By Syed Zubair Ahmad,
Those who support unchecked freedom of expression and insult or abuse in the name of freedom of speech should be treated in kind. They should be asked: If someone tells you ‘your mother was a prostitue and your father was a pimp’ how would you react? I am sure not even the most polite person on this planet will respond by saying: ‘Sir, please don’t say to me like this, it’s very impolite and indecent to say like this because I belong to a very respected family, so I would request you very humbly to avoid such language for me otherwise I will report this to police or take this matter to court and sue against you’. Rather, being decent and a well behaved person he may never abuse in response to the abusive language, but he will indeed slap the abuser on his face.
Muslims never insulted Jesus, Moses or Ram in the past, Never will in future
Forget about the latest 13-minute video trailer on YouTube which was made by some bankrupts like Nakoula Basseley Nakoula in America. Let such people make one hundred films like ‘Innocence of Muslims’ not a single Muslim will ever make a film insulting Jesus (peace be upon him) or Christianity. Let Salman Rushdie write 100 Satanic Verses, be sure not a single Muslim from the entire Muslim world will ever think to abuse or insult Jesus and Merry (pbuh). Let Jyllands-Posten publish thousands of cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist, I can assure you that not a single Muslim from one billion population will ever make a single cartoon ridiculing Jesus (pbuh). Did a single Muslim in the entire history even insult any religious personality or religious books of Jews, Christianity or Hinduism? Never. Because Muslims believe that Moses and Jesus were the prophets and messengers of God, and maybe some Hindu ‘gods’ were actually prophets, so they give the same respect to them like the prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The only difference is the Muslims follow only Muhammad (pbuh) because his teachings are in original forms. Muslims all over the world believe that Torah, Bible and Vedas all are divine scriptures so they respect all holy scriptures, but they follow only Holy Quran because it’s only divine book which is available in its original form undoubtedly. This is the greatness of the religion called Islam. In this way Islam unifies all religions of the world.
Mindless protest in Egypt on anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims Photo: http://www.nydailynews.com
Mindless violence in the name of protests
There are black sheep in every religion. There are mindless stupid followers of every religion. The killing of ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in the Libyan city of Benghazi is as mindless and condemnable as the blasphemous film “The innocence of Muslims’ and its maker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.
Hypocrisy of the West
The problem is not just the film, the problem is the hypocrisy and dual standard of western world especially America. They want others to keep in limit but themselves they cross all limits. They forget the famous quote of Martin Luther King Jr “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. They do violent acts but preach others to be peaceful and calm. They stockpile nuclear arms but do not allow others to produce even nuclear energy. The whole world seems to be falling on the killings of four innocent American diplomats but no cries when every day innocent kids and women are being killed by American drones in Afghanistan. The hypocrisy of those so called champions of freedom of speech can be seen in their dealing with Julian Assange who is still hiding in the embassy of Ecuador in London.
Genesis of hate of Jews and Christians for Prophet Muhammad
The genesis of hate of Jews and Christians for the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) is his birth in the family of Prophet Ismail, not in the family of Prophet Ishaque. Prophets Moses and Jesus (pbuh) were from the family of Ishaque, and so Jews and Christians were expecting that the last prophet of God (about whom both Torah and Bible had given details) will be born in the family of their prophets. It is written in history books that in the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad, Jews and Christians had expressed their feelings which they later converted in enmity with Muslims and Islam.
In last 1400 years (Prophet Muhammad was born in 571 AD), thousands of books have been written in the west to malign the character of the last Prophet of God Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Their main target is the character assassination of the Prophet in order to distort Islam. They have distorted their own religion in a way that now Christians make films depicting Virgin Marry (pbuh) as prostitute and Jesus (pbuh) as a gay (God forbid) and the whole Christian world enjoy such things in the name of freedom of expression shamefully. But Muslims can’t tolerate this at any cost, because they respect Prophet more than their life and this is the feeling of Muslims which Christian world fails to understand. They hate Prophet Muhammad because they do not respect Prophets Moses and Jesus. They hate Quran because they don’t have original Bible and Torah.
Every religion including Islam has some mindless followers
There are two types of people in the Christian world, one belong to the category of mindless idiots like Nakoula Basseley Nakoula who insults the great Prophet like Muhammad (pbuh), the other belong to the category of Michael H. Hart, who in his famous book The Hundred: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, put Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) on top of the list and declared the prophet as the most influential person of human history. In his book Hart asserted that Muhammad was “supremely successful” in both the religious and secular realms.
Muslims in London distribute copies of the biography of Prophet Muhammad in response to the anti-Islam film Photo: http://wwpmd.tumblr.com/
There are two types of people in the Muslim world too. There are those who killed innocent American diplomats in Benghazi in response to the blasphemous film, who had nothing to do with the idiotic film. There are others who started distributing books about the life of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh). It’s said “Problems are opportunities in disguise”. The problem created by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula could be the best opportunity to enlighten people with the life and character of the last Prophet of God Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
In Islam debate and dissuasion are always welcome, healthy criticism is always entertained. Thousands of books have been written by orientalists criticising many teachings of Islam but there were no protests by Muslims. But they are not ready to accept abusive language about the Prophet with ill intention. Those who want war between religions and civilizations must be brought to justice otherwise the entire humanity will become vulnerable to their assault one day.
Syed Zubair Ahmad is a Writer & Journalist. He can be reached at [email protected]