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Why the West hates Muhammad?

By Syed Zubair Ahmad

There is a big difference between free speech and abuse. Freedom of speech doesn’t apply to abusing someone. Freedom comes with certain responsibilities and is always subjected to limitations. Unrestricted freedom is enjoyed only by animals and beasts. Sometimes even these creatures don’t cross limits. The popular proverb says “your freedom ends where my nose begins.” But nowadays unlimited freedom of expression has become a fashion and licence to abuse and insult those you don’t like and this is creating a war-like situation in many societies.

Those who support unchecked freedom of expression to abuse someone should be asked: If someone tells you ‘you are a son of a bitch’ how would you react? I am sure not even the most polite person on this planet will respond by saying: Sir, please don’t say this to me, it’s very impolite and indecent to say this because I belong to a very respected family. A decent and well-behaved person may never abuse in response to abusive language, but he may slap the abuser. Muslims never abuse others’ religious personalities.

Forget about the latest 13-minute video trailer on YouTube which was made by some morally bankrupt people like Nakoula Basseley Nakoula in America. Such people may make one hundred such films, but not a single Muslim will ever make a film insulting Jesus (peace be upon him) or Christianity or any other religion for that matter. Let Rushdie write 100 books like Satanic Verses, not a single Muslim from the entire Muslim world will ever think to abuse or insult Jesus and Mary. Let Jyllands-Posten publish thousands of cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad as a “terrorist”, I am sure that not a single Muslim from the population of one billion Muslims on this planet will ever make a single cartoon ridiculing Jesus (pbuh) or icons of other religions. Did a single Muslim ever insult any religious personality or religious book of Jews, Christianity or Hinduism? Never. Because Muslims believe that Moses and Jesus were prophets and messengers of God, and that some Hindu ‘gods’ too may be actually prophets of God. This is why Muslims respect them as they respect icons of their own religion.

The only difference is that Muslims follow only Muhammad (pbuh) because his teachings are intact in their original form. Muslims all over the world believe that Torah, Bible and Vedas all are divine scriptures but they follow only the Holy Qur’an because it is the only divine book which is available in its original form, free from human interpolations. In this way, Islam unifies and respects all religions of the world.
 
There are nuts in every religion: There are mindless stupid people among the followers of all religions. The killing of ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi was as mindless and condemnable as the blasphemous film “The innocence of Muslims”.

The attitude of West:
The problem is not just the film. The problem is the hypocrisy and dual standards of the western world, especially America. They want others to observe limits but they themselves reserve the right to cross all limits. They forget the famous quote of Martin Luther King Jr: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. They commit violent acts but preach others to be peaceful and calm. They stockpile nuclear arms but do not allow others to produce even nuclear energy. The whole world seemed to be falling apart over the killings of four innocent Americans but no cries are heard when, every day, innocent kids and women are being killed by American drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The hypocrisy of those “champions” of freedom of speech can be seen in their dealing with Julian Assange who is still hiding in the embassy of Ecuador in London.

Genesis of hate of Jews and Christians for Prophet Muhammad

The genesis of hate of Jews and Christians for the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is his birth in the family of Prophet Ismail, not in the family of Prophet Ishaq. Prophets Moses and Jesus belonged to the family of Ishaq, and so Jews and Christians were expecting that the last prophet of God (foretold in the Torah and Bible) will be born in the family of their prophets. History books record that during the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad, Jews and Christians had expressed these feelings.

During the fourteen centuries (Prophet Muhammad was born in 571 CE), thousands of books have been written in the West to malign the last Prophet of God. Their main target is the character assassination of the Prophet in order to defame Islam. They have distorted their own religion in a way that now Christians make films depicting Virgin Mary as prostitute and Jesus as gay (God forbid) and the whole Christian world tolerates such aberrations in the name of freedom of expression. But Muslims cannot tolerate this at any cost, because they respect the Prophet more than their life and this is the feeling of Muslims which the Christian world fails to appreciate. They hate Prophet Muhammad because they do not respect Prophets Moses and Jesus. They hate Qur’an because they have distorted the original Bible and Torah.

Every religion including Islam has some mindless followers

There are two types of people in the Christian world, one belongs to the category of mindless idiots like Nakoula Basseley Nakoula who insults the great Prophet; the others belong to the category of Michael H. Hart, who in his famous book “The Hundred: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History”, put Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) on the top of the list and declared the Prophet as the most influential person in human history. In his book, Hart asserted that Muhammad was “supremely successful” in both the religious and secular realms.

There are two types of people in the Muslim world too. There are those who killed the innocent American diplomats in Benghazi in response to the blasphemous film though those diplomats had nothing to do with the idiotic film. Then there are others who started distributing books about the life of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Problems are opportunities in disguise. The problem created by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula could be the best opportunity to educate people about the life and character of the Last Prophet of God.

In Islam, debate and dissuasion are always welcome, healthy criticism is always entertained. Thousands of books have been written by orientalists criticising many teachings of Islam but there were no protests by Muslims who are ever not ready to accept abusive language about the Prophet. Those who want war between religions and civilizations must be brought to justice, otherwise the entire humanity will suffer.

They envy Muhammad because of the popularity and respect he receives worldwide even 1400 years after his death. They hate Muhammad because of the love and devotion he receives from his followers. They hate Muhammad because of the command he holds worldwide. They try to defame Muhammad to get some cheap popularity in their societies in the name of freedom of expression.

Muhammad predicted that the uncivilized beduin  will one day overrun  Roman and Persian empires, and this happened. Muhammad said every prophet comes with a miracle from God as a proof of his prophethood, and the proof of my prophet-hood is Holy Qur’an, an eternal miracle. Those who hate Muhammad should know that Muhammad also predicted that Islam will one day enter every house of the world. Muhammad is the future of the world. Muhammad is like Sun. Anyone who will try to spit on Sun, will get the spit back on his face.

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This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2012 on page no. 2

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