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I agree it is a slippery slope and it is a hard task to draw a line where hate starts and end but there is nothing like 'Absolute Freedom' otherwise why was it essential to put restrictions on Obscenity, profanity or slander in the U.S constitution?
I have lived most of life in a country where hate was allowed to spread against one group and now the whole country is engulfed in it. So now that US is home, it would be a shame to see the same happening here.
The movie was made to be offensive and to provoke Muslims which it did, but I agree most Muslim reaction was inappropriate. The founder of Islam would have ignored this in order to preserve peace but actions of these extremists (who think they are protecting the honor of the Prophet by creating disorder) goes against his role model and true teachings of Islam.
It is also important to remember that along with other freedoms, the US constitution restricts speech when a person insults or attacks character of a person (under defamation) and in this case, Prophet of Islam is not present to sue the movie maker for his action.
First of all, I must tell you that Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the oldest Muslim presence in USA and you might not have heard of it since we are a peace loving community which involves itself in community service instead of creating chaos and mayhem.
I agree wars are wars and they should be avoided at all costs but a Prophet is an obedient servant of God and with divine directives, the prophet of Islam fought wars which should not be confused with the so called Jihad of today’s Muslim Extremists.
I do feel that freedom of speech is essential but people’s faith or practices should not be ridiculed in the name of artistic freedom. Everything in moderation is acceptable. Having said that, I do not believe that bloodshed is the way to express distress and disappointment every time somebody offends you or your faith.
I stand by that blasphemy laws have no place in Islam. The Holy Quran states:
Those who believe, then disbelieve, then again believe, then disbelieve and then increase in disbelief, Allah will never forgive them nor will He guide them to the right way. (4:138)
This verse proclaims that persons who renounce Islam have the opportunity to re-enter Islam if they so choose. This verse disproves the assertion that according to the Holy Quran an apostate should be put to death. Were death the automatic punishment for an apostate then there arises no question of having the opportunity to join Islam again. This verse mentions apostates who again accept Islam.
Just like Christianity, the Islamic faith has many sects (73 in total) and although the basics are same (like belief in oneness of God, belief in all Prophets, all angels, all of his books and the Day of Judgment) there are different schools of thoughts and ways of practicing it. What clerics of other faiths say or do, I cannot speak of. I can only go by what our spiritual leader tells us and that is never to take law into our own hands, even faced with tough persecution or death. And that is how my community behaves, not only here in the US but all over the world because we want to practice Islam in the most pristine form.
The prophet of Islam had prophesized that “clerics of the latter days will be the worst creatures on earth” and looking at what is happening all over the world, I see it coming true in front of my own eyes. When the clerics call killing of Salman Rushdie or when Yusef Nodorkhani is sentenced to death for being an apostate or even when the Saudi grand mufti calls for demolition of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula, I know, he was right because all such clerics are only causing disorder and calling for bloodshed.
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