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Teenager in Pakistan cuts off his own hand to appease neighbors who accused him of blasphemy

Friends and neighbors of the small town of Lahore celebrated the boy’s diligence following an order from his local imam to do so.

This Monday, a Muslim teenage boy in Pakistan cut off his hand to appease his local community who accused him of committing blasphemy, this Monday.

Friends and neighbors of the small town of Lahore celebrated the boy’s diligence following an order from his local imam to do so.

According to the Daily Times, local police chief Nausher Ahmed described how an imam told a gathering at a village mosque that those who love Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) always say their prayers, then asked who among the crowd had stopped praying.

The boy, Mohammad Anwar, raised his hand by mistake after he misheard the question and the crowd swiftly accused him of blasphemy. The young boy then went into his house and cut off the hand he had raised, put it on a plate, and presented it to the cleric.

The alleged incident took place at a village in Hujra Shah Muqeem district, roughly 77 miles south of the capital of Punjab province, according to the policeman.

Anwar was seen in a video in which the boy is greeted by villagers in the street as his parents proclaim their pride. No complaint has been made, said the police, so no official report was filed and there will be no investigation.

Blasphemy is a hugely sensitive issue in Pakistan, an Islamic republic of some 200 million, where even unproven allegations frequently attribute to mob violence and lynchings, according to the Business Standard.

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  2. Mahboob Khan

    January 16, 2016 at 10:24 am

    It was not the case of blasphemy. The boy cut his hand because he felt inner sin for not offering his mandatory prayer.

    It is a case of ignorance on the part of the youngster as Islam does not mandate such suicidal acts. Ignorance is in abundance here.

  3. Kit9

    January 16, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Religion is a disease more deadly than cancer. It infects all those exposed to it whether they are a believer or an innocent.

  4. Infidel

    January 16, 2016 at 10:50 am

    For those of us who have not yet read the Koran or found our way to Allah, it is difficult to know what Islam does or does not mandate. It is even more difficult to actually give a rat’s ass.

    Obama and his cronies go out of their way to remind us that Islam is not our enemy. Maybe so, but it sure ain’t our friend. Indeed, anyone who would order a child to cut off his hand for something as ridiculous as “blasphemy” is no one’s friend either.

    All I know is that I don’t want any of these batshit crazy assholes in my backyard.

  5. Michael Vinson

    January 16, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Mahboob Khan – Ignorance is in abundance anywhere there is religious devotion and zealotry.

  6. Michael Vinson

    January 16, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    For those of us who have not yet read the bible or found our way to ‘god’, it is difficult to know what christianity does or does not mandate. It is even more difficult to actually give a rat’s ass.
    Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Reverend Hagee, Pat Robertson, et al and their cronies go out of their way to remind us that christianity is not our enemy. Maybe so, but it sure ain’t our friend. Indeed, anyone who would order a human being whipped, mutilated, burned at the stake, hanged, or punished in any way, or told they will suffer an eternity in ‘hell’ for something as ridiculous as “blasphemy” is no one’s friend either.
    All I know is that I don’t want any of these batshit crazy assholes in my backyard.

    See how easy that is to switch religions, and it’s still just as valid?

  7. S terry

    January 16, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Islam may not mandate such an act..but it is the followers of Islam who give action to these thoughts and ideas, and give praise to Allah for the inspiration. Now a young man must struggle through out the rest of his life maimed and marked. Allah commands all who submit to Him be educated and literate..so that all may come in knowledge and not fear. In my opinion..that is the first command easily broken and most often omitted.

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