Tahir-Riaz, on 22 September 2012 - 12:06 PM, said:
Implementation of Sunnah in your life cannot bring about a change in Bin Laden or those who produce such movies.
Same goes for the defense as well, it wont change the way bin ladens or the likes of Rushdie either.
But thats not the point. The point is defend. But why defend, or for me, react to such an blatant insult. And how?
For me, its either of the two reasons:
1- We, as Muslims are obliged,
to do so -
then is there any guideline for us in Islam stating how to react when such a situation is at hand. I honestly dont know. please add to this one. And if there's not, then I think being part of a protest, filing online petitions, deflecting views, condeming it in between ourrselve, distribute leaflets, make websites/ videos/ write articles, sounds enough.
2- It hurts-
and it really really hurts, for all of us. This makes us think how to prevent it and 'do something' about it.
There have always been people not thinking like us for Our Aqaa SAWAS, for eg the army officer who got killed by one of our farmers during the pre-partition era. (can someone quote the incident accurately). And it always hurts. But it has become more vulgar and daring, because they know they can get away with it. Muslims are weak and apart from a temporary acute reaction nothing substantial would be done. They are fearless. The ones who genuinely want to defend should work on this fearlessness, which can only be done, as ktl somewhere else pointed out like many others, is taking legal action. work on things that would make UN and international powers to pass a law to stop this.
About the protests, well Mudassar Bro i doubt it implies anything. i dont know if you have noticed this or not that this time was the only time when none tried to go and kill the perpetrator (or has it been tried, why isnt it reported yet?), depsite the fact that this time we have the biggest marches of all. even at the caricatures we had a punjabi student who died to attmpt to kill the artist. we have deaths this time too, but not of people trying to kill the guy. Muslims in muslim countries are desperate, angry, helpless and depressed. This event just gave them a chance to vent their frustrations. i am not doubting anyones intentions, allah Taa'la forgive me, but thats what it looks like.
Last night i saw at ARY i saw a report of a bunch of youngsters coming out at the streets of Karachi to clean them up after the youm e aashiq e rasul day. they had the paycards comdeming the video but when interviewed all of them unanimously cared about was Pakistan's impression to the outside world. Not one said anything about what was being protested but 'how' it was protested.
Communities are made by individuals, each individual effort is needed to get a community going about anywhere.