One of the British traditions is for the sovereign to bestow honors, twice a year, to individuals for exceptional achievement or service in any of a very wide variety of fields including politics, science, arts. The king or queen chooses the recipients of honors or a host of titles, on the advice of the prime minister and other relevant ministers, to whom recommendations are made by their departments or members of the public - private individuals or organizations. In other words, the final list presented to the queen is the sum total of hard and intensive work undertaken by different bodies.
Among those selected for conferring knighthood this year is Salman Rushdie. To have included his name in the list is nothing but a huge offense to Muslims and Islam. Honoring the author of "The Satanic Verses" amounts to offending the feelings of the Muslim Ummah and provoking its anger because Rushdie has defamed our Prophet (peace be upon him). This wasn't a spontaneous act by an individual or an irrational decision by an extremist organization; it was the outcome of a calculated move by many governmental bodies and approved by the British queen and the country's Prime Minister Tony Blair.
If we take into account the crisis in the relations between the British government and its Muslim subjects and the efforts being made by the government to make peace with them and gain their trust and confidence and the impact on Muslims of Britain's participation in the war against Iraq and Afghanistan, it is not difficult to see that the government's decision to confer the knighthood on Salman Rushdie is totally unjustifiable. It's an unwise and irresponsible decision that smacks of a grudge against Muslims. It is unbecoming of a responsible government.
It's truly unfortunate that the British government targets our religion on the pretext of fighting terrorism. Islam honors Prophet Jesus and his mother and respects the Bible.
In his column published in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper last week Zain Alabedin Al-Rikabi asks: "Where is the logic? Where is the conscience? Do the British queen and Prime Minister Tony Blair know that the religion their knighthood cursed and ridiculed is the same religion that:
1. honored the Christ. "Behold! The angels said: "O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: His name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah." (Quran, 3:45)
2. honored the Bible. "And in their footsteps We sent Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: Therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: A guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah." (Quran 5:42)
3. honored Christ's disciples and invited Muslims to follow their example. "O ye who believe! Be ye helpers of Allah. As said Jesus, the son of Mary to the disciples, "Who will be my helpers to (the work of) Allah." Said the disciples, "We are Allah's helpers!" Then a portion of the Children of Israel believed, and a portion disbelieved: But We gave power to those who believed, against their enemies, and they became the ones that prevailed." (Quran 61:14)
It might be necessary to indicate that Salman Rushdie is ridiculing the Prophet and humiliating Islam. His book is bereft of any literary merit, or linguistic beauty. He can't claim originality of ideas as the majority of the British elite agrees. Jack Straw, former foreign minister and current Commons leader, has cast doubt on Salman Rushdie's knighthood and confessed he found Rushdie's writings incomprehensible.
"I'm afraid I found his books rather difficult and I've never managed to get to the end of any of them, despite a basic rule I have which is if you start a book you have to finish it. I'm afraid his writing has defeated me," he said.
It's also important to note that the British government won't think of honoring any British citizen who does not agree with the Israeli views on the Nazi Holocaust or anyone who criticizes the Israeli policies, however prominent and distinguished this person may be.
Is it too much to expect from the Islamic world a reaction that is equal to the offense caused to it? Can't we expect condemnations from governments and Parliaments and organizations in the Arab/Muslim Arab world including the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference?
I would advice all my muslim brothers and sisters not to get affected or offended by such trivial matters of people who arent even worth a thought. These are just instigations.
Rather than alloting awards and honoring people, I think every county's government should maybe concentrate a bit more on understanding what terrorism is (rather tahn conquering the easy targets -Muslims) and how to deal with such people.
DIVIDE AND RULE
To have mercy and honor by Allah SWT is what every Muslim whishes for as his/her true recognition that's going to last from now on to the hereafter. Those who sincerely and firmly hold the Syahadah : "There's NO god except Allah and Muhammad is His messenger" would seek absolute refuge from Allah from being honored the way Mr.Salman Rushdie did.
ACCESS TO THE WAY OF ALLAH. THEY WILL SPEND IT, REGRET IT, THEN THEY WILL BE OVERTHROWN.''
SURAH AL ANFAL,36
Salman Rushdie is being honoured for his contribution to literature. One of his works "Midnight's Children" is a MASTERPIECE of note and acknowledged as such.
In 1981 it won the Booker Prize and was later awarded the 'Booker of Bookers' Prize in 1993 as the best novel to be awarded the Booker Prize in its first 25 years. That's a double Booker. A great achievement.
This is even more remarkable as Salman Rushdie is not a native British, and yet has managed to reach such heights. This is wonderful indeed!
So please cut the nonsense about muslims being insulted. The British are entitled to honour this man for his literary talent.
Also, why are muslims whining about the "Satanic Verses"? The book received worldwide attention due to the murderous fatwas from muslims themselve. So, why complain about your own doing?
In Britain, people are recognised for achievement. We have no respect for sharia law and are not bound by islamic decrees.
And so I say CONGRATULATIONS to Sir Salman Rushdie for excellent work!
The more muslims oppose him, the more money he makes. Pretty soon, he will have accumulated so much wealth as to be able to afford a Taj Mahal on his tomb.
I have a bad habit of never calling anybody as 'Sir', whether a knight or an official or ordinary person. Well, I will never call him Sir Salman; not that he deserves it; it is just that I don't do it. And that goes for Tony Blair, GWB, and King of Saudi Arabia.
Knighthooding -- another one of those British customs which have no meaning any more but still being practised. May be they should have knighted Linda Lovelace, the porn star of Deep Throat.
Have I read 'Satanic Verses'? Of course, no. I don't read fiction.
Just calm down and ignore the whole thing; the problem will go away.