Last month, the notorious Khadim Hussain Rizvi was arrested by the Pakistani Police along with scores of members of his Islamist party Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP). Later, it was reported that Rizvi has been booked under charges of sedition and terrorism.
Yesterday, controversial Dutch politician and a Member of Netherlands’ Parliament, Geert Wilders, thanked Pakistani Prime Minister for arresting Rizvi who had put a Fatwa on his head.
— Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) December 30, 2018
Wilders is a known vocal critic of Islam He has been quoted in an interview as saying “I don’t hate Muslims, I hate Islam.” He said in the same interview, “Islam is not a religion, it’s an ideology, the ideology of a retarded culture.”
In June, Wilders had announced Prophet Muhammad cartoon competition to be held at his party’s parliamentary offices. Later in August, he was forced to cancel the event after threats of terrorist violence became too significant.
The events were cancelled after thousands of supporters of TLP took to the streets of Pakistan calling for the expulsion of the Dutch ambassador and for diplomatic ties with the Netherlands to be severed. The Pakistani government, trying to take credit for the cancellation of the event, called it a “great moral victory for the Muslim Ummah” and a that “major crisis” had been averted.
The replies to the tweet by Wilders mentioned above are symptomatic of the constant threat he has been living in ever since he started criticizing Islam. The replies are filled with death threats from Muslims in Pakistan.
Geert, I am against khadim but fatwa on your head is still valid. You can never roam around freely. There are more than 1 billion lovers of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W
— Ashraf Chaudhry (@ashraf_chaudhry) December 30, 2018
He done his job and he will be blessed with freedom, now it’s we to teach you the final lesson… Soon u will be killed. #IAmKhadimRizvi
— M Zubair Khan (@MZubairAdv5) December 30, 2018
One Rizvi is in jail. Millions are with him. You will meet same end and
@ImranKhanPTI mubarak ho dalal sab!
— Ali Ahmad (@AliAhma62648079) December 31, 2018
We will kill soon
— M Farhan Nasar (@MFarhanNasar2) December 31, 2018
Some were even saying that they will be glad to murder him.
#KhadimHussainRizvi very soon came out of Jail. because He is Real Leader of Muslim Ummah. Are seeing Popularity Of Rizvi see Twitter Trend Today in Pakistan #IAmKhadimRizvi ۔ If Allah give me a Golden Chance I Will Remove your dirty body on Earth very very Badly pic.twitter.com/vw77H7QxlK
— غلام ربانی رضوی (@ghulamrabbani) December 30, 2018
Others interpreted Wilders’ cancellation of the event as an affirmation of the strength of the Ummah.
1 Fatwa Aur uska Rona Baar Baar
Yeh Hota Hai 1 Sachy Alim e Deen Ki Taqat ???
— Raja Asghar-ul-Qadri Rizvi (@RajaQadir18) December 30, 2018
The replies to the tweet showed an overwhelming love for the Islamist leader and a certain dissatisfaction with Imran Khan for having him arrested.
Such threats are often very real, as we witnessed in the Charlie Hebdo massacre, where people were murdered for drawing cartoons of the Islamic prophet.