Vi­o­lent Dis­be­liev­ers

Southasia - - Editor’s Mail -

Your story on the im­pact of the anti-Is­lam film, “In­no­cence of Mus­lims”, on the South Asian re­gion was ac­cu­rately pre­sented. It is a shame that we, as Mus­lims, re­acted ex­actly the way the pro­duc­ers of the film had de­picted us: as sav­ages. As scores of young men took to the streets in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pak­istan, many lib­eral Mus­lims won­dered whether we our­selves had hi­jacked our own faith. Is­lam and the life of the Prophet (PBUH) are bench­marks for ev­ery Mus­lim to frame his be­hav­ior and the teach­ings of our re­li­gion pro­mote tol­er­ance, pa­tience, equal­ity and strength. As we set out to de­stroy and plun­der our own coun­try, did we not re­al­ize that such ac­tions would have no con­se­quence on West­ern na­tions? We live in a world where in­for­ma­tion can­not al­ways be mon­i­tored or con­trolled. The era of wire­less tech­nol­ogy has al­lowed for cit­i­zen jour­nal­ism to take place, al­low­ing ci­ti­zens of any coun­try to upload their work on a global plat­form. If we vi­o­lently re­act to ev­ery anti-Is­lam car­toon, film or piece of lit­er­a­ture pro­duced, we are in ef­fect be­tray­ing our faith and act­ing in a way strictly pro­hib­ited by a peacelov­ing re­li­gion like Is­lam. The best way to re­act would have been to take to the streets peace­fully in protest or pro­mote the true teach­ings of Is­lam on in­ter­na­tional plat­forms thus dis­pelling the myth of Mus­lims as sav­ages. It is a shame that while thou­sands of Mus­lims vi­o­lently protest on the streets, few of them truly un­der­stand their own re­li­gion. Nausheen Sher­wani

Karachi, Pak­istan

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