Why kill innocents for Innocence of Muslims?

Published Sep 24, 2012 12:23pm

It all started with Salman Rushdie and one of his most controversial books known popularly by the name of “The Satanic Verses” in the late 1988. Most of the Muslims were outraged at the sacrilegious title, whereas the book was immediately banned in various Muslim dominated countries across the globe. Religious decrees were issued to kill the author and although Rushdie remains unharmed to this date, the same cannot be said about 162 democrats and dissidents who were assassinated in Europe, thousands of atheist and Marxist prisoners who were murdered during serving their term in prison, the green movement protesters and their lawyers who were imprisoned for life for representing them. The year 1989 was marked with violent attacks in Iran, United Kingdom, United States, India and other countries. Bookshops and libraries were bombed and torched down to retaliate against the sale of the much controversial book. American Cultural Centre was attacked by unruly mob in Pakistan, although, the US played no role in authoring or promoting the book.

Over the decades, Rushdie has secured his position as the enemy of Islam who allegedly desecrated the integral and founding members of the religions. Since the book was banned and the content was flagged as blasphemous, very few people actually got the chance to read what the book contained. So in short it can be said that the religious decrees and ensuing violence was perpetrated on hearsay and rumors. If the book was allowed to be circulated; perhaps the damage and loss of lives could have been minimised.

Sixteen years later, in the September of 2005, a Danish newspaper published 12 cartoons that require no introductions. With the emergence of the Internet and strong social media, the word spread literally like wild fire. The campaign to hurt the culprits ranged from petitions to kill the cartoonists to boycott all Israeli, Danish and US products sold across the world. The violent attacks claimed over 100 lives throughout the world, whereas the social media was bombarded with images of infant soldiers carrying guns and desecrating the Star of David and the US flag. I fail to understand what Israel or the US had to with the Jyllands-Posten cartoons controversy but I believe that it is convenient to lay the blame on them — our so called mortal enemies — than look for a plausible solution and act rationally.

Pakistan, as was expected, witnessed unprecedented violent protests which claimed at least five lives amongst which none were even remotely associated with the printing or publication of the aforementioned caricatures.

Six years down the same road, in 2012 a convict indicted for bank fraud known as Abenob Nakoula Bassely produced a movie which mocked Islam and its principles. As predicted, furious Muslims outraged at the blasphemous content retaliated in all Muslims countries. Embassies and Nato bases were attacked by angry protestors demanding justice for the disrespect. The magnitude and intensity of violence was highest in the Arab World, especially in Libya where an American ambassador and three other Americans were killed in a rocket attack on US consulate located in Benghazi. However, Pakistan also witnessed a fair share of violent attacks and protests in retaliation of the movie, killing at least one person. Unfortunately, the violence has only just begun and has already engulfed more than half of the world.

How are the people who are killing and attacking innocent bystanders any different from the people who are behind the controversial video? To me they are the offshoot of the same tree as they both negate the ideology of coexistence and respect for human lives. Do not mistake my intentions. I am chagrined at the outrageous video and consider it a cowardly act to entice violence, however, I must say that I am equally disappointed at radical elements living in different countries playing on human emotions and watching how people react to their bait. Their “hard work” paid off when we retaliated and killed our own people. Isn’t it evident that by vandalising public property and creating a state of anarchy we are harming no one but ourselves?

Have we ever actually thought about who are behind these violent attacks because as far as I know, most of us do not protest and act destructively when antagonised? It’s difficult to categorise the significance of lives lost, however, being a Pakistani it is most saddening to hear that the protest staged outside the US embassy in Karachi killed a man and injured many.

I fervently hoped and prayed that the violence would stop but the strike on Friday shattered my hopes when violence took at least 23 precious lives. What sort of a catharsis is this? Or is it that we enjoy destruction and killing our fellow countrymen just because?

What is even more distressing is the irony to know that the government of Pakistan seems efficient and completely capable to block YouTube, however, is unable to control the violence and radical elements openly encouraging and promoting violence.

All Muslim countries, including Pakistan, where such demonstrations have been ruling the order of the day since the release of “Innocence of Muslims” have been badly affected by the violence. Roads are stranded, it is difficult to get from destination A to destination B without thinking thrice, and most importantly people feel threatened to step outside their offices and homes. Yet the production team and donors of the movie are living peacefully wherever they are and are least concerned about the people who are dying all across the world because of their acts.

With more than half of the population living below poverty line and still embroiled in a struggle to make ends meet by working at places where they lose their lives after searching for fire exits in vain, shouldn’t our energies be focused on more constructive ways to mark our disgust? Why can’t we resort to saner ways to show our anger?

Emotions everywhere across the globe are at an all-time high; however, we must all realise that this movie was produced with an intention to stir trouble. The donors and sponsors wanted us to react exactly the way we did. It is almost impossible to control action when the most sacred personality of any religion is desecrated, however, it is best to stay patient and by staying patient I do not mean that we should not retaliate but our protest should mark solidarity and peace rather than aggression and destruction.

From “The Satanic Verses” to “Innocence of Muslims” and all that happened in between the situation has not changed. The fascist elements in our society instigate violence and in the process innocent and valuable lives are lost. The cycle of violent protests needs to be stopped. We must all understand that we have become a laughing stock for the entire world because when provoked we harm no one but us. It is time to kill the extremist inside us. It is time to preach to the fundamentalist propagating hate.

 


Faiza Mirza
The writer is a Reporter at Dawn.com


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venkat
Sep 26, 2012 10:04am
Very much with you Ahmed. If God does not bother about all this and if we think he really exists , we should leave it to him. The more we react , the more successfull these idiots are..
NASAH (USA)
Sep 24, 2012 03:12pm
"Neshay aqrub nu uz paye keeN ust Muqtazay-e tabeeutush eeN ust" It is NOT something against a movie or a book -- It is in nature of the beast that resides in some of us Muslims -- these days.
Feroz
Sep 24, 2012 02:07pm
We live in a modern age where freedom of speech is enshrined in the Constitution of most countries and where Communication and News is disbursed at the speed of Light. Controls simply will not work so we all need to learn tolerance. What offends humans varies widely across the World because we have different faiths, beliefs and values. If Religion or supposed love of it can provoke people to kill the sooner we all turn atheists the better. The essence of any religion is to provide a moral code that enhances ethics and human values. Sadly, Religion has become a profitable Business with many trading in it, sometimes with blood. The concepts of Love and Peace as well as sharing and caring preached by every religion, have been totally destroyed. We all are to blame and must hang our heads in shame. Why not protest with fasting and prayer ? Why not protest by putting in 14 hrs of work tomorrow rather than the 8 hrs we normally do, so that the nation also benefits from the protest ?
pathanoo
Sep 24, 2012 04:41pm
My hats off to you , Feroz.
nomi
Sep 24, 2012 03:12pm
Perhaps we should channel our frustrations and energies to where it's truly needed. we never react to any outrages acts committed by our so called leaders, who have managed to keep the masses illiterate, feed on their deprivation, exploit and high-jack their emotions to furnish their own ends.
Rp Sahota
Sep 24, 2012 12:55pm
"Beautifully said", I love your analytical approach, your boldness to say what needs to be said and of course your beautiful writing style! "Raab Tenu lumbi umar deve Faiza!"
RS Parekh
Sep 25, 2012 06:44am
25 innocents killed. Zombies are still there roaming
sathya
Sep 25, 2012 06:40am
Wonderful representation by Faiza. It looks like the makers of this movie have achieved want they intended to. I agree with Faiza on the point that they just wanted to spread pandemonium. People respecting their religion should not be bothered about other's thought and cause self damage. We are at loss and not the makers of the movie. -Sathya
Chaman
Sep 25, 2012 11:47am
In a globalized and technologically advanced world where everything is open to discussion and examination, such writings are likely to appear from time to time. Not everyone in the world is living in locked boxes. There are people who take their beliefs to be true and others who not only question their own but the beliefs of others as well. I do believe that some sensitivity to others sentiments has to be appreciated and taken into account while expressing their divergent views. But, every time some one writes or says things that are offensive, our reactions have to be well thought and guarded. After all, we get known as individuals or as a group not only by actions but by our reactions as well. By our fanatic, response and violent reactions, we tend to give others room to assume things that may not be true.
Neo
Sep 25, 2012 02:41pm
ohh yeh, that feels good :D
nur
Sep 25, 2012 05:36am
Very well said..yes it should be protested by declaring a holiday..Raheman Malik is brillient guy and i salute him and also inviting him to joing the protest...
Shankar
Sep 25, 2012 05:43am
Simple suggestion to Faiza! Please declare yourself a India hater. That is the only way your sane advise will be accepted by some Pakistanis.
Vishal
Sep 25, 2012 06:11am
You have just spoken the fact... Your comment makes me laugh and at the same time makes me sad.
RPK
Sep 26, 2012 07:45am
Who was another and what happened to him or her.
think over it
Sep 24, 2012 04:41pm
when dan brown's angels and demons or da vinci code were released demonising church and suggesting jesus christ was married did any christian react like what muslims r doing right now.....proves either islam is not a religion of peace or has been hijacked by extremists....both ways muslim world needs to do some introspection
Ahmed Sultan (India)
Sep 25, 2012 10:35am
I am a muslim, not a very religious one I pray only 7 or 8 times in a year but i know that when our prophet was insulted. He didn't retaliated. Why cant we muslims do what our prophet did.
Syed Husain
Sep 25, 2012 05:01am
Dear Brother, What she wrote are facts and truth. It has nothing to do with India OR Pakistan. We are ummat of "REhmatul-AAlameen (PBUH), Lets become Blessing for others. May ALLAH Bless us .
SJay
Sep 24, 2012 06:38pm
I saw children, young and old people burning tires and destroying public property. Can you both please wake up from the slumber before it's too late??
hovnocuc islámský
Sep 24, 2012 11:47pm
yes,this is reality! and 've all Muslims go with your insulting nonsense. Your LIMITATION is embarrassing and just showing that freedom of speech is for you an alien planet! go down with your hatred. In addition, the Quran and you have nothing in common. You poor souls who feel insulted over such nonsense .. You are like children. I tell you-either already adults people!!
Jehangir
Sep 24, 2012 03:23pm
September 21 should be declared anti-blasphemy martyr day to remember the sacrifices.
nikhil
Sep 24, 2012 06:01pm
Good post, except for one comment: you state that the protestors who are killing, destructing, are the same as the two people who wrote a book and made a movie. I fail to see the similarity, they are not of the same tree. One clearly is causing real world loss in destruction of life and property...the other is not...yur freedom of expression should stop at you saying out loud what u think of them, but cannot justify anything else
Sandip
Sep 24, 2012 12:43pm
Agree with your comments. As to why kill your own people for deeds of someone else. You never put your house on fire to protest someone in your street put there garbage out. :-) But may it be pakistan or india the mentality is same. And the reason for this kind of violent protest is not to do with the book or movie itself but more to do with dissatisfaction they have with life and on top of it time they have for it. Just imagine if everyone had mortgage and work, where will they find time to do such acts. If the society was bound with common sense then religion then this kind of acts would be eliminated.
Ahmad Malik
Sep 24, 2012 05:35pm
Answer is simple - illiterates (despite some being educated) with no common sense. Illiterate about the religion itself they feel offended for. Pakistan is a hostage to the mullahs - the ones who preach violence, and corrupt/clueless leaders. Islam, God, or Prophet does not need any protection. God Himself and Prophet Himself stated so...Prophet showed it by example. There is no place in Islam for humans punishing blasphemy. You can protest peacefully...but I wouldn't take that chance in Pakistan when recent history (few decades) is nothing but violence. Problem with Pakistan - believe every conspiracy and don't take any responsibility... Everyone else but themselves is to blame. Prayer - may the Almighty put some common sense into Pakistan... amen
KKRoberts
Sep 24, 2012 02:10pm
It is very simple and easy to understand the mindset.Except islam , all other religions were severely criticized , questioned and ridiculed by both atheists and their own religionists.But this was never allowed in Islam from the beginning.All the people who dared to ask a few questions ( Including Sufis ) were killed and eliminated.That is the history.So whatever happened with a third rate movie will continue to happen with a song or picture in the future."Don't question or criticize anything about Islam, it's books and it's people". 'It is unpardonable crime'.So the story will continue like this...
Laxman
Sep 24, 2012 09:07pm
Indian population is more than a billion. Comments posted so far is 71. Indian constitution doesn't allow even duel citizenship to hold an office. It is just that some indian bloggers like sane argument.
U gupta
Sep 24, 2012 12:44pm
Why bother. We do not know how many people would have criticized Prophet (PBUH) during his life time and later. His greatness will not diminish.
Sikander Abbas
Sep 24, 2012 09:08pm
Well said, Sandip
Sikander Abbas
Sep 24, 2012 09:27pm
good one!!
maulana azad
Sep 24, 2012 05:29pm
Yes indeed!! And handsome is as handsome does :)
deva
Sep 24, 2012 03:27pm
u must be educated as u r putting message on article and still saying that this protest and chaos by west..strange..come out of this denial mode else soon things will become worst
pathanoo
Sep 24, 2012 05:16pm
I am a Christian and love and revere my Lord Jesus no less than the Muslims love their Prophet Muhammed. I see in my own country, USA, Jesus being insulted, untruths told about him, being carricatured, His mother Mary being painted with urine and sprayed with human fecal matter in an open public display in New York couple decades ago and it saddened me and even angered me. However, that did not give me the right to go attack people, torch buildings and damage property of, leave aside the innocents, even the perpetrators. The freedom of speech is the freedom to annoy, insult and say things that may hurt your feelings, arouse anger or other unpalatable emotions but you MUST respect that freedom. My Lord Jesus did not diminish just because some ignorant person(s) decided to insult Him. Why are Muslims so insecure about their Prophet and Islam? Now, don't give me that," It is forbidden to insult our Prophet." I for one would never want to insult the Prophet or Islam. Nor do I condone that on any one else's part. Lastly, My hats off to you, Faiza.
Pramod
Sep 25, 2012 12:24pm
Just check the minorities rights in Muslim countries and then check the rights of minorities in non-Muslim countries where Muslims are minorities. You ll get to know who has been liberal
Karthik
Sep 25, 2012 05:23am
Hi Faiza - you have a very beautiful mind with clear and practical thoughts. God bless you and keep you and family safe
Agha Ata
Sep 24, 2012 02:08pm
Raika, I liked what you said. I am 79 year old myself. Authoring a book or making a film is freedom of speech. Correct. But what Muslims are doing in their countries is also freedom of speech, in a way. They are expressing their feelings. But there should be a limit somewhere. Incidentally, the question you asked in the end is a question Muslims are still thinking to find an answer.
pcs
Sep 24, 2012 09:00pm
Pakistan should invest in real education... Science , english , Maths .. Make progress, generate employments. Do not build Madarsas.. build hospitals and real schools..
Isadora
Sep 24, 2012 09:50pm
I heard about the demonstrations in Libya where the Libyan people demonstrated against the exremists who brought all the violence to the American Embassy and to the streets of Libya.. It was very encouraging. It was very heartwarming too.
Raja
Sep 24, 2012 07:48pm
Everybody is talking about aman, but who is listening?, here in DFW, TX, Dr Mona is doing talk show on funasia, some retired oldies come on radio, expressed their views, but I think, they all trying to be socalled expert, on how to bring aman, prosperity in Pak.
Pramod
Sep 25, 2012 05:19am
Well Said. Islam need people like you who follow their religion in their heart and keep it a personal matter between you and god, Who can think wisely and ignore such foolishness,
Jawwad
Sep 24, 2012 03:48pm
It's nothing but a struggle between the Have's and Have Not's. So sad, it's come to a point where it is tearing apart the very fabric of society. The struggle will continue albeit rightful or not until all the Have's have either left or decimated or converted. Nothing but a failure of successive governments to provide basic amenities to it's population. All the suppression from last 65 years comes pouring down in these events. Vast segment of society has no security, half of us are malnourished, more than half of us are illiterate, 3rd quarter of us have no health care and almost all us have no hope.
Pramod
Sep 24, 2012 04:51pm
The world has seen the peace message by religion of peace. people who dont mind bringing down 1000 year old bamian budha but created havoc on a small video clip.Good messaage by messenger.
khan
Sep 24, 2012 02:02pm
very well said. its time to revamp our thinking. we have to learn to distinguish between good and bad, right from wrong, let us educate our self and call a spade a spade
abc
Sep 24, 2012 01:49pm
Absolutely true. All the violence is triggered by the west
Eric
Sep 25, 2012 10:05am
Very witty comment.. (could not stop laughing) . But sadly , rightly said
Sikander Abbas
Sep 24, 2012 09:31pm
must you bring India-Pakistan into this? Grow up man.....
A Pakistani Muslim
Sep 25, 2012 05:20pm
@Rajesh:
Sue Sturgess
Sep 24, 2012 03:06pm
Exactly, in fact many things grow stronger through criticizm. Questioning and criticizing are ways of sifting through ideas to determine which we will accept and which to reject - it is healthy to do so.
abc
Sep 24, 2012 01:45pm
The goverment of Pakistan took a brilliant step, by declaring a holiday to protest. The holidays should continue untill the producer and director are prosecuted. Nobody can critisize the religion of peace and the messenger of peace. Pakistan's actions proves their love for peace and the messenger of the same.
Guest
Sep 24, 2012 02:34pm
I have read the "banned book" and it is not critical of Islam.
Krish Chennai
Sep 25, 2012 04:28pm
Holla, Sikander Saab, please make a distinction with what a corporate entity with its own intrinsic rules allows, and what a country with its constitution allows. Please listen to (your) President Barack Obama's speech in the UN General Assembly today, and you will know the difference. For the past 7 years, I am in a company which is partly my own..I had several Muslim girls work in my office, all have left to work in the Gulf... One said before joining mine, she was in an office where the owner was a Muslim lady, and insisted that all girls including her, wear the burqa....else they lose their job. Now, as per the Constitution of India, that is wrong, but probably it would be ok as per the rules laid down by her company's dress code. Anyway, this girl, before she left for Abu Dhabi, told me in the whole Koran, nowhere was it an injunction that all women had to wear the burqa. Another brilliant lady with whom I worked, never wore the burqa, but started wearing one, about six months before she got married and went off to Oman. She said she read the Koran, and it promised hellfire and brimstone if she did not wear the burqa. I agreed with both the girls...I needed to get my work done....a little like American corporations, from whom Pakistan and Indian companies need to learn more ?
Sue Sturgess
Sep 24, 2012 03:00pm
Freedom of speech is very different to committing acts of violence. If someone wishes to express their feelings with words, fine, but not by murdering another or inflicting violence.
pathanoo
Sep 24, 2012 04:44pm
Dear Shahid Ali and abc, Were you two leading one of the demonstrations? If not, I would be surprised.
Pramod
Sep 24, 2012 04:58pm
hahahaha hahaha, you both really made me laugh. perhaps a dog dies on road in pakstan is a conspiracy by some west or india.
Rajesh
Sep 24, 2012 04:43pm
Fantastic writeup
dkg
Sep 24, 2012 04:44pm
I think that is how innocence, love, peace and tolerance is defined by muslims as it is easier to follow than the one prescribed in the holy book. First of all, muslims should understand that there is huge difference between national interest and religious interest. one should use power of religion for national interest and not the power of nation for religious interest. one of the reasons that islamophobia is increasing today's world is because of this frequent naked display of total discard of national interest in favour of religion. when will some muslim become traitor in the name of religion, you will never know! and the worst, becoming traitor for religion is also not considered sin among muslims as a whole. you can kill your own people, can attack your own military installations and so on and all too in the name of religion. what is going on in pakistan, all muslim world and in the rest of the world by muslims is this only.
pathanoo
Sep 24, 2012 04:46pm
WOW!!!! abc. "the religion of peace" that allows and praises the killing of innocents of your own community for an offense caused by an outsider? You are one BRILLIANT MIND.
SHK
Sep 25, 2012 08:31am
the buildings, cinemas the people destroyed was a wrong thing to do,that shouldnt have happend i appeal to the Muslims not to hurt themselves in this situtation but take measures to solve this matter peacefully
Rajesh
Sep 24, 2012 04:47pm
Excuse me, can't you think about not murdering a fellow human being without the help of the Quraan, or is it beyond you savages
Malone
Sep 24, 2012 03:00pm
Naguib Mafouz, the Egyptian Nobel Laureate of Literature, defended Salman Rushdie's right to write the book, even as he said that the book was insulting to Islam. In 1994 terrorists tried to kill this great scholar by stabbing him. Mafouz survived, with permanent damage to the nerves of his right hand. Mafouz was one of two Muslim Nobel Prize winners!!
h.mani
Sep 24, 2012 04:54pm
How are you,I was worried after reading your last column,guess you are fine.It appears you do not approve this madness.Hindus and their God take lot of abuse,but they do not go on rampage,they are called Kaffirs in so many Jihadi web site so is USA,but you do not see riots in USa or by Hindus in India(Muslims do,there is nothing any one can do about that).Every morning I see packs of stray dogs bark at the magnifecent Orange Disk of rising Sun,does it bother the Sun,same at night on full Moon,Wolfs howl at the shinning Moon,does it bother Moon,Elephant walk by dogs chase,no problem for it,what i'm saying Muslims must ignore this pretty soon,it is no longer fun.But the rioter react the way they want you too.So the circle is complete.Be safe,nice day
Tariq M
Sep 24, 2012 05:10pm
you are a proof that there are people in pakistan like you who bring shame to Islam. Anyone can post a video about Islam and the entire country starts killing each other. Good example to show the love for your Prophet. I am sure he also would have done the same thing. Right?
chandra
Sep 25, 2012 10:52am
Vishal, Whatever Jamal said, its a fact for all countries like Pak, India, BDesh etc. For others act, we tend to kill our own people... God must bless People for right usage of body and mind.
Sam
Sep 24, 2012 07:30pm
KARACHI PAKISTAN HAVE EXTREME VIOLENCE AND AGGRESSIVE.SPECIALLY PEOPLE THERE ARE TOO MUCH AGGRESSIVE.
Tufal
Sep 24, 2012 07:58pm
This shows how weak Muslims are these days. One person sitting thousands of miles away can have dozens of muslims killed without even firing a bullet. In Pakistan everyone is looking for a shortcut to Heaven. Blow yourself up and you will go to heaven, kill other people in the name of religion and you will go to heaven. Is going to heaven that easy ? The answer is no . Try going to heaven by saving a life, feeding a starving, educating an illitrate, giving up your wealth for others.....
Umaid (Ind)
Sep 24, 2012 05:21pm
you're being sarcastic, right?
Sue Sturgess
Sep 24, 2012 03:02pm
Violence has always existed. Cain killed his brother Abel long before the west existed!
pcs
Sep 24, 2012 09:02pm
Film stars like Dilip Kumar / Shahrukh should appeal to the guys to stop killing each other...
Qaiser Bakhtiari
Sep 24, 2012 05:28pm
Seriously? I hope your comment was tongue in cheek otherwise this is the most ridiculous thing I have read this morning
Condemned
Sep 24, 2012 05:29pm
I'm sorry but I don't completely agree with the writer. She seemed to be blaming the film-makers for the violence that took precious lives in the indisciplined Islamic world. It's not the amateurish producers of this nonsense (I call it an insult to cinematography) that are at fault, it's their (Muslims') paranoia and lack of firm faith that drowned/destroyed them.
RIZWAN
Sep 24, 2012 05:31pm
i am a bit disappointed with you FAIZA. IF you penned this article today or yesterday, then even more disappointed, that you did not conclude you artyicle with this brilliant and heart-warming news, something that has never happened before in islamic world. http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/09/21/benghazi-protests.html?cmp=rss read the story, and see how the islamic world is itself tired of these pervert extremists. if it can happen in libya, so can in pakistan. i just hope that the masses realize that the extremists are not going to settle for anything less than their life. then only can we reclaim our pakistan. the only approach that can work is from bottom to the top. the day when such a thing happens, you, me and each and every pakistani can really call itself independent.
G.A.
Sep 24, 2012 04:14pm
Subject heading is a million dollar question isn't it? The destructive power is such that when humans stop thinking, they make animals look like a superior species.
pathanoo
Sep 24, 2012 05:03pm
Agha, The only difference in the Muslim freedom of speech in their country is that they are killing people for freedom of speech in another country. By the way, I do NOT support this unnecessary inticing of people to violence by attacking their religious symbols. PERIOD.
vijay chunchu
Sep 24, 2012 04:26pm
rightfully said but cant you use peace and love to protect the religion of peace rather than hate and distruction
shahid ali
Sep 24, 2012 12:59pm
those who kill are the puppets of so called the super powers of the world...
Mumtaz.Rizvi
Sep 25, 2012 10:20am
I agree with you ahmed we should pay back with the same coin this is exactly what i argue with my fellows
Prashant Soni (@sonicreation)
Sep 25, 2012 07:40am
Again A great article,a proof of great and very broad mind set,amazing article to make all understand the perception of thought you want others must have !! Respect is growing exponential great to greater for you,I must pray to GOD,that people must understand value & meaning of your deep thinking.God bless you,be safe,be happy,keep spreading your precious thought cause very less people do have courage and potential to do so.!!
ashfaq syed
Sep 25, 2012 07:52am
this is due to lack of education of masses and bad governance by the government.
BP
Sep 25, 2012 07:25am
The problem is those anti muslim people who live with the Muslims - We have been too liberal in the past and allowed it to happen
Naresh Sharma
Sep 25, 2012 04:11am
Dear Gulshan... I respect your views which you Might have received from your family but it is definitely not received from Quran. I have been trying to understand Quran from many years and always take views from my Muslim friends. But till now i could understand that if People follow Quran blindly the are gonna unrest the world.
Magda
Sep 25, 2012 01:00am
Well said! So true! Who decided what should be forbidden and should be allowed? If God really existed, then why these bigotry only with humans? Do we really need religion to live a peaceful life?
Hussnain
Sep 25, 2012 09:58am
writer i just can pray the wisdom you have may spread across the country,the world,have no words for your admiration .
Alibaba
Sep 24, 2012 06:39pm
Please, do not bring another religion (Judaism) into this. Handle your own community's irrationality and what causes it.
vijay chunchu
Sep 24, 2012 02:00pm
great writing fazia i hope your writings get published in the local languages so atleast if any one reads it might change the mindset of a lot of people and put these mullahs out of business
AHA
Sep 25, 2012 01:16am
Well said.
Gita
Sep 24, 2012 04:52pm
Well said. Fazia should be complimented on this piece. The solution is for all Islamic nations to control the highly charged sermons by the Mullahs every Friday. This glorifies ill-conceived ideas by gullible youth who go rampaging in the streets. There are dumb people in the west trying to create trouble with Muslims. But, this orchestrated attack on on-Islamic symbols and people is absolutely un justifiable
Virkaul
Sep 25, 2012 04:45am
@jazz up: You don't understand the Western society and freedom of speech they advocate so vehemently. Free speech leads to critical thinking. Right to question leads to discoveries and truth and can demolish myths that have been there for ages. Religious laws enacted in history let to prosecution of philosophers who said earth is flat or revolves around the Sun. Who knows how many myths are there in present day religions in their current form. The world will move on and to trying to go against time is foolish. Reforms in religions are important to synchronize with time. This will come from critical thinking.
raika45
Sep 24, 2012 01:32pm
Ironic don't you thing Faiza bete [I am 67 years old], that the work of just 2 people, one writing a book and the other making this film can create such havoc in your muslim world.Especially Pakistan.Think about it. 2 fools believing in their so called freedom of expression can turn your umah upside down with loss of property,lives and your religions dignity.Had it been done to other religions, no one would have bothered.After all jokes are made by stand up comedians or TV series of every thing from God,the cardinals to the Pope and religious beliefs.You listen ,laugh and pass it off.What is it with you muslims? Insecure regarding your religion?Too many ulamas and other religious teachers looking for a bigger congregation so they can make more money or become more popular?So make reactionary speeches to get a bigger crowd and damn the consequences.Or is it your leaders looking for power giving way to these trouble creators to get votes.The Muslims wanted a separate country from India. You got But the question arises.FOR WHAT?
XY-Z
Sep 25, 2012 06:30pm
You brought yourself here...
Kaafir
Sep 24, 2012 05:46pm
Your message mentions - Religion of peace.... messenger of Peace ....... love for peace ..... and yet you justify violence ! I think there must be some mistake in translation from Arabic - this certainly cannot be the religion of PEACE - as it means in English !
temujin reddy (@temujinreddy)
Sep 24, 2012 06:10pm
Muslims should understand that unlike in Muslim countries where many different faiths and religions exist, freedom of expression is a must. sometimes that freedom is misused by some individuals but that same freedom lets you give sermons, wear hijab and pray to your god in these countries. It is easy for a musim in muslim country to say ban anti-islam video but that is not possible in USA because they cannot give special privilege to just one religion, if they give it to everyone then there would be no freedom of expression.so protest with intellectual debate rather then childish expression of violence.
temujin reddy (@temujinreddy)
Sep 24, 2012 06:04pm
becoming violent is not expressing your freedom it is expressing your immaturity.
Parvez
Sep 24, 2012 06:10pm
My friend in America suggested I read a book by Zbigniew Brezinski (a former Secretary of State and policy thinker in America ) called 'The Grand Chessboard' (about covert warfare) in which the author argues, a strategy exists that since it is not possible to attack Pakistan directly so its own energy must be used against itself. The happenings on Friday showed how true this is and how easily it was done. I have to yet lay my hands on the book but it should make for interesting reading.
Alibaba
Sep 24, 2012 06:40pm
Yup! That must be it! The (Greater) Middle East is a place of peace and reason!
Sikander Abbas
Sep 24, 2012 09:25pm
Freedom of expression and speech is not free in its entirety and is always bounded by fine parameters even in western societies. I work at a global corporate in US and no employee is Freedom of expression and speech is not free in its entirety and is always bounded by fine parameters even in western societies. I work at a global corporate in US and no employee is allowed to bad mouth corporates specially in writing without the consequence of being fired due to
Imran B.
Sep 25, 2012 02:31am
It is a hopeless situation when not only the illiterate are creating havoc in the streets destroying public property, but people like a govrnment railways minister (Bilour) are instigating more violence by announcing bounty for killing. Amir Liaqat and his likes on TV have once again found another oppurtunity to drum up histeria and ratings by their inflammatory talk shows and comments.
Gerry D'Cunha
Sep 24, 2012 12:46pm
muslims should now learn lession that they are being incited to harm themself and their country - they should now learn to tolerate and be patience - christians have done it and were successful - why can't the muslims?
Farhat Khan
Sep 24, 2012 10:13pm
yes ,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jamal Syed
Sep 24, 2012 10:13pm
We are Pakistanis. You mess with us and we will destroy OURSELVES to teach YOU a lesson.
Farhat Khan
Sep 24, 2012 10:14pm
NO YOU DO NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
vijay chunchu
Sep 24, 2012 10:23pm
mustafa you should be proud of someone like fazia lets see if you have the courage to do what she does other then being little on the jealous side
DS
Sep 25, 2012 09:10am
These acts reinforce the stereotype this community finds impossible to extricate itself from.
Gulshan
Sep 24, 2012 11:09pm
@Ahmed "We being muslims respect all religions, faiths, affiliations and expect the same" Then why non muslims are called Kafirs and how Kafir should be treated according to Koran???? You are fooling nobody but yourself. May be you are one in a million and mean what you wrote, but that is not the case with majority of muslims. Go check what is being taught in your schools agaisst Hindus. Go check and see how minorities like Hindu, Christians, parsis and budhists are being treated. Where were muslims like you when Budha Statues were demolished by the Talibans, trained and financed by Paki establishment ? Read Koran carefully and you will see the opposite of what you wrote. The people who destryed temples and killed and raped millions are your heroes in pakistan. And you weapons are named after them. Please don't feel offended if nobody believes you.If you are sincere in what you wrote then talk about youself and not all the muslims.
jazzup
Sep 24, 2012 06:27pm
Its certainly has been meat and drink to those American miscreants. Yup! YouTube has certainly taken it under the chin. Now the big question; has Pakistan along side any other Muslim country around the globe enacted any such cyber law which could coerce Google that this particular content has violated the local laws and these countries must be bold as brass. Further, the users must not harden their hearts towards YouTube. Along side building up algorithm, US Government ought to have a slap on the wrists of those miscreants; perhaps this is the freezing part.
ss
Sep 25, 2012 02:04am
killing your own man and that proves how dumb one could be. you cannot see a simple logic that the USA or any other country / religion is not responsible for a single man's act.
shiraz ali
Sep 24, 2012 04:55pm
I am agree with all yours comments except atheists as atheists is also religion (concept, way of thinking,belief as taught). Do some research about religion then say anything about religion. Issue is not about protest issue is how to protest . If Muslims have powerful state then nobody can dare to insult our belief. They do insult on the name of freedom of speech but nobody can allow in the Europe to have different view on holocaust. that's clearly double standard and in other way they allow everyone to insult our belief but not allowed to have different view on holocaust.
Alibaba
Sep 24, 2012 06:33pm
Well said, Feroz! And your proposal is a fine one. A few years ago Irfan Husain wrote about young peoplewith time on their hands who can be spurred to violent protests at the drop of a hat. If they have work to do, they won't be putting in 14 holurs, let alone 8. But a slight disagreement. You don't see the Global Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, or Jewish comunity engaged in such acts. (True these other religious folks may occasionally act in violent ways, but only locally, not around the world.)
Ram Krishan Sharma
Sep 25, 2012 07:15pm
you are on the right path. I am born in a Hindu family and have hardly been to any temple more than 7 or 8 times in my life.
Syed Husain
Sep 25, 2012 04:56am
This is what Islam teaches us. Please read Prophet (PBUH) biography.
An Enlightened "Muslim"
Sep 24, 2012 03:26pm
@ abc...you sir, are beyond sanity. Enough said! The announcement of a holiday by the Pakistan government was the most ridiculous decision they could have made. Thanks to the fools in power and misguided idiots like you who like to burn flags and tires and kill innocent people for nothing, this movie clip has gained momentum into something much bigger than what it would have been had it been ignored. You people have just gone and proved tghe film-maker to be right in his assertions about Muslims. Something tells me Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), would have ignored the whole thing, as he did multiple times during his lifetime when he was insulted. He was a wise man, unlike the vast majority of our Muslim brethren, who are idiots like yourself. Your faith is weak. Your education (I'm assuming you are educated) is useless. Your existence is pathetic. You and others like you offer nothing of any value to your families, your communities, your country, Islam, or Allah and his Messenger. Nothing but hatred and violence. @ Faiza - very well written article. Our country needs more enlightened people like you. Thank you!
APC
Sep 24, 2012 11:20pm
When educated people like you think of conspiracy, what about millions of uneducated ones? People like you put Pakistan at this very pathetic state
MKB
Sep 25, 2012 04:56am
We really love to have Faiza & all like minded Muslim of any part of the world in India. We want this ancient land be again the land of knowledge, tolerence, compassion & love. We equally want to get rid of all Fanatics be a Hindu or Muslim from this land.
Sid
Sep 24, 2012 06:37pm
Muslims have become their own worst enemies - they don't need any other enemies. They are busy killing each other and looting and burning the property belonging to their fellow Muslims. This barbarity and intolerance has influenced mainstream Islamic thought now for almost 600 years. This is the main cause of the decline of the Muslims.
dinmab
Sep 24, 2012 05:56pm
i am sorry but i dont think ones liberty means killing and burning public property. no one forced anyone to watch the movie. that is completely different from violence on law enforcement and on innocent people. there is a big difference between me making a movie to me killing another person. one in liberty another is a crime because it prevents another from having his liberty(right to live).
XYZ
Sep 24, 2012 05:48pm
25 killed for one movie. How many movies do I have to make to get the world free from these zombies ? It is worth a try !
Suresh K.
Sep 25, 2012 02:17am
Please, don't drag India into this.
Vasu
Sep 25, 2012 12:48am
If going to heaven is so easy then i really wanna go to heaven too! I can become a muslim too! I was told that infidels do not go to heaven. But since I am a science student, I need proof! Can some one please give me a call from heaven?
Anguished Muslim
Sep 25, 2012 05:39pm
@Alibab: "Please, do not bring another religion (Judaism) into this." Other religions and their adherents were the initiators and schemed this from the get go: A well know notorious Zionist Catholic Anti-Muslim Islamophobic activist group financed this movie, scripted, motivated and gave it to an Orthodox-Christian Group. Some of it was enacted at Paramount Studios
SM
Sep 25, 2012 02:52am
Inshallah we will find out once we leave this world. Enjoy your life till then.
roko
Sep 24, 2012 10:47pm
even taliban kill shahrukh khan and dilip kumar as music and acting consider as haram
Neutral Man
Sep 24, 2012 07:12pm
and Churches got bruned down and Christians got killed in Pakistan for the revenge. BTW, what did Pakistani got by this?
sameen
Sep 24, 2012 07:14pm
iam sorry that i didn't read the artical but still commenting.i agree what happened was wrong but enough of criticising.i just watched a video which should be shared not only on social network but every chanel should on air this video (http://vimeo.com/50020581)the name of this video is Project Clean For Peace.#Muslim Love.
Paul
Sep 25, 2012 11:17am
Jesus said that He is the way the truth and the life (john 14:6). After trusting Him, His Spirit came into my heart and I know that going to heaven.
Mustafa Razavi
Sep 24, 2012 07:29pm
With all the accolades from Indian bloggers, Faiza should run for an elected post in India, if they can tolerate a Non-Indian in their office.
guest62
Sep 24, 2012 05:32pm
people like you ABC , are the ones behind this mindless acts of killing innocent people. For the Sake of God you beleive in and for the sake of Respect of the prophet you care so much , Denounce the killings as well , How on earth you can claim to be the holder of a religion of peace , when you adore killings and destruction of innocent lives and property which does nto belong to you .... The same God in his holly book , tell you , Forgiveness is far better than taking revenge ! Killing of innocent is like killing the whole of humane race ! How can you justify innocent 23 lives lost in this mad mad hypocritic act on both sides ! ... Up hold the message rightly if you are a true muslim
pcs
Sep 24, 2012 08:57pm
She is most welcome... anyone with leberal attitude is welcome.. Mother Terresa . BTW Sonia is Italian.
Ahmed
Sep 24, 2012 06:50pm
We being muslims respect all religions, faiths, affiliations and expect the same from other religion believers. I think protesting is right of muslims whose feelings are hurt but the way of expression should be changed. More efficient can be the protests in two ways - either ignore what they have been saying or hurt them by showing something that would hurt them like make a movie on Holocaust, to make them feel what we feel when hurt. Killing your own people, putting buildings to fire etc will do nothing but increasing your own tax burden as govt. will ultimately recover all this from us and worsen the current economic crisis in the country. No doubt that a specific non-muslim community has been doing this as part of planned conspiracy - this is not the first time and won't be the last one. We can do a lot to make them protest then why not try their strategy on them instead of harming ourselves? It would serve as double edged sword, lets see how they (those who raise slogans of "freedom of expression") respond.
Pramod
Sep 25, 2012 04:48am
Everyday Al-Qaeda and many Muslim leader speak against Christians. Jews and Hindu They openly vows to kill them and no need to say they are hero for many Muslim youths. They are definitely much more known people than the person who created the video clip. Question for all peace lover Should all non Muslim should react against Muslim in the same way?
MKB
Sep 25, 2012 04:42am
Dear Faiza, I am not impressed. This is not we want from Faiza whom we consider one of the finest human being and speaks with out any fear and favour. Saiza So what? Is any movie or book or any scared massage is bigger, important than a life of human being? Yesterday Waht MS. Shazia Mirza had said in her article (Getting offended on God's behalf ) is more convincing "Every idea, every belief has to be challenged because that
Sultan Khan
Sep 24, 2012 01:22pm
A good article. The problem with we people is that we are too busy in our worldly affairs, sometimes out of compulsion and at others by choice. We never try to study the real message of Islam as elaborated in Quraan and depicted in the Seerat of the Prophet(PBUH). We have given the section of religion completely to mostly professional maulvis with conservative minds which is because of the rote learning and strict ban on independent rational thinking in the madrasahs. This situation is exactly like the Jews of Pre-Islam days who as per the words of the God Almighty had kept away the Book of Allah of that time i.e. Torah and made their Ulemas their gods. Hence to avoid the same pitfall every Muslim must try to understand the message of Islam and study the Seerat of the Prophet by himself.
B R Chawla
Sep 24, 2012 02:45pm
Islam is a religion of peace and the prophet a messenger of peace? Can one believe this after all the violent behavior of the followers of Islam particularly in the land of the pure- Pakistan. In theory Islam has been what you are saying but can any one substantiate this going through the annals of history where you find Islam marching on the point of sword and the keeping the flock of the coverts with suppression and threats. Worst is that one Islamic sect is killing another. Where is peace after all? It is hate for others and no space for other faiths what to speak of freedom of expresion. Chawla
BRR
Sep 24, 2012 03:43pm
The religious right-wing, the salafists, all love such turmoil - it gives them a) the opportunity to flex their street power, b) legitimacy when government officials agree to their demands c) credentials as defenders of Islam with the general public, who is often impressed by such show of force. In short, local politics determines such mayhem, and the people go along wilfully. I believe the Pakistani people are sympathizers with such right-wing, and are perhaps even proud of such turnouts against the evil west.