Sunday, May 30, 2010

Bangladesh 'blocks Facebook' over political cartoons

Our love for the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is greater than the love other religions have for their leaders. I'm sorry if that offends some readers, but that's the truth. "I've seen the kings of Persia and Rome," said one observer at the time of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) "but I've never seen a leader who is more loved by his people than Muhammad (pbuh)." Even now, Muslims pray every day that God send down his peace and blessings on As-Sadiq and Al-Amin (The Truthful and The Trustworthy, Muhammad peace be upon him). Muslims love The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) more than their friends, families and even themselves. Hence, Muslims react to undignified defamatory statements about the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) just like they would react to such statements about their friends or family: we get angry.

Non-Muslims should keep this in mind when they want to criticize the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Muslims have no problem with debate and disagreements. It is apart of our religion to respect the beliefs of others. However, disrespecting the Prophet Muhamad (pbuh) merely to prove that you can, only creates more division and hatred in the world. It serves no real purpose and fails to convince anyone of anything. All that is being accomplished is merely angering and disrespecting an entire religious group. What religion teaches to do that?

Muslims should also keep in mind that our love should not always turn us to anger. Muslims need to stop acting aggressively and start acting progressively when faced with ignorance and hatred. All too often, this love blinds us from acting appropriately to a situation where someone defames Habibullah (the Beloved of God, peace be upon him). We need to remember his (pbuh)
sunnah (way) and act in a way that would please Allah. Wouldn't it be better, for example, to, instead of getting angry and banning facebook, to send articles to non-Muslim friends about the greatness of Rasulullah (pbuh)? Wouldn't it be prudent to tell them about how amazing he (pbuh) was and show them why we love Rasulullah (pbuh) so much and why they should too?

Taken from here.

Bangladesh has blocked access to Facebook after satirical images of the prophet Muhammad and the country's leaders were uploaded, say reports.

One man has been arrested and charged with "spreading malice and insulting the country's leaders" with the images, an official told the AFP news agency.

Officials said the ban was temporary and access to the site would be restored once the images were removed.

It comes after Pakistan invoked a similar ban over "blasphemous content".

A spokesman for the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) told AFP Facebook had "hurt the religious sentiments of the country's majority Muslim population" by carrying "offensive images" of Mohammed.

"Some links in the site also contained obnoxious images of our leaders including the father of the nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the leader of the opposition," said the commission's acting chair, Hasan Mahmud Delwar.

On Saturday, one man was arrested by the elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Dhaka and charged with uploading the images.

"Facebook will be re-opened once we erase the pages that contain the obnoxious images," said Mr Delwar.

Pakistan blocked all access to Facebook - along with YouTube, Wikipedia and Flickr - last week after images of Muhammad started to appear online.

People were invited to submit their images of him in the run-up to "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" held by some users of Facebook on 20 May.

Most Muslims consider representations of the Prophet Muhammad to be blasphemous.

Thousands of people joined anti-Facebook protests in Bangladesh on Friday demanding the site be blocked over the contest.

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