By Majed Iqbal- It has been over a week since a controversial 3rd grade movie, produced in the US, insulting the Holy Prophet Of Islam caused a world-wide stir. Protests against the backstreet studio movie spread from Libya and Egypt across all parts of the Muslim World and reached Political heights similar to the offensive Cartoons that were published in Denmark in 2006 caricaturing Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
US secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, was quick to distance the US government from the Movie to deflect any suspicions that the Govt had a role in providing a platform for it. It was hard to take her at face value as the American Constitution protects freedoms, and therefore according to US law, the producer of the insulting film had committed no crime; his actions were perfectly acceptable according to his constitutional rights.
Many Western commentators were quick to peddle the same recycled narrative of Freedom of expression and highlight how such freedoms are scarcely unavailable in many parts of the Muslim World.
However, just earlier in the week we heard about another person becoming the victim of freedom too. This time round, in the name of freedom of the Press, Indecent images of the future Queen of England, Prince Williams Wife, Kate Middleton, were taken and published by a French Magazine, Italian Newspaper and today it was reported that an Irish Newspaper followed suit.
Under a secular society it is deemed as perfectly acceptable to carry out uncivilised acts and hide behind an intellectually bankrupt idea like freedom to justify your actions. A secular society also distances itself from any form of religiosity. It is of no surprise that people feel unashamed to produce movies about religious figures in the name of comedy, but with the real intent of incitement and causing offence, and then have the nerve to ask, “Whats wrong with you?”. If the future Queen of UK is not immune from the dire consequences of Freedom, then how do we expect liberal Fascists to value the honour of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)?
Unfortunately for Kate Middleton we haven’t really seen much protest from the British Public to defend the honour of the Monarchy. This maybe understandable, as icons like herself are distant and aloof from the day-to-day lives of the ordinary person.
But the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (SAW), the one who taught us the purpose of our existence, how to live, how to respect, lead honourable lives, run a civilised society is closer to the believers than they are to themselves. Allah (SWT) mentions in the Holy Quran
“The Prophet is closer to the believers than themselves” (Surah Ahzab 33:6)
1400 years ahead, the Message of Islam resonates with believers as much as it has done in every generation as internationally secular values in the muslim World take a dip and Islamic values rise sharply.
The rank of the Prophet of Islam in the heart of a Muslim cannot be described in words. This love and admiration for him can only be tasted when a person enters the fold of Islam and works to emulate his actions. The movie has deeply offended Muslims throughout the world who share these sentiments.
Sadly the rulers in the Muslim World have been more worried about their relations with Washington and London. Their token statements and actions have less to do with defending the honour of the Prophet of Islam and more to do with being pragmatic and appeasing Muslim sentiments for political ends in their states.