise, critique and mock religion has been fundamental to human progress. If people can laugh at a religious figure, (only then) they can challenge or disbelieve them ...
This means, if you always keep the sword of blasphemy hanging upon their heads, how then could they ever feel FREE to criticise without fearing of their lives?
This also means that you could then not stop the religious extremists to not to blame every criticism to be a mocking and insult, and they will end all the criticism by declaring it blasphemy.
Therefore, the question remains what these so-called limits of criticizing are? For example, divine Allah has divine morals. Still, this same Allah is saying "Bastard" to an opponent in Quran (Verse 68:13), this same Allah is "Cursing" the opponents everywhere in Quran, this same Allah is saying "Donkey" and "Dogs" and "Worst of Creatures" to the opponents in this same Quran. And the Quran claims that Muhammad had the "Best Moral Character" (Quran 68:4 انک لعلی خلق عظیم ). Still, this same Muhammad supported Abu Bakr when he abused the ambassador of Quraysh by saying: "Go and suck the CLITORIS of your goddess Laat" (Sahih Bukhari).
Therefore, even if there exist any limits, still these limits of criticism/insults should also at least stand there, where Allah and Muhammad were standing (i.e. if Allah/Muhammad were allowed to curse/abuse, then normal people should also be allowed to do it).
How could you expect from "Normal Humans" to show better "Morals" than Allah/Muhammad? And when divine Allah and Muhammad were unable to stay in those limits, how could you then expect from normal human beings to stay within these limits?
These are absolute double standards by Muslims when Allah/Muhammad curse/abuse then it is ok for them. But when non-Muslims curse/abuse, then they start crying "blasphemy" and then start killing the humans.
Other evils of the Blasphemy Laws:
The “blasphemy” and “insult” to religion laws are wrong in the following ways (link):
- They violate the human right to freedom of expression.
- They protect religious beliefs and practices, institutions and leaders, from legitimate and often necessary criticism.
For example, in Pakistan it is forbidden to publish any book which criticizes Islam or Muhammad in any way. If anyone dare to criticize Islam/Muhammad, then immediately it is blamed to be a blasphemy, and the person is arrested by the police, or killed.
- They are subjective, inconsistent laws; there is no “right way” to use them.
In Pakistan, we see that people misuse these laws EASILY by blaming the opponents for blasphemy.
- They legitimize vigilantism, mob violence, and persecution of minorities.
The author of Quran is CURSING the non-Believers everywhere in the Quran. Do you think it to be blasphemy if non-Muslims curse Allah or Muhammad too?
Why is it so when the writer of Quran hurts the feelings of 6 billion non-Muslims by cursing them everywhere in the Quran, then it is fully ok for you, but you start killing non-Muslims in the name of hurting the feelings of 1.5 billion Muslims?
Please also read our related article: Islamophobia vs Kafirophobia
A comment from a reader:
A reader curiousjack6 wrote:
And if the oral insult has any effects, then that person will surely die due to the curses and insults of these 1.5 billion Muslims.
They do NOT believe that at all as their own Allah's hoping and wishing didn't do anything against Abu Lahab. Allah and his minions were hoping and wishing for his earthly demise and he still lived more than a decade before randomly dying.
Koran 111:1: May the hands of Abu Lahab perish, and he ˹himself˺ perish!
They expect that people who "insult" the prophet to instantly die when that doesn't happen they have to take it upon themselves to take care of the matter and then proclaim that their Allah did the killing. This needs to be done to keep the illusion going that their Allah is all powerful.
Allah boasted about being all powerful in the Koran and totally capable of doing his own killing but then gaslit his minions in to killing their fellow human beings as some sort of a perverse test of faith
Full List of ABUSES that the Quran made against the non-Muslim:
Quran says that non-MUSLIMS:
- Are asses 62.5, 74.50
- Are dogs 7.176
- Are cattle 7.179, 25.44, 47.12
- Are losers 2.121, 3.85, 5.5, 8.37, 10.95, 27.5, 29.52, 39.63, 39.65
- Are wicked 8.37
- Are insolent 6.146, 7.166, 40.75, 67.21
- Are hard-hearted 39.22, 57.16
- Are deaf 2.171, 5.71, 6.39, 17.97, 30.52
- Are blind 2.171, 5.71, 17.97, 30.53, 41.44
- Are dumb 2.171, 6.39, 17.97
- Are ignorant 6.111, 39.64
- Are miserly 4.37
- Are begrudging 3.120
- Are transgressors 5.64, 5.78, 6.110, 7.186, 10.11, 10.74, 37.30, 50.25
- Are corrupting 5.64, 10.40
- Are filthy 9.28
- Are superficial 19.73-74
- Are traitors 5.13, 22.38
- Are liars (Over 10 verses)
- Are perverse 5.75, 9.30, 10.34, 35.3, 40.63
- Are envious 2.90, 2.109, 2.213, 3.19
- Are evildoersexi (Over 10 verses) ili
- Are degraded 5.41
- Are feeble 22.73
- Are deluded 3.24, 6.130, 7.51, 35.40, 45.35, 67.20
- Are arrogant (Over 10 verses) exiv
- Are defiantex (Over 10 verses) oxi
- Are conceited 38.2
- Are ungrateful 22.38, 35.36, 39.3
- Are the vilest of animals in Allah's sight 8.55
- Are the worst of all creatures 98.6
- Are Allah's enemy 2.98, 8.60, 41.28, 60.1
- Are Muslims' enemy 4.101, 8.60, 60.1-2
- Have impure hearts 05.41
- Have schadenfreude 3:120
- Allah hates themoxvii 35.39, 40.10
- Allah does not love them 3.32, 22.38, 30.45
- Allah destroys them 3.141, 17.58, 21.6, 28.43
- Allah disgraces them 9.2, 16.27
- Allah defiles them 6.125, 10.100
- Allah tortures them 4.56, 18.29, 22.19-22,40.71-73
- Allah forsakes them 7.51, 20.126, 32.14, 45.34
- Allah curses them (Over 10 verses)oxi
- Allah humiliates them (Over 10 verses) cxix
- Allah casts terror into them 3.151
- Allah turns them into apes 2.65, 5.60, 7.166
- Allah turns them into pigs 05.60
- Allah turns them into worshippers of evil 05.60
- Allah turns them into scum 23.41
- Allah sics devils on them 19.83
- Allah ignores their good deeds 18.105