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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Six Flag-ed Questions for Muslims


Recently, I am overwhelmed by Muslim spammers who are urging other Muslims through repeated emails to protest and boycott Danish products in response to publishing of cartoons. I have few questions for them and I urge you to send these questions in email to as many Muslims as possible---that you know of---so that they become more introspective. Ask them to find the answer to the following:

I. Recently, in Middle East Muslims destroyed Danish food and threw away food in streets. I ask following questions:

  • Question 1. Did prophet of Islam recommended this behavior?
  • Question 2. Do Muslims know how much Allah despise when we spoil the Rizaq (food) ?
  • Question 3. Does Islam recommend Muslims to spoil food when Allah (SBWH) asks in Quran: Who has made it Haram for you that I have made Halal?
II. Doctors in Pakistan are not going to prescribe life saving Danish medicines even in case there is no alternative because they consider it Haram to prescribe these medicines in love of prophet.

  • Question 4. Isn't it that Allah has recommended us to consider Haram as Halal when it comes to saving lives (I don't even consider Danish medicines Haram)?
  • Question 5. Is it ok to punish those who are not involved in offending Muslims sensibilities (Although, prophet choose not to punish and that is my guiding light).
III. Muslims have destroyed property of fellow Muslims in Pakistan as well as in other countries.

  • Question 6. Didn't prophet say that you cannot be among the best Muslims if other Muslims are not safe from your hand, arm, and mouth?

(If Islam=Peace then I must say that everyone must be safe from the hands, arms, and mouth of Muslims) .

Please all Muslims respond to my questions and Inshallah we can have more positive discussions among Muslim communities around the globe.

On a side note: Our love for prophet or the respect that Allah has given him cannot diminish in anyway even if we choose not to do anything. In fact, our love for prophet (PBUH) demands us to do only one thing and that is to do exactly the way he did. He opted for peace, forgiveness, and mercy. Allah knows this and so does He (PBUH).

Sheik Abdul-Aziz Arafa, a Muslim scholar who teaches in Mecca at the Grand Mosque and at the Sawlatia School, a religious institute that is 125 years old says: "What most people don't understand," he said, "is the strong bond, the powerful link that connects Muslims and their prophet, God's prayers and peace upon him. He is sitting with us right now. When we talk about him, he is present, listening, and when we send him greetings, he sends them right back."Sheikh Arafa's lecture was hosted by Samir Barqa and he said the following about the cartoon event.

"Muhammad lay bleeding and injured after being stoned by young men in the mountain city of Taif. But he never exacted revenge on them and turned it down when the angels offered it.

We have only to go back to his examples to see that he never returned an insult with an insult. He remained balanced and steady. He would not have been happy about the turn of events."
"Please pay attention to these words about Prophet Mohammad (PBUH):

  • "He never returned an insult with an insult."
Alhamdollilah! I am Muslims and I am proud that my religion teaches me only peace, forgiveness, and justice the way Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was committed to it. I am not ashamed of Islam but of radical Muslims who do not understand the message of peace in our religion and still claim that "Islam is a religion of peace."

May Allah help every Muslim to understand the message of Salama (peace).


  • e mullah:
    This post demonstrates very well that my initial impression of you as an honorable and noble man was correct!

    I am sure Allah and Mohammed were smiling as they looked down upon you as you wrote these words. I am sure they must be very proud indeed. :)

    By Blogger JMJ, at Friday, February 17, 2006 9:46:00 AM  

  • E Mullah,

    I couldn't have said it any better than JMJ.

    We'll be sure to referance your post at Fu2rman and Friends.

    By Blogger Fu2rman, at Friday, February 17, 2006 10:37:00 PM  

  • E Mullah,
    It would appear that you are not alone in your views. See article below.

    It saddens me (for you) to see how "vile" some of the cartoons have gotten. But as I said at Chowk, I fear Muslims do not understand how the west will react.

    More and more cartoons will continue to come out.

    Your wisdom of "smiling" and moving on would have allowed this issue to fade away.

    And remember, the west has really not started to react. These additional cartoons are the "armchair"/easy response.

    But the west will if/when it gets really bad.

    And it will not be pretty I am afraid.

    Islamic truths
    By Mansoor Ijaz
    MANSOOR IJAZ is an American Muslim of Pakistani ancestry.

    February 18, 2006

    ANOTHER WEEK, another Muslim country burns in rage over months-old Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in an unflattering light. On Friday it was Libya, and earlier in the week it was my father's homeland, Pakistan, where violent protests were scattered across the nation. Some Muslims have decided that burning cities in defense of a prophet's teachings, which none of them seem willing to practice, is preferable to participating in rational debate about the myths and realities of a religion whose worst enemies are increasingly its own adherents.

    This week's events should compel those of us who claim Islam as our system of philosophical guidance to ask hard questions of ourselves in order to revive the religion's essential foundation: justice, peaceful and tolerant coexistence, compassion, the search for knowledge and unwavering faith in the unity of God.

    I am an American by birth and a Muslim by faith. For many of my American friends, I am a voice of reason in a sea of Islamist darkness, while many Muslims have called me an "Uncle Tom" for ingratiating myself with the vested interests they seek to destroy through their violence. Mostly, though, I try not to ignore the harsh realities the followers of my religion are often unwilling to face.

    The first truth is that most Muslim ideologues are hypocrites. What has Osama bin Laden done for the victims of the 2004 tsunami or the shattered families who lost everything in the Pakistani earthquake last year? He did not build one school, offer one loaf of bread or pay for one vaccination. And yet he, not the devout Muslim doctors from California and Iowa who repair broken limbs and lives in the snowy peaks of Kashmir, speaks the loudest for what Muslims allegedly stand for. He has succeeded in presenting himself as the defender of Islam's poor, and the Western media has taken his jihadist message all the way to the bank.

    The hypocrisy only starts there. Muslims and Arabs have done pitifully little to help improve the capacity of the Palestinian people to be good neighbors to their Israeli brethren. Take the money spent by any Middle Eastern royal family at a London hotel or Geneva resort during one month and you could build enough schools and medical clinics to take care of 1,000 Palestinian children for a year. Yet rather than educate and feed Palestinian and Muslim children so they may learn to settle differences through dialogue and debate, instead of by throwing rocks and wearing bombs, the Muslim "haves" put on a few telethons to raise paltry sums for the "have nots" to alleviate the guilt over their palatial gilded cages.

    The second truth — one that the West needs to come to grips with — is that there is no such human persona as a "moderate Muslim." You either believe in the oneness of God or you don't. You either believe in the teachings of his prophet or you don't. You either learn those teachings and apply them to the circumstances of life in the country you have chosen to live in, or you shouldn't live there.

    Haters of Islam use the simplicity and elegance of its black-and-white rigor for devious political advantage by classifying the Koran's religious edicts as the cult-like behavior of fanatics. The West would win a lot of hearts and minds if it only showed Islam as it really is — telling the story, for example, that the prophet Muhammad was one of the great commodity traders of all time because he based his dealings on uniquely Muslim values, or that the reason he had multiple wives was not for the sake of sex but to give proper homes to the children of women made widows during a time of war. The cartoon imbroglio offered Western media an opportunity to portray the prophet in his many dignified dimensions, not just the distorted ones; sadly, there were few takers.

    But to look at angry Islam's reaction on television each night forces the question of what might be possible if all the lost energy of thousands of rioting Muslims went into the villages of Aceh to rebuild lost homes or into Kashmir to construct schools.

    In fact, the most glaring truth is that Islam's mobsters fear the West has it right: that we have perfected the very system Islam's holy scriptures urged them to learn and practice. And having failed in their mission to lead their masses, they seek any excuse to demonize those of us in the West and to try to bring us down. They know they are losing the ideological struggle for hearts and minds, for life in all its different dimensions, and so they prepare themselves, and us, for Armageddon by starting fires everywhere in a display of Islamic unity intended to galvanize the masses they cannot feed, clothe, educate or house.

    This is not Islam. And the faster its truest believers stand up and demonstrate its values and principles by actions, not words, the sooner a great religion will return to its rightful role as guide for nearly a quarter of humanity.

    By Blogger JMJ, at Saturday, February 18, 2006 1:48:00 PM  

  • E Mullah,
    I know this article does not completely reflect your views. Maybe I should not have been so presumptuous.

    I was really trying to bring some support your way, that is all. You are a brave soul in expressing your non-traditional views.

    By Blogger JMJ, at Saturday, February 18, 2006 1:52:00 PM  

  • E Mullah.
    During the comments of the below post (please forgive the vile and reprehensible cartoon), I mentioned you (not by name) and the wisdom you have demonstrated to me with your comments about Mohammed "smiling" relative to the Danish cartoons.

    The author of the cartoon took issue with my comments. I then took issue with his comments.

    You have shown me only positive things in the time we have discussed things and you have greatly earned my respect. Hopefully, it is mutual.

    I explained things the best I could in the comments but ultimately felt your well written and thought out post said it best.

    I hope you don't mind but I copied and pasted your post in the comments of the below post on IBA. I think it says much to the west that they need to hear.

    I know it helped me tremendously!

    Whether you choose to comment or not is your choice. I think your noble effort to build bridges will reflect extremely well on you when your time comes for you to meet Allah! :)

    Again, please do not let the disgusting cartoon influence your opportunity to do good.

    I would look at this as an opportunity to show that cartoons of that nature are ill warranted and only reflect poorly on the artist and not on the subject being depicted.

    I would not wish to be the artist when my time were to come to meet God!
    This is the post topic.

    OIC Calls Emergency PowWow - Demands West Criminalize Mockery of Islam and Mo

    By Blogger JMJ, at Saturday, February 18, 2006 8:44:00 PM  

  • Dear JMJ
    Thanks for your comments on my Blog. The author of the article is very brave indeed. He is taking a challenge to educate Muslims and we need more and more people who break the Mullah hierarchy. I will appreciate if you send me the actual link to the article. People have been asking me in response to my Six Questions what should they do. In fact one has given me a detailed response that supports my belief and it has grown stronger because I am witnessing good coming out in response to my questions. Allah knows but it is true that I have been able to change many hearts and quell animosity. I believe you are a good and believing soul and all your friends who want to do good are brave souls.

    The Islamic tradition’s main source is Quran. The orthodox Muslims are in fact not following the tradition of GOD. You have been asking me why violent Muslims believe that GOD is instructing them to do what they are doing. But the truth is that GOD is instructing them in Quran to spread peace but why they are not following Quran as far as the message of peace is concerned.

    Al Quran [25:30] The messenger said, "My Lord, my people have deserted this Quran."

    Those Muslims who believe that people of other faiths are disbelievers they should check following verses from Quran.

    AL-Quran [2:62] Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who (1) believes in GOD, and (2) believes in the Last Day, and (3) leads a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

    AL-Quran [17:53] Tell My servants to treat each other in the best possible manner, for the devil will always try to drive a wedge among them. Surely, the devil is man's most ardent enemy. (GOD does not say that only Muslims are true servants of the Lord).

    AL-Quran [60:8] GOD does not enjoin you from befriending those who do not fight you because of religion, and do not evict you from your homes. You may befriend them and be equitable towards them. GOD loves the equitable. (GOD does say that we should live in peace as friends).

    As I said earlier that Quranic text does not prove that Muslims should kill the blasphemous beings. For those Muslims who want to punish the cartoonist I have this

    Al-Quran [16:126] And if you punish, you shall inflict an equivalent punishment.

    Finally, I know the cartoon you have talked about posted by your friend is repulsive and I even know that it is very old. I have seen it elsewhere may be two three years ago but my guiding light is this verse in Muslim scripture (Al-Quran).

    AL-Quran [28:54] To these we grant twice the reward, because they steadfastly persevere. They counter evil works with good works, and from our provisions to them, they give.

    For me your words are enough. < I would not wish to be the artist when my times were to come to meet God! >. And I know one day that rather than making cartoons they have a bigger responsibility. Responsibility to teach good and use their creativity for the peace rather than war.

    By Anonymous emullah, at Sunday, February 19, 2006 10:02:00 AM  

  • E Mullah,
    Thank you for your reply.

    Indeed, the author is very brave to express his views! I am of the opinion that this author should be presented with other opportunites to publish this post, especailly to the west.

    It was a very well balanced discussion representing both sides.

    Maybe we can think of ways to accomplish this. I will discuss it with F2.

    Best regards,

    By Blogger JMJ, at Sunday, February 19, 2006 10:33:00 AM  

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