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The Cartoons of the Prophet (PBUH)
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Posted on Thu, Feb 09, 2006 19:55

I was wondering what you brothers and sisters think about these drawings and what would you do in these times i guess only allah knows inshallah everything will be all right.



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Posted on Mon, Mar 06, 2006 05:55

I felt insulted because of the drawings, but to be honest I didnt feel the need to go out there and burn some embassies, kill a couple of Muslims bystanders, or like the case in London - dress myself up like suicide bomber!?!

I think that the young lady above correctly stated that Middle East is incredibly hypocritical, and misguided.

If i was a Danish Prime Minister, I too would not have apologized for it!!! The Prime Minister is not the newspaped editor and therefore does not get to decide what is being published in the newspaper!! I would not apologize for the acts of other Muslims if I had nothing to do with them, so why are we expecting Danish PM to apologize!?

There is a GENOCIDE in Darfur, starving Muslims in Pakistan and India, a trial in the Hague for the 20,000 raped Muslim women in Bosnia - yet the Muslims are going crazy because some non-believer made them insecure!? That is PATHETIC!

PS It is also sad to see how not one major Muslim organization protested against the Iranian Holocaust drawing competition. It is disgusting that someone would want to go so low to "defend Islam".



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Posted on Sat, Feb 18, 2006 21:53

all our money goes to jihad instead of the people that really need but instead we like to make a fool out of ourselves and then the christians like what were doing and then when we want to stand up or do anything we get denied because were called terriost. i agree with you colisha that we need to do more for the whole muslim umah inshallah.



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Posted on Fri, Feb 17, 2006 16:34

I feel for the Palestinians, but what about the millions of Africans suffering because of famine? What about the hundreds of thousands still homeless and destitute from the tsunami? What about Darfur? I think that as Muslims we should move beyond these fabricated geo-political "jihads" in the Middle East and really step up to the plate and reach out to the entire umma. There's a lot of good we could do for the world in general. Almost every day I see ads on TV by Christian organizations like Feed the Children that help the poor here in America and abroad. Why aren't there organizations like that by the Muslim community?



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Posted on Thu, Feb 16, 2006 18:53

Salaam it is good that we are doing peacefull demonstrations but the other thing is that we need to focus on is all the muslim umah not just palistine you know their not the only muslims going throught trouble times we need think about the other muslims not just one set of muslims.



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Posted on Thu, Feb 16, 2006 06:58

wat is the number veiledchic???



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Posted on Wed, Feb 15, 2006 17:58

Boycotting the danish cheese without kidnapping, killing, and burning is powerful, it is the most peaceful and civilized way to say no, it is also a good chance to lower your cholestrol and to get healthier :) violance will bring hatred, and hatred will lead to a bigger clash. Do we need the clash to be bigger?

Muslims should not be distracted from focusing on their main cause; Palestine. It is their dignity and that's where they ALL should be focused.



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Posted on Wed, Feb 15, 2006 06:47

It takes one or a few individuals who are ignorant and irresponsible to create unrest. Same can be said for those who wants to continue it.
If only all individuals think before they act or speak, well..we won't be talking about this here then.

Peace & Be Safe ~ ;i



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Posted on Tue, Feb 14, 2006 02:21

BEING MUSLIM I THINK ITS ABSOLUTLY TERRIABLE IT INSULTS ME AND THE PROPHET! ITS DISCUTING! FILTH!.....on they other hand.... although i love the middle east and all muslims and allah and muhammed!! I believe the mid east is being alittle hipicritical....... but b4 i say anything i just want to say that i stand with my home 100%...
i think im caught between though?...i meen i understand how we can start a riot and be discuted with what they did by printing the phrophet like that but we shouldent make a cumotion about it !........its causing war number one.....but the mid east can sit there and publish things about christians and jews in the wrong way! thats why i think its a bit hipicritical!........but out of anything.....i love muhammed and allah and i am very ANGRY AT THIS!!!! BUT WE SHALL WAIT TILL JUDGMENT DAY!



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Posted on Sun, Feb 12, 2006 14:23

i think it's deplorable, however, god repeatedly told the prophet (pbuh) that it wasn't his responsibility to convince people of the truth; if people didn't want to believe, they would be introduced to the fire. i choose to mind my business. it wasn't the prophet's (pbuh) problem, it isn't ours. just rely on allah.



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Posted on Sun, Feb 12, 2006 04:33

this is a tragic and uphauling incident in our history. the repeated publication of these cartoons suggest a desire to fuel the anger of muslims.
in my view partly the muslims themselves are to blame for it, as we have made ourselves so weak that any body in the world can bully us around and play with our religion. however this cannot justify taking lives of Innocent people in the name of religion.the lesson to learn is to grow strong morally, economically and socially so that no one could dare insult Islam.
the strength is in being united, as it is said united we stand divided we fall!



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Posted on Fri, Feb 10, 2006 19:12

Clash of the Uncivilized: Insights on the Cartoon Controversy
By Imam Zaid Shakir



As the crisis that has emerged in the aftermath of the publication of the infamous cartoons that claim to depict the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of God upon him, escalates, we would do well by stepping back and attempting to analyze the situation as dispassionately as possible. By doing so, as Muslims, we can hopefully formulate a more productive and meaningful response, and avoid being exploited by either side in the ongoing conflict. Saying this, I do not mean to imply that Muslims are not justifiably angry over the caricatures. However, I would agree with those who argue that responses that involve wild outbreaks of frenzied violence are inappropriate, and they only affirm what the cartoonist is trying to imply. Namely, that Islam is a religion that encourages obscurantist violence and terrorism.

The current crisis shows the extent we Muslims are vulnerable to media manipulation, superficial shows of piety, and counterproductive one-upmanship militancy. If we start with the issue of media manipulation, it is clear that Western and Eastern media outlets played a large role in stirring up Muslim, and now Western sentiments. When the crisis initially broke in September, it was barely a blip on the media radar. Few outside of Denmark even knew of the cartoons. The Danish Muslim community, appropriately, by and large ignored the story. [1] It was only after a campaign undertaken by a delegation of Danish Muslim community activists to stimulate greater interest in the issue that the crisis reached the proportions we are currently witnessing. These activists traveled throughout the Muslim East trying to draw attention to the issue. When the issue was popularized by Iqra and other Arab satellite channels, and the cartoons were reprinted by several European papers, the crisis deepened. In light of that reality, it would be hard to deny the role the media has played in sparking and now perpetuating the crisis.

A question we must ask is if these cartoons, which are an example of hundreds of other anti-Islamic slights occurring daily in Europe and America, were not brought to the attention of Muslims by the media, would we be undergoing the current brouhaha? - Clearly not. That being the case, what does this say about our strategic vision? What does this say about our level of political maturity? And what does it say about our ability to engage in meaningful proactive work? The answers to these questions are obvious. We get angry about Israeli troops breaking the bones of Palestinian children, as long as it is in the media. When it disappears from our television screens, our interest vanishes with it. We raise millions of dollars for those affected by the Tsunami, as long as the images of death and destruction are beamed into our homes by the media. However, when the coverage shifts to other issues, the donations dry up. As for those crises that do not make the news in a big way, such as the ongoing famines in Mali, Niger, and the Horn of Africa, we are hardly stirred to action.

Furthermore, we go on living our lives oblivious to the ongoing abuse of Islam and our Prophet, peace and blessing of God upon him, until it becomes a major media event. At that point based on urgings issued by parties, the origins of their dubious agendas unknown to us, we are expected to drop everything and hastily rush into the fray. In many instances, our ill-conceived actions only make the situation worse.

Sometimes, those actions may constitute superficial shows of piety emanating from the mob hysteria underlying them. In the mob we are empowered, and find it easy to confront our opponents, defy the rule of law, behave with wanton abandon, or engage in other acts which under the proper circumstances we may view as supporting Islam. In terms of more constructive mass actions, such as emerging into the streets by the tens of thousands to protest the brutal, authoritarian regimes that make a mockery of the prophetic ideals of justice, mutual consultation, and service to the oppressed and downtrodden of society, we come up terribly short. Similarly, there are no credible grassroots efforts towards forming effective anti-defamation organizations to bring constructive legal action against transgressing organizations and individuals, on a fulltime, proactive basis. As individuals, we find it difficult to support the Prophet, peace and blessings of God upon him, by adorning ourselves with his lofty character traits, or reviving His Sunnah in our daily lives.

On the other hand, as mentioned above, it is all too easy to get swept up into the mob hysteria generated by the crowd, and then engage in outrageous actions that only affirm the offensive claims of the transgressing cartoonist. It is as if we are saying, ?We?ll show the Kafirs our Prophet, peace upon him was no terrorist! We?ll defame the symbols of their religion [2] burn their embassies, murder their unsuspecting innocents, and behead the bloody cartoonist if we get our hands on him.? [3]

This brings us to my third point, that of counterproductive, one-upmanship militancy. It is during these crises that all Muslims are supposed to drop everything and join the latest ?Jihad? fad. Those of us who urge restraint are mocked as not being militant enough, or ridiculed as cowards who are afraid to ?stand up to the real enemies of Islam.? No differences in understanding, interpretation, or strategy are allowed, because there is only one correct approach, the one stumbled upon with the aid of modern, sensationalizing media.

Such a reactive, haphazard approach is counterproductive for a number of reasons. First of all, it destroys the basis for proactive work based on the existence of a strategic vision. As long as the enemies of Islam know that they can mobilize the Muslims to chase after an unimaginable number of distracting issues, divide our ranks by those issues, and diffuse our energies through their debate and the pursuit of their resolution, they will possess a trump card that will affect our ability to unite and work more effectively towards creating and implementing an agenda capable of effecting meaningful change in our circumstance. It also blinds us to the underlying agenda that reckless spontaneous action might be unwittingly serving.

For example, it is interesting that these events have come to a head in the immediate aftermath of the stunning landslide victory of Hamas in the Palestinian elections. That victory has rekindled, both in the East and the West, the debate around the implications of supporting democratization in the Muslim world when the biggest winners will be Islamic parties and movements. There are secularists in both the West and the Muslim world who advocate ending the democratizing experiment on that basis. However, they know that denying the democratic will of the Muslim peoples cannot be done without the support of the masses of people in Europe and America. These masses, especially in Britain and America, are increasingly wary of their governments? nefarious agenda for the Middle East. However, the frightening images of crazed crowds rampaging, looting, and burning provides a powerful justification for the extreme, repressive policies being advocated by the far right for dealing with Islam and Muslims, both domestically, and internationally. Democracy in the Muslim world, they argue, will bring the advocates of mob rule to power.

If brutal draconian measures, such as those employed to end the democratization process in Algeria in the early 1990s, are employed elsewhere, the Western public will be psychologically prepared to accept those measures, because of the fear that has been created around the ?Islamic? alternative. That fear can not only be used to justify denying the democratic will of the Muslim peoples, it can also be used to justify denying their legitimate strategic ambitions. A recent editorial in the Jerusalem Post links the fanaticism of the cartoon protests to the lawful nuclear ambitions of Iran. It states, ?If anyone wants to appreciate why the West views with such suspicion the weapons programs of Muslim states such as Iran, they need look no further than the intolerance Muslim regimes exhibit to these cartoons, and what this portends.?

This crisis has also occurred in the immediate aftermath of the appearance of the latest ?Bin Laden? tape, intensified warnings of an imminent major terrorist attack in the West, something "on the scale of 9/11," and it coincides with the escape of the alleged mastermind of the attack on the USS Cole from a Yemeni jail. The fear associated with the latter two events, combined with the images of hysterical protesters, work to create a climate that can support unprecedented measures if another major terrorist attack were to occur in the near future ?whoever the perpetrators may be.

In addition to the setbacks on the psychological front, the current crisis indicates just how bad we are losing in the Jihad of ideas. It is not without significance that the ultimate objective of Jihad is linked to ideas. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of God upon him, was asked about a man who fought to display his bravery, another who fought out of fealty to his tribe, and a third who fought to show off. Which had fought in the Way of God? He replied, peace and blessings of God upon him, ?The one who fought to make the Word of God uppermost has fought in the Way of God.?[4] Is the nature of the current campaign working to make the Word of God uppermost? Every Muslim needs to ask that question.



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