Islamist radicals call for the beheading of an Indian politician on the grounds that she has offended the Prophet Muhammad, by stating that he married a minor under the age of six and consummated the marriage when the girl was nine.
Last June, Nupur Sharma, the spokeswoman for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), provoked an outburst of anger from Islamists on Indian television by speaking about the marriage of the founder of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad, to his younger wife, Aisha. Likewise, she drew international condemnation from several Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Qatar and Pakistan.
The BJP immediately suspended her, while another BJP official, Naveen Kumar Jindal, was expelled for similar comments on Twitter.
Nupur Sharma’s controversial comments have led to calls for his beheading and protests in several Indian states, reports Memri. Their The suspension of the BJP provoked, in turn, the protest of center-right Hindu activists who constitute the support base of the ruling party. They released a video of Islamic scholar Zakir Naik, now in self-exile in Malaysia, in which he confirms what Nupur Sharma said.
In the video, a Muslim woman asks Zakir Naik to confirm that Aisha’s age was nine, not 19. Zakir Naik, speaking in English, quotes a hadith (a saying or deed of the Prophet Muhammad) compiled by Sahih Al-Bukhari which reads: “She married the prophet at the age of six and the marriage was consummated at the age of nine.” Naik discusses the grammatical points and argues that those Islamic scholars who say that Aisha’s marriage was consummated at 19 are engaging in “assumption” and that Sahih Al-Bukhari’s hadith is “an authentic hadith”, both related to her marriage. marriage at age 19. six and the consummation of her marriage when Aisha was nine years old.
However, several Islamic leaders have led street protests, while many others have called for Nupur Sharma to be beheaded for blasphemy.
Speaking from a mosque in Kashmir, Islamic cleric Adil Ghafoor Ganai told protesters: “Brothers teach how to behead. Let them know that we are sitting quietly only until such time as we can bear things. The moment we lose patience, then who is Nupur Sharma? Nupur Sharma’s head will be found far from his body”.
He added: “I myself will go to the battlefield. The administration must stop those who speak against azaan [llamado a la oración]those who speak against the hijab [velo islámico]; By the neck. If they cannot hold their necks, then we are ready to cut their throats.”
At a press conference organized by the Democratic Minorities Party in the Indian city of Nagpur, Islamic leader Mohammad Hamid, national chairman of Imaan Tanzeem (“Foundation of Faith”), indicated that su suspension or expulsion from the BJP was not enough to satisfy Muslim sentiments: ” Expel [a la blasfema] it is a problem for your party; but the crime he has committed; under the law of the land, under the Constitution, she should be arrested.”
Hamid hinted that Nupur could be killed even years later: “This is a very bad thing, the worst job. And those things are done by those who are useless, who have no identity of their own; those people use that language, they should not do it because attacking Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, launching an attack against him, attacking his honor, has only one consequence: death. No one can stop you, you sign a suicide.”
He added: “Don’t think that if the issue has been resolved today, tomorrow you will run away. Do not touch this wire, this wire is 1,100 volts, you or no one else has the ability to touch it. any religion, of any personality, be it a high-level religious leader or anyone else, do not try to harm your honor. This is a secular country, it is run by the Constitution, it works by living within the framework of the Constitution.”
Other Islamist leaders proposed that she be simply hanged.