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.

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  1. First let me say,I am not Muslim and I do reside in the West. That being the case, I agree that it is easy for followers of any faith; be it Muslim, Christian, Hindu etc, to become fanatical in their views and support decadent actions within an otherwise peace loving Faith. In my study of Islamic history and the Quran Mohammad nurtured good will and acceptance between the Christian, Jewish and Islamic believers. Early Muslim history is full of examples of cooperation between these “people of the book”. (look at Medina and Andalusia and the flowering of great centers of learning in the centuries after Mohammad’s death.) It seems people of faith everywhere tend to fall away from the teachings of their respective Messengers and rely more on man-made politicized edited interpretations of the Holy Scriptures. Acts of utter barbarity are committed in the name God or Allah. Christian Inquisitions and Holy Crusades along with present day decadent deeds performed by Islamic extremists are prime examples.

    I ask, Why are we not following the path both Jesus and Mohammad gave us to follow. Why is history fraught with so many people professing faith but acting in seeming contradiction to what the Holy Writings guide us to be and do?

    Is there not only one God who is the source of all goodness and strength? Why is there so much enmity and hatred between the peoples of the Earth. As viewed from space; boundaries of nations, sects, creeds, races, rich or poor are not visible but dwell only within the minds of men. We need to grow up and come together as one family.

  2. Firefly

    Hi Om…it’s been a while! Hope you’re doing well.

    I agree, this teddy bear/teacher debacle is a bit ludicrous. We are living in a world of extremes, whether it’s politics, religion, environment, health, wealth…anything and everything really.

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