Authors Note
The Muslim world split across it's entirety into two distinctly separate unity's, the rulers and guardians of official Islam based on ‘mans interpretation', and the Muslim peoples, driven into submission before enforced religious oppression established as the meaning of the Islamic Faith. These two identities of the very vocal minority and the silent majority, further divided under a million different brands of Islam, each bound by the power of the Holy Book but each opposed to a consensus on its meaning. Engulfed in ritual and dogma, instead of ‘intent' and ‘essence', the entire Muslim world plunged knife-sharp contradictions into the root of the Islamic faith. Into the heart of Islam.
In the Muslim family, under the same roof, men moved forward while women moved back. Two divided genders, one in darkness one in light, one exposed one concealed, one weak one strong, one with the might of every right, one hostage to enforced religious, economic and social bondage. Surrounded by guns loaded, imprisoned in ‘mans interpretation' with all issues branded ‘domestic', over half the ‘Umat' of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Muslim women, were converted into the most oppressed sector of the human race.

Tehmina Durrani

'With no unity on the Quran's fundamental whole, no recognition of it's deep intention, no concept of it's infinite vision, and no scope for movement in it's oceanic vastness, not one acceptable authority among a thousand powerful rulers emerged to unite the Muslim peoples against 'man's interpretation'. No leader dared to identify, or brave the forces that distorted, exploited and violated the word of Allah.

To break the fearful silence and condemn the growing destruction, reject the deviations propagated, and the cruel laws enforced upon the Muslim people, brought the defenders of 'man's interpretation' to burn down the homes of their offenders, in the name of Allah the merciful.'

'Through the eyes of a woman... It is hoped that Blasphemy will neither be the last or the best of this Minto of her times, who neither disparages nor promotes religion in her novel.'

"Diverse but consistent in exposing the prevalent, social, religious and political contradictions that had ‘defaced' Jinnah's Pakistan, in the year 1998, I published BLASPHEMY, a novel inspired by a true story, a commentary on an established order that is completely contrary to Islam. The story exposed a religious mafia exempt from the law of the land, and drew out the image-makers at the head of a wide-spread cult masquerading in the garb of the great religion of Islam. For me a distortion of the message delivered to the Muslim people in The Holy Quran, through Prophet Muhammad (pbuh),
better translated the crime of Blasphemy than any other isolated incident that has so far been publicized; which is why the title emphasizes the factual meaning of the crime, as well as the perpetrators of that crime.
It was at this time, after twelve years, that I returned to wearing colour.
To me, the author of a book on the distortion of our religion did not ‘have' to look like a sage, but a woman of contemporary times.
The period of ‘erasing' had passed."

Tehmina Durrani

Anjana Sharma

'The power of Blasphemy does not lie in its portrayal of the sexual circus. Rather, the novel rises above the phisicality at moments ehrn Tehmina durrani reflects upon how religious fundamentalism exploits all people regardless of gender, class or status.'

In the final analysis, 'mans interpretation', and not Islam's intent and essence, is what will be recognized as having extended the same grip that it established over it's own people, upon the freedom of the world. Mans blatant exploitation of the Holy Quran is now obvious to the whole world instead of just to the Muslim people.