The Gulzar E Madina mosque in Pikesville, Maryland on Sunday Celebrated the death anniversary of convicted murderer Mumtaz Qadri. Rabwah Times reported that the mosque hosted an ‘Urs” to honor the nefarious murderer.
A ‘Urs’ is an Islamic tradition commemorating the death of a Muslim who has done ‘honorable’ deeds in the name of Islam. The traditional celebration is given to Holy persons or Saints.
The event was participated by Islamic scholars including Syed Saad Ali and Baltimore-based Islamic Cleric Ijaz Hussain. Pakistani-based Islamic singer Muhammad Ali Soharwardi was also present at the event speaking in praise for Qadri.
On the event, one of the speakers pointed out that disrespect for the Prophet Muhammad should not be tolerated. He said:
“Whoever disrespects the Holy Prophet Muhammad is worthy of death, and even if disrespects indirectly he is still worthy of death. Even if someone asks for forgiveness it is not acceptable”
Islamic scholar Syed Saad Ali had spoken up and questioned those who attended on why did they not take any action to show their support and love for Quadri. He said:
“Warrior Mumtaz Qadri kissed the noose in love for Prophet Muhammad When Qadri was in jail for 5 years what did we do? what effort did we make (for his release), Why did we not go where he was being held? Qadri did everything for us, and for the love of Islam and we could not even stand by him. People say Islam teaches peace…..I say Islam teaches us Ghairat (Honor) Who will now stand up?”
Qadri was convicted of murder by the Pakistani high court after he killed the former governor of Punjab Salman Taseer. Quadri shot Taseer 27 times with an AK 47 in Islamabad, Pakistan.
According to Qadri, his action was because the former governor defended Asia Bibi, a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy against the prophet Muhammad.
Qadri was convicted and sentenced to death. His execution prompted protest actions by Islamist groups across Pakistan. Qadri’s funeral was reportedly attended by more than 100,000 people.
The speakers at the Gulzar E Madina mosque also collected donations which they say would be used to give assistance to Syrian Refugees to be able to get into the U.S.