Do Muslims have to be so predictable?
I just received a messsage from a group of Muslims asking me to join in a protest against the publication of “The Jewel of Medina” by Sherry Jones. For those who may not know of the book here is a short summary: Sherry Jones wrote a FICTIONOUS novel about the prophets youngets wife Aisha. It fantasy through the eyes of a Western writer and nothing else. It is neither slanderous or insulting, but publishers are terrified to print it in fear of death threats and rioting Muslims. Long bearded men who claim to be pious Muslims called Sherry Jones an enemy of Islam without even having read book. I totally disagree with these accusations, Jones’ book cannot be compared to the Danish cartoons. It is not bigotry, it is not insulting anyone. It is only fiction and should be treated as such.
Warning!In the above clip there is a tasteless harem clip, but what else can we expect of the Western media which reflects it’s orientalism through the images it uses. But look past the that and listen to what Sherry Jones is saying.
Months after the Danish cartoons were printed and support was rallied for demonstrations the media had reports of “the Muslim world outraged”, “Muslim world set a light”. What the media didn’t tell was that onlt a few hundred people demonstrated out of the 1,3 billion millions in the world. The media neither mentioned that the Egyptian Arabic newspaper Al Fagr printed the same cartoons four months prior to the riots without bating an eyelid. In his article, Bonfire of the Pieties by Amir Taheri, (The Wall Street Journal 8/2/2006) Taheri explains the involvement of The Muslim Botherhood in gathering demonstrators:
The “rage machine” was set in motion when the Muslim Brotherhood — a political, not a religious, organization — called on sympathizers in the Middle East and Europe to take the field. A fatwa was issued by Yussuf al-Qaradawi, a Brotherhood sheikh with his own program on al-Jazeera. Not to be left behind, the Brotherhood’s rivals, Hizb al-Tahrir al-Islami (Islamic Liberation Party) and the Movement of the Exiles (Ghuraba), joined the fray. Believing that there might be something in it for themselves, the Syrian Baathist leaders abandoned their party’s 60-year-old secular pretensions and organized attacks on the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus and Beirut.
Those who participated in the above demonstrations did their cause more damage. Not only did they play into the hands of the Western medias stereotypes of Muslims hungry for the blood of “infidels” and trying to prevent the freedom of speech – but they also resulted in people feeling that stricter immigration laws and stripping Muslims of the civili liberties in Europe and America were justified. Muslims were thus viewed with more suspicion than previously.
As Sherry Jones attempts to print her book, I wonder how many more demonstrations there will be., where Muslims make a fool of themselves in the public eye. I understand that Muslims have been subjected to discrimination for several decades, and epecially after 11th September there was a wave of hate crime against them in USA, Germany, France and UK. Muslims have every right to demonstrate, voice their opinions, but holding up posters with “Death to America” or “Kill infidels” is not helping the debate. We need to use a more peaceful tactic which encourages people to be knowledgeable about their faith and politics in the world.
We need less blood
More peace and unity