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Supporters of Jamaat ud Dawa (JD) shout anti-US slogans during a rally against an anti-Islam movie in Lahore on September 16, 2012. – AFP

DHAKA: Once again a depraved and dangerous game is being played, one with the aim of increasing religious tensions across the globe. This time it's a film that seeks to defame the religion of Islam. Predictably, too many Muslims have reacted with fierce intensity, and with deadly consequence. Angry demonstrators have attacked American embassies in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen. In Benghazi, Libya, the American ambassador, three other embassy officials, and several Libyan security staff members were tragically killed.

One should deplore and condemn both the audacious bigotry of the film-maker as well as the inexcusable violence of the protesters. The protesters cannot counter the fraudulent claims of the obscure film, Innocence of Muslims — no matter how profane and bigoted it is — with behaviour that itself harms the image of Islam everywhere. Ironically, the world came to know about this film only after American embassies were attacked and the ambassador to Libya was killed. By engaging in violence, the overzealous Muslims are falling into the very trap set up by the bigots.

The Islamophobic campaign is nothing new in America. It is even worse in Europe. The film made by Sam Bacile (who it now appears is actually Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a California man who was convicted in 2009 of bank fraud) is not the first effort to denigrate Islam, nor will it be the last.

There have been countless attempts by Islamophobes to incite a fierce reaction in the Muslim community. In some cases, the provocateurs succeeded in eliciting a violent response. On other occasions, their hate-mongering plots faded into obscurity, especially when Muslims decided to ignore them or chose to counter/correct them through dialogue and other civil means. The results were predictably positive: the challenges soon turned into opportunities where Muslims were able to present the truth of Islam to their fellow citizens.

Those who seek to inflame passions will continue their incitements, hoping that Muslims will take the bait. They can then say: "See how violent the Muslims are." The incitements will remain unabated; but Muslims must stop reacting and instead respond to the evil with something that is civil and intelligent and put the bigotry to shame. In fact, the Quran itself commands Muslims to “repel evil with what is better” (Surah 41: Verse 34). The Quran also says: “O you who believe! Be steadfast in the cause of Allah, bearing witness in equity; and let not a people’s enmity incite you to act otherwise than with justice. Be always just, that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah. Surely, Allah is aware of what you do” (Surah 5: Verse 9).

The overzealous Muslims, who claim to be defending the honour of the Prophet (PBUH) by attacking the embassies and committing acts of destruction and even murder, need to reflect on how the Prophet (PBUH) would have responded to a provocation like Sam Bacile's film. The Prophet (PBUH) was a man of patience, peace, and mercy. Even though he was attacked and insulted many times throughout his life, he responded with a high-minded and measured perspective, always inclined to compassion and forgiveness, and never acted out of revenge or in a violence-driven way. Engaging in wanton acts of violence and senseless killing can only serve to defile his sublime legacy in the minds of those who don’t know him. Muslims in the Middle East and around the world must remember this: We honour the Prophet (PBUH) by following his example of tolerance and patience in the face of hostility.

It is also important for Muslims to recognise that the actions of a person who reviles or mocks the Prophet (PBUH), or even goes so far as to insult or ridicule God Himself, is responsible for his or her own actions. There is no justification for collective blame, whether of the perpetrator’s national, religious, or political group, or of the government of the nation he resides in (let alone the ambassador or other embassy officials or staff). Regrettably, many Muslims across the world have little or no idea as to how American democracy functions and its society operates. They think the American government is behind, complicit in, or endorsing any Islam-bashing action or statement broadcast from its soil. This is a serious misperception and myth about America that must be dispelled and debunked at every opportunity.

It is true and unfortunate that some biased individuals and organisations are stirring up hatred against Islam and Muslims with unrelenting persistence. The film that is centre stage in the current turbulence is a manifestation of exceeding ignorance and the most ignoble foolishness in its scandalous attack against the Prophet (PBUH), Islam, and Muslims. It aims to tarnish the image of Islam and spoil the relations between Muslims and non-Muslims. However, there are huge numbers of people in America who have condemned this film, and among them are leaders of various faiths, especially Christianity and Judaism. Some non-Muslim academics have even called for Sam Bacile’s arrest.

Muslims must think deeply before reacting tempestuously. For overreacting to such provocations will only make things worse.

Resorting to violence shouldn't be an option at any time. The maker and sponsors of the hate film have undoubtedly put forth a piece of propaganda promoting the worst kind of bigotry; still, this should never be an excuse to commit any act of violence against a person or any destruction of property.We are certainly not suggesting that Muslims stop defending the Prophet (PBUH). But the best way to defend the Prophet (PBUH) is by conveying to people who he really was, and by emulating his sublime character. We cannot become emotionally overblown and act irrationally every time an Islamophobe insults Islam. We should act with utmost maturity and deal with caution, care and prudence.

The Prophet (PBUH) is loved and respected by hundreds of millions of people around the world, and no one can take this veneration from our hearts. So we should not fall into the trap of those who wish to incite our anger and instill hatred in the minds and hearts of non-Muslims. Indeed, there is no God-conscious faith or love for the Prophet (PBUH) in reacting in a brutal and destructive way.As we mourn the loss of lives, we call on Muslims around the world to “repel evil with what is better”. That might entail ignoring a provocation, like the film in question, that is ugly in its purpose but supremely foolish in its content. It might require in presenting a reasoned argument as to why some anti-Islam talking point is erroneous. In all cases, however, repelling evil with what is better demands speech and behaviour that is wise and judicious, with sober awareness that everything we do and say has consequences. If only "Sam Bacile" had observed such prudence.

By arrangement with The Daily Star/ANN

Comments (102) Closed

Waseem Sep 19, 2012 01:21am
"There is no doubt Islam is a peace loving religion" By the way do we really prove it by our act? or made it only a slogan?
sagar Sep 18, 2012 11:38am
Its really sad to for anyone. Its simple we should respect other's religion. Muslims across the globe are known for their impatience and anger, and its again proved. but lets pray that islam is being respected by other religions and vice-versa.
Noor Sep 18, 2012 09:38am
however enormous responsibility lies on Foreign governments , with these kind of movies and gestures .. someone will lose control and in my point of view west doesn't understand that we love our Prophet PBUH more then our parents and will defend his name, not violently but in every society there are groups with agendas and innocent masses fell prey to them
Dr. Rahman Sep 18, 2012 12:17pm
Not 10%. It is a tiny fraction which incites innocent people and then run like cowards.
comment Sep 18, 2012 12:24pm
responsibility and ownership lies with the authorities, the fact that the movie has been released exposes those involved. There is no doubt Islam is a peace loving religion hence those creating violence are not representatives of Islam.
Himanshu Sep 18, 2012 08:03pm
And why do you want to spread them "across the world"?
AbdulRehman Sep 18, 2012 09:08pm
Very true dear
UF Sep 18, 2012 10:07am
As a non-religious person it is hard to understand the magnitude of this religious anger. Youtube and Internet are full of crap so why bother. J
PN Sep 18, 2012 09:56pm
Your comment is disingeneous; the authorities in USA has nothing to do with the 'release' of the film. Since the producer cannot find a distributor, it was posted on YOUTUBE. In a free country such as USA, anyone can go on internet and post an item, unlike many non-democratic restrictive societies.
Saeed Sep 18, 2012 11:09pm
Rajesh your comments just exposed your hatred for Pakistanis. In this film saga, it is the people in the Middleeast who resorted to violence not in Pakistan. Express your hatred for Pakistanis at some other occasion where it would make some sense without denuding your pervrted thinking
RATTAN(SYDNEY) Sep 18, 2012 03:21pm
you mean gadhe ke sar se seengh gayab.BTW good article.
sali Sep 18, 2012 12:36pm
Its a shame that so many people are getting killed on this. Islam or greatness of prophet (PBUH) doesn't depend on this. The movie can't be seen as an American movie because in today's multimedia age anyone can make a movie and put it on the youtube. This movie was made by an Egyptian born US citizen. How could US be responsible for an individual act? Should Pakistan as a country be blamed for individual mischief? Wake up people and use your brain.
suraj Sep 18, 2012 06:34pm
It's true, i came to know about this sick video only after watching news on Libyan violence..
Taj Sep 18, 2012 10:49am
Action Points: - Follow Sunnah fully to show love to prophet - Assert your voice by means of economics. Bycott products that would hurt and oblidge governments to take Muslim seriously.
EmMoosa Sep 17, 2012 06:16pm
We badly need in this time those scholars who really have understanding about the religion of Islam and can teach whole the world about it particularly to them who are misguided by those who are doing this evil act intentonally and purposely. Unfortunately at the moment we have lot of socalled muftis, mullahs and uneducated teachers of the Islam around us who themselves need proper teachings. Poor people go after their violent speeches which do not bring any thing good to them and Islam around the world. They are the real enemies of Islam. We should get rid of them by learning ourselves about the religion, the life and teachings of our beloved prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Bayo Sep 17, 2012 01:28pm
This is a well articulated advice to the Muslims. One thing that is yet to be understood by many Muslims is the existence of sponsored group of people (Munafiq) amidst the Muslims' organization/nations/communities ready to incite the ummah into irrational actions or reactions towards actualization of every objective of the enemies of Islam globally. "...when you see them, their personalities please you, and when they speak, you listen to their words.. They think that every cry is against them. They are enemies, so beware of them..." Q63 vs 4
ahmed Sep 17, 2012 10:39am
I just learned thousands of books on the life of our beloved prophet Mohammed (PBUH) distributed in several countries. That is how true muslims respond to bigotry.
Peace Sep 18, 2012 08:27am
Well, the only article and view I have come across that make sense and thoughtfulness, otherwise every person, media anchors, leaders and politician want to destroy all the infidels whether they are involved or not. The so called thekadars of Islam has an issue to sell their views. I am wondering, why ain't there any violent protest in Saudi and Iran, being the hub of Sunni and Shia Islam? At least we should learn from them....
Usman Aziz Sep 18, 2012 08:13am
the matter is very simple governments of Muslim countries should play a vibrant role and give suitable reaction to such an incident to curb the Muslims' sentiments. furthermore people must elect good people when they vote in muslim countries
Ghazala Sep 18, 2012 02:30pm
I wish religious and political leaders would send message of peace and tolerance to our people instead of leading them in voilent protests.This is the time to teach ignorant people in Pakistan how tolerant and patient our Prophet Mohammad was.
Humayun Khan Sep 17, 2012 12:35pm
Bravo, what an excellent article. Similar reasons and prudent forward steps should be communicated to the masses by our ulemas, preachers of Islam and our Government.
Adnan Sep 18, 2012 03:15am
Ameen. Allahumma Salle Ala Muhammad wa ala ale Muhammad
Adnan Sep 18, 2012 02:56am
Agreed 100%
Vidyesh Sep 19, 2012 12:15am
@Ali Abbas Good one!
saqib Sep 18, 2012 07:47am
unfortunately now a days retaliation is the only answer.
nadia nadeem Sep 18, 2012 07:26am
well written advice. we need to educate people about this perspective of Islam. especially relegious scholars
skylark Sep 18, 2012 07:27am
WHEN YOU ARE TRUE TO YOURSELF , YOU ARE UNTRUE TO NONE. every religion has been taunted , ridiculed some way or other but how would you respond to that ! JUST IGNORE
urawal Sep 18, 2012 07:19am
Mabubur Rhaman ....Good.... ! Highly rational mind you have...Bravo..... But Circulate this in Urdu or speak in public and you are dead.......
Tahir Sep 17, 2012 10:26am
It is true that the Muslims should not protest with violence. I think it is the responsibility of the governments of the Islamic countries to protest against such things on proper forums and to get assurance from the Non-Muslim countries that they will prevent this from happening in future. When people will see that some measures are being taken, they will remain peaceful.
EE Sep 17, 2012 05:56pm
And I should read the entire comment instead of the first line only. I just realized you were saying the same thing.
Random Sep 17, 2012 06:00pm
Why is it so easy to incite muslims? I mean get a life for god's sake. Some random idiot said some random in some random city. How will rioting against people/communities who have never even heard of till a week back help anyone? There are more important things in life, focus your energies there. Don't let your insecurity come across. Is islam so weak so as to be incited about one low budget movie?
RATTAN(SYDNEY) Sep 18, 2012 03:26pm
Does Allah need muslims/people on earth to protect Islam.Let Allah punish the wrong doer.Islam is a good religion and muslims are the worst people
Siraj Ahmad 'Rakesh' Sep 18, 2012 06:10am
It seems that you have a point we all must understand.
Imran Jiwani Sep 17, 2012 11:45am
Wonderful article. I just hope the author writes this in Urdu and try to publish it in some other paper as well. Not many of our population can actually read this article otherwise.
Bill Maher Sep 18, 2012 06:04am
Unfortunately "well informed and knowledgeable Mullahs" seem to be in very short supply.
Bill Maher Sep 18, 2012 06:07am
Great thought; and advice to Dawn and the author.
kufarooq Sep 17, 2012 06:56pm
Recentpublic anger and large public demonstrations at US consulates around the worldclearly shows that US is also losing grounds in its friends countries. Nowafter Libya things are also going bad to worse in Egypt and Tunis. In severalcountries law enforcement agencies found it hard to keep away angry mob from USconsulates. Sentiments are already high in Muslim world against US after Iraqand Afghanistan wars. Now several incidents took place recent years furtherdown US credibility in Muslim world. Burning of Holy Quran in Bagram Airbase,Burning of Holy Quran by US priest Terry Jones, Pictures of US forces urinationon corpse of dead Afghans also damaged US credibility. Only year ago some US soldierswere showing body parts of dead Afghans as winning trophies. At the time when gulf is widening between Muslim and western world western countries are doingnothing to calm the situation. Only last year forty people lost their lives in agitations against US government after incident of burning of Holy Quranby US priest. Now pictures of dragging Muslim women
Saad O Sep 17, 2012 06:50pm
Thank God, Common sense !!!
Pakman Sep 18, 2012 06:04am
After reports of the embassy attacks were published, Muslims became the top distributors of the film themselves, sending each other links to watch. This happens every time. It happened with the dutch catoons fiasco and has happened in the past as well. A small minority, maybe even one man, creates something offensive to Muslims and all he has to do is tell one Muslim and then it spreads like wildfire. Let's not fall into this trap as the article rightly points out. If you are sent a link to this video, please do not watch it and certainly DO NOT FORWARD IT.
Kamal Gupta Sep 18, 2012 06:58am
There have been famous films against the Papacy, two in recent times based on books by Dan Brown. Back in my college days, there was a film which showed Jesus Christ riding naked on a motorcycle. The Dan Brown films were screened everywhere, including in Rome.
Adeel Sep 18, 2012 05:37am
Martin Luther King once said: "A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan." To start off I agree with Moeed, the frustration is not only at the US but also our so called Muslim leaders, had any party said something against the late Benazir, Zardari would have started a civil war. Now , as the writer started off and mentioned the irony pls see more: Google banned the video in Egypt and Libya ONLY, because there were violent protests, elsewhere in the world , they did not ban it . The video which insults the Prohet (sal lal ho alayhi wa salam) is under the title Islam and Allah, so if anyone wants to know about Islam on Youtube , he will find this video. I condemn what happened in Benghazi and my condolences to the ambassador's family , it was definitely very unfortunate, but did the US not see this coming! . In the shadows of freedom of speech , they are allowed to do anything, hurt the emotions of a billion muslims. Create a worldwide havoc! Its not like they don't have media censorship or anything, have you seen any videos of wrong doings by the secret agencies being put on you tube. NO! @Nice Bloke - I agree with you. We also say the same thing , Mind your own business ! why do you make fun and mock our religion when we do no such thing to yours. Is patience only for a Muslim? I do not know you, but I abuse your father, your mother, your loved ones, I curse them. Mr. Nice Bloke , what will be your reaction? You will react violently, maybe not physically but you will scream, shout and curse me too and then on top of that imagine the ppl around you consider YOU to be wrong. @the writer- the quote from quran you have given is correct, Allah (SWT) did ask the ppl to be steadfast , but were there no times when the same Prophet who advised love and patience also asked the Muslims to prepare for war. I am not asking for any violence . NO! A dog's job is to bark they say, let it bark, but dear writer will there not be one day when you will hit a stone at the dog or complain to its master. That's all we ask, pls put a leash to your dogs! Islam is a religion of love, peace, patience, but its followers are humans too ! I am inspired by Martin Luther King Jr, because he was a peaceful activist who understood that actions count too. I end with another of his quotes :"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter".
Akil Akhtar Sep 18, 2012 05:47am
The only solution is to build our economic and military strength. Once they know we can hurt them economically you will see all the grandstanding about freedom of speech will vanish like horns on a donkeys head as we say in Urdu.
Amn Sep 17, 2012 10:29am
Spot on.Had we used a sunnah way to deal with it, it would have invited non-believers to Islam. Just like Prophet's high character and patience impressed his opponenents. But sadly, majority of us cannot read & write . So we blindly follow OTHERS. The sad point is that even the journalist and anchor persons have not talked sense on this issue.
Rakesh Sep 18, 2012 05:58am
Muslims must understand this; if a billion or more people revere Prophet, there is bound to be a quite a few who dislike Him. And they will do things you won't like. By reacting with this senseless violence, these Muslims are bringing a bad name to their faith and helping the cause of bigots among them as well as those who love to insult Islam and Prophet.
kayamat Sep 18, 2012 06:46am
Muslims can also think of treating the minorities with some respect in the muslim majority countries. After 65 years after independence, a sikh became an officer in Pak defence forces. Not even a single hindu has been found suitable for the job. Christians, Parsis? Is there anyone from there presently? Anyone from Ahmadis during the last 30 years?
Ankush Sep 18, 2012 05:18am
I have seen the clip and i have also read the quran verses from where this fellow is taking the script. I think its just a funny way to express it, that's it. No doubt people find it offensive but why don't you just ignore it? The thing most people don't understand is America has that freedom where you can question anything ,even religion. They don't even spare christianity. There are more jokes on Jesus than on Prophet (Peace be upon those who love peace in first place).But violence is not the right way to react. Just ignore it, why give importance to such films by reacting. If in Islam its not allowed to question your faith then its better that people don't give any importance to the film and be busy with their own work. When you react you are only proving that they are right.
raika45 Sep 17, 2012 11:48am
Can anyone enlighten me and many others as to why is it that Islam is made the target in any provocation regarding religion and not other religions? Is it that other religious parties pay scant heed to the provocations while you have muslims that go on a rampage when your religion is mentioned.And this then gives "incentive" to those who debase your religion to create more trouble by producing more anti Islamic articles,cartoons and now films.
Umesh Sep 18, 2012 07:10am
Or, may be, muslims are truly.. you know what I mean.
Wellwisher Sep 17, 2012 11:15am
Very well said.
Tayyeb Sep 18, 2012 07:04am
I like it. It speaks logic. I would like you to write another article and explain what are the best practical ways to repel this evil with wise. And, offcoure, we would need that wise thing everytime,because, it seems never ending. Blasphems books, cartoons and films will be coming in time and again and there would be relentless response. Also, you would need thrid article to explain to west too as to why Muslims are not doing bigotry of christanity and Judiasm, though, they can.
Muhammad Asif Sep 17, 2012 11:17am
"Allahumma Salle Ala Muhammad, wa ala ale Muhammad"
Ashfaq Sep 17, 2012 01:14pm
Good article, but the sad thing is that this simple fact is not sinking into the minds of our masses. We need well informed and knowledgeable Mullahs to bring this point home.
Hasnain Haque Sep 17, 2012 06:11pm
Are there any well informed and knowledgeable mullahs?, if yes then why don't they speak up?.
mike Sep 17, 2012 06:11pm
'Let us not fall into the trap' simple as that.....
ahmad Sep 17, 2012 10:56pm
How can you stop a group or a person who is bent upon defaming or insulting a religon or a prophet or a nation. Their aim is to inflame and thus show the wide world as to how intolerent mulims are. It would have been a golden chance to enter into debate and dialogue to disprove their accusations and thus elaborating the plentiful examples of forgiveness and love even for enemies.
Raghu S Johar Sep 17, 2012 02:36pm
All fair minded persons including non Muslim like me feel extremely offended by this senseless movie by some lunatic persons. Author of this article should be applauded by all for a very basic point he raised that if you reply a person with love against his hatred then you are a real follower of Prophet otherwise you are only a fan of Prophet. Had Muslims shown patience and love against this provocation then non Muslim world have really been convinced that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. When a Government like Iran becomes a party to hatred then what an ordinary Muslim can do to rectify this blunder.
Prakash Rao Sep 18, 2012 08:30am
All attacks are carried out by uneducated masses incited by perverted elements. Most people who were involved in murder of American Ambassador may not have seen the movies. They only heard exaggerated versions of the film. Long term solution to avoid these kind of incidents is to provide to education to all and not burn schools and seats of modern learning.
AK Sep 17, 2012 11:13am
I have read many senseless articles and blogs on Dawn and other news papers, but you spoke what needed to be said. My internal feelings are extremely hurt by what has happend, a countless nights of mssing sleep, During the day pinching in my chest, But again people who do these kinds of act do not understand what love Prophet of Allah (PBUH) really means to us. But one thing is for sure, this is not the last we'll see of it Here infectuation is taken for love, and belief is taken as Prison, by most people now. A person with belief does look like Alien, but again, this has happend in past, and we must learn from that.
sami (usa) Sep 17, 2012 02:04pm
Very well said Gerry! Muslims must learn to ignore all such silly videos, books and cartoons and "carry on".
Tahir Naseer Sep 18, 2012 11:23am
Its the personal frustration of people resulting from non-religious reasons which comes out during such protests.
Muhammad Imran Rajab Sep 18, 2012 11:21am
i hate this act of non Muslim. Every Muslims know, What say Qur'an about non Muslim? I am understand this article, everyman has own commit, but truly today Muslims not fallow over religion, his thinking and ideas separately. I pray to AllaHa, all Muslims get to gather and stand like a stone against non Muslim and react against stop trade and not use his thinks. I think every muslim think about ourself not think about brother.
Ali Abbas Sep 17, 2012 03:25pm
What a rubbish arguement! Lets blame govt for everything and absolve ourselves of any personal responsibilities. How can OIC or any other govt in Muslim nation can stop production or release such film. This article was written for people like youself, please read it again and this time carefully.
Basheer Sep 18, 2012 11:00am
Good article. Finally some semblence of sanity in the Madness capital of the world.
Khizr Sep 17, 2012 03:47pm
Good point Imran. Can dawn publish the translation of this in its Urdu version too?
Kumar Sep 17, 2012 03:49pm
Good Article! I am not a Muslim but have great faith and immense reverence for Prophet Mohammed and any idiot trying to belittle him will be punished severely when the time comes. But any one indulging in violence is also going against Prophet's teachings and his desires. Please leave those idiots and let them get their deserved sentence on their judgment day!
ABB Sep 17, 2012 03:52pm
Very well written FYI for muslim community in pakistan and around the world many movies had made in usa and canada we see insulting Christianity, Insulting Jesus Christ we christians never bother to see or react, why because if we do then we re not following teaching of Christ love and forgiviness. Now muslims around the world should know America is free society and freedom of speach and expression is fundamental and basic human right we have. Many Shia and Wahabis and much happier then they were in pakistan or any other Islamic country. We as christian nations disagree about this movie and movie maker but nobody can stop anyone to express his or her expression of any kind..
tariq Sep 17, 2012 04:35pm
I think we spread the message that Islam is peaceful and tolerent religion. and take lesson from our Prophet teachings when dealing with these well-thought well planned movie to purposely inflate the tension in Muslim world and create hatred for Islam and muslims. Pre-Islam days Mecca Prophet (PBUM) face such kind of insult, abuse and dealt with it very wisely and peacefully. I would suggest that the world Islamic body from Arab and Muslim countries to take the Issue with UN to make it illegal and classified as hate law similar to war crimes against humunity to insult any religion or people of any faith around the globe. If the Prophet (pbum) was alive today he would not approve the kiiling of innocence people, destroying property and burning flags. The Imams , scholars and other religious should rise and speak about the right course of action and stop the masses from such cruel act. this is not helping our cause but giving and helping the culprit more publicity and fame.
Armoghan Shah Sep 17, 2012 04:41pm
very well written. The author echoes my sentiments on the issue. Why don't some affluent Muslims gather together and pool some money and make a counter U Tube video title it "Forgiveness in Islam" and share the virtues and tolerance of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). I am actually going to take the initiative and start a video message.
Tahir Sep 17, 2012 04:41pm
This requires an understanding of how the "End of Time" will occur and knowing the prophecies about it. But, perhaps, you would want a "secular" explanation.
EmMoosa Sep 17, 2012 04:54pm
I think the author is Bengali speaking and does not know Urdu. If some one from Pakistan can translate it in Urdu and publish in the local newspapers with the permission of the author it would be a service to Pakistanis who do not understand English properly.
asad Sep 18, 2012 03:35pm
dont give any commint ......
muzjee Sep 17, 2012 05:06pm
The anti-Muslim film is clearly intended to provoke Muslims. Muslims must not take the bait but respond with civility. There is no excuse that can be used to justify the violence and the killing of the U.S. ambassador in Libya and other U.S. diplomats. Islam does not prescribe any punishment for blasphemy. The Quran instructs Muslims to walk away from those insulting their faith. Islam protects freedom of speech, and the Prophet Muhammad
EmMoosa Sep 17, 2012 05:20pm
Teaching, teaching and teaching about Islam to those who do not know any thing about this great religion. This is the actual path of our prophet (SAW) and his sunnah. We have to respect all the prophets. This is the condition of our faith on Islam that if we do not believe any prophet except Prophet Muhammad (SAW) then we are not muslims. We should not be violent but keep ourselves into our senses and control our anger if some body with evil mind invoke us by disgracing Islam or our prophet (SAW). Instead we should teach them and tell them what is right. This is the only way to spread the teaching of Islam all over the world.
Ahmed Sep 18, 2012 01:09pm
GlobNetizen Sep 17, 2012 06:36pm
I laud Dawn and the author of this article advising Muslims of tolerance and restraint in face of provocation. But, it fails to articulate responsibilities of the West from where these provocations stem. The Western world cannot just hide these wonton acts of belligerence behind the curtain of democracy and freedom of speech. They must take responsibility for such acts by their citizens and move swiftly to condemn them. They shouldn't wait each time till the Muslim blood boils in face of hurled insults! If they seek to avenge death of each of their citizens abroad, sure they can apologize for these unwarranted insults, even if by a single,misguided citizen, to the global Muslim community.
Rsheikh97 Sep 17, 2012 06:42pm
You just spoke my heart out in this article thanks for writing it sir
brighton rodeo Sep 17, 2012 06:47pm
It is very shameful and audacious bigtory to fan the rage of muslims. These evil minded people always inflict injury on the sentiments of innocent people of any religion. Despite this movie like minded people also made numerous movies of christ.Protest should be recorded and we should move forward and pray for misguided people.
Moeed Sep 17, 2012 12:32pm
You know my dear why people behave so violently, because our governments, i mean all muslim governments are doing nothing, even OIC has done nothing practicle to stop such bigotry films. This is the frustration that is comming out so violently...... Shame on our leaders...infact we dont have any leader at the moment in whole muslim world......
Zafar Malik Sep 17, 2012 11:05pm
Who is hurting Islam more? the movie maker or the violent protester? the violent protesters are not only sending a wrong message that Islam is just a religion of shouting , yelling and killing but also they are only hurting only themselves. By getting wild and angry you make these people dance with joy. They are happy if you are hurt. Muslims should realize that the sole purpose of these movies or cartoons is to provoke them. If Muslims get mad then soon there will be more of these acts of provocation. A more rational and prudent response would be to write a letter signed by all major uleme to the movie maker stating something like "We refuse to get provoked by such a childish act and pray for you that may Allah give you wisdom to find the right path". I am sure if Muslims refuse to get angry, such foolish acts will stop very soon.
EE Sep 17, 2012 05:54pm
Have you checked to see if any other religion has been targeted? You haven't, have you? And the reason why you don't know is because all other religions ignore such crap and thus it never sees the light of day. Muslims on the other hand make sure they promote it so well that every single person in the world sees whatever crap someone has conjured up. Great job promoting this movie, guys. How proud you make your Prophet by making sure more and more people see it.
Komal S Sep 17, 2012 07:21pm
First as a Non Muslim, i do agree it is not right to defame Islam or it's Prophet. Looking through some of the responses to this article many people Muslim countries s should work with other Governments to make sure nothing like this never happens again. The author of this article has clearly talked about how little control these Governments have in a democratic society. But all of those who go through the pain when they see somebody insult their religion, can you please with the same vent/anger talk to your Government and make sure all of your school textbooks remove material that degrades other Religion and it's people. You will not find a single school textbook in USA/India that would insult Islam or for that matter any religion.
toolate Sep 18, 2012 04:01am
A nice article too late. If these kind of views are presented 30 years ago, Pakistan would've been a much better place to live.
Akram Sep 17, 2012 07:19pm
Should Governmens declare that anybody found behaving wrongly in such cases will be declared Non-Muslim ?
Akram Sep 17, 2012 07:17pm
What should all OIC governments do? Educate the masses ? Telling people not to watch such stuff? Or start preaching the right way and tell the masses what Islam is ?
MAHMOOD Sep 17, 2012 11:37pm
AHA Sep 17, 2012 10:44am
I agree with the title:
Gerry D'Cunha Sep 17, 2012 10:20am
its a very good article. 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 and as the article says Muslims must think deeply before reacting tempestuously. For overreacting to such provocations will only make things worse.
Sam Sep 18, 2012 08:45am
Why they will take instructions from our government?People will never remain peaceful, they are getting killed everyday in Karachi under different titles someday factory fire,someday firing etc.
Gerry D'Cunha Sep 18, 2012 08:52am
Sami: in the past, insulting films on Jesus Christ were screened in theatres, but the christians took no notice of it and with no publicity,the film in theatres did not last long.
Zahid Sadik Sep 17, 2012 09:54pm
Muslims are on receiving end of insults and other cruelties from other nations. Muslims get defame in global media and other nations create distorted image of Muslims and than all these evils done to Muslims and Islam get justified by them. I know most of the Muslims have good heart, they react with emotions but pretty soon they forget every thing and they don't take revenge of evil with evil. I hope these evils and cruelties will end soon.
Rizwan Hamid USA Sep 18, 2012 09:08am
You have all taken the bait like mindless animals. The more you protest, the more it fulfills the aim of the movie to begin with. What are you all worried about. Are your beliefs so weak that a meaningless bad movie can manage to throw such a monkey wrench in your lives? When a storm comes, one never worries about a strong fort with solid foundations, it is the weak house falling apart that usually gets blown away by it. You are all acting like you live in the latter. Rest assured this move will have no effect on your prophet. So grow up and start fixing the myriad of problems facing Islamic countries. Poverty, illiteracy, intolerance of other's view point., disease and filth in every corner and every neighborhood. From what I recall, your prophet said that your life style should set an example, to inspire others to emulate you. By your current state of affairs, the world is not looking up to you, they are looking the other way and trying to run away as far as possible from Islam. Either you fall instep with the rest of the world as responsible citizens , or you will be rudely pushed aside and left behind. The choice is yours.
Manoj Sep 18, 2012 09:21am
What is the law of Blasphemy? who is Ghazi? The lies spread in Islamic countries about Mohammad and Islam make facts about Mohammad and Islam sound offensive to Muslims. Only those who do not have direct access to Islamic text will believe the propaganda.
Manoj Sep 18, 2012 09:28am
Have you read Hadis of Mohammad? or his biography? what a fool you are; commenting without knowledge of the issue.
Issa Sep 17, 2012 09:54am
Mahbubur, This is an excellent article - but will it gain circulation outside an English language newspaper? How many of those with the ability to publicly voice such sentiments are actually using that voice to speak to the people involved in the violence vice those in the western world who will absolutely concur with your comments?
Nice Bloke Sep 17, 2012 09:19am
Good article. Muslims ignore the insults to your religion and just carry on with your faith.
ahmed Sep 17, 2012 10:32am
I cannot agree more with writer's point of view. However, bigots have their own resources to engineer violent protests and that need to be handled in appropriate manner by Ummah.
foobar Sep 18, 2012 05:16pm
sreeraj Sep 17, 2012 08:21pm
deport all mullas and save pakistan.. Even in India most of the muslims are secular and peace loving. Because of 10p percent muslims who spew venom and do mischievous things whole community is getting blamed.
Yemeen Zuberi Sep 17, 2012 08:43pm
Imran yours are two votes.
Rajesh Sep 18, 2012 01:21am
I really wouldn't give this recommendation to all muslims. Just the people of Pakistan alone are the major trouble makers
Saeed Sep 18, 2012 01:39am
Raika, you have infact answered the questions you have raised. The very intent of this film was to prove that Islam is inherently a violent religion. The video clip was released in July no body noticed, but it created ripples only when it was translated into Arabic and released on Sept 11, 2012, marking eleven years of Twin Towers Tragedy. I did watch the clip, it is hurting beyond imagination to any Muslim like me. But the reaction Muslims showed in Lybia particularly is hurting equally. Even in the dark ages people did not kill envoys. Muslims need to learn that their violent reaction is not the only way to express their anguish. They should hold massive demosntrations but peacefully only. By reacting violently, they have played in the hands of those who made the movie. Prophet Mohammd gave general pardon to all who tortured him for 13 years and ultimately forced him to leave his birth place city of Makkah and migrate to other city Madina. when he conquered Makkah after 10 years, he could have killed all his enemies but he pardoned all of them. We need to follow the examples of our Prophet, for whom we try to show our love, unfortunately by violent ways
Ryan Sep 17, 2012 09:48am
Well said.