The Exiled Shalash

Monday, April 03, 2006

The Danish Cartoons


I always wondered what Muhammad actually looked like, you see in Islam, it is blasphemous to predict what he might have looked like. The official movie that tells the story of Islam (according to Muslims that is), does not show Muhammad. The movie is called a-Rissala, "The Message." Its director, Mustafa al-Aqqad was killed in the Amman bombings late last year.

Anyway, so unlike Christianity, Islam does not permit the depiction of Muhammad in any way. When I saw the Danish cartoons, it was my first time ever seeing Muhammad and I was entertained. Let me explain:

I don't think that offending people of faith is funny, even though extremists in all three religions do make me laugh sometimes, but why not let people see what Muhammad might have looked like? So for most Muslims who dared to look at the cartoons, it was their first time ever seeing their prophet. They hear about him every day and his name is mentioned in their prayers five times a day, but not one has ever seen something that suggests that this is how he might have looked.

Let me go back to why I was entertained, I really believe that freedom of speech is far more important than most other rights, but the mere use of that sacred right offended Muslims. It's funny how something so normal in the West is considered a taboo in the Muslim world!

Beheading journalists and foreign contractors in Iraq may not be accepted by Muslims, but it sure doesn't make them take to the streets in opposition to those who have hijacked their religion. Bombing Shi'a mosques is probably only frowned upon, but cartoons of a man who lived in the 7th century is a taboo. Muslims really need to catch up with the times.

That's right I published one cartoon!

3 Comments:

  • Thank you for your post. I haven't read very much of your blog yet, but I agree with this post. I don't like it when people say bad things about my (Christian) religion, but I find it appropriate only to try through persuasion to get them to respect my religion. Violence is inappropriate.

    By Blogger Frank Staheli, at 6:29 AM  

  • Facts:
    1) know one knows how Muhammad, peace be upon him, looked like.
    2) there were no time bombs in the 7th century
    3) mocking religions is in appropriate
    4) people get angry about things that hurt them directly more than they get angry about things that harm them indirectly.
    5) violence is sometimes appropriate, e.g. against the inducers of hatred between people

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:06 AM  

  • FACT:

    FREEDOM OF EXPRESS IS A RIGHT THAT NO AMOUNT OF 7th CENTURY HATRED CAN TAKE AWAY FROM US!

    By Blogger The Exiled Shalash, at 5:12 PM  

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