Muslim teen cuts off own hand as ‘blasphemy’ penance By Todd Venezia January 18, 2016 | 11:38pm A 15-year-old Pakistani boy felt so guilty after being accused of blasphemy in front of his whole mosque that he chopped off his hand as penance and presented it to his imam on a silver platter, according to a report. Anwar Ali was humiliated during a prayer session when the imam, Shabir Ahmad, asked the crowd if anyone did not love Allah, the New York Times reported Monday. Thinking the imam had asked who did love Allah, Ali quickly raised his hand. The boy only had it in the air for a moment before he realized his mistake, but the imam screamed, “Blasphemer!” and drove the teen and his family from the mosque in Lahore. The boy soon returned with his severed hand, hoping the act would clear him of sin, the Times reported. The imam was arrested for inciting the boy to mutilate himself, but the boy’s family is defending him. They say they are proud of their son for showing such devotion. “We are lucky that we have this son who loves Prophet Muhammad that much,” the boy’s father told the Times.