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Danish/American - maybe I can try to answer one of your questions...

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Submitted by Hind Samy (Egypt), Mar 16, 2006 at 23:37

Hello again,

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So, Danish/American here's my answer to you - I've noticed you've asked many times about Muslim's opinions on the Danish Imams who allegedly falsified some cartoons. Here's my $.02 on the matter. I don't accept ridicule of the prophet (pbuh) from anyone - not from a Muslim or a non Muslim - and yes, I take it personally. To me a Muslim - an imam, or anyone blaspheming against Muhamed (pbuh) it's all the same - a terrible thing and totally unacceptable to me.

You have to understand why it's such a terrible thing to me in particular and Muslims in general - the Prophet (pbuh) is the most revered and loved person in Islam - all Muslims love him, just as Christians love Jesus (pbuh) (I'm not going to go into a debate about differences on how we view Jesus - but we do love Jesus (pbuh) and respect him very much). So for us, to see cartoons made ridiculing the Prophet (pbuh) is horrendous - maybe if you tried to think of something you considered extremely dear to you was insulted or hurt in any way - the dearest thing in the world to you - it would hurt, right? It's very hard for a non Muslim to really grasp how much we love the Prophet (pbuh).

Back to the Danish imams. My neighbour asked me to forward her the cartoons because she hadn't seen them and wanted to send a letter of protest concerning them. I felt very hesitant to do this because I don't want to be one of the means of further spreading this blasphemous stuff. I would consider myself sinning in doing so, so I didn't. So yes, ANYONE who actually made these "Cartoons" is a terrible person in my opinion - no matter what their religion or nationality, it's inexcusable and unacceptable and they will be punished, because I believe God will punish the evildoers in this world, of that I am 100% sure. And yes, anyone who made these cartoons should be in jail.

You might be interested in reading about the Muslim scholar's reaction to all these events:

http://www.ing.org/latestnews/default.asp?num=40

These are some of the most renowned religious scholars in the Middle East.

I hope I may have shed some light on this for you - like you said, we're all trying to understand.
Take care.
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