By: Taqveem Ahsan Siddiqui
“I have studied him (Muhammad PBUH) - the wonderful man and in my opinion for from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Saviour of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it much needed peace and happiness." George Barnard Shaw.
George Barnard Shaw, was not a Muslim, and there are countless other non Muslim scholars, writers and intellectuals who have paid their tributes to Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaehi Wasallam) in their own respective way. Whether they agree with the religion or not, without a shadow of doubt, whoever has read or studied The Prophet (S.A.W) without the racist biased cap on, ended up in only praising him.
So what actually is wrong with these Fascists, who every now and then come up with filth whether through their writings or work of art? Are they Ignorant? Are they Naive? or are they just practicing their so called right to free speech or more appropriately expressing their dislike, hate, envy and racist views in the disguise of free speech.
Rightly so, across the world, there are laws to strike balance between free speech and hate material that offends a segment of society let alone an offence on a massive scale. Whether you agree with someone or not, before practicing the right to freedom of expression, there is always a line that, rightly so, is drawn to remind people of someone else's nose.
From Pornography to hate speech that potentially incites unrest and disturbance, any such material is rightfully banned and removed from the internet as soon as it gets pointed out. I have seen material being removed almost instantly after being published and pointed out by a significant number of people to be either offending or copyrighted. Then, why not remove the dreadful filthy movie that upset almost all Muslims around the world? Google’s response in this regard, so far, is indeed a disgrace.
It amazes me when I see People like Rushdee , Tasleema Nasreen and countless other cheap shots are rewarded for their highly extremist, illogical and baseless views; all in the name of free speech. The concerned governments can say what ever they want to say about their dissociation from the views of these individuals but their act of praising and rewarding them sends a very strong and WRONG message whether intended or unintended. This also undermines efforts of those Muslims who are trying to create a rational society in their respective countries.
The recent cheap shot (well not exactly cheap the joker has apparently wasted his sweat and blood collecting 5 million dollars for the movie from other idiots around the world) by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (Psuedonym Sam Bacile) has sparked protests across the Muslim world and in some cases, violent protests, which is unfortunate and should not be condoned. But is it really practically possible to tell an upset Libyan, Iraqi, Syrian, Nigerian, Somalian, Afghan how to react? When all they have known and seen is sponsored violence in their countries. They were given weapons, money and were appreciated to wage violent uprisings against their governments. All they know is violence so they respond with violence to what ever they don’t like. Of course this is not condoning their act, but you can only get hot damaging coal from a burning fire. Why fiddle with it then? Aren’t Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (the bank fraudster, Psuedonym "Sam Bacile") and his jokers, to a massive extent, responsible for this? They very well knew what they were doing and of course had an understanding of Muslim sentiments; otherwise they would not have gone to such lengths of getting the filthy piece dubbed in Arabic.
The world and indeed the internet, is not short of sane and robust Material and lectures on Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W), his life and his companions. There are countless scholars, teachers and common men and women who are open to debate and discuss any misunderstandings or answering any misconceptions. So this is not a case of ignorance, in fact these stereotypical fanatics get defeated time and again in debates and discussions by learned Muslims. The least I can say is probably it’s their frustration of not being able to rationally win an argument, they are consistently shown the frailty of their maligned thoughts and arguments that make them produce such a frustrated lousy piece of filth that they have just produced. Insisting on what ever has been debated countless times; insulting a billion followers spread across the world can only be classified as Criminal, motivated by hate and indeed idiotic.
In my opinion, you are free to disagree, you are free to debate, you are free to comment, as long as you don’t cross the established lines and remain rational in your argument.
Were these people, who committed that grotesque act of extremism, naive of the reaction? No they certainly were not; they all knew very well what they were doing. Every now and then, the same group of people commit these acts of extreme hate, but are never investigated or arrested. Have they ever been investigated about who is funding them? Where are they trained? Who is sponsoring them and what degree of threat, these people are to the human race and humanity?
How on earth is offending more than a billion followers is different from any other thing that is classed as extreme or hate material? The guy has accepted that he had generated funds from America, England, France, Germany, Holland and Scotland for the movie. Does this not call for an enquiry into who these people were and what their motives are and should they not be put behind bars as they clearly are a threat to global peace? Who knows what they may have planned to do for future, may be a mindless act of terrorism, may be funding an act of terrorism, who knows?
I have failed to understand what is their problem? Why is it so important for them to tell me something, that I am well versed and qualified to understand better than them? Why is it their responsibility to GULP their views on me, in the name of expression? Why is it so important for them to tell me that an established history, that is recognised as science and is more auditable than any other account of events written in the history of mankind, was for some Bizarrely laughable reason not correct. Or are they like the same conspiracy theorists that the liberal fascists dismiss on a glorified premise of their own self praise and delusional liberalism? They seem no different to me than the conspiracy theorists, who on this occasion, happen to be on the OTHER side. So why the fuss? Don’t tell me about my belief, if you have bones then tell us about yourself and your belief, and then we may or may not have a discussion.
Is it really difficult to understand the love of Muslims towards their prophet? You may or may not agree with it but it is a fact that Muslims hold prophet dearer than their closest kins and family so much so that they may tolerate the unjust genocide of millions of people in Iraq, the mindless funding and support with money and weapon to people in the vested interests of the world powers but they will never accept or keep quite over any disgraceful act against their prophet. I believe we are Perfectly entitled to hold these views and I don’t see any reason for anyone to tell us not to love our prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). It is not only pointless but at the same time makes you laugh how these self contained, self proclaimed liberals and saviours of humanity commit extremism and fascism in the name of free speech. They jump up and down on slightest misconduct of the minority of idiots who commit mindless acts that are not acceptable by any human, let alone only Muslims but at the same time keep quite on these despicable acts of inciting hatred. I am sorry, but if you are as just and liberal as you claim then you should be standing for both sides, otherwise you are just a bunch of idiot extremists who just happen to be the counterparts of those
people on the "other" side. Practice what you preach, otherwise don’t complain or try to portray yourselves as peace loving, easy going promoters of humanity, because you are not so. Your views and beliefs are for you to keep, if they work for you, good for you, and leave me with my beliefs because they work for me. End of.
What would you call an idiot who tries to tell you how to and how not to, respect and love your parents, children or loved ones? What would you call a person who repeatedly tests the same waters that have been proven to be not suitable for a swim and complains about drowning?
I don’t care what you think of our religion or the Prophet, but keep it to yourself, live and let live otherwise don’t complain. These people, in minority make life and position of a common majority of sane non-muslims difficult, who may not believe in Islam or its teachings but at the same time liberal and sane enough not to hold any envy or grudge against Muslims or Islam.
I am not at all supportive of violent protests and believe that any act of harming innocent lives is despicable, but at the same time you cannot have control or predict the behaviour of over a billion people who come from all walks of life, parts of the world and ethnicity.
I thank and appreciate all my non-muslim friends in Pakistan and across the world who took a principal stance against this pointless movie hand in hand along with their muslim brothers. Believe me you are way better than these despicable liberal fascists who don’t even try to hide their faces when a fascist extreme piece is thrown on their faces by their kind. They just go quite. Just the same way as they complain about some of the Muslims remaining silent on other acts of stupidity by some people from our ranks who obviously do not represent us.
Just as protecting ethnic and religious minorities is the responsibility of the estate in any Muslim country, is it not the responsibility of the respective non-muslim countries to respect and protect the sentiments of millions of Muslims living in their countries in minority? Or am I being too naive of the obvious?
I must congratulate all Pakistanis the way they supported Rimsha Maseeh in a case perpetrated by a bigoted person. The way that the act of that idiot and his aids was rejected and discouraged and not supported by any segment of the society from Islamic scholars to the joe public sitting outside the muhallas, is plausible and very re-assuring. I am again disappointed by those so called liberals, liberal fascists and extremists who don’t waste a minute in pointing fingers to isolated madness but go back to their respective shells without appreciating anything good coming out of the society.
In the end, I would say to my fellow Pakistanis and indeed Muslims around the world that remember as a Muslim and indeed a human being, it is our collective responsibility to protect the foreigners and foreign embassies in our countries. They are in our protection and sharia puts a responsibility on us to protect them. Mindless attacks on innocent people who had absolutely nothing to do with this movie is in no way a method of expressing your anger. We should protest but in a way that does not dilutes the point.
Going forward, there is a need for us to do a self analysis. Think about ourselves, think about the inept governments we have who brought us down to such a low that we cant even raise our voices properly and have become a punching bag for others.
We need to get our own houses in order, stand up for ourselves and chose our rulers wisely, not based on our affiliations but based on pure merit and sense. It’s high time that we transform ourselves into nations that actually contribute something to the world so that idiots like these think twice before taking a mick.
We have been brought so much to the bottom of the pit by our own ignorance and now we are in such a mess that we can’t even speak up for our prophet. We self-destruct whilst protesting in our own countries. Muslims living in foreign countries hardly come out as a joint voice against those idiots; they fail to convince their respective governments that acts like these should stop.
One thing is for sure, that banning things and cursing others for our losses is not going to get us any where. We need to raise our game and change our mindsets for the self esteem we all want and talk about. Once we do that, these insane idiots will just stop doing what they are doing.
Think about the people ruling us, do they really represent us? If they do then fine, stay where you are but if not, then start thinking for yourselves at least, if not for anyone else.
As for these Fascists, Get this loud and clear, Islam, Muslims and their love for Muhammad (S.A.W) are a reality, they will remain a reality and they are here to stay. Accept it, Get on with it and ‘Get a Life’.