In light of the events taking place concerning the publishing on a Danish newspaper and eventually other European papers too, of blasphemous cartoons of the prophet Mohamed (peace be upon him), in the name of freedom of Expression, I feel it is only too right, in the name of freedom of expression, to put pen to paper and communicate with the readers over this issue.
It seems that some people take the term freedom of expression, and freedom of the press, a notch too far - that for them, freedom of the press means insulting and offending others and their beliefs in the process.
Freedom of speech was created so that people could speak out and criticize their corrupt governments, not for people to offend others. Those newspaper editors who, in the name of Freedom of Expression, decided to include blasphemous cartoons of the prophet Mohamed (peace be upon him) could, in the name of freedom of expression, have published naked photos of their mothers, sisters, wives and daughters; they are free to do that and I would not put it past those immoral and evil people.
In the name of freedom of speech and expression, why not write and unveil their corrupt leaders, who lie and cheat their way to power? Why not draw their homosexual and lesbian leaders in full action? Why not write against all the fornication and adultery that goes on in the West, and all of the alcohol and drug abuse that is killing their people and their economy?
Maybe that will help them sell some more papers in the name of freedom of expression. Or are they happy with all of that corruption and the way their corrupt leaders are running the world, killing innocent Muslims in the name of freedom. Maybe they too are part and parcel of these lies and corruption, hiding under the banner of freedom of expression. Maybe they too are as corrupt as those who rule them.
This has been an ongoing war against Islam and the media is part and parcel of this too; and as usual they hide under a banner in order not to show their true colours.
In the name of Freedom of Expression, Muslims around the world have chosen to boycott the products of those countries that are so intent on blaspheming the name of the prophet (peace be upon him). And rightly so, as that too is freedom of expression, the freedom to choose what to buy, and what not to buy. It's a means of expressing unhappiness. Muslims too have this freedom to boycott another countryís products in the name of freedom of Expression, and can exercise it. This has actually strengthened the resolve of the Muslims, as scholars have called for a world-wide ban on Danish products, and it seems it has started working on their economy already. Many shops and supermarkets in Muslim countries have pulled Danish products off the shelves and on the individual basis Muslims have woken up and have joined together.
Islam the religion of over 1.2 billion people all around the world. It is not a ball game, or a pack of cards, or a toy that one can play around with when one feels like and expect 1.2 billion Muslims to remain silent about it.
Islam is not just the religion brought about by the prophet Mohamed (peace be upon him) - it is a way of life that was established long before Mohamed (peace be upon him). It was established in different styles under different names by different prophets. The final form of this way of life was brought about and finalized by the prophet Mohamed (peace be upon him).
Muslims live their lives emulating the teachings of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and any insult geared towards him is not taken lightly by Muslims. Islam not being a religion of lip service, any depiction of the prophet (peace be upon him) in any way whatsoever is strictly forbidden, let alone offensive ones done in the name of so-called freedom of expression.
The reality is that this was a drawing competition to provoke Muslims. They wanted to see how far they could go in provoking Muslims. It has nothing to do with freedom of speech or of the press. Twelve drawings depicting the prophet Mohamed were not innocently published in the Danish papers.
Even the ambassadors of 21 Muslim countries have gone to see the Danish head of state, who refused to see them at the time.
I wonder what would happen if Muslims decided to make fun of the holocaust in their newspapers, or other very important Christian issues, such as blaspheming the Holy Ghost, for example. Mr 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.
There would have been outrage, even if their Constitution or Queen were to be depicted in such a blasphemous manner; then they would not consider it to be freedom of expression. The west would not need to boycott Muslim products because they donít buy any of them anyway, apart from petrol that they steal from them; but they would not boycott that because they need that. What is a westerner without cheap Arab oil?
Anyway, it is not befitting for a Muslim to mock any prophet since it is in the articles of faith that he believes in every single one of the prophets of God, may be not in the same exact way the Christians and Jews believe in them.
13:32 And verily messengers (of Allah) were mocked before thee, but long I bore with those who disbelieved. At length I seized them, and how (awful) was My punishment!
15:11 And never came there unto them a messenger but they did mock him.
So their mockery of Islam and the Holy prophet is nothing new. It is something that he was subject to while he was alive, and after his death. The same mockery was aimed at other prophets of GOD. The worst thing about these people is that they have no knowledge of Islam and the holy prophet (peace be upon him), yet they like to mock something they have no knowledge of. Had they slight knowledge of Islam or the prophet Mohamed (peace be upon him), they would find nothing to mock.
31:6 And of mankind is he who payeth for mere pastime of discourse, that he may mislead from Allah's way without knowledge, and maketh it the butt of mockery. For such there is a shameful doom.
Read the Quran for enlightment, and then you will not make a mockery of what you have no knowledge of.
Until our next meeting, I greet you with the greeting of the prophets. Peace be upon you.