Courageous Muslim women challenges assassinations, blasphemy laws

Shahina Siddiqui, Executive Director of the Islamic Social Services Association, has challenged the early 2011 assassination by terrorists of Pakistan's federal minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, follows the brutal killing of Punjab Governor Salman Tasee.

In a March 4, 2011, in a Montreal Gazette op-ed piece, Saddiqui writes, “We do not honour the prophet by murdering the innocent in his name. We honour him by practicing compassion and dealing with mercy toward all of God's creation, yes, even those who hurt us,” echoing the Christian scriptural exhortation to love enemies and turn the other cheek.

Siddiqui further blames blasphemy laws in Pakistan for justifying the actions of the assassins.