And when they hear vain talk, they turn away therefrom and say: “To us our deeds, and to you yours; peace be to you: we seek not the ignorant.”
( سورة القصص , Al-Qasas, Chapter #28, Verse #55)
So 20 May came and passed. But the ridiculous euphoria surrounding it has not finished yet. It is sad and funny at the same time to see many people jumping all over the issue. But overall I should say it was a sad day for many reasons.
Not because a bunch of low life trolls posted some pictures of Prophet Muhammad SAW and felt they had served humanity by doing so, but also because once again we Muslims proved that we are the best publicists any one can have. All they got to do is piss us off! And we will make them an overnight celebrity.
Let’s get some thing straight. I am not against the boycott. If someone is rightly offended by the cartoons and thinks that facebook is responsible, he/she should delete his/her account and say goodbye to it for good. What I am against is blowing trumpets out of this whole issue in a way that could only help the cause of the culprits. Let’s face it. The whole media thrives on controversy. More controversy, more news. And the more you are on news, the more famous you become. Its simple rule. IF we really had not made the whole issue out of it, this event would probably have gone un-noticed with very little coverage. Now however it seems to be among the top headlines. After the creation of the page itself, all the creator needed was extra advertisement. Which was loyally provided by amount of anti-draw day pages on facebook. It did not help of course that most of such groups were Pakistanis. And since Pakistan has no problems of its own, us Pakistanis like to take things to a whole new level. One thing led to another and Pakistan banned facebook, youtube, wikipedia, proceeded and preceded by angry protests all over big cities of the country. Although we Pakistanis are very humble about our acts, still international media always never misses the chance to share our glorious acts to the whole world. All the international coverage to the event and Pakistan’s reaction resulted in more publicity, more members, more pictures, more hate filled content for the group. Exactly what any one would have wished for. Molly Norris, who had come up with an original idea (even though she has distanced herself from the event and has apologized)has been mentioned so much in the news lately that she has become an overnight celebrity. And the facebook creators have what they wanted.
How would Allah wants us to react:
When thou seest men engaged in vain discourse about Our signs, turn away from them unless they turn to a different theme. If Satan ever makes thee forget, then after recollection, sit not thou in the company of those who do wrong.
( سورة الأنعام , Al-Anaam, Chapter #6, Verse #68)
[Yusufali 6:69] On their account no responsibility falls on the righteous, but (their duty) is to remind them, that they may (learn to) fear Allah.
[Yusufali 6:70] Leave alone those who take their religion to be mere play and amusement, and are deceived by the life of this world. But proclaim (to them) this (truth): that every soul delivers itself to ruin by its own acts: it will find for itself no protector or intercessor except Allah: if it offered every ransom, (or reparation), none will be accepted: such is (the end of) those who deliver themselves to ruin by their own acts: they will have for drink (only) boiling water, and for punishment, one most grievous: for they persisted in rejecting Allah.
It does not come as a surprise though that the best answer comes from the book of Allah. A best way we should have handled the situation and this thing would have gone un noticed. We should keep in mind of course that this event itself would have never occurred if there was no death threats against south park creators. It should also be kept in mind that this particular series has mocked even holocaust, depicted Jesus a.s all the time and has left almost no thought process un-mocked.
Contrary to what facts Pakistani sms and pseudo scholars/anchors/writers/journalists are quoting, the fact remains that Pakistan is not even in top 30 countries of FB users. Yet, people all over Pakistan are probably believing that FB is loosing billions daily due to ban in Pakistan. After all why would any one need to check boring facts like FB will be touching billion dollars revenue in total in this fiscal year, when one gets a proof by a forwarded sms. I mean the latter evidence is far more superior.
Pakistan did not create much trouble for the ban, but the news it created helped users in other countries find the page.
The irony does not end here. During past few days I have display of such hypocrisy and ignorance that is so shameful that it can not even be helped by a good laughter. I have seen people using proxies to check their farm’s status while they have the boycott facebook display pic on the very day of May 20, people [b]joining[/b] the facebook boycott event groups (after the date that is). Yes you heard it right. People were supporting/liking updates/statuses of such groups while using the facebook itself. It reminds me of a joke about clerics who went on tableegh and promised to say astaghfar when ever any of them sees a woman. After some time, one of them said ‘Astaghfirullah!’. All umped while saying ‘kidhar hai, kidar hai‘. Than of course there is a page created ‘Draw Mark Zukherberg’s Mom’ which asks omitting un-artistic things like shoes and clothes in the picture. Hey! I am all up for giving Islamic replies. In some cases ignorance goes beyond the limits of being lame to total retardness. When ever I tried to talk to anybody about the issue of the purpose of this whole thing, I got replies like ‘if someone insults your mother/father in front of you what will you do?’. And I am always like ‘so lame dude’. I mean WTF! People find it same that someone is insulting your dear one at your face and someone sitting across different continent posting some useless picture in a virtual forum? I mean am I the only one who does not get the analogy? No I am not. But sadly voices howled in anger always get the more attention. The most funny yet embarrassing stunt has been played by har-dil-aziz scholar [b]Dr[/b] Amir Liaqat Hussain who has come up with ingenious theory that facebook does not write its name with capital ‘F’ because that way Christian cross can not be made.
I would let you take a moment for it so that it may sink in properly.
It does not help is cause of course by the fact that the owner himself is a jew. In which case I should think he really lost himself a good jewish conspiracy theory. Come to think of it, if we combine both the conspiracies, we can say something on the lines like ‘jews he hidden cross in facebook in order to mock Christians and Muslims together because they had put Jesus a.s on it’. See how easy it is hatch a conspiracy theory. And this guy is not even good as the average conspiracy theorist. I mean this is the sorry state of our affairs. This is the man who by many is considered a true Muslim. Not only that, he is the baby face of all the scholars of Pakistan on TV. The man not only is in scholar’s (clerics I should say) company all the time, they quite need his company as well to be able to speak on TV. When nation can be mobilized by fools of his kind, it is no wonder that we will always be participating in a lost cause. That is if we are not actually helping our own enemies.