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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:

love for god...

i never knew muslims love their allah so much. Enemy will think twice before hurting a weak muslim.In some communities people keep silent while their neighbours are attacked. And the modern social system english had adopted has also failed . Though it has helped to remove some bad traditions we had developed.I think world is maturing after this cartoon event. But muslims should also say sorry to innocents they have hurt during protests. And keep in mind that their unity is not misused to settle scores. Every society is like a flower in the garden. All are unique and beautiful.

sunny, Hungary - 27 February, 2006

A.V. Rao my response to you was according to Qur'an and I do not have authority or any intentions to provide you are any one else guidance. It is God Our Creator who provide guidance and He is the One who has given human complete free will to believe or not to believe in Him at all.

Tina sure we all can live in peace respecting each other culture beliefs and this is only possible if majority of people stop following thier religious leaders.

PS: Making my email address available for you all if you have any comment to make. Emails containg hatred and raceism will be blocked.

KGB, Pakistan - 27 February, 2006

It is clear that publishing cartoons was a mistake and the Danish newspaper had apologized few times, although the newspaper was exercising the right of “freedom of speech”. How about Muslims? Muslims around the world destroyed embassies, burnt flags, disrupted law and order, killing each other, attacking police and making scenes. Is it really true Islamic sprit or a show?
I will let you decide, these mullahs are not accepting apology because their (mullah's) conscious is dead, because they always violate the law and make scene, that's what they do for living, therefore, why apologize. At least Danish newspaper has courtesy to say sorry. I am surprised that Iran and Syria were not strong enough to stop these protesters who attacked diplomats recklessly.
In Pakistan, we are dealing with same situation, these ignorant mullahs claim that this is the only way to show their love for Prophet (PBUH). I am really surprised and stunned by the reaction of these demonstrators, cartoons were published in Danish and the price is being paid by poor or middle class people in Pakistan, schools are shut and business are stopped. If these mullahs or protesters are true Muslims, they not suppose to act like animals. They are hurting our own economy and own people. I am urging Pakistani government to take strong actions against these culprits.
Zulfiqar A Tanoli USA




, United Kingdom - 28 February, 2006

Are Muslims sensitive enough?

The Danish newspaper and other newspaper agencies were wrong to publish such cartoons. They should have been careful not to hurt the sensitivities of other culture.however I wonder why a Muslim on the strret is burning the shop of another Muslim or destroying the public property in his own country.
I ALSO FAIL TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHY DIDN'T THESE SAME GUYS PROTEST WHEN THE TALIBAN IN THE NAME OF ISLAM DESTROYED THE BAMIYAN BUDDHAS IN AFGANISTAN? THERE WAS NO PROTEST FOR SUCH AN ACTION IN THESE ISLAMIC COUNTRIES. AND NOW THE SAME TALIBAN AND THEIR SUPPORTERS ARE CRYING FOUL?
IF AN ISLAMIC COUNTRY CAN DESTROY THE SYMBOL OF ANOTHER RELIGION IN THEIR COUNTRY STATING THAT ISLAM DOESN'T PERMIT IDOL WORSHIP THEN, ARE THE MUSLIMS TOLERANT ENOUGH TO OTHER RELIGIONS?


abhishek, Hungary - 28 February, 2006

Cartoons

Having an understanding about why "freedom of speech" is such a delicate and highly debated issue in the Muslim world, I must say "freedom of speech" IS freedom to disrespect if one so chooses. Maybe this poor artist didn't have a mother or father to teach him to show proper respect to others. I must ask: Do Muslim artists and newspapers ever disrespect other religions/peoples?

This whole issue makes me think of the words of a very wise man who said "Happy are those who find fault with themselves instead of finding fault with others."

There is another person who says "Admirable is the Muslim who, when asked how he/she feels about these cartoons, says (with a smile and a wink) "What cartoons?"

Maria, United Kingdom - 01 March, 2006

Controversy extreming up

It is clearly understood by everyone that Muslims are sensitive about their religion. If someone made fun in any way, then it's hell.

Now people should learn to respect their domains. In this world, 2 domains exist. One is FREEDOM and the other is RELIGION.

Freedom is FREE DOMAIN. You are free to do anything in FREE DOMAIN, regardless of where you live. It's upto you what you choose, but once you interfere in religious affairs or erk them in any way, you are no longer in FREE DOMAIN ... you are probing into RELIGIOUS DOMAIN.

Once you do that, then there is no need to cry when you would face such violent reactions. Thanks to those stupid publishers, me and my friends here in Pakistan suffered due to Mullah mentality of destruction.

My University was off, we had to stay at home, there was violence only a little distance away (in karachi) and the whole education system was screwed up for days.

Now who's responsible for all this shyte? Both Mullahs and the publishers. Also including in this shit-list are the government officials and the newspaper management who refused to see their mistake and did not rectified at the right time. It's been months since the cartoons first appeared and the violent reaction was shown only this year, enough time was available for the rectification of this mistake.

No matter whose fault it was, we (the students) are the ones who'll be suffering. We have to satisfy our parents dreams and we have to look ahead for a brighter future ... but with such idiots in the ranks of humans, I doubt if we would be able to do anything good in our whole life.

TheMind, Pakistan - 03 March, 2006

Tolerance

The violence must stop. We must learn to unite together as a global nation against not only radicalism but also against powerful corporations that exploit poor people and the environment. The only way to combat these evils is by empowering the ordinary citizen with knowledge which comes through peaceful dialogue and education.

Jeff Burton, United Kingdom - 04 March, 2006

Cartoon Controversy

I agree the publishing of cartoons was a little disrespectful for muslims. But before lashing out so violently against it, they should look into the mirror and ask themselves, are we justified in doing so, and is really necessary to waste so much time and energy over such matter? How tolerant are you guys of other religions. Just look back into your history. Muslim invasions in India, a small example. Most of the invaders were religious fanatics I'd like to say. Many peaceful hindus were killed, women raped, not even children were spared. Innocent priests and monks were slayed, religious texts and institutions destroyed, temples razed down and mosques erected in their place. Hundreds of thousands of innocent Hindus forcefully converted to Islam overnight at the point of knife.

They were no different from the blood sucking British rulers, if not only much worse.

And why is it that only muslims are associated with terrorist activities almost always? Some muslim states like Pakistan are official sponsors of terrorism in countries like India. Abhishek from India rightly mentioned the destruction of Bamiyan Buddhas by Taliban in one of the replies. How many Muslim countries protested or tried to prevent such a foolish activity. I'm not against Islam or for that matter any religion, and I have no particular prejudice against Islam. It is just based upon observation that I'm asking a few questions. Even in the present world, how many muslim countries show religious tolerance? Doesn't this amount to hypocrisy?


Ashok, Hungary - 08 March, 2006

A big mistake

Freedom of expression is ok as long as its not hurting anyone. What Denmark did was really disrespectful. Islam is a religion that will be spread all over the world and no one can stop this from happening. I think Denmark needs to appologize to all of the muslim world. They have done a big mistake and sooner or later they will realize that. In the history of Islam, whoever disrespected prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him)lost everything. Denmark has done the same kind of a mistake and sooner or later they'll be in the same boat.

imran, Pakistan - 12 March, 2006

i agree

i agree with most of the people here, ofcourse the cartoons are stupid, and they will get the punishment from Allah, today they are talking about freedome of speech, and are so proud that they have forgotten Allah, they are losers, when Allah will ask them about their deeds, will they be able to reply'freedom of speech' etc...they r losers, dwellers of hell-fire, until they believe we r slaves of a GOd, who created us...

and no doubt the reactions especially the ones in pakistan were horrific, the shameless political parties did the protestes just for self gain, nothing else...it was stupid ,idiotic, and watching them from here, buring my city(lahore) was a horrific site, we literally wanted to kill those people...

i would also like to add though, if cartoons can be referred as 'freedom of speech' why cant its reaction be also classfiied as 'freedom of speech'(ofcourse violentless)..isnt that democracy? i mean it is prohibited in 7 european countires to denonounce that the holocast never happened..what is that?...yeh but its religion...and u cant mess with that, in the name of 'freedom of speeech' is freedom of speech some kind of a religion, are these people animals? cant they understand the difference between opioion and insult?.....

we,ll add again, the burning of innocent propety, is also a big sin...and that was in no way a protest for the cartoon, just polictical motives, that guy said himself 'we wont stop until we bring down the government' some qazi guy or something...but yeh...religion is above all else...if u dont believe in a GOd i pity u...your not the first people to say that, it has happened before, and it will continue...its in the Quran, people forget God, people say 'these are tales of old men'...just be afraid..u should be..

umair uzair, United Arab Emirates - 20 March, 2006

Faith or Religion

None of the original faith in reality condones any type of violence whether it be in shape of destruction of property of ANYONE, or be it hurting or killing of another human being unless one is in war, even in the instance of war where weapons are drawn according to Islamic teachings one is supposed to be kind & human to the opposing party if they are captivated or lay down arms.
I notice an enormous amount of rhetoric based upon not so literate or intellectual thoughts as described among the comments from several readers from diverse faith backgrounds while several of these are spewing poisonous comments and remarks.
We can go on talking about things that may or may not have taken place as decribed by some however in the interest of this very forum it is important to ponder upon and stick with the basic subject that I see as if the current wave of violent and aggressive expression of anger by the people over the insulting cartoons and if it is proportionate and appropriate.
The Prophet PBUH was a mercy to the mankind and not just to the muslims, while those who understand the presentation of Prophet PBUH from the message conveyed by him PBUH are mostly muslim, and then there are those who have read into the message in detail and understood and agree however not prepared to follow thru the concentrate of message of mercy which is alright as well, the Prophet PBUH never practiced hatred or propagated hatred by the followers towards those who are not followers of the message conveyed by him PBUH.
In my humble opinion anyone causing any aggression or violence in the name of love for our beloved prophet is doing justice with the methods of expression that recently surfaced on the international horizons and the Prophet PBUH would not be pleased to understand what people are exercising in the name of his love.
To those distinguished commentators who look at the message of Prophet PBUH from the lenses of the media portrayal I request them to set aside all their anger and take a little time to consult the vast material that describes the message of Prophet Mohammed PBUH on a first hand basis without any filtration by any so- called clergy or Mullahs, I can assure you if you sincerely do so with open mind you will be able to distinguish what injustice to the message the self imposed Clergy /Mullahs that has no place in the Islamic faith has done to mutilate the very message in order to benefit themselves and to capitalize on a faith that does not call for clergy and mullahism.
Learn yourself and consult only with scholars and not the clergy or mullahs.
Hatred in view of Islamic traditions is a crime and intolerable regardless of who inflicts and upon whom.


Akbar Mustafa, Pakistan - 26 March, 2006

Despite extremists, Islam is a civil religion

Muslims around the world have been in an uproar about the defamatory cartoons which were first published nearly six months ago in Denmark, and then republished by other papers across Europe a month back. The most noted of these cartoons suggested that the Prophet himself was a terrorist. Before I begin my response, we must in all fairness take into consideration the fact that as early as October 20th of last year, before the reprinting of the cartoons in any other European newspaper, ambassadors from ten Islamic countries tried to resolve the issue diplomatically with Denmark, but to no avail. It is also interesting to note that this was not mentioned on CNN. However, as soon as the Muslim world began protesting violently, then all cameras were turned on and every household was shown the spectacle. It must also be recognized that, although Muslims do not believe in making images of Prophet Muhammed, Peace and Blessings be Upon Him (as is also one of the 10 commandments revealed to Moses, Peace and Blessings be Upon Him), the protests worldwide are not over him being depicted in a drawing.
Muslims around the world are in tumult because the cartoons are irresponsible, derogatory and, most importantly, untrue, as is clear when anyone reads the history of this great man. The Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) preached tolerance for all religions and reinforced the right of each human's freedom of choice. The Quran states: “There is no compulsion in religion,” which is clear evidence that freedom of religion is something not only recommended under an Islamic state, but a requirement for the state to uphold. History bears witness to this in places like Egypt, regarding which noted Arab historian Al-Maqrizi once said, “All modern-day Cairo churches were undoubtedly restored in Islam.” This regard for the rights of minority religions under the Islamic state as defined by Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) is arguably even more free a society than that of modern-day democracy, as under Islamic Law these minority religions were allowed to have their own judicial system to govern themselves, as long as this did not interfere with the rights of their neighbors. Then, as if this were not enough, everyone was also given the ability to choose which system they wanted to use. Islam does not preach intolerance, nor does Islam condone forcing religion upon anyone. Islam is a message which is meant to uplift humanity, and to free humanity from the narrowness of this world and lead it to the vastness of this world and the hereafter.
I must also make clear that we, as Muslims, do not by any means condone the violent attacks on Danes and on any westerners as a means to retaliate for the cartoons. Nor would we be satisfied if this type of hate speech were to be printed about Prophets Moses or Jesus (peace be upon them both), nor would we condone this type of cartoon to be printed about any other faith that exists. Islam calls for good etiquette in discussing religion and we do not tolerate hateful and derogatory practices towards other faiths.
The issue of how to translate acceptable anger into acceptable methods of protest is something that the Muslims around the world are definitely lacking. That was a valid issue that has been pointed out. However, to insinuate that the majority of Muslims around the world support violence, and then to irresponsibly imply that the incorrect practice of some of our brethren to take up terrorism as their methodology is actually concordant with mainstream Islamic thought is both negligent and ignorant. Muslim leaders across the world have been calling for people to stop reacting violently since the start of the protests, and have called for Muslims to voice their opinions in a non-aggressive manner.
Also, the purported inability of the Muslim and Western worlds to coexist is much exaggerated. If by the Western world one means America's traditions of morality, humility, justice and tolerance, values upon which this nation was established, then there is no issue about the ability to coexist, as these are fundamental values that Islam teaches. However, if by the Western world you mean those who make such inflammatory cartoons as those in the Danish newspaper; or if by Western world you mean those Christian leaders who called the Prophet Muhammad a terrorist, among other absurdities, and then went on to malign Islam by calling it a terrorist religion; or if by Western World you mean those who go into Iraq under the guise of liberation and disarmament of nuclear weapons but instead rape the wealth of the nation by pumping out millions of gallons of crude oil a day; or if by Western world, you are referring to those who consider capitalism to be the only acceptable economic system and take any other system as a sworn enemy; then yes, the Western world is in itself declaring the inability for coexistence through its own actions and is showing the entire world, not just the Muslim world, just how uncivil it really is.

N. Zubeir, United Kingdom - 28 March, 2006

In the Name of Religion

I myself am an athiest, I do not believe in a God of any order. If this is wrong then I shall answer to the God that I meet in the hereafter and not to any man. In saying this I believe that I live a good life and harm no man, women or child. I am far from perfect and strive to live life as best I can. I believe that every person on this planet has the right to believe as they wish but those beliefs do not give them the right to violence against any man, woman or child. The fanatics of Islam who do Muslims everywhere no justice will answer to Allah (PBUH)if he does indeed exist (no disrespect intended), and I believe He would not be happy. Whatever the faith of man they all believe in compassionate Entities. These Entities would in no way endorse the violence taht has caused, possibly, more people to be killed in the name of religion than anything else in this world. I aknowledge that Islam was the guiding light of the world when Christian Europe was but a boil on the world. It would appear to my eyes that the tables have turned and that Islam is going through the same turmoil as the that of the Christian religion during the abonimal "Crusades". I don't believe that the Western world does itself any favours in the way it reacts to fanatical Islamic terrorism and I don't believe that everyday Muslims support these terrorists. I truly hope that one day the peoples of the world can live in peace and tolerance, may your God go with you, and peace be upon you all.

Craig Windram, Aruba - 04 April, 2006

PLEASE CLARIFY

RE; CARTOON PROTESTS:

SOME OF US NON-MUSLIMS WOULD APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS OF THE KNOWLEDGEABLE READERS OF YOUR PUBLICATION IN EXPLAINING THE FOLLOWING:

1. IS IT CLEARLY STATED IN THE HOLY KORAN THAT PROPHET MOHAMMAD'S (PBUH) LIKENESS SHOULD NOT BE REPRODUCED IN ANY FORM OF REPRESENTATION?
2. DID THE PROPHET (PBUH) HIMSELF STATE (IN HADITHS) THAT NO PICTORIAL REPRESENTATIONS OF HIM SHOULD BE PRODUCED?
3. ISLAM IS A REVEALED RELIGION. IS IT REVEALED THAT NO ATTEMPTS SHOULD BE MADE TO MAKE REPRESENTATIONS OF THE PROPHET'S (PBUH) LIKENESS IN ANY FORM?
4. WHEN DID THE HOLY KORAN TAKE SHAPE IN ITS CURRENT FORMAT – DURING THE PROPHET'S LIFETIME OR AFTER HIS ASCENT TO HEAVEN?
5. DOES THE KORAN OR ANY AUTHORITY IN ISLAM PRESCRIBE CLEAR PUNISHMENTS TO ANYONE ATTEMPTING TO OR SUCCEEDING IN MAKING AN IMAGE OF THE PROPHET (PBUH)?

RAD STEVENS
AN INTERESTED READER OF YOUR PUBLICATION
NEW YORK
2/2/06


RAD STEVENS, United Kingdom - 05 April, 2006

RAD STEVENS/Pls Clarify

Dear Rad
Greetings, Thanks for asking such involved questions, please bear with us and I hope to be able to provide responses to your very legitimate questions momentarily.
Please always feel free to ask any questions that come to mind since there are intricate details involved in understanding everything about a faith and it does help to ask questions and find answers.
With best wishes and kind regards.
A. Zubeir/Washington DC

A. Zubeir, Pakistan - 05 April, 2006

why are we so touchy

i feel the danish nut has no bloody reson to mess up with the prophet.
>>>>>>
but why should the mullahs go ballistic when somebody says someone has visualised the prophet (though in all probablity they have not seen it. few mullahs can read english leave alone danish.)
>>>>>>>>
all the buddhists in china or fareast never bat an eyelid when the cream of our mullahs blasted their prophet the buddha at bamiyan to smithereens.
>>>>>>>>>
barring a few crackpots no hindu really bothered when one of us mr m f hussain painted their goddess in the buff under the name of freedom of artistic expression.
>>>>>>>>
god is great but in the name of god killing people or destroying property of others does not make any religion great.it only belittles us in the eyes of others.
>>>>>>>
WHEN WILL WE LEARN TO RESPECT OTHERS. ONLY BY GIVING RESPECT CAN WE GAIN RESPECT.by all these bombings and killings we can create terror in the name of allah but to create respect in HIS name we must respect the belief of others. why not leave the punishment part to god?

mohammad nazar, Hungary - 05 April, 2006

THANK YOU ZUBEIR

THANKS FOR YOUR OFFER TO CLARIFY SOME OF MY QUERIES ABOUT ISLAM AND THE PROHIBITION ON PORTRAYING THE PROPHET (PBUH).

I ADD ONE MORE QUESTION THAT I MISSED IN MY FIRST REQUEST.

DID ANY PORTRAIT(S) OF PROPHET MOHAMAMD (PBUH) EXIST AND WAS/WERE DESTROYED LATER. IF SO, WHO ORDERED THE DESTRUCTION OF SUCH PORTRAIT(S)?

RAD STEVENS
AN INTERESTED READER OF PAK TRIBUNE
NEW YORK USA

RAD STEVENS, United Kingdom - 06 April, 2006

Rad steven"Clarify Islam Quran Prophet "


Mr RAD STEVEN

Q.1 Did any portrait of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) Exist?
A.1 No but blessings to Prophet muhammed by 1500 m sent daily via built in Islam.

Q.2 Is it Stated in THE HOLY KORAN that PROPHET be not Reproduced ?
A.2 Quran is Encyclopaedia of Islamic verses religion based upon which
1500million people accepted Islam in 1400 years @101m +/100 year

Q.3 Did Prophet stated his photo be not revealed or reproduced ?
A.3 Holy Prophet made ground rules of PM ,ministers ,CIA ,city
Hall tax child care for female workers and solution for virtually
Everything single handedly as a professor minister businessman
As a reverend Pope Cardinal Bunisness as a husband as CIC going
World wide in the life timeof of his 4 ministers capturing Roman
Empire via religion of piece.He left no message for your kind of
Question for your kind of understanding.


Q.4 Is Islam a Religion with revelation not to make attempt to
portray in a photo Or painting ?

A.4 Quran came via Gabriel directly revealed by the Almighty Allah
With “This is a book for believer from God who is kind and merciful
Owner of day of judgement creator of Heaven and Earth.Everyone
Everything Seek Assistance .This book is for prayer 'show me straight path to
Success and do not put me in the path of those who go astray and earn
Thy anger and do not believe in the religion which came before and if
Do not believe Jesus Moses and other prophets and angel Gbrial Israiil
Mikael and Israfiil.


Q.5 when holy quran came and took shape in writing?
A.5 Quran surah is divided into mecca surah and Medina surah
People momorized it 100% right from beginning .Imagine entire
Book of law entire book of economics Harvard MBA PhD and
All major tips to convert one into 1500 million in memory(intact)


Q.6 Is there any fatwa giving authority in Islam for insulting
the holy prophet?
Q.7 In every muslim cemetery Muslim grave exist who killed
Those who insulted the Holy prophet with Fatwa hanging on
Salman Rusdie or those incompetent Hellish loving writers
Or portrayer who like Fatwa being issued.


benz m Ispahani, India - 08 April, 2006

Rad Steven "Clarify Images Idol Cartoon".

Cartoon Images towards Stone Carved Godly worshipping…

I do respect Images of Ma Goddesses of India TUT
Pharaoh Stone Carved Images in abandoned Deserts Hills or in
Temples.Have a glance of kama sutra Carved images in Temples.

Abraham demolished stones in Image like recently Taliban destroyed carved
Buddha's in the mountains of Himalaya HinduKush.Abraham(a.s) said:
“why worship such God who could not prevent own destruction”.


m_zakaria, Ecuador - 09 April, 2006

We are fool

Always, it has always happened that fundamantalists have used stupid emotional pakistanis to get desired results. May i asked why the uprising was months late, i mean months after publication of cartoons. I think now we should 'grow up'now.
I am not supporting the publications, but i m agaist the way people are protesting, they are not protesting but agitating.


Syed Hasanat Ali Kazmi, Pakistan - 10 April, 2006

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