Whenever groups of people like nations, societies or religious communities undergo problems and have to face controversy and insult, they either react to it with a violent rage or sheer indifference. I’ve always been of the latter sort, I try being as less opinionated as I can, shoving any thoughts about the issue to the back of my mind and keeping mum about it altogether.
So when I found that all previous attempts of Muslims boycotting anti-Islamists and protecting their religion’s honour have once again proven to be in vain, I knew that this time at least I had to express an indication of dismay. If we strain our memories a bit we’ll remember that the film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ that has gone viral recently isn’t the first time the pure nobility of our religion and the Prophet SAW has been attacked.
Riots are flaring up, people are dying, Youtube is being boycotted and Muslim governments are exercising all their efforts to have the film vanished. I completely understand that it is an absolutely unimaginable sin to mock the Holy Prophet SAW and this anger is a 100% justified. I haven’t even seen the movie; the very first dialogue was enough make me sick to the stomach! But after trying to view the situation in a different light, I had some mixed feelings about the motives that are spurring the Muslims’ reaction and what will be achieved from all this. And this is what this short, ramble-y post is all about.
So the boycott started on the 20th and will stagger on for the next two days however, this boycott seems like a very poor idea to me. Upon hearing about it, the first thought that came to my mind was that there are a lot of Muslims to whom Youtube is a profession and they work tirelessly to make an income out of it. How is this fair to them? Furthermore, the Prophet SAW grappled with similar situations very often in his lifetime and he always preached being peaceful and forgiving, not vengeful. And here we are doing the exact opposite of that by creating hype. The last thing we want is popularity for the creators of the film (which definitely is why they began this) and add fuel to the viciously violent protests raging!
Speaking of the Muslim protestors around the globe, do I even need to point out how abysmally brainless they are? What these riots/boycotts aim towards is for people to realize how horribly atrocious their actions are because it’s painful how badly misunderstood our religion is. But honestly how does blowing up your own country improve any of that?
In addition to all this I see so much hate and blame being shoved at Americans and/or Christians in general. I find it plainly silly to assume that they represent the makers of this film, so why should they be punished?
Lastly, do we actually imagine a random filmmaker to care enough about us, who conjures up some film just to express how much we bother him? It’s quite obvious that our weakness is being targeted to intentionally anger us and carry forward the pathetic ‘Muslims are terrorists’ stunt. We need to stop promoting them, end the Youtube boycott and the rioting. Don’t let the anti- Islamists get the satisfaction and attention they don’t deserve. Please, be sensible people!