The Pseudo-Polymath had a link on his Monday post (here) about an incident which at first sight might sound too exaggerated to be real. The link actually takes you to the story posted on Jihad Watch (here) about a girl Faryal Bhatti…
“….a student at the Sir Syed Girls High School in Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) colony Havelian, erroneously misspelt a word in an Urdu exam while answering a question on a poem written in praise of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The word in question was ‘laanat’ instead of ‘naat’ – an easy error for a child to make, as the written versions of the words are similar.
According to the school administration and religious leaders who took great exception to the hapless student’s mistake, the error is ‘serious’ enough to fall within the realm of blasphemy, Saturday.
The clarification is made in the comments regarding her mistake:
Lanat or La3an, the word العن literally means in English ‘anathematize’ (.ie: a ban or curse solemnly pronounced by ecclesiastical authority and accompanied by excommunication; this is the closest meaning in English) or more commonly ‘curse’. When someone makes the du3aa of La3an upon a person, they are essentially asking Allah (swt) to withdraw His mercy from that person/people and give them punishment for their evil actions.
Whereas Naat means praise in Urdu (it’s hamd in arabic) and is found in sentances about Muhammad.
praise and extolling of Prophet Muhammad
It’s funny, as one commenter rightfully noted, something like this would have ended up on Children Say the Darnest Things in our Western Christian culture but instead has turned into a witch hunt after this little girl.