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Sunday, February 05, 2006

Message

Been watching Amr khaled on tv right now. Was feeling guilty about not doing anything about what has been happening lately regarding the danish cartoons. of course I had told myself: what difference can I make really?

But then, I thought, if on judgement day, Prophet Mohamed (PBUH)asks me what I had done to defend him, what would I say? nothing?

I guess it is our role to do what we can... the fruits of our actions are left to God. We have to do what we can.

Amr Khaled had made a very good point... Anyone who knows the history and story of the Prophet PBUH, whether a muslim or not... would be insulted by such cartoons. And yes, it is partly our fault.. for not telling the world more about the prophet. so the rest of the world is left of guess and judge, not only about the prophet...PBUH.... but Islam and Muslims in general... through whatever they see. be it a terrorist attack, calimed to be in the name of Islam.... or whatever their media tells them.

to counter this view... the solution is not more threats and terror, but using the same tool... show the real face of Islam. The real values that the Prophet PBUH presents. It is not enough to say... this in not Islam... it is also important to show what Islam really is.

But in the end...to those who use mockery and disrespect towards religion... you are disrespectful and provocative. pure and simple. You do not insult 1.2 billion people in this world... and call it freedom of press. Freedom to hurt people's feelings.. that should be revised. that is not civilized at all... for poeple to call it part of modernization and civilization to be free to say whatever you want when ever you want.. stop right there. if it hurts someone else.... it is wrong. Basic human instinct tells you so.. even if you do not follow any religion in this world.and the man who you portray in these cartoons... what do you know about him really?

finally...
Amr khaled's word about it could be found here
and will be broadcast again at different times : monday and tuesday 7 30 am cairo time, and monday 7 15 pm on iqraa channel. downloads and tapes about seira could be found on various sites too.

Salla Allah 3ala Mohamed, Salla Allaho 3aleihi wa Sallam

4 Comments:

  • At 2/06/2006 12:39 PM, Blogger Me said…

    Jazake Allaho khayran ya Do for this post...
    I'd watched Amr Khaled's speech about the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) in the morning on the net before it was broadcast at night on Iqraa... and I really wanted to write soemthing ... Jazake Allaho khayran again for writing this ...

    May I just add this excerpt from the article in English

    "There exists a cultural vagueness in the West. This vagueness results from the presence of two different concepts. The first is a great Western concept that we respect, appraise, and need. That concept is freedom of speech. This is a great humane and civilized concept. On the other hand, there is the great Islamic concept of dignifying Allah’s Messenger (SAWS). The problem arises due to the lack of understanding of the Islamic Civilization and the Western Civilization regarding these two concepts. The non-Muslims cannot value the rank of dignifying the Prophet (SAWS). On the other hand, due to the below-average quality of practical application of freedom of speech, Muslims have a vague understanding of the concept of respecting freedom of speech.



    Accordingly, what is required now? We do not want to refuse the concept of freedom of speech, absolutely not. However, the West should alter the freedom of speech so that it does not collide with the very important Islamic value of dignifying the Prophet (SAWS). Here lies the vagueness and ambiguity. The West understands very well the freedom of speech (which we appreciate) but it does not understand Islamic values, such as dignifying the Prophet (SAWS) and other Islamic sanctities. This is where the Western cultural vagueness lies."

    The rest of the article in English can be found here

     
  • At 2/06/2006 12:41 PM, Anonymous Alaa said…

    the concept of freedom of speech is mostly a legal concept not a moral concept.

    the point of it is that giving government or church or any other entity the power to limit what speech is allowed is very dangerous and undermines the political freedom in general because this power is very easily abused.

    the world has learned this the hard way, after facing time and again tyranny and opression covering itself by stifling speech.

    the point isn't that this particular speech (the 12 cartoons) is a prerequisite to freedom, yes some of the cartoons are horrible and insulting (not all btw) but the point is making the government, or the court or an angry mob stop them or punishing people for them has even worse consequences.

    that's what people mean when they say free speech, it means there is nothing you can do about them except ake your own speech heard in answer.

     
  • At 2/06/2006 4:07 PM, Blogger Wonderer said…

    Doshar, me, and anybody else who might be interested;

    I came across a blog that made me furious. However, I couldn't comment, I was angry to the extend that, I was mute. I was afraid to say something that might be misunderstood. Maybe you can say something to these people to show them how wrong they are and how peaceful Islam is.

    Check this out.

     
  • At 2/13/2006 1:53 AM, Blogger Safiya said…

    A really good response was from some sisters who stood in their university campus handing out free chocolate bars. Each chocolate bar had a saying of Muhammed (pbuh) attached to it.
    What a fantastic way of spreading the message of the sort of man he really was and what our religion is about.
    As a convert, I think the problem is people know Muslims but they don't know Islam.

     

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