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Blasphemy- From Books to Cyber Mode

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Ah! What a matter of agony and fury for the true believers of Islam?? Islam is a religion, which is based on the concept of Touheed-Oneness of Allah Almighty and Finality of Prophet (PBUH). It is mandatory upon Muslims to love Holy Prophet (PBUH) more than their own lives, wealth and family and to make no compromise where the question of Holy Prophet (PBUH) respect and dignity arises.  Turning a blind eye towards the deep sacred sentiments which the Muslims hold for their Holy Prophet (PBUH) the western community has once again tried to enkindle violence and aggression among Muslims all across the world by introducing a modern version of blasphemy.

 I simply don't understand what the westerners are up to? Why don't they keep their hands off Muslims? Such sacrilegious acts have started from the infamous literature, text books since early 80's through Salaman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, turned into September 2005 printing of 12 Danish Cartoons by a Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten , and finally the recent blasphemous movie by Sam Bacile. Few of the western authors, scholars and media persons have acted so ignorant and irreverent towards our Islamic beliefs and holy personalities, and tried to propagate false Islamic ideas and misleading religious history whether it is in the form of books, The Jewel of Madina (2008) by like Sherry Jones and the most recent one In the Shadow of the Sword (2012) by Tom Holland or screening of a controversial Channel 4 documentary film Islam: The Untold Story?.

All these acts simply lead toward an agitation and violence among Muslims. It is just a foul play by the West to receive publicity and sensitize common readers through books, films and TV programmes, which would have disappeared without much attention in the international community if they have written on another less sensitive issue. As a reaction, we see public demonstrations, attack on the foreign embassies, diplomatic consulates, damage to government property (burning of buses, breaking of street lights, electricity poles etc), and targeting of diplomats/ambassadors. In the end, who should be actually blamed for starting the violent fire".the responsive Muslims or the initiator West? Why the Muslims are then entitled as extremists or religious lunatics?  Taking the example of Europe, the Jewish holocaust is considered legally prohibited to even talk about as it hurts the Jewish sentiments. Why the treatment with Muslims is so discriminatory that after every few years their religious beliefs are tested, ignoring their feelings and sentiments?

Unfortunately, the Muslims around the globe are once again hosting public demonstrations in Tunis, Tripoli, Khartoum, Cairo, Jordan, Qatar, Tehran, London and Jerusalem. In South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives have strongly condemned this blasphemous act. The Afghanis have called the lawmakers for the cancellation of Pact with US burned an effigy of Mr. Obama in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, while in Pakistan all political parties have erupted in protests. Hundred of protestors rallied in front of US consulate Karachi, Lahore and other big cities. Pakistan Muslim League President Ch Shujaat Hussain has demanded the government to summon the US ambassador to take serious notice of the issue and demanded an action against the film makers and an apology from the US and website officials. He also called Muslims Ummah for evolving a unanimous strategy on the issue.

Majlis Wahdatul Muslameen called for the handover of Terry Jones, an American Christian pastor linked with the film, who has drawn protests in the past for burning the Holy Quran and demanded Terry Jones trial in the sharia court. The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) held protests in several cities including Peshawar, Karachi and Swat. Other organizations like Islami Jamiat-i-Talaba (IJT), Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) and Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) also organized protest s and threatened to attack the US embassy and US consulates across country if the Pakistani government did not protest against the film.

Apart from all this violence, the western media is silent, no ad hoc action has been taken and it seems to be just another attempt to enrage Muslims. One must notice that just the propaganda tool has been refined from books to cyber mode; the objective remains same i.e to instigate Muslims to create violence and uprising, and to portray them as religious fundamentalists and extremists in the eyes of the International community.

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Aymen Ijaz is a freelance writer, analyst and researcher from South Asia. Her areas of interests include current affairs, international relations,disarmament, non proliferation, strategic and nuclear studies.
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