LAHORE, Pakistan – Usually whenever the
government announces a holiday, everyone’s faces brighten up with the thought
of enjoying an extra holiday, especially if it’s coinciding with the weekend.
But this time, it’s a lot different. The
Pakistani government has announced a holiday on Friday, the day when 25
official and numerous unofficial rallies and processions will be carried out as
a protest against the anti-Islamic movie “Innocence of Muslims.”
Along with neighboring Afghanistan and
nearby Bangladesh, Pakistan has already banned the use of YouTube because of
Several times those against Islam have
devised vile maneuvers to outwit Islam, and at the same time, it would be wrong
to say that no Muslims ever defiled others.
But first of all, I would quote a
dialogue from a Pakistani movie, “Khuda Ke Liye” (In The Name of God).
In that 2007 movie, a torture victim –
thought by the American government to be responsible for the 9/11 attacks,
writes in a letter to his American wife, “I don’t hate all Americans because some of them harmed me. Please don’t
hate all Muslims because some of them harmed your country.”
Many people think that all Muslims hate
all Americans and vice versa but this is absolutely wrong.
Obviously, when someone, anywhere in the
world, would perform such an immoral act as making a film like this, all the Muslims
all over the world will protest.
Islam is a very peaceful religion and it
does not encourage any contradiction with anyone, even of another religion.
It teaches us to respect and not harm
believers of other religions. What recently happened was totally unbearable and
wrong. At least they should try to build a peaceful relationship at the international
How can it happen when we don't even
respect each other’s beliefs?
It is our right and we will protest
against this film, but the protests shall be peaceful rather than those which
end up in destroying property, and I surely hope that no Christian institutions
or people will be harmed.
I don’t even get the point of it because
it’s not them who are responsible. As a whole, I think that these people should
be punished for this act and further attempts like this shall be stopped.
We love our religion and our Holy
Prophet Muhammad and this is disrespectful of our religion. No one shall ever
tolerate such nonsense.