I am not a soccer fan, but I was drawn to watch the last half of the World Cup match between Italy and France on Sunday, July 9. Part of the magnetic pull was Zinedine Zidane, a player whom I had read about briefly and whose profile seemed so unique that I sat down to watch him play his last game, a great soccer player who exemplified the best in sportsmanship, civility and citizenship. In my quest to understand the head-butt incident I ended up making an analogy between him and billion or so Muslims who subscribe to the same faith that he does.
Zidane, the son of Muslim Algerian immigrants to France, rose to prominence in the soccer world despite the many obstacles in his way. He came to be loved by the French, in fact, to be considered quintessentially French. He proudly bore the hopes and dreams of his nation on his shoulders, delivered well when he won the World Cup for France in 1998. He is often spoken of in terms of endearment, lovingly called Zissou by his French countrymen, respected by colleagues and opponents alike for his civility and restraint.
In this World Cup he brilliantly carried France all the way to the finals against Italy. This was to be his last match before retirement, and France was proudly holding its breath for a sendoff that would have honored his distinguished career as a soccer great. Instead, the world was shocked when towards the end of the game, Zidane, apparently after trading some words with another Italian player, turned, took two steps forward and head-butted him in the chest, sending him falling backwards to the ground.
I was shocked and alarmed. Shocked at his conduct in such a public space and alarmed at what the implications would be. I felt betrayed by this great man, who I never knew, yet whom I felt drawn to after reading about him. I immediately thought that he must have been provoked. Materazzi must have said something disgusting to make Zidane react in such a manner. At the same time, I felt that out of respect to his own self and his legacy, and to the millions of people who regard him in high esteem, he should have shown restraint, no matter how ugly the remarks were.
It was then that it occurred to me that what I had just witnessed was a microcosm of the Muslim Ummah, played out in a soccer field before the eyes of the whole world. For me Zidane was the Muslim Ummah, with past glory and achievement crowning his forehead, leading his people to victory, achievement and a respectable place among nations. His opponents were bent on striking him down, and one in particular, Materrazi was an embodiment of the monstrous powers who are bent on occupying, provoking and stereotyping the Muslim Ummah.
And like the Ummah today, the provocation was too much for him. He snapped and did something uncharacteristic because he felt victimized. Perhaps he was called a "dirty terrorist" as some report, or his sister or mother were called by some degrading name as others report. Whatever it was, he lost all sense of where he was, his legacy, his future and the difference he could have made to the game, and fell victim to the deliberate provocative assaults on his person.
I see his reaction as analogous to the protests, flag burnings and other emotional outbursts committed by Muslims against others who may have deliberately provoked them.
Like Zidane, we shock the world when we do things uncharacteristic of our faith, and we betray those who see in us a ray of hope for civilization.
Like Zidane, the Muslim Ummah has suffered provocations and deliberate attempts to tarnish its image, despite great civilizational achievements for a millennium. And like Zidane, we snap when we cannot take it any more.
Like Zidane's suffering of an alleged abuse, we also suffer the abuse of the desecration of our holy symbols, occupation of our lands, colonization, genocide and murder of innocent civilians. And like him, the temptation is to turn our back on history, our legacy of patience and restraint and to lash out without considering whether our actions are ethical or strategic. Kidnappings, bombing of innocent civilians, destruction of property after the cartoon episode are all images that have come to characterize the Ummah.
As Zidane walked away from the field, past the trophy that could have been his, I thought: like him, will the Ummah get red-carded into oblivion, leaving behind a great legacy and squandering our opportunities to make a difference for humanity's future?
Farhad Khadim lives in Toronto, Canada and often gives lectures on topics related to Islam.
Zidane explains his actions: Read a translated transcript of the interview he gave to the TV channel Canal Plus in France about the incident.
Interviewer: You know the Italian players well because you played in Italy for five years. Did you have any problem with any of them beforehand?
Zinedine Zidane: Not at all. You always have friction with certain players...that is the game, it has always been like that. But I never had any clashes with anyone.
Interviewer: Nor Materazzi?
Zinedine Zidane: No, never. There was nothing beforehand and nothing in the match until he started pulling my jersey.
He grabbed my shirt and I told him to stop. I told him if he wanted I'd swap it with him at the end of the match.
That is when he said some very hard words, which were harder than gestures. He repeated them several times. It all happened very quickly and he spoke about things which hurt me deep down.
Interviewer: Everyone wants to know exactly what he said...
Zinedine Zidane: They were very serious things, very personal things.
Interviewer: About your mother and your sister?
Zinedine Zidane: Yes. They were very hard words. You hear them once and you try to move away.
But then you hear them twice, and then a third time... I am a man and some words are harder to hear than actions. I would rather have taken a blow to the face than hear that.
Interviewer: He said these things about your mother and sister two or three times?
Zinedine Zidane: Yes. I reacted and of course it is not a gesture you should do. I must say that strongly.
It was seen by two or three billion people watching on television and millions and millions of children.
It was an inexcusable gesture and to them, and the people in education whose job it is to show children what they should and shouldn't do, I want to apologise.
Interviewer: You apologise to them but do you really regret having done it?
Zinedine Zidane: I can't regret it because if I do it would be like admitting that he was right to say all that. And above all, it was not right.
We always talk about the reaction, and inevitably it must be punished. But if there is no provocation, there is no reaction.
First of all you have to say there is provocation, and the guilty one is the one who does the provoking. The response is to always punish the reaction, but if I react, something has happened.
Do you imagine that in a World Cup final like that, with just 10 minutes to go to the end of my career, I am going to do something like that because it gives me pleasure?
Interviewer: No of course not. But at the moment you exploded...
Zinedine Zidane: There was provocation, and it was very serious, that is all. My action was inexcusable but you have to punish the real culprit, and the real culprit is the one who provoked it. Voila.
Rasulullah (SAW) said: "If someone hits you, you have the right to hit them back equally as hard but do not be among the trangressors. However, if you forgive then you would be better off, if you know.
That is how.
I hope I answered your question.
Wasalam and my best regards to him and family.
YOU ARE STILL MY HERO NO MATTER WHAT... YOU ARE THE BEST!
No need for Zidane to apologise. For what ?
For the verbal insults on his mother and sister by some rotten Italian ? Infact all Muslims should stand up for him. If not because of those heinous cuts on him and his family he wouldn't have acted in that manner. He was provoked and there's limit to what a person can accept.
I agree with Brother Kris opinion. Who is the real terrorist here ? Is it not Italy that was the loyal partner of Hitler during the Second World War ? Is it not them who had been abetting Hitler's army in the massacre of millions of innocent lives ?
It is probably Metarazzi's grandparents or his great grandparents who shed millions of lives in their hands. They were the real terrorists.
Therefore Metarazzi should take a good look of himself and his history before stooping to the lowest level of calling names to others.
i strongly disagree to the opinion that Zidane's action potrays Muslims Ummah's situation, i agree there can be a similarity but to equate it altogether is simply unacceptable for me.
There is a lesson to be learnt in all this for everyone but a single man's action and that also in a sport field do not indicate an entire Ummah's Dilemma.
The person goading, is doing it for one purpose, to throw the opponenet off their game. The person receiving knows the person is saying it to throw off their game. Somebody insulting your mother, sister or whatever, how can it bother you, you know why they are doing it. The only way to lose to this goading, is by getting mad. The way to beat the goading is by winning.
Zinedine, lost in so many ways in that game.
If I was Zinedine, I would FIRST of all apologise to my team, and then to my country.
In 1998, Zidane emerged a hero for guiding France to victory. Eight years later, Zidane again emerges as a hero, albeit for different reasons. This year Zidane did not hold the prestigious World Cup gold trophy, but then again, not all trophies are made of gold - some things are bigger then football....
In provocative situations,The Prophet was reported to have advised us that "La Taghdab" meaning "Do not get angry" We should not allow the provocation of others make us do what we are not supposed to do> The Prophet in his days was provoked many a time but held his peace and was never known to have been a violent person> May Allah guide and forgive ZIDANE and all Muslims> AMIN
Now that the pop psychologists, kinesiologists and Italian lip readers have had three frenzied days to assess Zinedine Zidane's battering of Marco Materazzi, let's consider the incident calmly.
It wasn't "shameful" or "an ugly end to a great career" or "a shadow over the game" -- all descriptions used recently. It was understandable, excusable and, in a bizarre way, admirable.
We know the Italian started it. Materazzi has admitted to goading Zidane. And Materazzi is a man who knows how to get under someone's skin.
Much has been made of Zidane's famous temper -- the Saudi he stomped on in the 1998 World Cup, the 14 red cards over a 17-year career.
But whereas Zidane is a superstar with a mean streak, Materazzi is a journeyman known for little else. The Italian's two-footed horror tackles are legendary. He was once suspended for two months for cold-cocking a former teammate in a post-match tunnel brawl. He has been derided by his countrymen as an "animal" and booed the length of Italy.
Zidane could have waited for an opportunity to spike the lanky defender later in the game. He could have faked an injury the next time Materazzi brushed against him in the hopes of getting him sent off. That's what most of today's soccer stars would have done.
...It was inelegant. It was wrong. But it was a far sight more manly than a sneak attack or a kick in the privates. For me, watching infamous divers like Francesco Totti or Thierry Henry step up to give their post-match two cents about Zidane's "madness" was more nauseating than the attack itself.
Nothing that happened Sunday changed any of that....
How come he is representing whole ummah! no its totally unjustified to consider it that way!
any ordinary person can represent muslim ummah, which most of muslims don't consider it that way,neither they have respect for themselves nor for representation of islam.
its not that much wrong,just look it as a player playing his last match,anyone can get tensed in it.
And, just as in the game, Muslims decide that the rules of civilized conduct don't apply to THEM, only to everyone else.
And then they LOSE THE GAME.
I had earlier written my comments on this article and I am compel to add in more views to compliment the rest. I am a soccer fan, but I wrote this not because I am fanatic about Zidane or his roots and origin. What happened on the last World Cup was not just a game of football. It epitomises the views of some Westerners on Islam.
I considered myself as a moderate Muslim. I have friends of Christians and other faith since childhood and I even recalled of having a Jew as a friend in my school days. His dad was a doctor and despite our different faith, we learnt to respect one another in all aspects of life.
The issue here in the football Hall of shame as shown in the last World Cup final is certainly not a clash of civilisation. And I have no intention of painting Zidane as a hero. But it has it's significance.
The game could well be just soccer pure and simple but it didn't. Zidane was insulted and blasted with racist and cruel slurrs and poisonous remarks. His mother and sister were said to be terrorist whore. Can any Muslims tolerate such remark made against another Muslim ? What if the heinous cuts were levelled at other individuals of other faith ?
What that pure rotten and simple Italian said was an attack on all Muslims who believe in Islam and who subscribed to the brotherhood of the Islamic faith. Are we to stand by and watch this name calling and branding of our faith be degraded to the lowest level.
I am not surprised that a ..Italian would be capable of saying such low life remarks. After all Italy was the committed partner of Hitler's axis of the Second World War, in which millions were massacred and murdered. That boils down to the questions and it certainly points out to the answer on who the real terrorists were.
I urge Zidane and family to be patient in face of all these. But to those who were neutral and disagree with their views to think and think again.
Some can show more restrain than others.
Most of soiety teaches restrain and it's not Islam alone, or a religion alone asking the same.
It depends how much pain one can take, how much humilitation one is able to endure and how much testosterone is flowing in your blood-stream.
Muslims worlwide surely have to endure a lot of humilation and pain. It is no wonder when especially young Muslim men snap and unleash violence, may do things they should not have, would not have done otherwise.
Bystanders are always quick with easy judgement, even and including Muslims. Stay united.
Wassalam, Axel MJ Cremer, Perth WA
I agree with what Zidane did. Yes, it's just a game but what traded of between that Italian player and him are not just games, it represents what some people in the West perceived about Islam.
No one should condone what that rotten Italian said about Zidane and his mother and sister, and those words are in direct reference on how they perceive Muslims today. Due to lack of time today, I'll write more via e-mail later. I urge Zidane and family to be patient, there's some hikmah ( blessing in disguise ) behind all these. Wassalam wrbt.
Your Brother in Islam,
Using your analogy, we can expect to find some insulting conduct by somebody to justify the centuries of Islamic predation and aggression around the world.
Shall we look for fault with India for the murder of 60,000,000 Hindi? I guess the looting, raping, murder of non-combantants not to mention the enslaving of millions more are a result of some percieved slight?
Islam is about overthrowing infidel countries - the Qur'an is full of verses about murder and looting. It is amazing the Qur'an speaks at great length about HOW to trick, murder and destroy infidels (thats me for instance) and yet Muslims have the crust to try and justify their violence and treachery with ignorant analogies.
Let me try an analogy with you. Islam is like Facissm - not everybody that was a Nazi was a bloodthirsty murderer BUT a significant minority of Nazis caused unbelieveable atrocities in the name of their political party.
I remind everybody that Islam is more than a religion, it is a political religion because Islam is against the division of church and stae. Islam is also against democracy, freedom of expression, equality of other religions or women and supports treachery and violence to achieve it's goals.
Islam is NOT The Religion of Peace!
Shame on you Perzad Hakimpour! You think the west is better? Humm-- You want to see racism and racial hatred and division, then come to the west- i.e Euro-America. I would gladly go live in the Middle East, but the problem is there are literally millions of non-Muslim Euro-Americans there who don't want to go home to good old Euro-America. They take up jobs we Muslims from Euro-America would easily do and do a billion times better.
We should remember that it is a just game and has no consquence!!!!
InshaAllah, we are not trying to placate others, by backbiting our own brothers (which has many a consequence).
The author writes "Zidane walked away from the field, past the trophy that could have been his".
Dear Brother Khadim - We are not playing a game and the trophy (Quran and Sunnah) is already ours. So please, do not worry so much about what the "fans" think.
Thank you for telling the .. Perzad to take a hike. I swear these guys have had a grudge against Islam and Muslims for about 1300 years. It's like a bitter pill that they just can't seem to swallow. If they don't want to be Muslims fine. The Ummah needs quality not quantity. If these persians would like to hold on to their racial superiority view point, then they'll always be isolated from the Ummah.
You said "We need to learn from the west a few valuable lessons. In a civil world, we don't respond to the brick with a stone or the brick, it is not fair and is unislamic"
Explain how is that wrong???
I live in San Francisco Bay Area. I was not born ysterday!!! I love your simplicity.
Whatever u did U'd be satisfied if u did it 4 Allah.
U are a moslem, so u have a duty to defend u'r great faith.
It's not important if the people all over the world will hate u. The most important is that ALLAH ALWAYS LOVE U.
You Said: "We as billions of illiterate, uncivilized, ill trained, individuals called Muslims have made the mockery out of the most beautiful way of life called ISLAM"
.....you are talking about yourself of course, I understand!!!
Take your racial hatred rubbish somewhere else. Arabs by the leaders of Saad Bin Abi Waqas tok you out of the worship of the creation to the worship of the One Creator. If you are not happy with that, tough luck. It is already done!!!
I feel that people put too much pressure on Zidane, especially because of his being Muslim. For me, Zidane's being Muslim creates sort of a point of commonality for me and as a result, I like to follow his football career. However, Zidane's being Muslim should not be a defining factor for him. He is a human-being and makes mistakes like the rest of us. I felt that his head-butt was an unfortunate action, but I still understand that he got very angry and lost his temper.
I agree with the author that the Muslim Ummah has enemies who seek to "tarnish" and harm it. However, I disagree with the author's suggestion and or question he posed as to whether the Ummah will "get red-carded into oblivion." The Ummah may appear to be fragmented and somewhat weak, but Allah (swt) will never let any harm come to it, InshaAllah.
Islam obliterated the diversity of the peoples it sought to elevate, into the dregs of a hideous identity crisis by labelling it "un-islamic". The desert Arabs came and labelled us Iranians who were probably Avestans or otherwise "kafirs" robbing us of our identity. We in turn, robbed of our own identity did the same with a number of Central Asian tribes, and of the Balochs. Meanwhile Islam tore through the existing fabric of the remaining Central Asians and North Africans, etc spreading through the hands of the now identity robbed Turks, Mameluks and Syriacs. Whoever knows his history knows that the maraudig desert tribes of Makkah and Medina had little cultural development, they had fire in their swords and greed in their eyes when they pillaged and plundered the rich and prosperous Levant, when they laid to waste the advanced lifestyle of today's Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Palentine ? Were they the 'Ummah' before th real Arabs plundered their homes and raped their women ?? I am sad to say that that is how our faith spread, through greed ..... and it is we who capitualated who must pay for it, by feeling that others are provoking us, suffering a persecution complex and fighting among ourselves. Until and unless we get back our lost societal fabrics no amount of implementation of Shariat is going to cure our troubles. Let us, the 'Ummah' first get back our identities which were obliterated under the banner of Islam, then rejuvenate ourselves. It is easy to blame others when the true onus lies with our decisions and actions.
Why does people put so much emphasis and pressure on Zidane? He is a Muslim, and as a Muslim myself, it kind of gives me a sort of bond with him. Therefore, I root for him and am a fan of his. However, his being Muslim should not be the very factor which defines Zidane.
The author's making a parallel between Zidane's head-butt and the Muslim Ummah is not well founded. Zidane is also a human-being and therefore, will make mistakes just like the rest of us. I feel that the head-butt was a bad moment for Zidane. We should just leave it at that, just as if any other player had done it, Muslim or non-Muslim.
I do agree with the author that the Muslim Ummah has enemies who want to "tarnish" and harm it. This is still very evident in the present-day.
However, I totally disagree with the author's suggestion and/or question about whether the Ummah will get "red-carded into oblivion." Despite any and all attempts made to harm and/or "tarnish" the Muslim Ummah, it will always be taken care of by Allah (swt).
I have spent time in quiet a few countries having significant muslim population, including India, Syria, Malaysia etc. except in India nowhere do we find the Muslim Ummah living among other non-muslim majorities in relative peace. I say this despite the recent dastardly attacks in the city of Bombay and the continued bloodshed in Kashmir. I agree with your viewpoint that muslims are being stereotyped, especially by the Westerners, but tell me something (I have been asked this question by muslims outside Iran and non-muslims elsewhere) ... why does a supposedly spiritual way of life called Islam differentiate between men as 'believers' and 'non-belivers' that too in the eyes of the Creator. A lot of things may be mistakenly being attributed to islamic texts, and are open to mis-readings, but can anyone deny that we are to blame for our troubles for our faith decrees that we are superior to others for we are the 'believers' and others who don't profess our faith are labelled 'kafirs'. The word 'kafir', is mentioned in islamic religious texts .... is it not ?? I have had the good fortune to read most of the important religious texts, and even eroded versions of those texts, do not contain such divisive ideas, be it the Torah, The Avesta, The Upanishads, or degraded versions of the Christian Bible (basically mostly taken from the Hebrew Bible). Muslim Ummah world over are different, in culture, beliefs, ways of life in everything.... how can you govern all under the shariat ?? and how can you dictate how a man relates to his Creator ?? It is an extremely personal things beyond the diktats of collective thought processes, and this isexactly where Islam's problem is: it is divisive, it subverts man relation with his Creator into the collective realm, it intrudes his privacy and jeopardizes his relation to fellow men. Whenever I read about historical conflicts in the realms of the Muslim Ummah, I find that Islam came and destroyed the existing social fabric
It was never clearly stated that the Italians were playing a somewhat dirty match, sometimes tugging at the clothing of the opponents, and that Materazzi actually held Zidane back, by holding him by both arms - including the painful one that Zidane thought had been dislocated.
But what possessed Materazzi to use vulgar language? Was this also part of the Italian "tactic" of demoralising the opponent, or was it more personal?
Freemasons used the tactic of "Divide and Rule" in India, from the early 1700s onward. They INVENTED the "caste system", and imposed it on the Indians - as if it had always been that way. Today, we see Western Freemasons blowing up mosques in Iraq, and telling the Shia that it is the Sunnis doing it, and the Sunnis that it is the Shia. So today, in Iraq, there are "Shia areas" and "Sunni areas", as if it had always been that way.
Has Materazzi fallen for the anti-Muslim propaganda? There was no violence within Iraq until AFTER the invasion. Now we are told that the Allies invaded to STOP the violence. Does Materazzi really believe that all Muslims are terrorists?
We would all have preferred to see politics kept OUT of sport.
It is a shame that Zidane's career ended this way. He should have show a few minutes of patience - and could have revealed all to the press later on.
Charles Douglas Wehner
You made some comments that may have come from ignorance.
1- Western culture, although free-minded and not strict has moral and ethical values similar to Islam. I have many American and know many American people, and the people that lack heart would let a comment about their mother or sister go without some sort of action. And I have known no American who lets comments about his/her mother, wife about Sexuality go over their head but their is also the opposite side to that (but none that I know).
2- In Muslims case, its the same thing, just a bit more organized (The mother is the held to be sacred; same thing in Italian cultures by the way). We know patience is the answer but we also know in certain cases, patience runs away. Flogging? No
I liked your article, just that the difference between these analogies and implication is that Zinidane is a team player. Muslims are not. We criticise each other and have in this generation become our best and worst enemies. Until we unite like the team of france, we cannot expect to win the world cup of Shariah, and the shariah is not the one practiced in Arabia (Modern arabia). We talk and we cannot walk the walk. Zinidane did because he practiced his game and his frustrations were a little provoked and should not have been there and yes he should have practiced restraint, but sometimes things happen. As for our game, can we practice it right or are we going to nit-pick flaws on the other person? We know the problems, but we need to have the disciple and strenght to face the solutions.
C'mon, let's keep things accurate and in perspective.
1) Zindine says that he is a "non-practising muslim", so it becomes difficult to equate him to the Ummah.
2) The Ummah is not "a billion or so", Muslims number close to 2 Billion worldwide.
The path and the final end of the Ummah has been clearly communicated to us, so let's not waste time of meaningless analogies.
This was a poorly conceived and time wasting article.
The formula is simple:
Euro-Americans = CONSTANT sex on mind = pornography = okay for their mothers, sister, wives, daughters and girlfriends to walk around semi-naked and naked + sleep about. HACK! ALL THIS PART OF GREAT WESTERN/EUROPEAN CULTURE!
Christmas parties good example where fornication, adultery and sexual perversion comes to surface from dark closet OF 'CIVILISED WEST/NORTH.
You see MUCH ALCOHOL=LOSS OF INHIBITION = MUCH LUEDNESS + MUCH SEXUAL ACTIVITY + ORGIES + RAPING + GANG RAPING + BEATING OF BEST FRIEND(S) OUTSIDE OF BAR/PUB + THEN BEATING OF WIFE/DAUGHTER/GIRLFRIEND OUTSIDE BAR/PUB, THEN BARING PRIVATE PARTS BY ALL INVOLVED FOR ALL TO SEE, THEN COLLECTIVELY URINATING AND VOTIMIMG IN STREETS AROUND BAR/PUB.
SO TO EURO-AMERICANS THIS ACTIVIT IS SECOND NATURE. HACK! ALL THIS PART OF GREAT WESTERN/EUROPEAN CIVILISATION AND CULTURE!
I'm I surprised or should anyone be surprised that Materrazi said what he did? Hack NO! TO EURO-AMERICANS THIS ACTIVIT IS SECOND NATURE. HACK! ALL THIS PART OF GREAT WESTERN/EUROPEAN CIVILISATION AND CULTURE!
As for Zidane, I humbly admit he made a mistake! He should have head butted Materrazi in the mouth and made the b*****d swallow all his teeth.
TO HELL WITH THE WEST AND WHAT THEY THINK AS MY BRO MIKE SAYS!
Italian players wanted him out of the game so they can win. They tried their best and succceded by injuring him, hurting him physically, mentally and verbally.....
He is in news everywhere, shown in the media, cartoons, video games and so on ..Why?, When some other players in different sports are worse than him.
People do not see what was the cause of such things, why it happened. They just provoke and do things that lead to such behavior that we do not see in the news.
We have develop patience and remember Prophet Muhammad's(pbuh) patience when he visited Taif, he and his sahabah were was tortured(physically, mentally and verbally), forgave many non-Muslims on different occassions for their actions.
O-Allah, Please give us patience, strength unity and give us victory..
I careless about reading topics in this "islamic" website but sometimes I need get prayer's time from here. fortunatly, I came to read this gibberish he he he. let's me break it down to you in the right way that you can afford to understand? and I wish whoever filter the posts in this site, post this for you? if you have all this hate to Islam inside you and you wait for anything to happen so you can stab moslems in the back.
Some of the Aarabs(different than arabs and refer to the people who love just the benefits of this life and disconnect themselves from working to the hereafter: this kind of people were in time of the Prophet represented by country people no matter what religion they claim to follow)look upon their payments as a fine, and watch for disasters for you: on them be the disaster of evil: for Allah is He That heareth and knoweth (all things).
why tired yourself and call yourself moslem? go and have you enough wine, drugs and get you some hookers in LasVegas and enjoy being kiffer? don't be a loser in this life and the hereafter?
2:204 There is the type of man whose speech about this world's life May dazzle thee, and he calls Allah to witness about what is in his heart; yet is he the most contentious of enemies.
18:103-104 Say: "Shall we tell you of those who lose most in respect of their deeds? Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life, while they thought that they were acquiring good by their works?"
The hypocrites were always the sharp spear in the back of Islam.
I agree it with Zinedine Zidane, saying "I want to apologise" for the sake of the childrens who watched the head butting to knock down Materazzi.
I also agree with Zidane saying "I can't regret it because if I do it would be like admitting that he was right to say all that. And above all, it was not right. "
No one is allowed to use bad words against one's mother/sister, if any one does it, he should be ready to hear the same about his mother/sister.
Zinedine Zidane is right in his action, because if we are in the same place of Zidane, we would have done more than this, if some one would have insulted, us before our team players,no matter how many of them watching it!
Mother is the most respectable among relations in our whole life, when ever some one tries to show it down, we should knock him down, no matter were or what we are doing.
Please do not relate it to the nation or religion,
i can see here only the relation of a son and a mother!
Zinedine Zidane is my HERO!
What is this about the flag burning analogy the author made? Any event has a lot of possible outcomes. If somebody published those cartoons, then they should also expect the possibility that it will not be received well academically or in the real world physically. Then don't get surprised if demonstrations are not to your liking or the provocateur gets head-butted. Life is real, people are real. They have feelings and emotions. They have honor and respect. They have "ghairat".
As regards Zizou, please he is a human being. Why is everybody putting too much weight on his shoulders? He reacted the way in which any self-respecting, "ghairat" having man would. You call my mother and sister something nasty two and three times, this is what I do to you. That is the message. There is a certain line you do not cross. At that intense time the world cup, prestige, career do not mean anything. He did what he felt naturally right to do. Every discussion after the fact is purely academic. It may look wrong on TV and world stage, but I am sure in his heart he feels right! So that is all there is to it. And do not worry about the Ummah getting red-carded into oblivion, Allah will take care of his deen and its followers. Too many whiners and apologists anyways!
Muslims on the other hand have a different experience when it comes to mothers and sisters and sexuality. Any mention of a sexual behavior of a wife, mother, or a sister could mean death or flogging of the accused or flogging to the accuser. In Islam, to accuse one in their sexual behavior is a serious offence. It requires a serious response. I do not agree with the writer that offenders should walk away like that because "O it is just a word". If Zaid or anyone else go to the "extreme" according the Western Standard, they are doing what is normal under Islamic Law and culture. As Muslims, we should not call it "snappin". It is an expected response and the heck with the "Western" trophy. As to the Ummah, the heck with the West who is not going to recognize it as a "Civilized Ummah" the can be a "Good model" for us to follow". Why should the Ummah concern itself with the opinion of a pathetic group of people called "the West". Come on Farhad Khadim, stand up on your own feet and be a man.