It maybe strange to hear that I am not
really a very religious person, it suffice to say that I am a believer! These beliefs
make me interpret everything that I hear in various ways, rather than stick to
one side of the story. Having a belief
is not as easy as it sounds, but with a lot of practice, one can master the mathematical operation that is created in the brain due to having that belief. So
let us hear this story
Freedom of expression is something used by
the western world to defend what their people do against other people in other part of the world. People are
free to do what they like to do, free to say what they like to say and free to criticize whoever and what ever they want to criticize. However this is only
valid in the west, for the west and by the west. Islamophobia is a term used to
make the west hate Muslims and Islam, and at the same time the western people
are misled by the media to believe that Islam and Muslims are here to burn or kill
all of them. That process had created hatred and is the reason for having all
of the problems that we are having in this millennium.
I will mention three incidents only to prove
that freedom of expression is a one way road. The Novel by Salman Rushdi, the caricature and the movie. I
will not bring out the burning of the Quran in Guantanamo or the other acts of mass killings
that the Muslims had had since time memorial.
The Novel "satanic verses" was one of the most humiliating books, but the west celebrate this person, and invite him to give the opening speeches at major conferences that are well attended and well paid for by Muslims; no one was listened to, and Muslims were criticized because they asked to have that story removed from the shelves the reply was he had freedom of speech. The Danish person that created the caricature about Prophet Mohammed was disillusioned by the word “freedom of
expression”, he will not apologize nor would he remove that work. What
happened? A mass boycott to the products and other things in Denmark. Then off
late the film that is a shameful piece of art created by an ignorant and
defended by the west as being part of the freedom of expression? It doesn't
matter how 2 billion people feel, this person is free to do what he likes even
if it means we humiliate the prophet that is classified as the most
influential person in our world. Of course everybody boycotted google and
youtube. However is this really a matter of freedom of expression?
And an Iraqi artist called Layla Al-Attar
drew a caricature of George Bush the father on the entrance to Alrasheed Hotel,
what happened to the artist? A missile hits her house and kills her. Where is
the freedom of expression here? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Layla_Al-Attar)
This preamble is dedicated to all of those
that fight for freedom of expression to be for everyone in this world. However
what we need also is the respect for everybody in this world. As both freedom
and respect goes hand in hand. Those
that do humiliating acts against other people are not doing a favor to
themselves nor to the subject of freedom of expression itself.
To those that oppose our prophet and our religion, I would love to gift to you some interesting findings about our religion which has nothing to do with what the media portrays about it.
I have read many books that talk about
positivity and how if we are positive we will be able to reach our goals and we
will lead a life full of happy surprises.
When I dug deep into these books I found clear resemblance to what the Quran
keep on telling us. The things people in
the west know about Islam are only 1% of what the Quran mentions, and are delivered
to the west in a way that makes them scared of the religion.
In fact Islam is
the religion of peace and it is totally against killing, and against committing terrorist acts that have no real value but to create hatred-ism and phobia in the
minds of people around the globe.
is against killing ones self, and thus those suicide bombers are not really
following the teaching of Islam. There
are many articles that mentions Jihad, but in most of these articles Jihad is
the fight against the self. One must prevent oneself from committing acts that
are going to do harm to humanity, and that is the real meaning of Jihad. However the west portrays Jihad as a synonym
to what the Crusaders have done to the Muslims in Jerusalem, I agree that there
were some atrocities created by both the Muslims and other religions which I
consider against humanity, but these atrocities are a result of misconceptions
and misunderstanding of what Islam as a religion is.
Islam was supposed to be the religion that
will help people reach their goals, be happy, lead a stress-free life, be rich, be
healthy, against depression, for love, for education, for lifelong learning,
for happy marriage, for happy divorces, for protecting of human rights, for
treating people well, for owning great morals etc.
Each of these attributes are a subject by
itself and there are articles in Quran to prove each and every point. I will
list only a few that talks about love, money and depression.
32. Say, “Who forbade God’s finery which He
has produced for His servants, and the delights of livelihood?” Say, “They are
for those who believe, in this present world, but exclusively theirs on the Day
of Resurrection.” We thus detail the revelations for people who know.
26. God dispenses the provisions to
whomever He wills, and restricts. And they delight in the worldly life; yet the
worldly life, compared to the Hereafter, is only enjoyment.
Alnaاl (The Bees)
71. God has favored some of you over others
in livelihood. Those who are favored would not give their properties to their
servants, to the extent of making them partners in it. Will they then renounce
Alisra (The Night Journey)
30. Your Lord expands the provision for
whomever He wills, and restricts it. He is fully Informed, Observant of His
82. Those who had wished they were in his
position the day before were saying, “Indeed, it is God who spreads the bounty
to whomever He wills of His servants, and restricts it. Had God not been
gracious to us, He would have caved in on us. No wonder the ungrateful never
Alankaboot (The Spider)
17. You worship idols besides God, and you
fabricate falsehoods. Those you worship, instead of God, cannot provide you
with livelihood. So seek your livelihood from God, and worship Him, and thank
Him. To Him you will be returned.”
62. God expands the provision for whomever
He wills of His servants, and restricts it. God is Cognizant of all things.
Alroom (The romans)
37. Do they not see that God expands the
provision for whomever He wills, or restricts it? Surely in this are signs for
people who believe.
36. Say, “My Lord spreads out His bounty to
whomever He wills, or restricts it; but most people do not know.”
39. Say, “My Lord extends the provision to
whomever He wills of His servants, or withholds it. Anything you spend, He will
replace it. He is the Best of providers.”
52. Do they not know that God extends the
provision to whomever He wills, and constricts it? In that are signs for people
12. To Him belongs absolute control of the
heavens and the earth. He spreads the bounties to whomever He wills, or reduces
it. He is aware of all things.
27. If God were to increase the provision
to His servants, they would transgress on earth; but He sends down in precise
measure whatever He wills. Surely, regarding His servants, He is Expert and
And whoever fears God—He will make a way out for him.
3. And will provide for him from where he never expected. Whoever relies on
God—He will suffice him. God will accomplish His purpose. God has set a measure
to all things.
Albaqara (The Heifer)
177. Righteousness does not consist of
turning your faces towards the East and the West. But righteous is he who
believes in God, and the Last Day, and the angels, and the Scripture, and the
prophets. Who gives money, though dear, to near relatives, and orphans, and the
needy, and the homeless, and the beggars, and for the freeing of slaves; those
who perform the prayers, and pay the obligatory charity, and fulfill their
promise when they promise, and patiently persevere in the face of persecution,
hardship, and in the time of conflict. These are the sincere; these are the
190. And fight in the cause of God those
who fight you, but do not commit aggression; God does not love the aggressors.
195. And spend in the cause of God, and do
not throw yourselves with your own hands into ruin, and be charitable. God
loves the charitable.
205. When he gains power, he strives to
spread corruption on earth, destroying properties and lives. God does not like
216. Fighting is ordained for you, even
though you dislike it. But it may be that you dislike something while it is
good for you, and it may be that you like something while it is bad for you.
God knows, and you do not know.
Al Omran (The family of Omran)
14. Adorned for the people is the love of
desires, such as women, and children, and piles upon piles of gold and silver,
and branded horses, and livestock, and fields. These are the conveniences of
the worldly life, but with God lies the finest resort.
31. Say, “If you love God, then follow me,
and God will love you, and will forgive you your sins.” God is Forgiving and
32. Say, “Obey God and the Messenger.” But
if they turn away—God does not love the faithless.
57. And as for those who believe and do
good works, He will give them their rewards in full. God does not love the
76. Indeed, whoever fulfills his
commitments and maintains piety—God loves the pious.
92. You will not attain virtuous conduct
until you give of what you cherish. Whatever you give away, God is aware of it.
134. Those who give in prosperity and
adversity, and those who restrain anger, and those who forgive people. God
loves the doers of good.
146. How many a prophet fought alongside
him numerous godly people? They did not waver for what afflicted them in the
cause of God, nor did they weaken, nor did they give in. God loves those who
148. So God gave them the reward of this
world, and the excellent reward of the Hereafter. God loves the doers of good.
159. It is by of grace from God that you
were gentle with them. Had you been harsh, hardhearted, they would have
dispersed from around you. So pardon them, and ask forgiveness for them, and
consult them in the conduct of affairs. And when you make a decision, put your
trust in God; God loves the trusting.
Alhajar (The Stone)
55. They said, “We bring you good news in truth, so do not despair.”
56. He said, “And who despairs of his Lord’s mercy but the lost?”
Alroom (The Romans)
36. When We give people a taste of mercy,
they rejoice in it. But when adversity befalls them, because of what their
hands have perpetrated, they begin to despair.
These verses are borrowed from this site http://www.clearquran.com/ which unfortunately doesn't let you do any searches, I had gathered these verses by
reading the Quran and understanding its meaning of Money, love and depression.
If you notice, there is a host of verses
that talk about wealth, and love but if you want to find those verses that
talk about going on a crusade, you will have to dig deep, and most of the
times, these are not found. Basically
the Quran which is our main source of inspiration, encourages us to believe and
once we believe we can acquire the worldly needs and also to hope for an
eternal life in Heaven.
The difference between the books that are
written about positivity and its power like for instance "The Secret", that it
assumes that everybody on earth can obtain what they want, just by believing
that it is going to be there, however in Islam, we believe that anyone can
acquire what one wants if we believe in God Almighty and we ask for our needs
and wants to be granted. Sometimes these
needs are not granted due to a reason beyond our comprehension, but we must not
give up and we must not think that we have been deprived from these requests.
Not a single request from God is too large,
God is great and we can ask for infinite amount of wealth, happiness, health
and wisdom. We are asked to work for our
needs of course, as these will not be fulfilled without working towards them,
unless of course one is asking to win the mega lotto, in that case we still need
to buy the ticket.
At the end of this preamble, all I want to
insist upon is that, we all need to learn from the teaching of prophet
Mohammed, and learn that freedom of expression when granted it has to be
available for all, and it has to come with some amount of respect.
A call to all the people of this world, it
is a horrible time, when oppression, poverty and ignorance are the main
ingredients of our living conditions, we do not need to be against each other,
instead lets unite and find out about the treasures of science, engineering,
philosophy and other fields of knowledge that are not discovered just yet. I say
that we have all suffered enough, and it is time to heal our wounds, love and
respect each other and serve humanity.