Saturday, September 15, 2012
This week, four United States embassy staff, including the US ambassador to Libya, John Christopher, were killed when the US consulate in Bengazi came under a rocket attack centering protests against a US-based anti-Islamic film. Centering the same issue, protests have been continuing in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Palestine, Morroco, and even in Bangladesh. On the other side, the death of the US embassy staff has saddened the Americans. In response to the attack, the Obama administration has already ordered deployment of two destroyers near Libya.
The relation between the US and the Muslim world again comes on the edge of a challenge. When the successes of the Arab Spring sets a new benchmark on the relation between the US and the Islamic states of the Middle East, an online film titles – Innocence of Muslims – is made public.
The movie projected a mockery of Islam and its prophet (pbuh) and also included objectionable scenes. And it is not unnatural that such a display would hurt the sentiments of Muslims. In Islam, it is said that all crimes should be protested physically, if not physically then verbally. If protesting verbally is not possible, then one should hate the act from the deepest corner of their hearts. But, not protesting is considered to be a sign of weak faith, or Iman. So, it is quite apparent that in such a humiliating situation, Muslims will not keep calm.
On the other hand, the death of the American embassy officials is sad and condemnable. They had no hand in the incident. And in Islamic ethics, to kill an innocent person is equivalent of killing the entire human race. Back in 1981, the al-Qaida launched a massive attack on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. And even this time in Libya, al-Qaida linked organization Ansar al-Shariah have been accused of involvement with the US embassy attack. Even though Libya gained democracy after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, the new government of the war-torn country is still weak .
The Libyan police force is almost helpless. And in such a situation, a small group of armed men can do a lot. But, in any country, foreign embassies are a part of their own nations. Even in war-time situations, an ambassador deserves the right of highest-level security. And therefore, entering the embassy of a country and attacking it is unquestionably a breach of diplomatic norms.
Adequate security of foreign embassies have to be provided by the governments of Libya, Egypt and Yemen, and those responsible of the attacks have to be tried. And to calm the anger of Muslims, the film has to be banned. The producer, director, and all those involved with the film have to arrested and awarded with exemplary punishment.
It should be mentioned that Muslims have always been cordially respectful of the holy books. Judaism, Christianity and Islam, all three religions have the same forefather – Hazrat Ibrahim. Therefore, the reason behind such a difference today has to looked more closely. We have to look more closely at their holy books. Muslims do accept Christ or Issah and Mosses or Musa as one of their prophets. They also recite “Alaihi Wassallam” – which means May Allah bless him and grant him peace, whenever they pronounce the names. The names of the two prophets have been pronounced respectfully many times in the Quran. Apart from that, the arrival of Huzrat Muhammad (pbuh) was also prophesied in the Towrat and the Injeel. But, why some of the followers of Judaism and Christianity cannot respectfully pronounce the name of the prophet of Islam is matter of concern.
Moreover, a section of these people are now spreading hatred through books, cartoons and others, invoking Islamic fundamentalism. Earlier, the west applauded the writer of Satanic Verses instead of condemning the book. Such actions can never be accepted. Now, if the US starts drone attacks in the name of finding terrorists or kills innocent Libyans in some other way, that too would be considered as barbaric and a violation of human rights. We would be very happy if any new scenario such as Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan, does not come to reality.