Want people to hold on to your business card? Change your name to Muhammad. Sharia Alert from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. “Pakistan doctor arrested on blasphemy suspicion,” by Ashraf Khan for The Associated Press, December 12 (thanks to Mackie):
KARACHI, Pakistan — Pakistani authorities have arrested a doctor on suspicion of violating the country’s contentious blasphemy law by throwing away a business card of a man who shared the name of Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, police said Sunday….
Naushad Valiyani, a Muslim doctor in the southern city of Hyderabad, was arrested Friday after a complaint was lodged with police alleging his actions had insulted the Prophet Muhammad, said regional police chief Mushtaq Shah.
The case began Friday when Muhammad Faizan, a pharmaceutical company representative, visited Valiyani’s clinic and handed out his business card. He said when the doctor threw the card away, Faizan went to police and filed a complaint that noted his name was the same as the prophet’s.
Shah said police were investigating whether Valiyani should be charged with blasphemy.
Dozens of Pakistanis are sentenced to death each year under the blasphemy law, though most cases are thrown out by higher courts and no executions have been carried out. The law, however, is unlikely to be repealed because the government’s ruling party — largely secular — relies on the support of Islamist groups….
And they all seem to misunderstand Islam.