"Well, this is Mohammed Khalid, the member of parliament and representative of the Northern District 6, sans slippers, burning the Danish flag to show his disapproval of the refusal of the Danish government to impose restrictions and penal actions on an independent newspaper which had the temerity to publish derogatory cartoons depicting our prophet Mohammed," writes a skeptical Mahmood. (Al -Wasat photo)
"Here in the UK, even my most liberal and left-wing friends have very suddenly become deeply anti-Muslim and are saying that Muslims clearly cannot live in Europe," writes Anonymous in Mahmood's comments:
These people didn't say that sort of thing even after the London bombings, but they are saying it now. People are furious with these attacks on our freedoms, with our stupid grovelling politicians and newspaper editors, and with the Muslims who marched through London waving banners with slogans such as "Behead Those Who Insult Islam."
I've honestly never seen so many of my countrymen this angry before. It seems to be the end of tolerance for Muslims. I hope that the protests die down and things improve otherwise the future of Muslims in Europe must surely be in question.
Isn't there a law in Bahrain that criminalises burning of flags? Especially flags of those countries which we do have good relations with?
Is he setting a good example to those around him? Fast forward 15 - 20 years; any idea how those kids standing around him and shouting their lungs out will actually turn out? Tolerant? Will they engage their brains before letting emotions run astray and resort to violence to settle disputes?
We're looking to sober heads like Mahmood himself to get us through this thing, and he doesn't disappoint:
These protests demanding violence, to me, are a complete moral bankruptcy of those taking part in those protests AND of their particular understanding of Islam.
I keep saying, so what if a dimwitted cartoonist, or Nazi or racist or a stupid person drew a cartoon or swore at our religious symbols or misrepresented them? Is that going to reduce our symbols' place in our and hundreds of millions of Muslims' hearts? Is that going to change their greatness? Of course not. So why was this situation blown up out of all rational repercussions?
I think this situation was used to divert the Muslim nations' attention from the real problems festering in their midst.
What DOES offend me greatly however is the once again hijacking of my religion, this time universally by all sects, to show the world that it is ugly, intolerant, and violent.
Were it not for earnest and true good folk like Mahmood, our own beloved and long lost Ranti and other wonderful Muslim bloggers like Omar and Mohammed of Iraq the Model, we wouldn't have a clue nor a ray of hope.
Update: InstaLanche: Backlash?