Motasem A Dalloul, September 12, 2012
The Israeli-American film which offends the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon Him, is not the first blasphemous action carried out by anti-Islam individuals or communities. I am sure; it would not be the last, too. Islam is a religion that is spread among nations in a strange manner despite all campaigns aimed to discredit it. This ignites the spirit of jealousy, which turns to hostility, in the hearts of Islam’s enemies.
In fact, I personally, regret the violence erupted after broadcasting the film on YouTube, and regret the unjustified attacks against innocent, be they Americans or from any other nation. But I do not exempt the West and the US the responsibility for this kind of violence for several reasons.
The first reason is that the laws which these countries have that criminalise offenses against general people and general races, while they do not criminalise offenses against religions and God’s Prophets. If some people will tolerate offenses against their religion, some others will not. And the most will not. It is the nature of the human even if his religion was fake.
The other reason is that such or similar incident which means an offense to about ¼ of the earth inhabitants, less or more, needs to be, at least, directly condemned by officials of the country where the incident took place. This could, and did palliate the anger of Muslims when it happened before. But the problem is that when US soldiers in Afghanistan burnt one time papers of the Mus-haf and another time tore them into piece, the US administration vowed to bring those who did the action into justice. That did not happen. Therefore, Muslims youth zealots took the action by themselves.
Again, I say that I agree on peaceful demonstrations, but I disagree on killing innocents. This is opposed by our religion as the Prophet Mohammed peace be upon Him was reported saying in a sahih Hadith* that the Muslim who kills any person who has a contract with Muslims, he will not smell the fragrance of the Jannah. It means that he is absolutely going to be punished in the Hellfire. This is a capital punishment in the Muslims’ beliefs. I mean that it is not an easy action to kill the non-Muslims who live, temporarily or permanently, in the Muslim countries.
Anyway, I hope that this incident will be a lesson for Muslims and non-Muslims who do not respect religions or believe in chaos to achieve justice to try change their beliefs or, at least, review them. It is the time of the mandatory tolerance among all nations as the whole world became as a small village.
I am calling on those who consider them the guardians of human rights and free speech to review the laws which give a room for anyone to criticise religions. It is possible because many of the countries of those have already regulated laws that criminalise the one who denies the holocaust and some criminalise the one criticises it.
So that, there is a room for regulating and enacting laws which criminalise religions and God’s Prophets. If not for respecting religions, it is for the sake of keeping on tolerance among nations as Muslims will not agree any time on any kind of insult for their religion or any of God’s Prophets.
*Sahih Hadith: the speech of the Prophet Mohammed peace be upon Him which is the most approved accurate.