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If Thy Hand Offend Thee

Mohammad Anwar, 15, is regarded as a hero in Hujra Shah Muqeem, Punjab, Pakistan, for cutting off his own hand, police say. He was attending a sermon by Imam Shabbir Ahmed when the cleric asked a question and he tentatively raised his hand. The question Anwar thought he’d heard: Who has stopped praying? The question Ahmed had actually asked: Who does not love the prophet Mohammad? Ahmed pronounced Anwar “a blasphemer who is liable to be killed,” and congregants rallied against the lad. So Anwar went home, took a scythe, and performed what he later described as an act “in love for the prophet Mohammad.” Ahmed was arrested under a counterterrorism law. (AC/CNN, London Times) ...No one worthy of love would want such a tribute.
Original Publication Date: 07 February 2016
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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