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September 19th, 2012, by Abdullah Khan

Abdullah Khan

Responding to profanity


It was indeed shocking news of what happened in the aftermath of a released preview of a profane film which has left the Muslims in a state of sadness and shock across the world. As horrific and offensive as the video might be, nothing justifies the sort of violent acts we have seen in Egypt, Libya and Yemen. Nothing is worth the cost of a human life and as a Muslim, I firmly believe that there is no honor or faith in committing such violence, and we all unequivocally oppose the senseless violence in different parts of Muslim world.

This video also gives a glimpse of the fragile relationship and misunderstandings between the Muslim world and West/United States. It is evident from this film that to create further rifts and misunderstandings between different cultures, it is not necessary to commit an act of violence. Films like these, unfortunately, may have a much more negative effect in bringing any positive change in common understanding and further deepen the gulf.

As a Muslim, I would like to remind Muslims of the character of Prophet Muhammad. He was a man of peace and mercy, and thus engaging in such violence and senseless killing is truly mismatched with his legacy and teachings.  It is high time that Muslim should not only remember his teachings, but also follow them in the face of hostility. It is imperative for Muslims to ignore cheap attempts for publicity by hateful bigots. While they have every right to protest this profanity by resorting to violent reactions Muslims are not only harming innocent lives but also falling in the traps set by bigots.  It must be crystal clear that in order to defend and promote the personality of Prophet Muhammad, one should not resort to those means which the prophet himself never approved of or allowed.

To move in a positive direction and avoid further backlash, it is necessary that the West and U.S should take some concrete steps in terms of introducing certain regulations. There are already laws in place in many western countries, which legally and rightly punishes holocaust denial, anti-Semitic expressions, hate speeches, homophobic statements, racial slurs and even blasphemy against Christianity. Looking at the negative potential of such acts, is it not time to come up with such legislation? Beyond legislation or regulations, such unfortunate events really bring forth the need for constructive dialogue between religions, cultures and civilizations.

The movie is very offensive; but Muslims should be offended in a positive way. We should speak up against this evil in a rational way. We should always keep in mind the right way of dealing with evil in all situations: Good and evil cannot be equal. Repel evil with what is better and your enemy will become as close as an old and valued friend, but only those who are steadfast in patience, only those who are blessed with great righteousness, will attain to such goodness. (Quran 41:34-35)

Abdullah Khan is an Imam and social adviser that works in Copenhagen, Denmark at an Islamic association.

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  1. “Looking at the negative potential of such acts, is it not time to come up with such legislation?”

    I agree on above statement. But that legislation needs to be enforced at global level and should be introduced by UNO.

  2. Faizee says:

    very enlightening indeed bro. We need such reminders to act rationally. May Allah reward you.

  3. Muhammad Umer Dar says:

    Any bigotry act proves the bigot himself the wrong before anyone else and gradual fall is his destiny. Read Al-Ra’d Ayah 17 with explication, a portion of which is translated as: [Then the foam is blown up and that which benefits mankind remains in the earth. Thus Allah illustrates the examples]. However, in order to curb such incidents together with the likes of those of Afia Siddiqui or drone attacks or even general mistaken resentment against Islam, we are in need of power in all its forms (knowledge and character first). A marathon struggle is needed.

  4. عبد اللہ چوہدری says:

    عبد اللہ آپ نے اچھا لکھا ھے لگے رہیئے

  5. Saad Rafique says:

    In my analysis, i don’t think that muslim creating violence in some part of Muslim world, it may be external force that divide Muslim into two part so they fight forever.

    To me actually i am surprise that there is no unity in Muslim to response to this movie. I firmly believe that if Muslim stands together then no one can take such a shameless step. Furthermore, few years back i read a interview from a non Muslim Scholar that how to defeat Muslim in seconds, he replied that if Muslim stop going to Fajir in Masjid then you can defeat them easily.

    In Past history, there is famous event that Muslim were not winning war and later someone in Muslim community figure out that we are not brushing teeth with Sewaak (Muswaak) and next day early in morning every muslim was brushing his teeth and that day we win war.

    We know that no one of us following Quran and Sunnah at truly and deeply level. We just say that keep talking and spreading words of God but don’t follow and act on it. That why Quran say that first act yourself then tell others.

    That why we can only response to western world in this way.

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