Thursday, February 02, 2006

Dt-Dt-Dt On your mobile phone

One of the television channels had a debate asking if the "Danish cartoons" should have been published, so everyone has been texting everyone else, asking them to make sure they vote No.

I hate the way this is being defended as a freedom of speech issue. The orginal matter of the debate was if it was acceptable for a children's book written by non-Muslims to feature an illustration of the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him). This is an interesting topic of debate and one which could have surely been handled in a more constructive manner, especially in a country where Islam is the second religion.

Sadly it seems the chance to attack Islam is too irresistible to some. To them it's a win-win situation. They get to publicly denigrate our religion, use any reaction made by Muslims to portray as us uncivilised and then claim that Muslims are against freedom of speech. The icing on the cake is then to claim that Muslims want to destroy Western society.

I had already seen the most offensive cartoon when I stumbled across a blog which has the sole purpose of attacking Islam. I can't imagine how someone can spend so much time talking about something they hate so much. However judging by the number of anti-Islamic sites and books, that is an increasingly popular hobby.

I feel pity for these people. It's easy to hate them but maybe it's better to pray for them instead. I don't want my heart to be blackened like theirs.

If I am right it is from Allah, if I am wrong it is from me.

9 comments:

Militant Muslimah said...

We live in troubled times and according to hadith--it will only get worse. For sure the signs of the Hour are showing themselves. But I cant help but think all this hatred of Islam has another effect--that some people who never knew anything about it will now investigate it. Allah only knows how many people will accept Islam from things like this. Further, it gives those who hate Islam more rope to which to hang themselves. Allah will judge justly. I try very hard not to get so upset by things like this becuz for sure nothing happens but by the will of Allah. Peace to you Sister!

LouLou said...

Safiya,

"They get to publicly denigrate our religion, use any reaction made by Muslims to portray as us uncivilised and then claim that Muslims are against freedom of speech. "

Am sorry but if we react to provocation in an intolerant manner than we should not be upset when people say we're against freedom of speech. Islam is not the only religion that or ideology that is subjected to provocation, ridicule, satire or criticism. It's just that followers of other ideologies react better than us & show respect for freedom of speech in their reactions while we don't. And we only have ourselves to blame for that.

None said...

you're completely right. people spend so much time trying to showcase who they arent rather than showcasing who they are. its so easy to hate and I dont think any Muslim is asking everyone to be in love with Islam, the best we can do is to ask for tolerance. I personally believe that the whole cartoon issue was blown way out of proporption and everyone has a stake in doing so. It is not in Denmark's best interest to publish such cartoons simply because, as we see, it only breeds hatred and exclusion. It is also not in Islam's best interest to wage an ideological war againt Denmark, we should be bigger than that. What happened to the days of having a simple coversation? Why does everything have to be a show of strength and power usually resulting in violence and backlash?

None said...

You’re completely right. People spend so much time trying to showcase who they aren’t rather than showcasing who they are. It’s so easy to hate and I don’t think any Muslim is asking everyone to be in love with Islam, the best we can do is to ask for tolerance. I personally believe that the whole cartoon issue was blown way out of proportion and everyone has a stake in doing so. It is not in Denmark's best interest to publish such cartoons simply because, as we see, it only breeds hatred and exclusion. It is also not in Islam's best interest to wage an ideological war against Denmark; we should be bigger than that. What happened to the days of having a simple conversation? Why does everything have to be a show of strength and power usually resulting in violence and backlash?

Cliche~ said...

i think religious hatred is just unacceptable. You can't claim to be all modern and open minded when ur refusing to accept people's differences and calling them "close minded". THen u d be restricting what ur OPEN MINDED to and totally contradicting the essential definition of what open mindedness is. Yet I do think the muslim world's reaction is not in their favour. This is a battle of politics not emotion.

Cliche~ said...

i think religious hatred is just unacceptable. You can't claim to be all modern and open minded when ur refusing to accept people's differences and calling them "close minded". THen u d be restricting what ur OPEN MINDED to and totally contradicting the essential definition of what open mindedness is. Yet I do think the muslim world's reaction is not in their favour. This is a battle of politics not emotion.

Cliche~ said...

i think religious hatred is just unacceptable. You can't claim to be all modern and open minded when ur refusing to accept people's differences and calling them "close minded". THen u d be restricting what ur OPEN MINDED to and totally contradicting the essential definition of what open mindedness is. Yet I do think the muslim world's reaction is not in their favour. This is a battle of politics not emotion.

Hajar said...

I agree with you.
I just posted a 'nice' article written by a Jewish guy on my blog, because, although I wanted to address the issue on my blog before now, I didn't want to repeat everyone else. He does a pretty good job of empathizing with us, and every little bit helps.

luckyfatima said...

yep, i think i know just whose blog u mean. there sure are some nuts out there