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13 February, 2006

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Recent publication of blashpemous cartoon in a Danish newspaper has sparked a new wave of controversy, violence and protest among the muslim world.

Goverment of Pakistan also summoned Danish ambassador in foreign office and protested strongly over the publication. Pakistan is also considering ban on import of medicines from all those countries which are republishing the controversial cartoons.


Danish goverment has officially apologized to the muslim world, however, they have justified the publishing of blasphemous cartoon by calling it freedom of expression.

1. Iran has called for an OIC (Organization of Islamic Countries) meeting. What should be the collective reaction of muslim world ?

2. Do you think publishing sensitive cartoons hurting religious sentiments of millions is healthy for the culture of Inter-faith Harmony?

3. Should freedom of expression be regulated by moral values?

Reader Comments:

Cartoon World Collective Reaction Proposal


US Allied (English) and theirs( OIC Umma)
Collective Reaction Proposal………..
Give me all Nobel Laureates in English
Literature from Harvard Princeton Oxford
Cambridge PhD Professors of English
(187 countries )with Bush Blair USA
Senators British EU MPSIndia Democracy
MPS Microsoft staff.You will discover
that distillation is An Arabic word so is
possibly English.A6 yr Muslim kid or a
25 yr Imam Will beat them neutralize them
insult them in english.They and Theirs Wahanbii
Cheated me-my clipping in me 3 dozen years
Leading to Cartoon Controversy.


benz m Ispahani, India - 19 February, 2006

New Low for religious parties

I cant believe that religious parties in pakistan are ready to exploit such tragic situation of Cartoon controversy for their political muscle flexing.
Shame on you Jamat, and all religious parties. Thirst of "kursi" is blinded you so much that you would use Rasool-Allah (SAW) name to test your political strength and strategy. You are bigger criminals than people who publish cartoons, and hopefully people of pakistan will recognize your true colours. Stoning and burning cars belonging to muslims, and stoning properities in Islamic country is nothing but stupid and hypocracy. You should be banned to visit Medina for your shameful acts.

Tipu, Pakistan - 20 February, 2006

'Cartoon 'Controvesy

I am surprised that nobody has mentioned Flemming Rose, the 'cultural' editor who published the 'cartoons,' and his contacts such as Daniel Pipes, who he met in the US in October 2004, Merete Eldrup, Managing Director of the newspaper group that published 'cartoons' and her husband Anders Eldrup, CEO of Dong DK a Danish oil company.

Check his friends out

Mick, United Arab Emirates - 20 February, 2006

There is no compulsion in Islam. We are not forcing others to believe what we believe in – but we do want others to respect what we believe in. Muslims could not accept any type of defamation or humiliation of any prophet and messenger. This is why we are disturbed and angry at what the Danish newspaper had published. It is Muslim's duty to react to such denigration, as our just and fair right of defending our beloved Prophet.

But it is also Muslim's duty to invite others to understand us, to invite others to study the life and history of our Prophet, and learn why an attack on Him is considered as an attack on Muslims, on who we are and on what we believe. That is why I feel that more dialogues and discussions should be encouraged, and for violence acts of protests to be subsided under control.


fahad, Ukraine - 20 February, 2006

The Heart which loves nobody

After the death of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) in 632A.D
The Islamic history was about to be changed
Conspirators come up with evil plans
To remove Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) body from the grave
Prophet Mohammed came in dream of Governor of Baghdad
And showed him those men's evil faces
Governor acted promptly and arrested those men
He kiss the feet of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh)
And put Iron gates around his grave
The conspirators doesn't end their evils plans
They created world's April fool day
By killing Muslim leaders deceiving them as a peace day
Islam again came down as to the religion of it's lowest
11 September was created to label Muslims as “Terrorist”
They tried to replace the Holy Quran
By removing name “Jihad” in new book called “Furqan”
They tried to introduce Islam as a bad religion
Creating fear, hate in people's mind and confusion
Conspirator inflected Islam with another wound
This time by drawing Prophet Mohammed(pbuh) cartoon
Islam will live until the world exists
Islam's enemy will face justice from Allah soon
The events proven what the Quran say:
These people will never ever going to be Muslims friends”.

Copy right (2006) Wasi Siddiqui









wasi siddiqui, Canada - 20 February, 2006

PLEASE EXPLAIN

THE CARTOONS HURT THE SENTIMENTS OF MUSLIMS ALL OVER THE WORLD. ALLAH ALSO KNOWS SUCH CARTOONS WERE PUBLISHED. THEN WHY NOT THE TRUE BELIEVERS JUST PRAY TO ALLAH AND ASK HIS
INTERVENTION INSTEAD OF LOOTING AND BURNING THEIR OWN PROPERTIES. SURELY THEY CAN THEY CAN TRUST THE POWERS OF PRAYERS.

ALSO WHY ARE MUSLIMS SO EAGER TO IMMIGRATE TO THE VERY COUNTRIES THEY BLAME FOR SUCH BEHAVIOR?

A. V. Rao, United Kingdom - 20 February, 2006

The ordinary danish man/woman

Hello.
Just to tell, thar the ordinary danish person HAVE NOT made the drawings. Is is only one newspaper who did it, and this newspaper does nor respond to all danish people.
The newspaper should not have done it,- sorry.
Please remember the common danes are peaceloving and friendly, and for to mention another thing: We send a lot of money to Pakistan after the earthquake. Therefore: We don't hate muslims, and therefore please calm down again.
Greetings....

Erik Nielsen, Czech Republic - 20 February, 2006

Why did you not publish my Mullahism comments? Are they too sensitive for Christianity, Judaism and Islam? Are they too sensitive and offensive for sectarian divided muslims? Mullahism comments are all truth and should not hurt the feelings of Christians, Jews and sectarian Muslims. Those comments might make people to think before taking emotational steps towards destruction and killings all in the name of protecting "Religion".

KGB, Pakistan - 21 February, 2006

Respect?

I do not respect the Islamic faith nor any other religion. I do respect the right of people to hold those faiths and I feel sympathy for them. Holders of religious beliefs have no right whatsoever to insist that all people should conform to their ways and practices. Many Islamic countries insist that "Western" visiting women cover up but object when some western countries say that when their women visit the west they must uncover.Nobody in Denmark said a Muslim had to look at the cartoons. I think the worst that can be said of the newspaper was that it showed a lack of sensitivity and respect, but bad manners is no crime, just shows ignorance. None of this should have led to even more ignorance on the part of violent crazy religious zealots.
tomedgar@halenet.com.au

Tom Edgar, Aruba - 21 February, 2006

Daniel Pipes having fun- Thanks Mullah

I bet Daniel Pipes must be working hard to control his smile reading about Pakistani Mullahs burning muslim property. Mick is exactly right, infact my friend told me that Palestinian ambassador to US was quoted in one of the US networks about Daniel Pipes being publisher or writer`s buddy.
"I am surprised that nobody has mentioned Flemming Rose, the `cultural` editor who published the `cartoons,` and his contacts such as Daniel Pipes, who he met in the US in October 2004, Merete Eldrup, Managing Director of the newspaper group that published `cartoons` and her husband Anders Eldrup, CEO of Dong DK a Danish oil company."

I am proud to be from Karachi where people protested sensibly and peacefully. Since when Islam become so weak that it can be easily be hijacked by Daniel Pipes and his buddies Paksitani Mullahs.

Tipu, Pakistan - 21 February, 2006

Racial Stereotyping

I have seen the cartoons, and as a Jew what disturbs me the most is the racial stereotyping and demonization of Arabs. We need only look back to the antisemitic cartoons about Jews circulated in Nazi Germany during the 1930s and 1940s.

Ya`akov N. Miles, Canada - 22 February, 2006

Let's see if I understand this correctly:

A cartoonist implies that Muslims love to kill, burn and destroy.

Muslims protest this by...let's see...killing, burning and destroying.

I agree that publishing the cartoons was clearly offensive and unnecessarily provocative. But the violent reactions in the Muslim world serve only to validate the cartoonist's perceptions of Islam.

Every Muslim has an opportunity to show the rest of the world what Islam is about. I would love to see more hearts and minds changed through dialogue than through the sword.

Bruce, United Kingdom - 22 February, 2006

NOW WHAT

MUSLIMS AROUND THE WORLD WERE AND ARE RIGHTFULLY INCENSED ABOUT THE DEROGATORY CARTOONS IN THE DANISH AND OTHER EUROPEAN NEWSPAPERS. SOME ARAB NEWSPAPERS ALSO PRINTED THE CARTOONS AND THEIR EDITORS FACED PRISON STAYS.

NOW IN IRAQ IN THE HOLY PLACE OF THE SHIAS, A VERY SACRED MOSQUE DEAR TO THE HEART OF THE SHIA COMMUNITY HAS BEEN BOMBED BY SUNNIS. SURELY THEY ARE BOTH MUSLIMS AND BROTHERS IN FAITH. WHICH HURT THE MUSLIMS MORE? THE CARTOONS ARE THE BOMBING OF THE HOLY MOSQUE?

UNSPEAKABLE ACTS OF CRUELTY HAVE BEEN COMMITTED BY THE FAITHFUL OF ALL RELIGIONS ON THEIR OWN BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN FAITH AND THOSE DUBBED NON-BELIEVERS.

GOD KNOWS THIS HAPPENED. STILL IT HAPPENED AND ALLOWED TO HAPPEN. GOD COULD HAVE STOPPED IT. HE IS CALLED THE SAVIOR AND THE COMPASSIONATE BY THE FOLLOWERS.



A. V. Rao, Pakistan - 22 February, 2006

Lets move on to the latest stupid violence amoung Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq. Please start this topic on Speak Out.

KGB, Pakistan - 23 February, 2006

God Almighty has created man and given them absolute free will and provided the clear guidelines what is right and what is wrong. God Almighty do not interferre with humans free will if they choose the wrong destructive path.

Muslims who have divided themseleves into sects have abandonded the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) teachings i.e. Qur'an and start following what God called it “conjecnture” as a religion.

Sunnis and Shias are the main factions who are holding hearsay and illogical fabricated stories as the mandatory part of their beliefs. The beliefs which has nothing to do with Islam are more “important” to them where they ignore the simple clear verses of Qur'an.

It is wrong to destroy shrines mosques chapels synagogues but there will always be people who will use these tactics to exploite achieve their goals.

Why are these buildings which are made of bricks cement covered with gold are more important than human lives?

Why they build the huge expensives sacred buildings instead of taking care of poors?

The destruction of Shiites golden dome mosque according to my analysis is done
to create chaos and make the situation more difficult for the occupation forces to handle in Iraq. Look at the situation from North to Southern Shiites majority cities riots killings destroying Sunni mosques are the very much expected results of one building destrucion.

Killings are making me more sad than destruction of mosques. Human life is much more scared than buildings.

Brief comments in response to A.V.Rao.

KGB, Pakistan - 23 February, 2006

Sectarian Violence disturbs Post-Islam

The islamist project also goes so far as to 'unify' the religious field by calling for an end to the differences and divisions between religious schools of law (mazhab) and sectarian affiliations (Shi'ism and Sunnism), as well as criticizing the brotherhoods (tariqat), as much for their allegedly non-orthodox view of Islam as for their organisational autonomy. Homogenisation of the religious sphere is to be archieved under the auspices of political authority, as is obvious in the case of Pakistan.
The traditional idea of Islam as an all-encompassing religion is extended to the complexity of modern society and recast in terms of modern social subaltern sciences. Islamist acknowledge the modernity of the society in terms of education, technology, economy, changes in family structures, and so forth. This ideologization of Islam is uprighted by Islamic actors. They use concepts common in 'Western' social science: state, ideology, sovereignity (hakikiyyat, a neologism borrowed from Maududi's Urdu and taken into modern Arabic) and more recently, civil society. There is a leftist dimension that should not be underestimated and was particulary striking in these sectarian violence from the outset....Don't you participate ?

Shokat Saleem, Georgia - 23 February, 2006

In Response to KGB

In response to KGB Pakistan.

I fully agree with KGB - Killings are making me more sad than destruction of mosques. Human life is much more scared than buildings.

However, religions erect grand places of worship and give them exalted albeit purely emotional identities. People have been killed for true and perceived insults hurdled at Gods, religious beliefs and dogmas. This further strengthen the saying “You can justify anything in the name of God or beliefs.” Killings and destructions are secular acts. Humans kill humans and then bring in God who seems to standby mute. Perhaps he doesn't care.

Religious beliefs are “Pie in the sky when you die.” All retributions and rewards seem to come only in after life. In this life we fight for material things.

I have been threatened, admonished, lectured and told that God will punish me and burn me in hell because I really don't care for religious beliefs, don't pray and don't fear God. People criticize and take their leaders (humans after all) to task for failure to provide security and good governance. When God fails we come up with theories and platitude covered in religious grandstand.

I don't do anything either to please or fear God. I have met many religious people unworthy of trust. I may end up in hell (if there is one) but I don't really care for the heaven of religious zealots.

A. V. Rao


A. V. Rao, Pakistan - 24 February, 2006


My Only thougHt on the cArtoon is this. Many Many timEs a Day muSlims Undertake Carnage and KillingS. it is time the muslims and christians learn to live and love each other. bless you all.

Tina, United Kingdom - 25 February, 2006

A Dane's observation

It is highly absurd that Denmark, one of the world's most free and prosperous countries, is being criticized by dictatorial and backward regimes who fail to provide their own citizens with even the most basic freedoms.

The radical muslim representatives from Denmark who have been travelling the world spreading false information about their generous host country should simply be expelled, unless the y leave voluntarily, of course. I mean, how can they go on living in a country like Denmark, since it is so terrible, oppressive and intolerant as they claim? It must be a mistake, then, that so many people from the muslim world are flocking to the free world, since the latter is a horrifying and godless inferno?

Andre Hein, Czech Republic - 26 February, 2006

Cartoon controversy

The naked double standard of the west can be judged from the fact that there are different sets of rules for different continents, different regions, different worlds (whether first, second or third), different countries and different religions, different classes of a society. On the eve of the end of cold war, the advocates of the free market economy were suggesting to the world an extremely ideal future whether it was political, social or economic. But what happened after the end of the cold war, the forces of capitalism got a free hand to implement the rules of their choosing in every sphere of our lives whether it was political, social or economic.

Let's take the so-called free market economy first. It is free only for the first world and it does not care for the poor African cocoa growers or struggling economies of the east. Now come to the so-called `political freedom`. In today's high tech world, they have the means to manipulate any political issue or even a political system as a whole. The general public has become a puppet in their hands. And the social side of the system is no exception. Whatever is good for them is good, the rest is evil.

So its double standard everywhere in the system and the recent display of it is the three years imprisonment of a British journalist David Irving in Austria for the denial of Jewish Holocaust but the publication of the sketches of Prophet Mohammad were termed Freedom of speech.


Hidayat Ullah, Canada - 27 February, 2006

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