Pakistan banned Facebook and then Youtube for showing off or carrying content which goes against the faith of Muslims. By the basic and fundamental faith in Islam, noone can show or try to idolize or draw or even imagine how their prophets look because it promoted idol worship which is strictly against Islam.
The other day, when it was banned in Pakistan, the creators of an online prophet drawing competition which invited individuals to draw the image of Prophet Mohammed, cited their freedom of expression to counter this.
The question is not of expression but of violating a whole community’s expression and belief. It has been a habit among the western ‘civilised’ youth to do some things which target the faith of Eastern world. We have seen it a number of times; be it a beer bottle with images of Hindu Gods or Prophet Mohammed’s caricature!
One has the right to express but not at the cost of violating other’s. These incident are a product of negativity and carry a whole baggage of colonial history of seeing the Eastern Faiths as something mean and illogical.
A generalized thinking and the sub-zero level of understanding about issues beyond one’s culture can only generate this type of behaviour. They, perhaps run out of ideas and then come up with some brilliant ones like this.
Pakistan Foriegn Office has urged the United Nations as well as the Organisation of the Islamic conference to look into the matter as it is a question of faith and a subject very emotional to Muslim community.
Mr Basit, spokesperson of Foreign Office, remarked, “Attacks on sacred religious beliefs, symbols and personalities are a violation of the fundamental rights to freely profess and manifest one’s religion. Such acts are also not helpful in the context of promoting inter-faith harmony and cooperation.”
This is not a matter of Muslims or Hindus or a particular community but on a larger perspective this is a product of prejudiced frustrations and empty mind who thinks it is ‘free to express’ but as a fact of the matter, thinking seems ‘bound in some premitive and uncivilized chain!’