Are our minds alive like our hearts?

We all know how much western culture is messed up, especially on the ethical, political and social grounds.. its a different matter that they don’t understand this because they are enjoying living this way. The recent blasphemy shown by Danish press by publishing cartoons, mocking the holiest figure of Islam, Prophet Muhammad(Peace Be Upon Him). This act has offended and hurt sentiments of Muslims worldwide. This whole issue raised a point in global arena that how much freedom is acceptable? The problem with west is that they think freedom means you can do everything, no strings attached. But as you have to pay price of everything, freedom also brings a duty on all of us. The duty of respecting other’s existence and don’t harm them in any way; physically and emotionally.

This act ignited anger in every Muslim but how we dealt with it on religious or national levels, is still a disgrace. Yes I know all that rallys of protest did help in getting all the media attention and also an apology from Danish government but did it contributed in projecting a more positive and real image of Islam and the message of our beloved prophet? I don’t think so. Most arab countries banned the products, okay its somewhat acceptable but still not logical. But didn’t you think those protests put us in even worse view.. what they perception will get from it? Maybe a perception that Muslims are people who only know to shout, scream and attack. Wouldn’t it have been more influencial that our muslim religious leaders and government officials have sent letters with more logical grounds to the Danish government representing our disgust in more positive way than banning those danish products? Wouldn’t it have been more effective that our media would have contributed even more than showing those protests? I saw all this in news after the issue was half rotten, and media felt that they have done their duty by just telecasting the news, was nothing more in all this that should have been taken care of?

Over all this, Irani Newspaper has also announced an international competition for cartoons on Holocaust competition to condemn this act. Is this right?! Certainly not, what kind of example are we trying to set. Don’t you think that it is completing immoral that if were hurt by an act, you will try to replicate it to hurt others. Have we ever thought what are positive steps are we taking in order to improve the image of Islam in world? All we know is to cry and scream. And by the time arrives for using our minds we are all exhausted. You are not living in the era of horses, camels and swords.. that era was there 1400 yrs. ago. Now it is 2006.. I think it is a high time that we try to bridge gaps between nations and religions and try to accept each other the way they are. It is the only way to kill this hatred.

It is important to condemn wrong things but people will only listen when you will change those things in you too. Haven’t we seen offensive comments in past on arab media about christianity and judaism? Isn’t the arab media filled with sunni people and isn’t the government control the journalism and shia’s are pressurized against freedom of speech. We talk about freedom of speech still we don’t follow it.

We need to take these steps on urgent basis and unitedly,

  • Try to resolve issues between communities in a more peaceful and positive way. By this I mean something like this and this. You can also sign this petition.
  • We need to bridge gaps between religions and nations by showing our respect, help and care.
  • Try to solve the problems inside our sects. Let us be more tolerable amongst each other. When we say that Prophet Muhammad will help us all as an ummat on the day of judgement that this means we all are one family. First we need to be united and improve ourselves.
  • Freedom of speech should also be exercised in Muslim media too. Without hurting other sect or without pressurizing anyone.
  • Freedom of speech doesn’t mean that Christians can say anything about Arabs or vice versa. This thing should be taken care of at all places.
  • We need to look at politics and religion as different entities, same as India and China does. Even India and China doesn’t follow it perfectly but they are better than all of us in this respect. If among religion and politics, any one element gets backing from another then conflicts will emerge then God forbid we can’t expect another World War.

On a much lighter note, after completion of audition’s stage of American Idol Season 5.. I can claim this confidently that most of wannabees who didn’t make it were suffering from Constipation and they only came and sing to solve this problem. One also asked permission to Simon to go to bathroom in middle of his audition as he wanted to pee. Bwahahaha!!

Be Peaceful!!

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Update: BBC plans to show the controversial cartoons anytime tonight. We oppose such an irresponsible display. This will send another wave of anger among Muslim Ummah through out the world. Raise your voice against this display on this cell number: 00448700100222

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trailady
    Feb 09, 2006 @ 20:10:00

    You have written something VERY good here! I have said the same words to my Christian brothers about respect and honor. I know the middle east has a very terrible view of the US. We are not all like what you see in Hollywood movies. There is a minority who live rich and immorally. The majority of US citizens are just people trying to get by. For example, I am a mother and a chicken farmer. I respect ALL people. I worship God in the best way I know and I want to love & comfort others. Please, please know that we do NOT hate Islam in the US. Only stand against terrorists who killed our people on our own soil. There are many Muslims in this country and they are my brothers and sisters. They are happy here and are treated well. My heart breaks for Pakistan and the pain your people have suffered from the terrible earthquake. Know that many in the US share your tears & pray for your people. Peace to you!!

  2. Raheel
    Feb 10, 2006 @ 00:15:00

    yeh now I have seen alot of changes.. program like Oprah and Dr. Phil do bring such wonderful stories. By saying US and the west, I don’t mean to say that everyone is like that. But the statistics that I see tell me that there are high rates of crime, drugs teenage pregnancy and abusiveness.. most of these problems are not in adults but teens. I see many people cursing on tv. These have made a view in my mind but I really confess that stories that I hear from other people also gives me idea that you people in general have more heart and ethics for human as whole but some things just scare me. There are good and bad people everywhere. There are some issues in west which are now getting noticed and you nice people are working hard to make a difference :).. bravo! I never think about people as groups but yes culture is something in which you analyze in bird eye’s view. I don’t know whether you agree to my opinions or not because you know better you live there but one thing you will certainly agree to that current bush administration is such a mess and disgrace. Government, not public, have done alot of injustice with them and shown cruel behavior towards them.. they only know. Sometimes I think like can Osama also Bush’s creation?!

    I visited your blog and it has impressed me very much. Your articles are very logical and well-written. On a lighter note, can I borrow some chickens.. I just love ’em :p

  3. Asma
    Feb 10, 2006 @ 00:58:00

    good one …! mine coming up shortly!

  4. black feline
    Feb 10, 2006 @ 09:28:00

    a well thought, bold write-up..:)

    on a lighter note…I love Paris Benett of the AI 5..she’s the bomb (meaning the one to look out for)

  5. pilgrim_of_air
    Feb 10, 2006 @ 16:16:00

    its in the name u knw

    u share it wid me

    or otherwise , nyways .

    nice

    .
    raheel

  6. Fahd Mirza
    Feb 10, 2006 @ 20:35:00

    Your post is similar to my latest post, dear.

  7. Raheel
    Feb 11, 2006 @ 03:06:00

    Asma, will be waiting

    Black feline, thanks.. lolz!! yes literally a bomb 😛

    POA, Nice to know that atleast we have something similar to relate.. doesn’t matter if its only a name.

    Fahad, let me check it out.. great!!

  8. Baji
    Feb 11, 2006 @ 05:16:00

    Very well stated-thanks for standing tall.

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