By A Khokar May 22, 2010
From Denmark to South Park, the American women Molly Norris whose satirical cartoon inspired a thousand copycat cartoons of Prophet of Islam on Facebook has apologized, claiming her satirical work was “hijacked” and that the resulting “Everyone Draw Muhammad Day!” was offensive to Muslims. US foreign office also condemns this provocation.
After seeing the large protest throughout the country; one needs to understand the Pakistani Muslims psyche which took the protestors on the streets—chanting slogans against the perpetrators indulging in drawing the offensive caricatures of the Prophet (pbuh).
There is also a need to dig out that why after all; in the western society; every now and then Islam is depicted in most intimidating way like the one we had in shape of facebook caricature. This was yet another blow of enemies of Islam with intent to undermine and strike at the very base of belief of Muslims.
But what happens if a contentious issue of savagery of the west like in Holocaust is highlighted and if everybody is also asked to draw Holocaust’ images? Where as in the west any uttering about the Holocaust is frantically suppressed and it is also a punishable crime. The trumpeters of freedom of Speech may go totally mum on this subject.
It is widely thought in the west that Freedom of Speech in relation to Islam is a rebuttal to the notion that one should go limp in the clinches precisely because usually, Islamists bullies can punch or terrorize the western society by blowing themselves up.
The very idea of Freedom of Speech in—- its application is, as a tool of defence to target at the core of painfully incompetent authorities at delivering on their promise of freedom, tolerance, and equal rights—- which may not be just an issue of Muslim world only but—a wide suppression can glaringly be witnessed all over in the world— particularly in the countries which have the Christian domain stamps on them.
But question still haunts that why the commoners on the streets of Muslim world like in Pakistan is found so affront, agitated?
This may be a different story that Muslim Book of Quran predicts the dominance of Islam in this world that sooner or later the mankind has to come forward to submit to the summit presented by Islam. Present day Muslims being the custodian of the Divine Glorious Book of Quran feel obliged, as the chosen one of God to strive hard in the way of God and make all possible moves to make their God happy and be counted as blessed ones.
An Islamic revolution is very much seen in its offing that western promiscuous societies fear the most.
But there is other chilling aspect of this miasma too. This aspect is seen as most compelling that although the old Colonial Raj of dominance has since departed from their lands and there is no more physical subjugation of the oppressors but while sitting on the most lucrative economic resources of the world; financially they are still tied to the bondages of the western institutions like World banks and rigmarole of IMF—who are practically in control of their economies and daily life on the streets.
They also find that same old colonial Empire is again seen, rattling their sabres around bent upon to revisit them. The footsteps drawing near can clearly be heard.
Under such circumstance a collective resistance to ward off the oppressors is but natural.