The Associated Press Published: January 22, 2008
An Afghan court on Tuesday sentenced a 23-year-old journalism student to death for distributing a paper he printed off the Internet that three judges said violated the tenets of Islam, an official said.
Rhimullah Samandar, the head of the Kabul-based National Journalists Union of Afghanistan, said Kambaksh had been sentenced to death under Article 130 of the Afghan constitution. That article says that if no law exists regarding an issue, a court's decision should be in accord with Hanafi jurisprudence. Hanafi is an orthodox school of Sunni Muslim jurisprudence followed in southern and central Asia.
1000 years of Islamic jurisprudence is at stake here. History has shown time and again that this type of issue has no political solution. People will pick up arms. An example: Last year, riots erupted when a Nigerian court would not stone to death a married woman who had been convicted of adultery. Islamic law is VERY clear about the penalty in this case. Another example: Riots ensued when a Danish paper published cartoons that ‘insulted’ Mohammed.
Just being against Islam is cause for a sentence of death. This is just one example of how Islam is not very tolerant of other viewpoints. This is part of the reason why it is so easy to ‘insult’ Islam and/or Mohammed. This also fits with the two legal enemies of Islam:
1) Infidels (Non-Muslim)
2) Apostates (Those who have left Islam)
Fighting either of these two enemies qualify for Jihad. In Jihad, you qualify for booty in this world, paradise in the next. The Islamic Civil War must resolve these types of issues before Islam can become at peace with the rest of the world.