A mosque in east London has been accused of distributing leaflets asking its followers to kill all those who insult the prophet. Originally investigated by the Evening Standard, it has been revealed that leaflets were distributed outside the Dar-ul-Uloom Qadria Jilania mosque in Walthamstow. Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani, imam at the establishment, has been accused as the author of the Islamist hate material as his name appears on the hand-out, although he has vehemently denied any responsibility.
The leaflet praises Islamic terrorist and murderer Mumtaz Qadri, who killed the governor of Pakistan’s Punjab due to the latter’s attempts at liberalising the country’s strong Islamic laws. The Islamist is portrayed as a role model for all Muslims, and the booklet tells its readers to follow his example and murder those who insult the Prophet.
However, does Islam tell its adherents to kill those who insult Prophet Mohammed? The Qu’ran (33:61) states “Accursed, wherever found, they shall be seized and killed with a (terrible) slaughter” after discussing various sins such as spreading lies and insulting the Prophet. An argument used to refute this is a Quran verse asking Muslims to endure insults from other religious adherents, mainly Christians and Jews, as the latter will suffer. It just so happens that Mohammed killed those who insulted him a few years later.
Also highlighted in the booklet is Islam’s stance on apostates, or those who leave the religion. According to various Islamic texts, the punishment for apostacy is death. In Shahi Bukhari 52:260, “…The Prophet said, ‘If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.’”. The Quran (4:89) commands “then, if they turn their backs, take them, and slay them wherever you find them”, referring to apostates. Furthermore, several tribes were exterminated during the Riddah Wars after their attempt at leaving Islam. There are countless other verses condoning or commanding the killing of apostates. However, it should be made clear that the Quran contains a statement saying “The truth is from your Lord, so whoever wills – let him believe; and whoever wills – let him disbelieve” (Al-Kahf 18:29), which has been interpreted by some as a statement allowing Muslims to leave the religion.
The source of the literature is currently being investigated. While many Muslims may disagree with the material, it is clear that many Scriptural references permit the gruesome acts described in the leaflets.