The weird blasphemy

29 07 2009

Blasphemy is one of the most favorite words in the Muslim world. The sensitivities run so high that non-issues become a great dispute. Some Muslims love to make a mountain out of a mole hill. It is an understandable fact that Muslims do not want any dirt smacking on the holy figures. But why they became so insane while protesting?

The answer lies in the ignorance of a common Muslim that can be easily brainwashed by the mullahs. Interestingly, these mullahs remain at the sideline (as usual) and a common Muslim dies during violent protests. During the 2006 caricature controversy, dozens of Muslims died in Pakistan, Egypt, Bangladesh and other Muslim countries. There was a massive loot and arson where banks, offices and shopping centers were set on fire.

There are also minor controversies fueled by religious zealots in the Muslim world. Pakistan is the worst affected country as most Pakistanis think themselves to be the guardians of Islam. This ‘assumed’ guardianship means that they are free to carry out violent protests and chant anti-western slogans. The situation is almost the same in Egypt, Bangladesh and in India. The concept of freedom of speech is virtually non-existent in the Muslim world.

On an end note, there is an old anecdote running under varying scenarios in different Muslim countries. A group of angry Muslim protesters were chanting slogans against a western country (Outside its embassy) in a Muslim world. Police was standing on the sidelines and the protest was turning violent. Suddenly someone started shouting in the crowd that the visa window has been opened and that country is offering free tickets and accommodation. The crowd soon dispersed and one could see a long line of the applicants at the said window.

The crux of the matter lies in the ignorance, poverty and religious extremism. Even those who are educated are not ready to accept the controversial and hypocritical attitudes of Muslim theocracy and that is a real shame.

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