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Gunmen flee the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Photo credit: Reuters.

“If you cannot laugh at your God, then that God must be very small. The Prophet is, well, a midget,” so said Stephane Charbonnier, the Editor-in Chief of Charlie Hebdo, just a few years ago.

He was not a believer of any sort. Charlie Hebdo’s brand of humor was mercilessly creative and profane, and always full of insight. The outpouring of grief, shock and outrage is quite extraordinary, but what is even more extraordinary is that Jihadists and their apologists are trying to shift the blame on to the victims – the people who were slaughtered for no reason save for expressing their creative views, or buying milk at a grocery store. They are saying the killers were provoked by tasteless cartoons in Charlie Hebdo. There cannot be any bigger evidence of cowardice on the part of Muslims (the Ummah) than if we allow the narrative to be hijacked by these thugs.

All politically correct pundits and various commentators with gravitas are saying violence and Islam are in no way connected, that they are distinct and separate. Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. Well, I beg to differ. I think the massacre in Paris, at least at Charlie Hebdo offices, are part of a bigger pattern of intolerance and outright bigotry by a very large section of the Muslim Ummah. I know, I know, the knives are being sharpened in order to chop my head off. But, I wanted to talk about this head chopping of anyone, who, so called ‘Muslims’ do not agree with. The Paris massacre needs to be seen in the context of a bigger massacre that happened just a few days ago on 31 December, 2014. On the last day of 2014, some 49 people were killed by a suicide bomber in a little town called Ibb, at the foothills of Ba’adan Mountains in Yemen. There was no million people march, no heads of states linking arms for these people who were killed in Yemen. They were killed just the same way as those in the Charlie Hebdo offices and the kosher grocery store.

Both these massacres result from a single intolerant strain of Islam: the Wahhabi ideology. Wahhabi ideology is the official religion of Saudi Arabia. This country and its rulers have spent $100 billion over the last 12 years to promote their version of Wahhabi Islam. They fund Madrasas which cultivate the intolerant Mullahs who then indoctrinate young minds to blow themselves up. Let us examine why I say that both the massacres can be blamed on the Wahhabi-dominated, despotic Saudi regime.

The Ibb massacre happened on 31 December, 2014 when some 500 people, mostly Zaidi Shias who live in Ibb, gathered to celebrate the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday. At the peak of the celebrations, around 11 AM, a suicide bomber blew himself up, instantly killing 49 people and himself. What you have to know is this: the Wahhabi religious leaders have declared any observance of Muhammad’s birthday sinful. Muhammad’s birthday is known as “Mawlid,” and has been celebrated as an important occasion by Muslims around the world for eons. When I was little I used to love those Miladunnabis where everyone sang the prayers loudly in Arabic. I never understood the meaning then, but I surely loved the get-togethers and the Semai and Tushar Shinnis after the event. But recently, these traditions have come under direct attack by the militant Wahhabi ideologues. After the massacre in Ibb, far from condemning the killings, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz, pronounced “Mawlid” celebrations to be sinful. He did that arbitrarily and without citing any religious authority or Quranic sanctions on 2 January, 2015. Looking for an unrepentant militant ignoramus, anyone?

In a few days, different people were killed in two different parts of the world – Paris and Ibb – both in the Prophet’s (PBUH) name. It was done to avenge the disrespect shown to the Prophet, and for celebrating the Prophet’s birthday. If you just read the previous sentence, it certainly does sound like the zealots have cornered us all into a lose-lose situation.

<p>Aftermath of blast in Ibb, Yemen. Photo credit: Reuters.</p>
Aftermath of blast in Ibb, Yemen. Photo credit: Reuters.

Let us not pretend that religion, in this case Islam, has no meaningful impact on the madness that is convulsing the world. Religions of all shades and colors have been both the refuge and executioners of people. In the case of Islam, the Wahhabi zealots are preaching a particular form of intolerance that even goes against the Prophet himself. The forefathers of the current day Wahhabis desecrated the graves of four of Muhammad’s companions (Sahabas). However, these zealots have somehow dialed up an interpretation of Islam, which then got backing from Saudi Royals who are simply keen to hang on to power at any cost. The unfortunate thing is, by virtue of their status as the guardians of the Holy places of Mecca and Medina, these Wahhabi zealots are the face of Islam, or at least Sunni Islam. Unless the rest of us reject the Wahhabi zealotry as well as the hypocrisy of the Saudi Royals, we must accept that Islam, as defined today, is a religion of intolerance and injustice. No, Islam as practiced by the current guardians is not a religion of peace and tolerance. Every cultural nuance and deviation, every little insult by anyone, is taken as grave attack on the core of Islam requiring retaliation in the absolute and total sense.

We as Muslims need to change the narrative and rescue our heritage and religion from these madmen. I know my father’s God and his Prophet are no weaklings who would be mortally insulted by the cartoonists in Paris or Copenhagen. He would not need to send in ill-educated thugs to kill 12 people who make their living using their pens. Lashing out of Intolerance is a classic manifestation of weakness and insecurity. I refuse to believe that my God is such a weakling.

The problem remains that Islam has been hijacked by militants backed by Saudi money, and the legitimacy we bestowed upon the Saudi Royals as the keepers of the Holy places in Mecca and Medina. Why should that honor be hereditary and always conferred upon an Arab? There are at least 20 times as many Muslims worldwide who are not Arabs. We can take concrete steps towards a better future:

  1. Boycott all Imams and mosques which do not explicitly condemn violence and Wahhabi ideology.
  2. Start a movement to form an elected committee who will be the guardians of the Holy Places for single-term 5-year periods.

If we can get a grassroots movement going against Wahhabi stranglehold on the religion, there just may be a chance that Islam will become the religion of Peace and Tolerance.

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Kayes Ahmed is a businessman running multi-national operations from Ohio, USA.

37 Responses to “Cowards in Paris, cowardice of the Ummah”

  1. Anis Chowdhury

    An interesting discussion. However, one important fact is missing. The great game of the British and French to break-up the Ottoman empire and curve it out among themselves. So, they patronized Wahabis and fanned Arab nationalism. They stitched up a deal between Wahabis and the tribal leader Saud to back each other, while they were promising return of the Kelafat to the Hashemite descendants of the Prophet SAW, simply because they could not trust the Prophet’s Hashemite descendants would play their game. One may recall the role of Laurence of Arabia in all this. The Arabs played the role of a fifth column and revolted from behind the line when the Ottomans were winning. The rest is history.

    After the fall of the Ottomans, the West reneged on the promise they made to the Hashemite clan leader and the custodian of the two Holy mosques. They installed Saudi family with the backing of Wahabis. To appease the Hashemite clan leader, they created Jordan out of Palestine and Iraq by putting together three provinces of Mosul, Bagdad and Basra. Jordan was given to one of the sons of the Hashemite clan leader and Iraq to the other son. No wonder Israeli leaders believe that Palestinian land is Jordan and it is easy to understand why King Hussain brutally expelled Palestinians from Jordan in 1970.

    The West also wanted to fracture the Ummah permanently to prevent the Muslims to regroup and make a take-over bit for their land. Wahabis have been proved a very effective instrument. They are causing divisions among the Ummah right and left on trivial issues in the name of “Aqida” and “Beda”.

    The West is happy for the divisions among Muslims; but did not realize that the Frankestein that they created would one day get at them, too.

    For more on the great game, see David Fromkin’s “A Peace to end all peace.

    Muhammmad Asad in his “The Road to Mecca”, written in the 1950s, almost predicted the rise of these extreme groups and zealots/bigots out of the Wahabi movement.

  2. mahadi

    Take an example, Iraq invasion, bombing on the general hospital of Falujah. On what account we should let go this crime of the west? Number one, “they have the right to freedom of speech, because their society is tolerant, at the same time they uphold the rights of the world.” well take a look into the reports of human rights groups. Thousands of papers being published on alleged violation of human rights in Iraq. let us find this obsession with torture in american society or any other society in the “west”. let us look into Charlie Hebdo, don’t tell me they sacked their employee for mocking Jew! How could that have happened in that tolerant society of west. let us observe how media played their role when Snowden or Julian Assange came forth with secret intelligence report. Did you look into those reports of how tolerant they were when they operated in other countries. let us bring forth Jeremy Sachill for his outstanding research on “Black water army and their operation” in other countries. A country waging war, destruction and so many heinous crime in the world should not be held accountable for their heinous crime because they practice “laughing at others”. let us talk to Algerians how they feel when they are laughed at by the french colonial empire, tolerant they may seem when laughing at others.

    • Kayes

      Mahadi:

      I have no idea what you are trying to say!! Are you saying that the war in iraq, the blatant violation of privacy by the NSA and the racism is many parts of Europe justifies the killing of journalists at Charlie Hebdo? If you are saying that then you are dead wrong. Nothing justifies killing of non-combatants. So, maybe you are saying I should condemn all these other acts. I do that all the time. But, these wrongs do not make the killing a “right” thing to do. It is like Pakistni Amry telling us after their defeat that they were forced to kill Bengalis in 1971 because we won the damn election by a landslide. Blame the victim gets you only so far.

      Kayes

      • mahadi

        thank you kayes for your reply. “you have created just an enemy who looks like you, thinks like you, and they will attack you with same brutality.” it is called boomerang effect. Even look at Pakistan now, Don’t you think crime in history hunts your present, and it is what you did in other shores reaches yours. So lets not keep “western Ummah” out of this. And to me Charlie Hebdo is no less than a far right hypocrites.

  3. Dr A Rahman

    I fully agree with Mr Kayes Ahmed’s assertion that the root cause of extremism of today is the spread of fundamentalist Wahhabi ideology. Saudi family has to uphold Wahhabi ideology in order to stay in power and the Wahhabi ideology offers theological backing to the Saudi family. It’s a case of ‘you scratch my back and I scratch your’s’.
    Islam is and had always been a ruthless political religion. Any aspersion on Prophet Mohammad is regarded as unacceptable and punishable in Islam. No other religion has such ruthless streak. So to say Islam is a religion of peace, when so many killings are going on in the name of religion, is nothing but egregious falsification.

    • Rashid

      So, the root cause of extremism is Wahhabi ideology or Islam itself? If you say it’s Wahhabism, then you should know that it is an eighteenth century development in Arabia and understandably the original Islam is different and not responsible for extremism. But, if you say Islam itself is responsible then mentioning about Wahhabism is redundant.
      Interestingly, from the two paragraphs of your comment we get two different answers to the same question! Could you please clarify?

  4. Sumit Mazumdar

    As someone who is neither French nor Muslim, but who does share one thing in common with many Muslims, viz., a backgound and place of origin that are poor, please allow me to digress and ask a very different question.
    We have always known that the rich assume that their lives are more valuable than the lives of the poor. I had assumed that the poor however did not agree with this. Why then are we so moved my the murders in Paris, however horrific they are, and are not moved by the wholesale murders of poor people that were carried out in that very week in the name of Islam? Recall that 12 people killed by crazy gunmen is almost a monthly event in the US. During the same week, Boko Haram killed anywhere between 150 and 2500 innocent people in Nigeria (the exact number is still not known). International newspapers barely noticed this, because of the Paris murders. Two groups of people – those who hate Muslims, and Muslims who are worried where their Ummah is going, both should have focused more on this news (I think). Africans have explicitly complained how this news barely caused a ripple in the west. But why is it that the world’s poor also agree with the west?

    Similarly, all of us who are concerned about free speech, why are we ignoring the plight of the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi – who has received the punishment 10 years in prison and a 1000 floggings just for wanting a secular Saudi Arabia (worse, his punishment increased on appeal, and his lawyer received 15 yrs imprisonment)? Once again, both sets of people – Muslim haters as well as Muslims concerned about betterment of Muslim lives worldwide, would be expected to notice this. I have not seen this news in Bangladeshi news media.

    Have the poor people in the world agreed that their lives are worth less?
    Or is this a pointless question in the present context?

  5. Remington Steele

    Mr. Kayes. I usually enjoy reading your “opinions”. I also agree with most of your arguments in your “opinion” column. Unfortunately, this particular piece of your “opinion” greatly disappointed me, more so after having read the excellent “opinion” column of Mr. Fateh”s. You should talk to Mr. Fateh and educate yourself on Islam and on freedom of expression. If talking to Mr. Fateh is embarrassing for you, then take the cue from the Pope about what he said on the issue!

  6. Sabrina

    And, this summarizes my sentiment exactly. Yes, coming from Charlie Hebdo’s co-founder.
    http://news.yahoo.com/charlie-hebdo-founder-blames-slain-editor-for-provoking-attack-185458716.html

    When I see a smoker suffering from lung cancer, for some reason, I feel that the patient, to a great extent, is responsible for such health outcome.

    These cartoonist buffoons, in the name of freedom, have been going on a dare, repeatedly provoking violence and finally lost in the game. I am sorry not feeling bad for the victim. I do however feel terrible that Islam, once again, got hijacked by another set of idiots. But, as a dear diplomat friend once told me, ‘jerks of the world need each other.’

    Charlie Hebdo is a case where neither party seems to have a moral higher ground. At least, not to me, anyway.

    • Kayes

      Sabrina:

      I feel sorry that you do not feel bad for the victims. The real issue is why do Muslims feel that no one can make fun of them? What makes them so insecure that they go hide behind the blasphemy laws and lash out at everyone. Maybe you shouild listen to this fantastic Fresh Air interview that aired today http://www.npr.org/2015/01/15/377442344/how-orwells-animal-farm-led-a-radical-muslim-to-moderation . This is the story of the real thing, Majjid Nawaj who has made journey to radical Islamism and the back to humanity. Share your thoughts after you listen to the aticle. In the meanwhile I think it is shame that you can justify slaughter whatver the reason maybe.

      Kayes

      • Sabrina

        I never mentioned that it’s okay to react to cartoons in this way (referencing your question “The real issue is why do Muslims feel that no one can make fun of them? What makes them so insecure that they go hide behind the blasphemy laws and lash out at everyone”.)

        I think what I should have clarified is that in my opinion, there is not a lot of difference between these cartoonists and these extremists. Both parties need each other to stay in business. Why do you think these cartoonists were creating these despite having been threatened? It’s the money. It sells. Anything anti-Muslim brings in a lot of money. That is why and how people like Taslima Tasreen rose to fame despite having horrendous writing skills. Hate sells. Period. Why do you think two so-called ‘Mozlems’ with criminal record (instead of someone with a clean record) ended up being the shooters? Again, it’s the money – they had nothing else going on for them and quite frankly they are just crazy, and they thought this was perhaps a way to paradise or whatever the freakish belief they might have had.

        If you take out all the hyper-emotions from this story – think about it this way. A few individuals (the cartoonists) have been bullying a few other individuals. The bullied ones here happen to be dangerous, thuggish and armed with religious bigotry and zealous (at least, claimed to have that); and they ended up taking the matters in their own hand and killed the bullies. A set of individuals avenged their vendetta against the other. It happens ALL the time – in America, in India, in Bangladesh, in Brazil in any country. I am not saying this make it right or wrong; all I am saying is that it’s much too predictable and I fail to see why I need to spare any energy to feel sorry for people that apparently had nothing better to do other than ridiculing others (be it Christians or Muslims, or Atheists; but when it came to Jews, oh no, that did not pass. Look at that hypocrisy! ).

        If they got killed because they were actually doing something worthwhile, I would be on the same band wagon. But given that their line of business did not earn my respect in the first place to begin with, I honestly don’t give a hoot about the whole issue. I am glad the Mozlem idiots were killed, and well, the cartoonists, in my opinion, were not adding much to the world either. Yes, no one deserve to die that way, but oh hey, no one should get in a car crash either, but it happens all the time.

        Do you think the White House really did not send any one high profile delegate by mistake? The administration was smarter to know that this whole sh*t is too murky to be too involved. It’s not our (as in America’s) problem.

        We all have freedom of speech, but we also need to practice it responsibly. The recent event of Duke’s decision to reverse its initial permission to give Friday adhan on campus makes a good example. Initially, Duke wanted to allow that to create a more inclusive environment. Of course, the South went all crazy on that; Billy Graham sent nasty threats. As of this Thursday (right before Friday) they reversed their decision based on some very credible and real threat (according to the University statement). Is it not within our freedom of speech to be able to do that with proper process? Yes, absolutely. But, is it also not our responsibility to make sure our audience is ready for our content? I say, yes. Did Duke’s decision sadden me? Yes, absolutely! Do I support Duke’s decision? On the premise of campus safety, yes! In a heartbeat!

        In our world, too many of us are focused on our rights. As long as we all just focus on rights and ignore that privileges come with responsibilities, we will just be bunch of entitled thugs. And, this bloodshed will never end. All we need is one party to start becoming more responsible. And that responsibility usually starts with the more privileged ones. In this particular French case, I am sorry, but those white boys with French names were the privileged ones and had a larger share of responsibilities. I can’t expect much from a bunch of thugs with criminal records, whether or not they have ‘Mozlem’ names or did it in the name of Islam. Hey, isn’t it the easiest cop out for most of the thugs these days anyway? Why should I believe that these thugs really had any understanding of Islam? Their actions convinced me otherwise.

      • Rashid

        Probably the best analysis I have read on that particular issue. Thank you.

    • Kayes

      Mr. Steele: Thnaks for reading my rants and raves. I think your freedom to express yoursef is absolute and total as long as you do not physically hurt someone. If you are just throwing barbed words at me I can choose to respond in kind, walk away or do nothing. But, I should not kill you. I read Mr. Fateh’s article with great admiration and imterest. I think hd has managed to write briliantly without condemning the cartoonists and yet managing to admonish them. He has vast knowledge and understanding of thr Quran and also the modren world. Bravo I say. There are not very many people who can have such balanced view. I am from the streets (literally) and in 1971 I carried guns and I saw the horror upclose and personal. Religion was used then to kill and suppress a whole people and that will go on unless we focibly stop these mad men. So, Yes I hope that Mr. fathe’s worldview prevails but I think we better be reday to answer one bullet with um, 1000.

      Kayes

  7. Sabrina

    I hope you’ll take the time to read this:
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/13/luc-besson-writes-open-letter-to-young-muslims-after-charlie-hebdo-killings

    This is not too different from the marginalized madrassa communities in Bangladesh. It’s simple, as humans, we all want to belong, want to be accepted, love and be loved. All these analyses are pointless if we are not ready to call each other brothers and sisters and accept people as they are. France had it coming. I, as a Muslim, don’t see a reason to explicitly condemn these heinous acts because condemnation is the default setting; these acts are already condemned, and we cannot help it if you decide to not take that message. But, we cannot continue to ignore the root causes.

  8. Shah Musa

    Mr. Kayes Ahmed needs to have more knowledge on Quran and Sunnah, which he clearly lacks on the subjects he discussed. One must follow the teachings of Quran and Sunnah, even it is tarred by calling Wahhabi or intolerism by the media.

    • Kayes

      You can use this forum to teach us all a bit more. What you said above is OK as an admonishment but does not further my understanding of Quran and Sunnah! I hope you know that the Shia and Sunni divide is all about who would rule after the death of the Prophet, Ahl e bayat or the more powerful Governors from Syria and Iraq etc. Sunnah is a tradition and it sparng up over time via practices. Anytime there are traditions there are also changes in traditions as well as contradictions. I would love to learn the things that I do do not know. Maybe yo can share some of your knowledge with us.

    • Kayes

      One more thing I forgot to mention. Wahabbism is named after Mohammud Abd Al Wahab (1703 – 1792). So, this version of intolerance is just another twist and not Sunnah if you belive that Sunnah (practices of the Prophet) stopped after his death.

  9. Sukhamaya Bain

    The real problem is not with Islam, it is with too many people who call themselves Muslims. It is immaterial if Islam is a religion of peace or atrocities. What matters is what people actually do (follow). It is a colossal disgrace that too many human beings do not use their common human sense when it comes to what they think is their religion. The first thing the Muslims (more appropriately speaking, people who think that they are Muslims) need to do is to think; “did Allah stamp ‘Muslim’ anywhere on my body/organs at my birth”?

  10. MAK

    Mr. Kayes is not condemning the arrogant and filthy minded journalists. They are making cartoons of the prophet and making naked cartoons of him. This is an act of extreme provocation by these colonial minded French. For me they are as savage as their killers. I am a law abiding citizen and do not agree to kill them but I do not enjoy their cartoons and hate them from the core of my heart. The crime of these idiot Frenchmen is much greater because they had big philosophers to educate them.

    • Kayes

      MAk, why would we be provoked by cartoons and such. Are we so fragile that any caricature of us will goad us to slaughetr people. No, I am not condemning the journalists. if you do not like their work, do not read it, do not pass it on. I am condemning the act of slaughter by insecure and ill-educated people. My suggesstion to you is Do not read or view anything that offends you. But, there are some 7 billion people in the world and they may enjoy something that may be offensive to you.

  11. Anik Iqbal

    this is a part of a much bigger problem and this kind of ‘beating around the bush’ approach is not going to accomplish anything.

    Of course the problem is wahabism. Of course Saudi Arabia is the key preacher of this most violent ideology of the present time. Of course they spent millions of dollars in nurturing this terrorist ideology and spread it around the globe. But why can’t we point at them? Because they are allies with US. Can you freaking believe that? The single most fundamentalist, outrageously extremist country, where women are not allowed to drive, they get imprisoned for getting raped and murdered for having an affair- is the biggest middle eastern ally of the US? And where did Saudi get all those millions of dollars? Buy selling their oil to US, right? So, isn’t it really the US money that is spreading terrorism? And you think US government aren’t aware of that?
    War is a business. After every war, billions of dollars shift from government treasury to corporate businessmen’s pockets. And terrorism is a necessary excuse for starting a war. You might call me a conspiracy theorist, but is it really too far fetched?

  12. Mohammed Naser

    Sorry Kayes. I don’t think this article will create any positive impact on our Muslim community if that’s what you are trying to do. If your intention is simply stating the fact, then you have stated some facts but missed more than that. Here is my two cents:

    – Like most of my muslim brothers and sisters I believe Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. There are over 100 ayats in Holy Quran that talk about Non Muslims and Non Believers and the treatments towards them that can easily be misrepresented if taking only 1 ayat and try to apply them in our real world. We need to understand the whole context and then try to understand. But ofcourse I can see how these things can be easily taken in an offensive way by non muslims and can easily be misunderstood by our muslim imam’s, mullahs and others. In Bengali we have a proverb ‘Alpo Bidda Bhoyonkori’. So the solution is to learn Islam properly and than teach others.

    – Like one brother above commented on Miladunnabi and Shab e Barat, I want to say the same, just because we were grown up celebrating something it doesn’t mean we have to support them. In our sub continent countries we do so many things in the name of Islam that are added to our religion in later times by muslims. We need to find the truth, read Quran and Hadeeth and see whether were they added afterwards or not and then things will be clear to us. But of course we should not simply go out there and chop people head off for this or blow us up just because another sect of muslims added something in our religion. We all will once meet Allah and receive our rewards or punishments from Him.

    – Assassinating people of Charlie Hebdo was wrong and if someone is doing this in the name of Islam and if as Muslims we support this is also wrong. We as a Muslim should unite and make the world hear our voice against this type Un-Islamic activities. Because some non believers will try to find excuses to justify it against Islam. On the other hand what Charlie Hebdo reporters did for so long, insulting our beloved prophet through their cartoons/reports was also wrong. Just because we have freedom to write anything we cannot simply go ahead and play with 1.5 billion peoples faith. We as a Muslim community need to make them understand what they are doing is wrong. But not with sword because ‘Pen is mightier than sword’. It will not be easy or have fast response but should work better than if we try to take easy way out. Just see what those terrorist did, before today Charlie Hebdo was able to see 60K copies, but today all of their 3 million copies sold in minutes. Tomorrow their will be some more newpaper may take this chances just so that they can be famous. If we simply had ignored them, things would not have gone this way.

    Anyway May Allah give all of us better understanding of Islam and help us act accordingly.

    • Kayes

      Nasser, I wish there were more people like you and guys like you were leading the Ummah. But, that is not the case. The Ummah is led by the likes of Grand Mufti Aziz who arbitarily decide what is right and what is sinful and who should live and who should die. The history ISlam is soaked in blood (all religions are like that). We have to live in the world that we have and not the one we wish. I have read many of those Ayats and taechings in totality because at one time I wanted to study Comparative Religion. The treatment of non-muslims forces the Islamic regimes to treat their non-muslim subjects as ward of the state and collect an extra tax called the Dimmi. These are all the hallmarks of treating a whole group as second class humans. I think these ayats represent the time and place that was Arabia some 1500 years ago.

      I understand that tasteless cartoons like the ones by Charlie Hebdo offends you, so do not read them. No one is forcing you read these cartoons. It is their sensibility and they should be able to express how they feel. You do not have read them or distribute them.

      I agree that we all need better understanding of Islam but that looks very remote in the days of ISIS, killings in paris and Ibb and general mayhem everywhere.

  13. Aseif Masood

    Mr. Kayes Ahmed’s understanding or lack thereof of the phenomenon of ‘Mawlid’ or miladunnabi is amazing. Not only has he not researched the topic but proceeds to make uninformed judgements on it. Just because he enjoyed celebrating something as a kid, doesn’t make that ‘sahih’

    After our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) passed away non of the sahabas nor their children ever celebrated his birthday and they were the best of the ummah. First of all, no one knew the correct date. Scholars say it may be the 8th, 10th or 12th of Rabiul Auwal. No one know for sure though. The Fatimid dynasty actually decided to just go ahead with the 12th and held celebrations to attract business and people, akin to the olympics or world cup ceremonies today. The analogy being, holding a celebration to attract business. That was picked up by others for similar means to the same end. Thus the 12th of rabiul auwal was established as the Prophets (pbuh) birthday and the celebration adopted as well. The Prophet (pbuh) was asked on why he fasted on a monday. He (pbuh) replied, it is the day that he was born on as well as revelation came. Thus scholars advise muslims to observe saum on monday as a ‘sahih’ way to honour the Prophet (pbuh)

    This isn’t a ‘wahabbi’ issue but all muslims should know about it. The myths of ‘Shab-e-barat’ has been debunked in Bangladesh, rightfully so, since it is a myth. Many issues are being brushed aside as being ‘wahabbi’ in popular culture without adequate research into it. Muslims should work a little bit more in learning about the truth of their religion and not only rely on people who look to exploit them

    (http://muslimmatters.org/2009/03/11/the-birth-date-of-the-prophet-and-the-history-of-the-mawlid-part-i-of-iii/)

    • Kayes

      Let us stipulate that everything you say is accurate and historical facts. What justification is there to kill 49 people who are celebrating an event, albeit, a wrong date or for that matter wrong celebrations. Does that justify the slaughter? Sorry, I think you are not answrering the real issue. There may be doctrinal or factual disagreements, does that mean you can kill with impunity.

    • Enlighten_Me

      Very well said. You are absolutely right about the writer having done little research on anything. And what an analogy indeed, to draw a connection between the incident in France vs the incident in Yemen.

  14. Shihab

    Sorry! to say, people like you are trying to create division among the Muslim community. I think at this moment there may be about 1.5 billion Muslim in the world but the quantity of real Muslim is not the same. A good number of Muslims are misguided by the devil. The christian and jews community are also trying to create division among the Muslims by sponsoring medias like Charlie Hebdo and different types of terrorist organizations and blaming the Muslim community.

    • Kayes

      I think division is created when you allow thousands of Shia Muslims to be killed, allow uneducated robots to go on rampage, allow someone to blow up a children’s school in Peshwar. You create division when you are unwilling to listen to any comments from any quarters. At that point people turn your back on you. I think Charlie Hebdo folks have their right to say anything however tasteless. That does not mean they deserve to be killed en masse!

  15. Sakil

    I agree and better do something to all these. Let estranged minds (Like Charlie Hebdo and their murderers) do what ever they want and let our minds be blessed by the knowledge and calmness of Islam. Pursue knowledge to know Islam.

  16. Akteruzzaman Chowdhury

    Mr. Kayes, similar to your earlier articles, you are again suggesting the ending of the Saudi monarchy. The Iranian Shia govt also wants the downfall of the Saudi monarchy. In Iraq, there is a majority of shias, who cannot fight with the sunnis, even after the support of all the world and Iran. If the Saudi monarchy and Sisi of Egypt are decimated then you will end up with a mess ten times bigger than Iraq. For peace and stability in the Islamic world, we will have to bear with these autocratic govts.

    • Kayes

      So, peace can only be attained under the boots of ruthless, corrupt and venal leaders? What does that tell you bout the state of Islam and people that call themselves Muslims. If you have to oppress people all the time just to exist then there is no there there? I remember how in 1971 the Pakistanis brought out Islam to oppress the Benaglis and kill a whole lot us? Should we had just stayed on our bended kness! The violence seem to sigularly emanate from the parctices of the intolerant and ignorant mullahs of Saudi Arbia and they are backed by money and power of the dictators. No, I do not want to live ina world like that. You can have the silence of the lambs, I will go out on my own tersm.

      • Akteruzzaman Chowdhury

        Are you dreaming of an “Islamic democracy” like in Iran or Turkey. Will they ever facilitate to vote out the Ayetullah or Erdogan. Is it any better than a monarchy? Living like a lamb may sometimes be better than getting shot like a tiger.

      • Kayes

        No I am not dreaming of Islamic Democracy, just a Democracy where one person, one vote is the only thing that matters. Religion is a intensely private thing and need to saty that way.

  17. Shankar

    What an insightful article, I wish all Muslims were so introspective.

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