Facebook posts misquote Pakistan PM's comments on Prophet Mohammad
A video clip of an interview of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been viewed millions of times in Facebook posts alongside a claim he said it is not essential for Muslims to accept Prophet Mohammad as the last prophet of Allah. The claim is false: Khan's comments were taken from a longer interview in which he said Muslims must accept Prophet Mohammad as the last prophet of Allah to be considered part of the Islamic faith.
The 28-second video clip of Khan’s interview to Islamic religious channel Message TV.
It has been viewed in this Facebook post more than 8.3 million times and shared 481,000 times since July 28, 2018.
The post’s Urdu-language caption translates to English as: “[Imran Khan] is saying that for becoming a Muslim, it is not necessary to accept Prophet Mohammad as the last prophet of Allah. Where the guards of the finality of the prophethood have gone?”
Khan can be heard saying in the video: “Allah is the God of all human beings. All should be equal before the law and this was in the state of Medina [set up by Prophet Mohammad]. Everyone had their rights in that state, be it Christians or Jews, those were the human rights and I say that all are equal before the law, but to say that anyone who does not accept Prophet Mohammad as the last prophet cannot be a Muslim.”
The finality of the prophethood is considered an unassailable tenet of Islam in Pakistan, a Muslim majority state.
The claim, however, is false.
The full interview shows Khan stating that Muslims must accept Prophet Mohammad as the last prophet of Allah.
The full interview was posted on Message TV’s Facebook page here on October 5, 2014.
From the one-minute 40-second mark to the one-minute 57-second mark, Khan says: “In the Koran it is clearly written that the last prophet is the Prophet Mohammad and anyone who does not accept him as the last prophet, he cannot be a Muslim. Koran is the word of Allah and if you do not accept it, you are not a Muslim."
The clip in the misleading videos corresponds with the original footage from the one-minute 27-mark to the two-minute 11-second mark.
Below is a screenshot comparison between the original Facebook video by Message TV (L) and the video in the misleading posts (R ) :
The Constitution of Pakistan states that anyone who does not believe in the finality of the prophethood of Prophet Mohammad cannot be a Muslim.
An amendment in Article 106 of the Constitution made on September 21, 1974 reads: “A person who does not believe in the absolute and unqualified finality of the Prophethood of Muhammad (peace be upon him) the last of the Prophets or claims to be a prophet, in any sense of the word or of any description whatsoever, after Muhammad (peace be upon him), or recognizes such a claimant as a prophet or a religious reformer, is not a Muslim for the purpose of the Constitution or law.”