Facebook Cartoon Controversy


Criticize Israel and you would be condemned, you might be called anti-Semitic and you would be described a Jew hater. Promote Hitler's Mien Kemp and you would be called a Nazi, a holocaust sympathizers and a reactionary. Question US aid to Israel and you might lose elections if you happen to be a congressman or even a councilor. Yet, when you draw Prophet Muhammad in an offensive manner, you would be hailed as a champion of free speech and you would be told that it is not about Prophet Muhammad, but about the inalienable right of every human beings to exercise free speech.

Is it really about free speech and is the free speech really threatened in the USA or Europe?

Does the Muslim objection to cartoon drawing of Prophet Muhammad constitute a violation of free speech? Does it really threaten the most cherished value that humanity has achieved in its long struggle against itself?

Who in his or her right mind can oppose what has been the most precious divine gift, the freedom? 

The drawing of cartoons is really not about freedom of speech, because the champions of freedom do not usually defend the rights of Israeli opponents to challenge the apartheid like policies of the Jewish state. They were silent when France punished Mauric Buccaile for questioning the holocaust claims.

The drawing of cartoons is deeper than that. No single explanation can provide a comprehensive understanding of what was done by Danish cartoonist when he drew Prophet Muhammad in a cartoon or the Facebook when it invited people to draw the Prophet.

Atheists are in the crowd because they reject God in principle. Any symbol that glorifies God is unacceptable to them. To them, the concept of God is the most primitive idea that human mind has continued to promote.

Christian extremists are in the race because of their inherent opposition to any system of ideas that reject the notion that Jesus is the son of God.

Jewish fundamentalists are enjoying the controversy because it substantiates their claim that Islam is a faith that does not belong to the modern world.

Anarchists support it because it helps create more chaos in our already chaotic world. 

Muslim fanatics oppose it because they see in it a conspiracy on the part of the West to hurt Muslims.

The whole controversy is being played in an environment where Islam and Muslims are under a microscopic surveillance on the part of every religious and non religious group and a large number of Muslims feel living under an intellectual siege.

How should Muslims in general respond to these types of controversies.

First of all, they must not allow their emotions to dictate their response. They should look at the whole issue within the context of the divine message and the life of the Prophet. 

An emotional response usually leads to actions that defies the very purpose of the response. The point that Muslims usually make when responding to this situation is simple. "We feel hurt when our faith or the most prominent figure of our faith is disfigured." We feel offended when our faith is ridiculed by others." They have been making this point through their protests and in some situation through extreme measures. But others are not listening. If Muslims want others to take their views seriously, they have to change their attitude towards their fellow Muslims and towards others as well.

Muslim Introspection.

In general, there exists a culture of intolerance in Muslim ranks and files. The every day killing in Iraq among Shias and Sunnis, the disrespect to human life in countries ruled by Muslim dictators, the indifference to the dignity of average citizen in a Muslim dominated country, the racism that exists unashamedly in the gulf, the disenfranchisement that is rampant in most Muslim ruled places, clearly indicate that the Muslims are not serious in giving priority to their religious teachings concerning the dignity and respect to human life. How can the world take them seriously, when they themselves are not serious to their own faith. 

Secondly, when was the last time, Muslims expressed their displeasure when great prophets such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses or Jesus were made fun of by the so called proponents of free speech. If they had a track record of standing for every act of indecency that exists against religion, an average person might have taken them seriously.

Thirdly, the character of the Prophet demonstrate a tolerance to all acts of intolerance or hatred or ridicule. Never did he retaliate against those who were making fun of him or humiliating him. On the contrary, he showed concerns for them when told about their misfortune.

We ought to realize that the character of Prophet Muhammad is not weak to be tarnished by a few cartoons or articles against him. After all, for almost 1,400 years his opponents have tried every tick in the trade to denounce him, yet he remains the most influential prophet in human history.

Why should we be bothered about this latest tirade against him? Those who are in the forefront will wear themselves be out. We do not have to invest our energies in fighting them. All that we need to do is live the example of our Prophet in our response, be patient and walk with humility when confronted with such a situation.

By banning you tube or Wikipedia or Facebook in Pakistan or other places Muslims would not serve Islam. It is counter productive and it would divert us to negative action. We need to preserve our energy and emotions for something that is more noble then responding to those who do not understand us: living the teachings of our prophet in every walk of life.

Dr. Aslam Abdullah is editor of the Detroit based English weekly, Muslim Observer, director of the Islamic Society of Nevada, Las Vegas and the recently elected General Secretary of the World Council of Muslims for Interfaith Relation. He is also the vice President of the Muslim Council of America, MCA.



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  33 Comments   Comment

  1. Aslam Abdullah from usa

    Salam Alaikum Dear Sabeena Miller

    We are not talking about Muslim scholars. We are talking about our response as dictated by the Quran and sunnah. You have not yet presented a single argument for your opinion based on the Quran and sunnah.

    We are also not talking about sufism. We are talking about how we should counter stereotypical images of Islam and our prophet. You are suggesting that we should drown the world in our emotions or we should destroy those who are criticizing our prophets.

    The Quran suggests that we should not dispel evil with evil. At least on five different occasions that prophet was asked to seek the destruction of his enemies. His response: O Allah guide them as they no not what they are doing.

  2. sabeenamiller from bangladesh, india

    there are have been many books published on the prophet such as raheeqal maqtum in KSA writeen by well known muslim scholar form India there are countless books wirtten in southasian , and arab continents on the prophet but the problem is the muslim living in the west and those who migarted to the west were more bothered about their public relations with jews and the christians and were sacred to even bring up this noble personality of rasulllah saw during discussions, unlike the jehovahs witness who prudly go dodor to door distributuing christain jehovah literature ,when some one did try to defend the prophet the so called educated muslim of the westtry to shut them up. syaing they would rather be better of in their own countries than in western world shamelessly they oppsed them and continue to do so. face book is owned by mark zuckerberg who is jew who has visted israel, all young jews are in support of israel and carry out suicied attacks faking to be muslims all over the world they are called sayanims the Fbi calls them alqaeda , this is tactic by the jews and FBi to trap muslims just like they di to miss larossa from Pennsylvania who called herself jihad jane , muslims scholars explicitly talk about homosexuality in US , even in front of women if you see acsholar or even amulvi in India or pakistan he would not make eye contact when he talks to women but even scholars like mr hamza ysusf makes good ey contact with women when he talks on homosexuality, these muslims scholars in the west have lost credibility atleast in the eys of large protion of muslim ummah now they are asking muslim women to lead prayers these arev jewish agents in disguise pretending to be sufis

  3. Ummaynab from Morocco

    Salam alikum, The best answer to those cartoons, is to ignor them instead of over reacting and proofing -without meaning-that s how muslim behave.

  4. ahmad from pakistan

    previously i was of the opinion that the measures

    taken by the government are right but now i am

    convinced that by such emotion leaded actions we are

    portraying ourself what the people in the west want

    us to show i.e we all are extremist.

  5. eddie from us

    Like any thing else in life, freedom of expression can be a good or an evil thing depending on its use. Some in Europe and America, are misusing freedom of expression to demonize Muslims. A demonized minority anywhere in the world is in peril. Holocaust, genocide of Totsies, westward explusion of Mormons and enslavement of blacks etc. were all the result of demonization: blacks were demonized as half humans. Demonization is preparation for legitimization of cruelty to the demonized.

    The demonized is in greater peril than even the demon. Thus, when misused, freedom of expression of one becomes existential question for another one. In contemporary world, Muslims are either in bondage and servitude or are a dependent subculture. False pride prevents them from coming to term with reality. Such people not only lack independent thought and creativity but also self-survival and self-preservation, innate to every thing living, is blunted in them. Therefore, not much can be done to save them from the perils of demonization. Even making them aware of the perils will not do it as long as they do not know why they are where they are and why they are doing what they are doing.

  6. NILOFAR KHALEEL from USA

    THIS IS A VERY GOOD ARTICLE WRITTEN BY AN EDUCATED PERSON, WHO KNOWS THAT TWO WRONGS DO NOT MAKE THINGS RIGHT. IT IS NOT AN ALGEBRA EQUATION, IT IS REAL LIFE PROBLEM WHICH CAN BE BEST TAKEN CARE OF, BY FOLLOWING OUR BELOVED PROPHET'S (SAW)RIGHTEOUS PATH. INSHALLAH ALLAH (SWT) WILL BLESS YOU FOR WRITING SUCH A GOOD AND KNOWLEDGEABLE ARTICLE.

  7. Aslam Abdullah from USA

    Dra brother Abdul Rehman, Salam Alaikum,

    You cannot force people to respect our Prophet. Did we do our job in introducing him to the people or we leave it to Bill Gates to come with a web package to circulate the virtues of Islam and Muslims?

    How many books we wrote, movies we made, courses we offered on the life of our prophet who gave us what we have?

    How many of us explained to the world what his true contribution to the modern civilization is?

    Those who opposed him penned down some 27,000 books in the last 1400 years in most languages of the world.

    In California, a Chic Publications circulate more than a million copies of some 14 small booklets against our prophet. How many people living in California ever bothered to counter that.

    With ignorance all around and with Muslims not doing much to inform others of the Prophet, do you think the issue would be resolved. Never.

    We have to accept our own weakness in living the ideals of our Prophet.

    We should point out to others that what they are saying against our Prophet is not correct.

    Look at the controversy about Mother Ayesha's age at the time of her marriage. The opponents are accusing him of the worst kind of things in this respect. But many Muslim scholars are still relying on some of our books not approved either by Allah and the Prophet to argue that the Prophet married (engaged) Ayesha when she was six. Look at this controversy. At least 500 article on the internet can be traced. Look at the repsonse?

    So do not expect change unless you are willing to work for the change.

  8. Eng.Mehmood(Kashmir Study Circle) from Pakistan

    I did the same as advised by few scholars, to update the TRUTH. Before 20 May I joined this unavoidable page of facebook. Going through baseless & killing comments, I was restless & much disturbed like other Muslims. After restoring myself, I updated valuable 70 comments with solid proof, 65 were deleted by those beasts, who claiming champion of freedom of speech.

    In addition I tried my best to satisfy such beasts via valuable comments in many other webs of such beasts, engaged in to media trial against TRUTH, they also deleted my comments.

    As Allah says about such criminals, they know the TRUTH, but never will accept it, being followers of evil & their hearts are closed.

    To overcome such miserable situation Muslims are supposed to be symbol of good character-humanity-peace-charity......& for development priority should be Education, research...which is. initial spirit of Islam. In case Ummah failed to reverse the present miserable situation, they have to face such mental & physical brutalities & attacks

    There are following options for Ummah

    1. to accept or to bear all types of mental & physical torture

    2. to be pipit like presently most Muslim rulers

    3. to be parallel to leading Nations via hard work in Education, research..& all fields

    Or

    To complete Boycott & fight

    It is also fruitful, only via replacing pipit Muslim rulers & by full support to non state forces engaged in war against cruel aggressive forces, which are not always with solution without full with solution without full support of state power as observed by present & past history.

    Waiting your guideline

    Eng.Mehmood

    Kashmir Study Circle

    A neutral institution engaged in research, media & charity for decades without publicity & fund raising..

  9. Siddeeque from India

    Islam is for all. Islamic Scholars are not only in the Middle East. Many Arabs are good Muslims, but not all. Many good Muslims are living in the West. Many Islamic scholars are serving the ummah in the West. East and West belong to Allahu subhanahu wa taala.

  10. Siddeeque from India

    I appreciate Dr.Aslam Abdullah for his truthful comments. May Allah reward him ! Aameen.

  11. Abdul Rahman from Singapore

    Yes, we've to be tolerant but there are perimeters to everything in life including tolerance. I wonder if we will smile and tolerate people ridiculing our parents or family members via cartoons, etc. How then can a Muslim tolerate or even support the idea of people drawing cartoons of your beloved Prophet? Shouldn't there be some pride in our belief? So, please give due respect to the man who guided us to the correct path. The least we can do is to protest against any insults directed at him. If we can't do that, then we need to question our iman. Let's respect each other and avoid insulting/ridiculing others. Then only can there be peace and harmony.

  12. Aslam Abdullah from USA

    Those who are advocating violence or a very harsh approach against the critics of the Prophet have yet to make a sound argument on the basis of the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet. Emotions would not resolve the issue. You can shout at the top of your lungs without making any change in the attitude of the people.

    During the last 50 years, more Muslims have killed their fellow Muslims when compared with others. And those soldiers who raped a good number of women in the early senties were also Muslims and what about those thousands of Muslim women who are bought and sold by Muslims every year.

    Who is insulting the Prophet? In addition to those who draw him, also those who violate everything that he stood for. Go to the gulf and look at the way women are bought and sold and look at the way laborers are treated. Look at the Iraqi refugees in Syria, Lebanon and other Arab countries, where they are not allowed to work and their women are sexually assaulted by those who claim to be Muslims. Who is insulting the Prophet? How come these people are silent at all the injustices that is perpetuated by Muslims against fellow Muslims.

    One can quote examples after examples from the so called Muslim countries.

    Let us be realistic and let us not dilute the issue by challenging the iman of others. This is a tactics always adopted by people who ridicule the divine commandments by declaring thier ideas supreme to that of the Quran or the Prophet. They twist the words of Allah to satisfy their egos and they distort everything that the Prophet preached to serve their selfish interests.

    Islam is not the monoploy of a special class of people. It is a faith that liberates humans from every fear and every idol.

  13. O'RALY from GLOBAL CITIZEN

    Cartoons are only the iceberg tip

    Muslims "do and do not actions

    Do: Outrage against cartoons

    Do not: Antiterorisms demonstration

    Do: Building Mosques worldwide

    Do not: Permit building of non Islam praying homes in many Muslim controlled areas

    Do: Demanding freedom for all aspects of Muslim culture worldwide

    Do not: Demand Muslim recognition of free & peaceful coexistence among all cultures

    Do: Demand free Islamic preaching

    Do not: Stop incitement & individual Jihad against the host country

  14. [email protected] from USA

    Dear Sabeena Miller,

    An Islamic response is not based on the approach

    of eastern or western scholarship. It is based on

    the Quran and the authentic teachings of Prophet

    Muhammad. Based on my understanding of the Quran

    and the teachings of the Prophet, this is the only

    response that I can think of.

    Prove me wrong by suggesting an alternative based

    on your understanding of the Quran and sunnah. I

    would love to be proven wrong.

    Please, do not question the Iman of your fellow

    Muslims. Let God be the judge of their iman and

    not you.

    Focus on yours and do what you deem is right.

  15. sabeenamiller from USA

    , muslims should take this very seriusly, why will Allah protect our dignity when we allow his beloved prophet to be ridiculed. I dont garee with western scholars whose eeman is weak undoubtedly inorder to impress thier western counterparts and be in thier good boosk they try a spft approacvh to this kind of blaspehmy knowing full well that the jews are operating the wars as well propganda there is certainly no doubt about it. whenmuslim during spanish rule did not take action when the christians insulted the prophet and often criticised the qadis of middle east for putting them to death the result was Allah made those muslim kings in spain get massacred at the hands of the crusaders within few years if muslim in the america or other countries not even protest this kind of act then its their turn next no matter what. facts are hard to digest people care about their public relations than with their eeman and call themslves as scholars form which angle I dont know. shame on the muslim scholars in the west

  16. Prof.Muhamed Nyamathullah from India

    Beautiful write u,superb anaysis and sound conclusion.

    The detractors of Islam highlight gullible Muslims'angst and violence, but fail to take into account the provocations that impelled them!

    Angry reactions must yield place to "continuous striving against the unbelievers with the Holy Quran only!"(Holy Quran 25 :52).Educate the opponent and dispel his ignorance about Islam.

  17. AR AbdoulKarim from USA

    Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim.

    "Those who malign/affront/annoy/disrespect Allah and His Messenger (SAW)- Allah has cursed them in this world and the hereafter..." S.33:57

    I do not buy into either the "blame the victim" mentality or the "its our fault because we have not let the perpetrators see enough exemplary Muslim behavior" apology.

    At a minimum, Muslims should join Allah and His creation in cursing the antagonists with our tongues or in our hearts.

    Ma salaams

    Abdoul Rahim

  18. Mohammed Nighat Hussain from USA

    Very well said my friend let us all try to live our lives keeping the teaching of our prophet as our guide,after all he was sent as the RAHMATULALIMN.

  19. Banu Seher from usa

    To Herold

    Ask the west when there will be freedom to Muslims. Tell them to stop governing muslim governements. The basic principles in all religions are similar. The evil people thought there is no gain being good. These evil people always played a role in confusing people and their religion. God kept sending reminder(prophets) whenever people were lost completely. Since the last prophet was sent these evil people have started the same GAME. These people will keep trying and trying until all the muslims are gone astray. This is NOTHING NEW just for muslims. This was done to all the people of the past religions. The people who write or say nonsense on Islam and muslims are also one of those confused and lost by those evil people. Islam was taught to all the people of all the time of mankind. Take few minues, sit down and think about it.

  20. Mazhar Islam from Pakistan

    AOA Dr Abdullah

    You have not misunderstood me. I have not said or implied in

    any way the violent or intolerant behavior either on the part of

    Muslims or Non-Muslims. What i said was that if western people

    want to have a choice of whatever they want to say why don't i

    have the choice to register my protest or decide what to see or

    buy...I will tell you why because in fair deal of freedom of

    speech/choice the western system will fail on its own without

    any muslim even lifting a finger...Please do link the money made

    by Facebook or a likes verses the account

    I am foremost in favor of tolerance and "Hajar-an Jamilla" (the

    best separation...Please read Quran Al-Muzzamil). Do you think

    we do not even have the choice of separating ourselves from a

    Site that ridicule our beloved Prophet (SAW).

    And Yes I remember Abu-Jahal...Whereas Prophet (SAW) and his

    companions did not took any action against him but Muslims

    did not socially engaged him either. And remember the Prophet

    (SAW) saying those who take on the shape/form/thoughts of

    other nations they will be considered among them...And the

    Quran's injunction "if you find people making fun of your Deen,

    move away from them till they talk of something else or else you

    would be like them".

    So i fully agree with you that there is absolutely no need for

    muslims to take any action (violent/provocative) all they have to

    do is to separate ourselves in best manner and the ill-designs

    will fall themselves.

    If facebook has choice to do what they feel like in their home,

    please do give me same choice of not allowing them in my home

    I hope you understand what i wanted to say...

    Jazakullah-ho-Khairun

  21. Babandi A. Gumel from U.K

    We have three alternatives either if you see something wrong you should change it with the use of your hand forcefully stopping it or use your tongue to stop the evil or at least think it evil and thus stand exhonerated.So Dr aslam wants us always to feel it in our hearts having the least Iman as I understand it.I think sometimes where necessarry we have to use force to stop the evil poking its head if we can do so.At the same time we should be careful not be provoked by those who always want provoke us to cause dissention among the Ummah by using Hikmah in our Daawah when explaining something or trying to stop the spread of evil. Certain points which Dr Aslam raised are right but not everyone would agree with him.We cant just sit dawn and fold our arms Allah the Prophet and Islam are being insulted in Muslim Land and think we cannot comment due to fear backlash.At least we do our best to protect our own Deen and our society,we are proud to be different from others so what? Any how the article highlights what we are facing collectively and individually as Muslim Ummah action versus reaction and fear of backlash. May Allah help us.It is really a difficult choice between evil and good.I think and generally most Muslims support what Dr Asalam said we should react in a dignified manner avoiding all kinds of emotion.However we are all human beings like anybody who can easily be provoked if one praises Hitler or support the hollowcaust. So we should respect one another as human beings avoiding all kinds of provokative utterances living and coexisting peacfully as one family of God. We should all be treated equally as they say all animals are equal not making some more equal than the others.This is the teachings of all Revealed Religions and those whole love justice freedom and humanity.

  22. Ali Sehgal from Australia

    Dear Dr. Abdullah

    Thank you for articulating the fuzzy thoughts that I had in my mind re the Facebook issue, especially the banning of the website and deleting my account. I believe that you are absolutely right in saying that deleting my FB account will be counter productive and not be in line with what the Prophet (PBUH) would have done in this situation.

    Many thanks - Ali

  23. Zahir from Maldives.

    Muslims have to realize that since the fall of Communism, Islam had become the only remaining antagonist for a sinister world conspiracy hell bent on creating a Godless secular world order.

    Islam is not a religion in the true sense of the word but a holistic system of the way of life.This system could not cohabit with riba (usury) based financial system, "artistic sexual expressions", same sex marriages, freedom of expression to hurt, insult and blaspheme others.

    Hence the conspirators for secular world order - Illuminati,Kabaalist,Freemason, Humanist, Darwinist whatever the names, know quite well that Islam is the obstacle for the fulfillment of their secret final agenda.They will stop at nothing to plot and plan against Islam.

    While the prophet had warned us of the traps and deceptions set against the Muslims by a one eyed system seeing all externally and blind to inner spiritual realities, its too sad that the mainstream Islamic scholars do nothing to expose those people and their hidden sinister agendas. Progressive thinkers in the West such as David Icke and Alex Jones have done more to awaken the Muslims than Islamic scholars.

    Take the pen and open the mouth to expose the elite conspirators, then you will know what freedom of expression really meant and for what it stands.

  24. Aslam Abdullah from USA

    Dear Mazhar Islam, Salam Alaikum,

    I do not agree with an interpretation of Islam that justifies violene and that killing in the name of Allah.

    I do not agree with an interpretation of Islam that denies the people the right of saying whatever they want to say even if that means insulting others.

    However, The Quran does remind the believers that they have to follow the divine guidance in all their behavior and attitude. If others are not sensitive to what believe in, we can force them to accept us. We have to do what we ought to do.The Quran asks me to upkeep my standards and under no circumstances give in to pressures.

    Prophet Muhammad's reputation has survived Abu Jahal and he would survive the Danish or Facebook cartoonist.

    I do not like the way, the people misuse freedom of speech to serve their nefarious agenda. But I would not deny them this right, because Allah guarantees them this.

    Islam is a conscious choice on my part even though I was born in a Muslim family. This personal choice demands from me a total commitment to divine guidance, even more so in situations that are adverse.

    Does not the Quran tell us that each one of us is responsible for one's own action and behavior. If this is what the Danish cartoonist or Facebook believe, it is their choice. But my choice is not to join the fray.

    to those who who question Islam's commitment to freedom of speech, must read their own history recorded by their own folks that tells us that books were burned, bones were slashed from flesh and heaps of skulls were piled of those who dared question the legitimacy of illegitimate ideas.

    Look, just for not accepting Jesus as the Messiah, for almost 2000 years the existence of the Jewish community has been placed in jeopardy. Look for almost 5,000 years, on the basis of caste hierarchy, the right to even utter the holy word were denied to millions of so called untouchables.

  25. zahir salar from United States

    Harold. You are right! No one dear say anything negative about

    jews. You can question the slavery, but better not the so-call

    holocaust. You can call Pres, Obama names, but not the jews

    with their racist policy in Isreal. You can vilify the native

    American in you movies , but not the jews who create the

    financial mess we are in today. we can keep going my friend!

    Controlling the world finance is why you are getting away with

    this and has nothing to do that people respect the jews. So lets

    at least tell the truth.

  26. Romesh Chander from USA

    To Harold:

    You ask "When will there ever be freedom of speech (or freedom in general) in Islam?".

    You know Islam means "Submission". When you submit, you disawow freedom.

  27. Asif from USA

    Excellent article... esp about your points in the last paragraph.

  28. AJ Mohammad from United Snakes

    Bismillah. Allah loveth not the evil should be noised abroad in public speech, except where injustice hath been done; for Allah is He who heareth and knoweth all things. Whether ye publish a good deed or conceal it or cover evil with pardon, verily Allah doth blot out (sins) and hath power (in the judgment of values). Those who deny Allah and His Messengers, and (those who) wish to separate Allah and His Messengers, saying: "We believe in some but reject others": and (those who) wish to take a course midway.― They are in truth (equally) Unbelievers; and We have prepared for unbelievers a humiliating punishment. To those who believe in Allah and His messenger and make no distinction between any of the messenger, We shall soon give their (due) rewards: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.(Qur'an 4:148-152) First, You have to look at where this comes from, these christians and jews make fun of their own religion. They disrespect and even mock at the prophets, how the religion is practiced, and even God Himself (astaghfirAllah). Most of them have no concept of God or the Prophets and the bible and other books of God are just fables and stories of the past and even outdated. To them there are no connections between the Prophets or any of the messages. So, when they do these things like drawing the Prophet Muhammad(saw) you have to treat them like a kid who doesn't know any better. You have to sit and explain to them why you don't draw pictures of the Prophets. When the talk bad about the religion of Islam, I laugh as if I know something that they don't know. It all done for one reason. that is to keep your mind off of more pressing issues. Issues way more important than drawing pictures or someone laughing at or making fun of what you do.

  29. Mazhar Islam from Pakistan

    Dr Abdullah I respect your analysis but your analysis reflect a

    crossroad between trying to be a muslim and yet trying to enjoy

    western culture as well.

    Trust me I am the first one to advocate tolerance....but instead

    of being apologetic why do you not respect our choice of not

    allowing Facebook but you are so ready to respect their choice

    of painting any cartoons they want.

    And please donot say that west has not learn after Denmark

    debacle, that Muhammad (PBUH) is more dear to us than our

    parents.

    Let their be fair deal...they can have their choice of freedom and

    let us have our freedom of buying, watching and seeing what we

    want

  30. Mazhar Islam from Pakistan

    TO Mr Ramesh Chander

    your opinion merely points out to that you no longer hold

    anything dear and valuable for which you would speakup. I think

    every body has something for which they become

    emotional....even an atheist gets heated up when preached

    about God

    What if someone decided to have a "Month of Carton" about our

    sister and mothers...will you still take it in a stride and say

    "drink cool water"

    Please donot advice on a wrong premesis and rather preach

    other to respect each others values and ideology. We muslims

    loves Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) more than our parents...why it

    is so hard to respect our choice....

  31. Banu Seher from usa

    To Romesh Chander,

    In reality it is the opposite of what you are saying. Look at the westeners in Dubai creating problems, cannot even simply obey their law. Go to Malaysia, you will see who is creating problems. Open up your eyes wider or travel around the world with your pure heart and mind you will understand Muslims better.

  32. Romesh Chander from USA

    The problem is very simple -- inability of muslims to coexist in a multicultursl and multi-religious society unless they are dominant. You can impose your will in a muslim ruled countries like Pakistan, Egypt, etc but not where you are a small minority. Moreover, you take confrontational approach all the time; this produces the urge to create even more controversy. If muslims just ignored the 'insults' for some time, non-muslims will refrain from creating controversy or the controversy will stay at a very low level.

    So, calm down, drink some cool water, and ignore the controversies. The problem may even go away.

    Frankly, I am for "Draw Mohammed Cartoons" month; though I have not come across any intelligent cartoons yet except one from South Africa which talks about followers of non-muslim prophets having sense of humour.