Katy Perry’s recent video which included a pendant depicting the name Allah, that was burnt has caused outrage amongst Muslims.
But I am reminded of the words of Abu Bakr on the death of Prophet Muhammad, “Whoever among you is worshiping Muhammad, know that Muhammad is dead. And whoever among you was worshiping Allah know that Allah does not die.” – The same goes for this pendant which burnt to dust. Are you worshiping God, or a pendant?
My belief in God, as a Creator and Sustainer of the Universe is a far cry from the depiction of God on a pendant, an a piece of paper, etc. Whether intentional or otherwise, all this episode shows to me is poor planning and bad manners. And at best the Muslim response should simply be a reminder that mutual respect should be a cornerstone of expression.
I’ve visited Bahrain a number of times and have quite enjoyed my time there. But when I learned of this new law which makes verbally offending the king punishable by up to 7 years in jail, all I could think of is how when the children of the tribe of Thaqif in Taif would pelt stones at Prophet Muhammad, such that he bled, and his only response was to pray for their forgiveness.
Finally, something positive from the Arab Spring! The Tunisian National Assembly approved a new constitution which features some very interesting points! Text taken from here.
Here’s just some of what these brave elected representatives agreed upon in the face of strong pressure from the more extreme factions of their parties:
- Guaranteed equality between men and women
- A constitutional mandate for environmental protection, only the third country in the world to do so
- A declaration that health care is a human right, with preventative care and treatment for every citizen
- A democracy with civil laws that respects freedom of religion
- An established right to due process and protection from torture
In one stroke, Tunisia’s become more democratic than many Western countries have been for years.
This is a revolution of democracy and a great victory for human rights — and the more we recognize that, the more Tunisia can shine as an example for the Western and the Arab world!
In an eye catching headline the Daily Mail writes, “Mad Dog the cannibal pictured eating SECOND Muslim in as many weeks as Christians lynch and burn two men in Central African Republic.” The article is complete with photos, one of which is reproduced below, and a video where he explains why he eats ‘Muslims.’
Let us be clear however, that this has nothing to do with ‘Christians’ nor indeed ‘Muslims.’ These, along with other acts of violence and terrorism are conveniently assigned to faith in an effort to divide people. But any person who understands the message of Christianity and indeed Islam can distinguish between the acts of injustice conducted in the name of faith vs the message of justice preached by faith.
Humanity’s hatred for one another knows no bounds when greed motivates and drives our choices and decisions. The world is more than sufficient for us all, it is a shame that some in pursuit for more, chose to do so in ways that reflect the uglier side of our humanity.
A Christian cannibal eating dead Muslims? No. An angry faithless man, eating another for namesake, nothing more. And may God have mercy and guide us all, amen.
Currently doing the rounds on the internet, this quote has evoked a number of responses, mostly from those who seem hard-done-by, as if their good efforts have been ‘wasted’. But I wonder then of the intention of any person who engages in an action?
I have found three types of intentions. Those who perform an act for recognition. Those who do so to feel good. And those who do something to help others. The first of the three I find to be empty actions irrespective of the positive impact they might have. The latter two however I find to be reassuring of the sense of humanity.
Thus, for any person to believe that their good deeds have been wasted, I fear they have not understood the real reason why we should do positive things. For with the correct intention, there is no such thing as the wrong people for whom you do the right things for.