Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Muslim Response to Hate

Asalamu Alaykom,

I haven't written anything about the insanity which surrounded the video "Innocence of the Muslims".  Can we all agree it's a dumb attempt to smear Islam?  Astragerallah.  Islam can never actually be harmed by the ignorance of Non-believers.  However, the spread of Islam can be harmed by the actions of the Muslims themselves.  What happened in Egypt, Libya and other places around the world is a shame.

One of my favorite teachers of Islam, Ahmad Al Shughairi,  has posted a video response.  Alhumduilllah I didn't try to explain it all because he did it much better than I ever could have.  It is EXTREMELY well done.  The easy-to-understand logic is imparted with both words and graphics.  Please take a look and share it.

Did you watch?  Really, it's worth five and a half minutes of your time.  I want you to watch it and then think who else in your life would benefit from seeing it.  Think and then send the link.  Think and link!  I like that.

In the video, he mentions "giving flowers" as one of the Islamic reactions.  You might not have heard much about that.  It certainly didn't get as much press coverage.

So, here's another video.  Click to watch it on youtube because it won't playback on this site:

Isn't that great?  The voice-over you hear is what was written on the card accompanying the rose.  I might have picked different highlights of the Prophet's life story (peace be upon him) but I can't imagine a better way to combat hate.

Martin Luther King Jr. told us, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” 

I think it's about time we all helped each other remember that--not only on such a large scale but on a personal level as well.  We all have people who hate us.  Let's find a way to respond to them which is helpful.

Love and Light!


Anonymous said...

assalamu alaikum ya ukhti,

Do you have a personal email address i can reach u on?

Yosra said...

Wa Alaykom Asalam Anon,

Is there something you can write to me here? Maybe it's a question or a comment which can help more than just you.

In the past, I've given out my email and it hasn't really worked out very well. Sorry, to not give it out now.

I hope you can write out what's on your're anonymous anyway! :)

Love and Light!

egyptchick7 said...

This video raised a good point I didn't think about which was, yea sure we can't say "Fire"! in a crowded theater so it is not necessarily protected speech when people can die from it...

However, I still do believe that the response by Muslims world wide (albeit an extremely small percentage)was exaggerated and you wouldn't see such a response here in the States when Jesus' name is being trampled on ( and it has happened quite a lot)...I think it has something to do with our understanding of freedom of speech and how Egyptians don't even know what freedom of speech MEANS...

I spoke to my cousin about it and she told me the perspective of the Egyptians was that the US wasn't condemning it much can a country do besides say "sorry"? It's clearly a cultural divide the West and the Middle East...

Have you seen the video? The actors were played as fools as their dialogue was dubbed over during the inflammatory parts...And it was produced by a Coptic Egyptian!!

Yosra said...

Asalamu Alaykom EgyptChick,

Thanks for watching the vid.

I like the point you make about Egyptisns not knowing freedom (of speech or anything). They are playing around with it now.

Ya, I don't get the need from Egyptians to hear, "sorry" from the U.S. when it was an EGYPTIAN who produced the vid. Why didn't American Muslims demand tht Egyptians appologize?!

I saw parts of the movie. It was a video----not a film. It had a lot of porn actors in it. It basically was...excuse me for saying...a way for this "Sam" to get-off using Islam as the venue. Astragferallah.

When a co-worker told me that she witnessed an excerpt of it which was really outrageous. Who in the world depicts a holy man having sexual relations with his wife?! I won't describe more of how she described it because I don't want the visual in your head. Astragferallah.

So, yes, there can be outrage but then we have to come back to our senses and listen to the words of Allah and follows the example of Our Beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

Love and Light!