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This is just my little take on the world, it just feels so good to let loose with my ideas, thoughts and well-whatever! i appologise for poor spelling, still figuring out the spell check on this thing - all the views expressed below are my own!

Monday, February 06, 2006

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Peace be upon you

I must begin this with my sincerest apologies, to both my Blog enthusiasts (yeah all three of you) and to the not so enthusiastic peeps who love giving me entertainment for the weeks to come but keep the discussion good and my hits high. I was hectically busy these past few weeks, well not really, it’s just that I’ve been pulling many hours at work and my boss is not too impressed by me being too much on the net. Added to that I don’t really know why I just been so damn lazy to update but there are few hot postings on the way so please tell me you guys haven’t forgotten about poor old me.

Why I decided to write this piece, well, honestly, this whole cartoon fiasco just seems way too good to let slip by. And I know you all are going to hate me for my take on it but like all the papers around the world have come to realize with the same immoral attention seeking as I suffer from-ALL PUBLICITY IS GOOD PUBLICITY. ESPECIALLY WHEN THE DUMBASS MUSLIMS OPEN THEIR MOUTHS.

Here’s my reality, I haven’t posted something on my blog for a while and everybody has nicely forgotten about me so what do I do to make a damn good comeback-I say something that will have all you immature freaks and “mature protestors” up in arms again and whoo-hoo Riyaadh’s back in the game!!! (especially if someone says boycott this blog, and then gives the url ( that’s like leaving a Playboy magazine on a 16 year-old boys’ bed with a note saying: “don’t look at this” )

Now for the crux of the issue-some editor or hotshot of some unknown paper in the middle of some weird European country decides to ask for cartoons depicting the Prophet (SAW). His/her/their reasoning - possibly because this subject matter wasn’t covered before and he/she/they thought “lets do something new”. Or possibly because he/she/they hate all Muslims and have declared a total war against Islam because Satan (the free masons/ jews/ shias/ west/ youth/ women/ whatever-else-tickles-your-fancy) was whispering some freaky stuff in their ears. Or the more real reality, they needed some publicity and knew they would get a real kick out of the Muslims.

A few weeks down the line, Denmark is being mentioned more than America in news bulletins, the Jyllands-Posten has probably become one of the most talked about news-papers in the world and I am betting news paper sales have soared beyond unthinkable heights over the last few weeks with every major media company that has decided to run a similar story.

And why? Because Muslims are up in arms about a few little drawings. My question is this: “Is Islam, and our beloved leader Muhammed (SAW) so weak and so pathetic that it needs our protection and can be affected by ink on a page?” above that, those drawings were tasteless, tactless and absuredly rude and disrespectful. Why are we even entertaining it? Can’t we just write a few letters and show the idiots that did this that we do not find humour in it, we are hurt but not mildly harmed by it and we are Muslims and we do not stoop to such lows.

Not that I am saying it is entirely wrong for Muslims to try and exert pressure on governments and whatever else, it is part of the whole freedom of speech crap yadda yadda yadda, but I’m simply asking “Is it tactful for us to do free advertising for fools?”

As far as bad taste cartoons depicting Prophets and other great leaders go, there have always been, just do a Google search for “Jesus cartoon”. Why have we never protested against this or other such depictions, are they not also Prophets of Islam? What messed up methodology are we using? And here’s another thought, Muhammed was not only a Prophet but also a political might, have any political figures ever not been tastelessly mocked at-at least with many others there were flaws to play on-in this case it is playing on the flaws and stupidity of the Muslims-now there’s a bottomless pot of inspiration.

I say we say, in a mature sense, as some youth called their protest at the Danish Embassy in South Africa, that yes there is freedom of speech and everyone is entitled to think what they may but we all know the great undying and unaffected truth of the greatest person to walk the Earth. We are too big for this and we are now going to ignore this childish mockery and go save a few million kids dying of malnutrition each year and go help a few million people living with Aids and go try and improve the lives of humanity while you draw pretty little pictures that are tasteless and face it, without us running your publicity campaign no-one would read your bullsh1t paper!


  • At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    not bad riyaadho, i have to say you do make a bit of sense (only a bit) well i guess that those dumb idiots who had the audacity to actually think up such satirical cartoons, is sitting pretty with smug looks somewhere thinking to themselves "just the publicity we need, stupid muslims" and the b*#@ who had the gall to publish such crap is even more pleased with themselves. I guess muslims should unite and be alot more stronger than them (the rest of the stupid world) and instead of killing people in protests, should tactfully deal with these kind of situations, after all we are the "master mind terrorists" right?? Muslims, start putting your bomb hats (sorry i mean thinking caps) unite, and think of mass action not destruction.


  • At 3:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    well i have to say one more thing though, i think that the muslim nation is truly hurt and that is why we are protesting this way. fair enough, but just don't kill peiople and let it get out of hand.


  • At 7:00 AM, Anonymous Nazneen said…

    Thank you Riyaadh, you've put what I've been thinking into a sound argument. The Muslim community is playing straight into the enemy's hands by acting like the terrorists we've been accused of being. Isn't it ridiculous that the biggest show of unity Muslims have shown lately, is also the biggest show of stupidity? Yes, we have a right to anger and hurt. But we also have a right to act in a dignified manner befitting a Muslim.

  • At 6:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "I may not like what you say, but by God, i would defend your right to say it" ...that is the def of freedom of expression.

    if we have to put a limit, where do we draw the line? because where your limit ends is just where mind might be starting...thus we might as well mussle everybody.

    The problem with Islam is that it people know nothing about it, even practicing Muslims, i get the impression that they depend on their mullahs and other "higher earthlings" to interprete the Koran for them.

    now that is one of the most dangerous thing to do, handing your faith and salvation to somebody who might have a different agenda.

    Something just keeps bothering me and comfirms some of the fears i am expressing above.

    The cartoons came about because some guy wrting a children religious book could not find illustrations partaining to Islam or the prophet, when asked around, he was told that it is not allowed, no body gave him any reason why, just that some mullah had said so.

    He took his case to the newspaper and they commissioned cartoons to get views on what people think about islam. Then we had the cartoon...i should say the response from the muslim community as you noted are not quite far from what the cartoons depicted, perpetuating they whole images again.

    Another beef is, this cartoons came out in Sept 2005, Muslims in Denmark had to go seek enlightment from higher mullahs in the gulf during an OIC conference then reactions started months later...

  • At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    some good points there...but you forgot about the unprecedented amount of money they lost from muslims around the world boycotting Danish products.

    Also I don't agree with your "tactful" approach to this situation. I would personally defend Islam with my life and i am glad to see so many muslims around the world unite....just at a time when I thought the ummah was becoming disbanded.

    Kill the infidels!!! To hell with the rest of the world. Let them think what they want. We know why we are upset.

  • At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Anonymous said...

    well i have to say one more thing though, i think that the muslim nation is truly hurt and that is why we are protesting this way. fair enough, but just don't kill peiople and let it get out of hand.


    so what do we do then rasheeda? sit back in our armchairs and phone them from our comfortable offices and homes...and say "I think you should'nt do this..."?

    C'mon...we all know being nice doesn't work with these bastards. why would they do something like this in the first place? To test us thats why. It's like kicking a dog...will it bite? Lemme kick harder...will it bite?? A little harder....ah! you bit me you bloody....

    Well in this case the dog bit baby.... the dog bit hard.

    Rashaad Essop

  • At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    In reswponse to:

    "Kill the infidels!!! To hell with the rest of the world. Let them think what they want. We know why we are upset. "

    I'm not Muslim so I don't know what my comment is worth, but if the publishers of the cartoon really were seeking to incite Muslims then is it worth giving them what they were looking for?

    Rather show your maturity by refusing to be bothered by the insult. If you kill others, that's just going to cause more conflict, and that's not what the world needs.

    That's my feel


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