I don’t know whether to laugh, get mad, or both, it seems that we Muslims have lately become quite sensitive. More accurately, we have become a rerun stock footage for substance-less 24-hour cable “news” channels and comedy goldmine for every comedian’s punchline. Do we really have to go out on the street to protest and call for the execution of a schoolteacher, whose only crime was to ask her pupils what they want to name a teddy bear? Is that how low and degenerate this Ummah has become? What about the fact that protesters in Khartoum are conveniently looking the other way when hundreds of thousands of their fellow Muslims and countrymen continue to suffer in Darfur? How barbarously hypocritical is that?
No wonder the Western media has been taking this stupidity of Muslims to the fullest advantage by running it ceaselessly in the continues 24-hour cycle since the story broke. Needless to say, when I hear Muslim leaders blame the media for the bad image of Muslims in the West, I can’t help but smirk at this suggestion. It is true that we have a lot of axes to grind against the West and its continues war against Islam and its followers, but come on! Going on the streets to protest and call for an execution for this? Why aren’t these people in Khartoum protesting the conflict in Darfur? It never ceases to amaze me how this Ummah have fragmented and broken down internally. I can only wonder what non-Muslims around the world will take from this story – what they always believed about Muslims, thanks to the Western media or just another reason to fear Muslims for their madness at non-story stories? Only time will tell. However, what I take from this story is that we, the Muslims, need to take a serious look in the mirror, then evaluate our priorities.