“For the first time in my life I am inclined to support a gagging order, but only once for this particular project of hate,” said the man they called Mr Scribe, sometimes lovingly, sometimes sarcastically.

Mr Scribe was referring to a Google decision to block a hate film – “Innocence of Muslims” – in the Middle East, a decision some Muslim governments copied.

The film, which ridicules Islam and the Prophet, caused widespread and violent protests in the Middle East and the Muslim world. The reaction also scared American Muslims who worry that violence in their homelands will further erode their already vulnerable position in the United States. Many feel that since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, other Americans often look at them with suspicion and fear.

So the Washington gang of self-proclaimed Muslim intellectuals decided to devote an entire evening to discuss this film and the Muslim reaction to an otherwise insignificant hate project.

Tonight they met at the Virginia Tavern, instead of their usual Shisha Bar, because they wanted no distraction and there was always plenty at the bar.

They were worried, all of them. Most had not seen the film but all were affected by it.

“This is insane,” said Rasheed, who taught mathematics back home but was a grocer in the US. “You do not kill an ambassador, period.”

“Right, right,” shouted others, referring to an arson attack on a US consulate in Libya which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other diplomats.

“But please note that the film is also very offensive,” said Rahim, now a cabdriver but an accountant back home.

“Yes, yes,” other agreed with him too.

And this was their dilemma, they were Muslims and Americans. The American inside them was upset over the Muslim reaction. The Muslim inside them found the film sickening. And most people around the world have not yet learned to think as humans only; so there was no third angle to this dispute.

But Shah Jee, who once worked as a calligraphist with a famous Pakistani painter, Sadequain, tried to push the third angle.

“Sadequain once drew a name, NISHOW on a piece of paper, put it before me and asked: ‘What do you see from your side?’” said Shah Jee.

“I said: ‘MOHSIN’ because that's what I saw from my side, although I knew NISHOW is a female name and MOHSIN is a male name.

“Then Sadequain said, ‘see how two people can disagree with each other and yet both can be right.’ And this is one lesson I never forgot.”

The gang was silent. “Well said, Shah Jee, well said,” said Foroud, an Iranian poet who now worked as a realtor in Virginia.

“Try telling this to the Taliban and they will kill you for quoting a Shia artist,” said Zalmay, an Afghan political activist.

“Who was Sadequain?” asked Sanjay, a school teacher in India who now ran a candy shop.

“You may have seen his mural at the Ghalib Library in Delhi,” said Shah Jee. “He was an incredibly generous man. Once I went to see him on my motorbike. He said: ‘Aren’t you getting married this year?’ I said, ‘Yes.’

“So you need a car," he said. I just smiled. He went inside, brought a painting he made in Delhi, signed by Indira Gandhi, and said: ‘Sell this and buy a car." I did not. I still have that painting.”

“No, Shah Jee, no, no stories tonight,” the gang shouted. “Let us focus on the film and the reaction.”

“Why are Muslims so violent?” asked Sanjay.

Such a question by an Indian could have caused riots back home, but living in America had softened them. Besides, all of them had a bonding gel, they all drove cabs when they first came to America. Some still did. And the bad job market had forced some others to return to their old profession.

Living abroad is difficult, especially for those who come from countries where families and friends provide a safety net and coming abroad means losing that safety net. So the need to stay together is stronger than other considerations, political or religious.

“Religious fundamentalism had a meteoric rise in the Muslim world over the past half century,” said Mr Scribe, quoting from an article he read on the internet.

“In the mid-1950s all Muslim leaders were secular, and secularism in Islam was growing. But the West, in its desire to combat communism, encouraged fundamentalism.

“Iran under Mohammed Mossadeq, Indonesia under Ahmed Sukarno, and Egypt under Gamal Abdel Nasser were all secular. It changed in the 70s.

“Following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, the CIA armed the fiercest and most ideologically charged Islamic fighters and created an extensive globalised jihad network. Today, as secularism continues to retreat, Islamic fundamentalism fills the vacuum.”

As Mr Scribe stopped, Rahim said: “Stop copying from the internet, tell us what you think.”

“I think we are paranoid and suffer from an inferiority complex,” said Foroud. “You do no go on attacking embassies and burning down properties because someone somewhere made an insignificant movie.”

“Yes, who benefitted from this violent reaction?” asked Zalmay. “The film producers, who had failed to make any impact at all. Not a single person outside their crew came to watch the movie when they showed it at a US cinema.

“And it remained unnoticed on Youtube for two months. So they dubbed it in Arabic and sent it to an Egyptian television channel, and as they expected, the Muslim reaction made the film famous. Now everybody wants to watch it.”

“Yes, Zalmay, but you should also understand the Muslim reaction,” said Haider, a barber with a master’s degree in political science. “The film is about the Prophet (PBUH) and they are very sensitive about it.”

“Right, Haider, but does the Muslim reaction help their cause?” asked Foroud.

“Let’s first define the Muslim cause,” Mr Scribe suggested.

They all laughed. “Mr Scribe you always come out with the most obvious question. We all know what the Muslim cause is,” said Khalid, who runs a music shop.

“So define it,” said Mr Scribe. “What is it? Economic revival? Political power? Democracy? Palestine? Kashmir? What?”

Now the others were silent.

“Yes, he is right. It is difficult to define the Muslim cause,” said Foroud, “but let us focus on this issue. Here the cause is simple, to defend the Prophet (PBUH).”

“And does the violent Muslim reaction help defend the Prophet (PBUH) or does it harm the cause?” asked Mr Scribe.

“I think it harms,” said Rahim.

The conversation stopped as the tavern’s owner, Qizilbash, placed cups of hot green tea and cookies before them. It was close to midnight, the tavern had shut its doors to customers. Some went out with their tea to smoke.

When the conversation resumed, Rasheed raised an issue they all wanted to discuss but were reluctant to do so. “What does it mean for us who live in America? How will this violence impact us?”

There was no immediate answer.

But after a while Shah Jee spoke. “Last year, I purchased a house in Lahore. I fear that one day the Americans may ask us to leave,” he said.

“Yes, but Lahore is not safe either,” said Khalid.

“And who can say that the Taliban will not return if I went back to Kabul?” asked Zalmay.

“I know some physicians who have purchased apartments in Dubai,” said Mr Scribe.

“We are no physicians, we cannot live in Dubai,” said Haider.

“Where will we go if anti-American feelings and protests continue to increase?” asked Shah Jee.

Nobody had an answer.

 


The author is a correspondent for Dawn, based in Washington, DC

Anwar Iqbal is a correspondent for Dawn, based in Washington, DC.


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Comments (62)

Asim Sohail
September 16, 2012 10:38 pm
I couldn't agree more than the comments I have seen on this blog. Islam is a religion of tolerance and patience, our own prophet (P.B.U.H) had shown tolerance and patience on many occasions and have always advocated for it. The whole episode of movie which was followed by violent protests are condemn able and unacceptable, but I would pose a question to those protesters that What have you achieved by those protests? Would this protest means there will be no such incidents in future? Did those protests has increased the dignity of Islam and Muslims? The answer is nothing, apart from triggering more hatred for Muslims and proving the point that Muslims are easily agitated by some fanatic. Those protests have disgraced Islam more than that video by showing violent behaviors which isn't part of the religion which was taught, preached and practiced by prophet (P.B.U.H), Khulfa -e-Rasheedin and Olliya's. I pray that may Allah Talha help me and all of our Muslim nations to learn the true spirit and wisdom of Islam and help us to implement it (Ameen).
hassan
September 17, 2012 8:58 am
Dear Rizwan do you seriously believe that this is in any way freedon of speech.
Ajay
September 16, 2012 12:20 am
Interesting article; gives a good insight but you have not touched the fundamental issue facing muslim communities; As long as you mix relgion with politics (irrespectve of religion) there will always be violence; the problem with muslims world over is that everything starts with religion and ends with religion.
suneel
September 16, 2012 2:54 pm
muslim or non muslim, we are all selfish....we will support what will suit our need...
sam
September 17, 2012 7:39 am
For example, If we say that Jesus is the only god, and other are false is that Blasphemy ? Whenever Muslims say that there is no God but Allah, is that insulting other religions ? We never see any muslim prosecuted for Blasphemy.
Surendran
September 15, 2012 1:20 pm
Quite a dilemma and understandably so!
Ajaya K Dutt
September 15, 2012 1:55 pm
Jinnah and Iqbal defended murderer of a Hindu because supposedly he offended Islam. That was way before 1970. Haqiqut was a Hindu 8 years old kid, who was executed on order of Mullah by a Muslim ruler, because he insulted Islam because another 8 years old muslim kid was insulting Durga. That was waaaay before . Well. keep smoking. Something else is wrong where being a MUSLIM is more important than a being a human. I see some stirring, and if I am not hallucinating from smoke, it shall take a century of so to see any viable result. Raja Ram Mohan Roy has been already dead for a century. Gallileo for more than few centuries. Let us just keep smoking. It is bigger than you an' me combined. Butt, a good try.
AHA
September 15, 2012 1:57 pm
The movie is extremely disgusting, distasteful and absurd. I am generally very pro-freedom of expression, but this is not expression, it is really only hate-mongering. It is an abuse of free expression. I am also disgusted by the violent reaction among us Muslims, but that is now an oft-repeated story.
NASAH (USA)
September 15, 2012 9:18 pm
How many mouths we will shut with our violent protests -- there are 7 billion people on this earth out of which 1.2 billion are Muslims -- how many mouth can we shut from speaking ill against out religion and our prophet? Can we do it by burning their embassies and killing ambassadors -- or can we do it by educating them and convincing them about the greatness of our religion and our prophet? When we will learn to ignore the bigotry of a miniscule minority against Muslims -- and when we will learn to protest peacefully? Nobody is going to kick the Muslims out of America -- we ARE Americans.
Satyameva Jayate
September 15, 2012 7:21 pm
The internet is filled with insensitive nobodies putting offensive material against all religions. But followers of no other religions KILL unrelated innocent people as the response. One should look at the material internet users from Pakistan have put up against Hindus and their religion.
Ali Ghadimi
September 17, 2012 9:35 am
Me being a Muslim fully agrees with you.
Joe
September 16, 2012 2:56 am
There's a subtle lesson in the wonderful article. Each one in that Virginia discussion spoke his mind. Here comes the telling part: just then, some vile bigoted person could have walked in with his hateful speech, and he would have been told to leave the premises. Disgusting as it was, the others would have learned from the experience and gained a deeper appreciation of their faith. No one in that group would have used one person's example of inhumanity as a reason to call out a mob and go attack, burn and innocent people. Conscience and faith grow so very gradually where freedom of speech allow them to exist in a relatively peaceful society. But it takes time.
Pramod
September 17, 2012 5:02 am
Just need to understood by Muslims. Bringing down Bamian Budha in Afghanistan was much more serious than this. Start respecting other religions.
hassan
September 17, 2012 8:57 am
tell me your reaction when someone abuses your mother or sister. Friend the Prophet (s.a.w.w) personality does not get hurt from this act but what is my responsibility towards that act (now plz dont think that I am in favour of violent reaction) yes but I am in favour of reaction and also demand that society in general whether muslim or christians or hindus or athiests use their common sense and boycott this act. Freedom of speech is only effective if the message is put in a way not to hurt the feelings of other.
Mukesh
September 16, 2012 12:19 pm
I am really superised when I see double standards in muslim world whenever someone insults Islam. Why are muslims quite when the Pakistani mullah burned the pages from Quran to falsify the eveidence? Why are people not protesting when he insulted the religion? As far as the movie is concerned I have to just say something simple - video sites like youtube are full of movies that are insulting, voilent, hateful etc etc - if you find something hateful or in appropriat - just don't watch it!
Aziz
September 17, 2012 6:10 am
And in each instance starting from Salman Rusdie there has been ruthless political exploitation. The subject was dormant till the Egyptian Salafist decided to exploit it by telecasting it. Having said that it must be borne in mind that the makers of the film and the powerful people financing it also wanted to get the same reaction. Perhaps they tried to insinuate blame on the Coptics and then start a massive backlash against Copts.From that point of view the project failed. Muslims on the street must be educated how it really works.
Ye Z
September 16, 2012 9:22 am
All I see in your story is the worry of (Pakistani) Muslims about their safety and livelihood in the US and nothing about how they can contribute to making things better for the Muslims there. If that's the mind set then I am not interested in what you do or do not do at the Virginia Tavern.
vj
September 16, 2012 2:19 pm
Anwar, I liked especially the "Muslim cause". People who go for violence are so fanatic and they forget the purpose and teaching of the relegion. Imagine all the people from all the religion starts killing each other because somebody did some crazy thing. Killing or threatening somebody with violence is the easiest thing one can do. To develope human qualities, you have to start to tolerate and learn to live with others.
Tommy
September 16, 2012 1:25 pm
Where was all the protests and voilence worldeide when Talibal destroyed centuries old Buddha statues in Afghanistan or when in Pakistan scores of ancient temples were destroyed? Whose felings were hurt then and how many people were killed or wounded then? What does this says about Islam and the tolerancy of its followers?
TJ
September 16, 2012 2:35 pm
The below is ironic. So, why are Muslims so violent? Where is the tradition of reason and debate? "Why are Muslims so violent?” asked Sanjay. Such a question by an Indian could have caused riots back home.
Aslam
September 16, 2012 7:57 pm
The Government has not banned this disgusting video from youtube as yet.
Abdus Salam Khan
September 16, 2012 6:06 am
I am a Muslim living in America and I feel confident that the American people are mature enough to realize that the two headed snake called terrorism has one head in the East and one head in the West; one in the East is being crushed by the drones and the other here in the shape of racist and relifious fanatics will be dealt with by the scorn of the right-thinking people of America.A case in point is the recent wave of public sympathy for the sikhs who were killed by a fanatic whilst they were worshipping in their Gurdawara. in wisconsin. An all night candle-lit vigil organized by the Muslims of Libyan origin in Tutstin, California, to mourn the dastardly murder of Chris Stevens, American Ambassador to Libya is a step int he direction and epitomizes the reslove of all of us, of what ever religion, to stand together against fanaticism.and terrorism.
rana
September 16, 2012 4:57 pm
what muslims should have done or do is bow down together in every country and ask and beg the supreme being to do justice instead of rioting and killing others or themselves.Muslims have forgotten that ALLAH swt is the only one who has the right to judge and punish.its not for mere humans to become the punisher or the judge in such cases.Can muslims quote any Hadith or sentence from the Quran that says that this is how we should behave or a hadith that says the prophet saw ordered the killing of anyone on GUSTAKHE RASOOL.
HAMMAD RAZA
September 16, 2012 8:33 am
it was very disgusting
Yawar
September 17, 2012 1:41 am
While peacefully protesting the dispicable film, muslims, especially our maulvis, should also voice their disgust and clear condemnation regarding the violation of U.S. Embassy grounds and the killing of the US Ambassador to Libya and his staff. They had absolutely nothing to do with the film. But alas this will not happen. The obvious response will be in the form of a question "Why America not stop killing innocent muslims by drone attacks?" And hatred will continue to escalate. And more vile and disgusting language and films against our beloved prophet PBUH and religion will continue to appear on the internet. And fewer non-muslims will be attracted to the teachings of Islam.
fika77
September 17, 2012 2:14 am
Easier said than done. Also Mr. Iqbal only knows people with little education in America so they cannot make a difference. All of his fiction revolves around people with moderate education discussing the most vital issues.
Nazli Siddiqui
September 16, 2012 8:02 am
This statement is a stark mirepresentation of what American Muslims feel: "The reaction also scared American Muslims who worry that violence in their homelands will further erode their already vulnerable position in the United States." They are not scared due to their vulnerability. They are disgusted that people in their native countries are resorting to destructive, unIslamic behavior, giving a bad name to Islam.
Bobs
September 17, 2012 3:47 am
i am asking the same question where is the protest against imam?
Bobs
September 17, 2012 3:48 am
I agree
waheed
September 17, 2012 4:20 am
As a muslim and someone with great deal of respect for prophet Muhammad(swt) i cant even think of watching or reading something as rediculous as so called this mivie. We cannot stop everyone in this world from writting hateful things about our religion but we can ignore it . By bringing out a reaction as violent as in our demonstrations , we have forced millions of people to watch this video ,who would not even have heard about it otherwise.. So we need to ask ourselves if we are doing a service or dis service to our religion by throwing rocks and burning tires.
Shiv Kumar
September 17, 2012 6:25 am
the violence is within and so only then it can come out. to say only muslims can be violent is incorrect but Muslim world encourages violence as a means to solve problems.if somebody does not agree with you kill him,if someone is as strong as you are then have a treaty with him but the violence increases towards those who are in minority .Even then it is repressed but doesn't go away. it comes out when the so called rulers and maulvis want cannon fodder for their agendas and when muslims attain a certain percentage in population.This is reality.
Wonderbug
September 17, 2012 7:13 am
Muslims have no tolerance whatsoever of anything or for anyone.......! Instead of shwoing the true spirit of Islam, all they can do is take up arms and start killing.......! I suppose that is the only thing that they know.
Ye Z
September 17, 2012 7:20 am
@Rizwan and BP: In the best of democracies, if you make a provocative or offensive remark or yell profanities at ten people, while nine may walk away but at least one of them is bound to punch you in your face. He will most likely be arrested for assault but so will be you for disturbing the peace and provoking the assault. Did Saddam, Gaddafi, Taliban provoke the US to attack and unleash violence on their countries? Is Syria's Bashar provoking the international community and is almost pushing them to the brink of losing patience? EVERYTHING has limits including tolerance!
AHA
September 17, 2012 10:50 am
@Rizwan and BP, Would you have permitted the Nazi ideology as a freedom of speech. You guys probably do not know what I am talking about.
Patel
September 15, 2012 9:33 pm
Best way to oppose is to avoid. The problem of islamic world is that there is no word like "ahimsa" in their disctionary. Now the western world know how to disturb Islamic world and hampers their progress. Islamic world now never progress. Whenever western world want to disturb Islamic world they will come up with this kind of incidents. Second thing I dont understand
Srini
September 15, 2012 11:56 pm
It is absolutely disgusted by the reactions of muslims for this! Killing an ambassador over a movie! I don't care what the movie portrays and who it portrays. There is no justification whatsoever for killing the ambassador. Muslims are normal living beings like the rest of the people in the planet. They don't get special privileges, just because someone said something. The world and every individual countries should condemn this barbaric reaction and bring the perpetrator to justice. In my opinion, this kind of reaction should be brutally put down, immediately. Otherwise free speech, right to live and the current order of life is in danger. I hope the muslim world realize that they are no match if the rest of the world gangs up against them. So it is in their interest to use the white matter inside them, and stop reacting like this for every provocation.
Waqas Majeed
September 16, 2012 12:44 pm
i think the same that what the film producer has done is not acceptable and can not be tolerated but the way Muslims tended to react towards it was not right. I should have been dealt through a proper channel. Being wild and barbarous will not help us out, it will merely breed more hatred among people. We need to rethink and reckon what could be the best possible way to refrain them from ridiculing our religion.
Faraz
September 17, 2012 5:13 am
Freedom should have some grace, friend. Otherwise it has to be curtailed like it's being.
Yawar
September 16, 2012 2:16 am
As much as I hate and strongly oppose the lack of sabr and violent response a small fraction of muslims have demonstrated, I do recognize where it is coming from. This film and Terry Jones actions is in line with a lot of anti-Islamic rhetoric from the Christian Right and others in the U.S. and the Western world that has been going on since 9/11. Unfortunately, times are really bad for Muslims in America. And the enemies of Islam, and there are many, will take full advantage of the killing of the U.S. Ambassador to make the life of Muslims in the U.S, even worse. BTW, I dont have to watch the film to oppose it. In fact I will not watch the film for what it reportedly shows.
Yasir Mahmood
September 16, 2012 5:52 am
this event of movie is disgusting and good effort made by the author of this blog to indicate the after effects which can b of this incident
Niraj
September 15, 2012 4:33 pm
Holy PROPHET is too pious and strong to be affected by a novel, a cartoon and now a film. Why protest to show that his divinity has been maligned by immortals. Or is it EGO that has been hurt.
Yawar
September 17, 2012 1:18 am
Please, the next time do not comment if you cant make sense
Samir Gupta
September 15, 2012 6:30 pm
A British friend of mine posed an FB status yesterday "People in the west are asked not to paint all Muslims as terrorists because of the actions of a few idiots. By the same token the Muslims need to understand that this was a deliberate provocation by a few idiots in the west". The problem is that there is no such thing as "muslims". It is a very diverse set of people with a serious lack of leadership. The Ummah needs leaders who can rise to the occasion and deal with the propaganda on both sides. I can understand the pain of people like you Anwar. I experienced it during the Godhra days (although that was an order of magnitude worse). Unfortunately you are experiencing it over and over again since 9/11. A good start is the life and the message of the prophet. The basic sociological issues were the same the as they are now. His life is a great example of leadership and courage.
Gerry D'Cunha
September 17, 2012 10:33 am
our muslim brothers should know that the purpose of the film maker is to incite the muslims and show the world that muslims have no tolerance – you should know that by such film no one has the authority to take your faith away. Muslims must think deeply before reacting tempestuously. For overreacting to such provocations will only make things worse.
Ye Z
September 17, 2012 7:50 am
That's called stereotyping and Muslims have a problem with it. Jews are also stereotyped; so try questioning Holocaust and you will forget the hate that is ascribed to Muslims. Ask Hindus in Pakistan and they'll tell you that they hate Muslims. Please, reflect!
Truth Hurts
September 17, 2012 8:05 am
Are you serious in your question, if it is shown to you then what will you do :-)
kiwi/paki
September 16, 2012 11:07 am
Its interesting to see how easily Muslims all over the world can be instigated. The film maker has proved his point by showing the violent nature of the Muslim world.
Rizwan Hamid -USA
September 16, 2012 8:46 am
You are pro freedom of expression as long as the views expressed agree with your own views . In this case they do not so all of a sudden, it is abuse of freedom of expression. That is exactly the definition of bigotry.
BP
September 16, 2012 11:19 am
If you want democracy then you have to learn to tolerate even the most hateful of freedom of expression. Violence is not going to remove thoughts from the heads of people.
Gm awan
September 17, 2012 4:51 am
like this movie we have already advertised Facebook...........................
Waqas
September 15, 2012 6:14 pm
Sure the film is offensive to Muslims, but violence is not the answer <-- both of these two thoughts must be understood by Muslims 100%, especially the second one. Here's what you do. Create a group called "Muslims against Radical Islam" and urge leaders to step in and do what they need to do to stop the violence and provide safety to Muslims around the world and those who look Muslim. You can do any kind of reaction against the film except violence and so on. Make counter-films, ignore things, do anything else. I'm a former Muslim and since I look Muslim, I can feel the tension building in this American society. Their patience is wearing thin.
ali
September 15, 2012 5:34 pm
Those resorting to violence to purportedly save the Prophet's honor are terribly misguided and must be brought to justice. Those who follow the Prophet's teachings condemn the killings and harm brought to any individual because of this no name movie or any amount of perceived affront to Islam. Our deepest condolences to the affected families. The ignorance of these Muslims who act in this way are the true offense against the teachings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad. God help them.
haris
September 16, 2012 4:37 pm
you certainly dont love muslims. you love cnn, bbc and fox and follow where ever they take you.
haris
September 16, 2012 4:38 pm
wow! i missed tht angle.
Razzaq
September 15, 2012 5:17 pm
According to news in UK yesterday,a topless photograph of a royal princess was published in a french magazine and the royals are very very angry and they have decided to sue the magazine.Could the angry and offended Muslims of the world not go to any court of law and seek justice rather than behaving like monkeys and apes out in streets?
DG
September 15, 2012 5:06 pm
Too bad... When people have basics they think of pride.. when they don't have they think of it... We need good leaders like that of 1950s . Most of the innocent people get affected by such acts and extremists survive and even more of them rise. We need to first fight traitors in our own clothes who is intoxicating us from inside...and get our basics. Then we shoulld raise voice for right and wrong in the world.....
Keti Zilgish
September 15, 2012 4:45 pm
It is clear from this article that the 'violent reaction' has been deliberately planned to cause the 'dilemma' so that expats get forced to invest in Pakistan, loose their investment and their future value as foreign exchange creators so that the economic planners will be forced into a dilemma.
P N Eswaran
September 15, 2012 4:22 pm
The Americans wonder "why do others hate us?". The Muslims do not have such musing. The Muslims hate all including themselves.
Rajesh
September 15, 2012 3:58 pm
This is not a big news - I grew up with such reactions amongst Muslims in Delhi and Agra in India. More moderate Muslims are redfaced because it has been splashed on TV screens worldwide.
irfan husain
September 15, 2012 3:26 pm
Wonderful insights into the expat's dilemma.
B R Chawla
September 15, 2012 2:46 pm
Mankind has suffered through the ages because a few religious bigots thought that religion was an asset For exploitations of sensitivities of people indoctrinated by the clergy. There must be issues for survival for the maulvies or pandits or else their survival is at stake. If a certain views can infuriate to this extent no body seems to be following their religion. Clergy is only asserting their grip over the hapless gullible masses. We have to defend the virtues of the religion and not the books or their writers who have in any case proved their piety that does not need testimonials. Intolerace would belittle the lofty ideals Islam and drive away people. Chawla
S.A. Sheikh,
September 16, 2012 7:39 pm
Is not it a painful fact that with their lowest literacy rate the Muslims are regarded, through out the world, simple ( simpleton) and really innocent people. And when their innocence is put to question and set aside in a particular situation,and allowed to give vent to their grievances, they start recording their reaction in most violent manner and often directly indulge in self destruction activities, seem to be an end in itself, to weaken the world of Islam. This un-holy end is being achieved through violent reaction in all parts of the world except Saudi Arabia? Can not other 56 muslim states of the OIC follow the the foot prints the Muslim rulers of Makkah Mukarrama and Madina Munawwara, to show the world that Islam is actually a religion of peace and Salamati for the all people and all parts of the world. Let all the followers of Islam shun violence and adopt civilized way of recording their anger and injured feelings as done by the rulers of the holy land of Islam. Violent reaction by the emotional un-lettered young ones indulging in death and destructions causes us go many decades back into poverty and backwardness. And this is exactly what the enemies of Islam and Muslims have the end in view. May God help the Muslims and their rulers to tread the right path, SirateMustaqeem and serve as role model for the rest of mankind for all the time to come. Ameen.
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