According to a recent update, it has been reported that a FIR has been registered against Engineer Muhammad Ali Mirza under section 153-A for inciting hatred towards other religious groups in the country. He was arrested by a local police station in Jhelum, and he has been bailed out according to our latest updates.
Over the past few years, a famous engineer-turned-Islamic scholar Muhammad Ali Mirza has broken all records of religious popularity on the internet. His You Tube channel has managed to gain millions of subscribers with tremendous fame and reach across Pakistan and abroad.
However, the narrative propagated through this video has been directly against the conventional notions of so-called Sufism, Yazeedia’at, and Raafidia’at etc. The self-acclaimed scholars have attacked almost all mainstream sects of Islam based on their deviance from the Holy Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet (P.B.U.H). Consequently, a large number of Islamic Scholars and Mufti’s from all sectarian divisions have targeted Mirza’s approach and criticized him for being ignorant and ill-informed.
A few day ago, a video surfaced on the internet where it seemed that Engineer Ali Mirza was inciting his people to kill Islamic scholars. He justified it by saying that these scholars themselves want to be killed and then acclaimed Shaheed, and some people sitting beside Mirza also though of this statement to be a little-too aggressive in nature.
Although the remarks by Mirza were made in a broader context, but the Police took notice of this clip and a FIR was registered. The police took Mirza for further interrogation, and he was released on bail the next day. It seems that the police have started investigating into the matter, and all the evidences including the past videos and clips on You Tube will also be considered.
This arrest has caused the entire social media to burst out and discuss its justifications. Personalities such has Hamza Ali Abbasi have come out in support of Engineer Mirza on social media platforms and maintained a stance that freedom of speech should be respected.
However, it is difficult to draw a distinct line between freedom of speech and hate speech. Although the scholar claims to speak objectively based on Quran and Sunnah, but even such sarcastic statements regarding killing of Ulema should be avoided as it can prove to be fatal for a person’s safety and credibility.