Monday, February 27, 2006

Islamic Scholars Say Its Time For Dialogue With The West About Offensive Cartoons.

This article is taken from www.amrkhaled.com

NADIA ABOU EL-MAGD

Associated Press Writer Cairo, Egypt (AP)

Islamic scholars at a conference on the continuing furor over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad said it is time to stop protests and boycotts ae for dialogue with the West about offensive cartoons By nd instead enter a dialogue with the West in order to explain the prophet's importance to Muslims.
At a Friday conference, about 40 Muslim scholars from across the Islamic world signed a declaration appealing to Muslims "to exercise self restraint in accordance with the teachings of Islam."
"We reject countering an act of aggression by actions not sanctioned by Islam," the statement said, alluding to the publication of the cartoons and the subsequent violent protests.
The statement also appealed to the Danish government and people "to apologize, condemn and bring to an end this attack."
The Muslim world has been outraged by the drawings, first published in a Danish paper last September then reprinted in European papers in recent weeks in the name of press freedoms. Some protests have turned violent _ including one on Friday in Libya in which at least 10 people were killed _ and the tension has noticeably increased anti-Western sentiments in the Muslim world.


Islam widely holds that representations of Muhammad are banned out of reverence and for fear they could lead to idolatry.
"It is our duty and responsibility to move on to the stage of discussion and inform the world about our Prophet by disseminating and making known his character traits, noble qualities and high moral standards," the conference statement said.
Amr Khaled, a 38-year-old moderate Egyptian preacher, told reporters after the conference that peaceful protests were inevitable but it was time to move forward.


"It is a sign that the Islamic community is alive. The boycott was a must _ but now it is time for dialogue," he said.
Egypt's mufti, Ali Gomaa, emphasized the forgiving nature of the Prophet but added: "We won't stop supporting our Prophet, and preaching for God, in a gentle way."


Abla el-Kahlawy, a veiled dean of Islamic Studies at Al-Azhar University, was angrier.
"Our taboos and sanctities have been violated, I'm appealing to intellectuals and the wise in the world to stop the mutual hatred and ... enmities that are pushing the world to the edge," she said. "What is the aim of violating what is held sacred by more than 1 billion Muslims?"
But Khaled, the Egyptian preacher, said he's ready to go to Copenhagen, with other scholars and Muslim youth, to discuss the problem.


"The deep-rooted solution of this problem is through dialogue to reach an understanding and coexistence between the nations," Khaled said.
Also Friday, a Danish church delegation met with Egyptian religious leaders in an effort to help reduce the tension and correct misunderstandings, said delegation member Harald Nielsen.
"We want to reveal our friendship with the Muslims and Christians in Egypt," said Nielsen, secretary in the Middle East for a Danish NGO called Danmission. "We do not agree on the cartoons published by the Danish newspaper, and we were insulted by them."The church delegation is on a three-day visit to Egypt at the initiative of Danmission.

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Blogger Helena said...

I think it's great that scholars sign a declaration. It is important we know about this!

28 February, 2006 23:01  
Blogger Prup (aka Jim Benton) said...

Sorry, but I disagree. The key idea in this is that 'the Danish people and Government' have something to apologize for, and that the cartoons should not have been published.

Even if you accept the second part -- and I DO NOT -- the first shows that these scholars haven't understood how things work in the West. A government, a 'people' is NOT responsible for supressing even offensive ideas.

The Danish government and 'people' had nothing to do with these cartoons, one individual paper did. It acted under freedom of the press, and that freedom INCLUDES the right to be offensive, and the assurance that the government will NOT step in and censor them.

The boycott was a vile absurdity. Unless a particular company was an advertiser in Jyllands-Posten, it had nothing to do with the cartoons, and no one I've heard of has ever demonstrated that they checked the issues of the paper, or contacted the individual companies that DID advertise and request them to protest. Instead there was an attempt to extort compliance and censorship from the entire country by violence and 'blunderbuss boycotts.'

01 March, 2006 02:19  
Blogger Stellar said...

Muslims want more than just an apology. Muslims are tired of the misconceptions of them that the media keeps spreading worldwide. It's simply not the truth about us. What is seen in the media is the extremists in the Muslim world and not the proper Muslim Community.

Yes, it's true we lacked in defending ourselves properly in the past but that is no longer the case... Hence we're doing what we're doing... We want to make a point that we won't take this mockery anymore.

Just like nobody can mock Jews without being accused of being an anti Semite and actually get indicted for it. That's exactly what we want. Muslims are striving for that same right. Hence the conferences are being. We're sick and tired of being persecuted by the world and Muslim extremists.

Why didn't the newspaper print the cartoons of Jesus, claiming it's too offensive? Why the double standards? It is targeted to cause inflammatory and to offend us, Muslims. Why did they print them the second time, when the first time nothing was taken seriously and was brushed off?

The boycott is to make a serious point that we're not taking this mockery anymore especially when it comes to what we consider as the most sacred in all humanity… How are we supposed to show our anger and demand the right of respect just like the Jews did? Jews did the same exact same things we're doing now and they got their rights. I mean it when I say, Kudos to them for their success.

All we want is the exact same thing by being non-violent and proactive. Is that too much to ask for?

01 March, 2006 23:59  
Blogger Prup (aka Jim Benton) said...

Stellar:
Yes, you are mad as hell, and you ain't gonna take it. The trouble is that you are so mad you are somewhat confused. No one in the West has been 'indicted' for being an anti-Semite. (Irving was indicted for denying the Holocaust, a different thing, and over the protests of many, including the woman who first proved his fraudulence, Deborah Lipstadt.

As for the West having a double standard, i agree. It has. Cartoons mocking Jesus, the Christian and Jewish God, the Pope, and religious figures are all over the place. (One example, South Park, where Jesus has returned to Earth and is the host of a cable public access tv show -- and public access tv shows have audiences in the hundreds.) A movie like Monty Python's LIFE OF BRIAN, a book like Don Imus' GOD'S OTHER SON all get accepted. The Pope gets mocked regularly, as do the more rabid ministers, on American and British tv.

The double standard is that Muslims don't get the same treatment, out of fear.

The cartoons, by the way, were published in Egypt during Ramadan and there were no riots.

And again, I still wait to hear you explain why a country and its products should be boycotted when that country does not have any control over a newspaper. It was nothing more than blackmail.

07 March, 2006 03:16  
Blogger Stellar said...

The only reason why I'm mad is that there's loads of misconceptions flying around and when the truth is being said, they consider it as Muslims being appologetic. We're not appologizing for anything that we're not doing. It's those exmists and we don't conider them to be following proper Islam. They play a huge role in destroying the picture of Islam and the goverments and media of the west is taking advantage of it.

I personally wasn't surprised the cartoons were drawn and published. I expect anything from anybody because I know that some people in the west truly have a deformed view of the west and I understand why. They don't see the good image and we Muslims are to blame which again bothers me. Now you know why I'm upset. I couldn't care less about the cartoons, it's the meaning behind it and the cause of it that gets me going.

I'm probably am not the only one who feels the way I do... Hence the reaction we Muslims are having.

In your opinion what should we do? If Christians accept being mocked all the time, that's up to them. We don't just like the Jews don't..

Henry Ford got in much trouble with the Jews when he wrote, The International Jew.

Nobody has heard of the cartoon publications in Egypt... Probably that's why there were no roits. I seriously doubt it's true. If it's truly it'll be a lot worse than what has happened in Denmark. I know people living in Egypt they have no idea of that. Nobody has heard or seen anything. Not everything in the media should be believed in my opinion.

About the boycott, I'll tell you... The Arab world is also got offended by the Danish goverment's reaction and the prime minister didn't accept meeting with the Arab Ambassdors in Denmark. So what do we do? We boycott the goverment and everthing doing with the goverment, meaning businesses and everything. Do you have any other suggestions to capture the goverment's attention non-violently?

One more thing, if you and others like you don't understand a point of view doens't mean it's a stupid one or pointless. It's just you see it in a totally different percpective which I respect.

cheers.

14 March, 2006 18:57  
Blogger Stellar said...

One more thing that I just remembered. South Park made fun of Arabs and Muslims as well. When it comes to that show I believed they covered everything.

I'm very familiar with that Cartoon show by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. They don't have any sorts of double standards. They covered everything.

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