They insult the prophet in public

Maher Abu Tair (Photo: Jordan News)
Maher Abu Tair (Photo: Jordan News)
Muslims all around the world are outraged whenever Prophet Mohammed is depicted in offensive caricatures, but remain silent when the Prophet and his kin are insulted in the Occupied Jerusalem, as if it were only caricatures that carry weight.  اضافة اعلان

Yesterday during the “flag march” that stormed the city of Jerusalem, Arabic-speaking settlers insulted the Prophet, threatening to demolish the Dome of the Rock and burn down Palestinian cities and villages, all of which occurred under protection from the occupation’s authorities.

Israel’s foreign minister later came out later to say that chants, calling for the murder of Arabs and the torching of their villages and cities, bring shame to the people of Israel and a clear example of racism, but had nothing to say regarding the offensive language used against the Prophet.    

The dominant trend in the Arab world is to abandon religious sensitivities, because if you were to defend the Prophet’s honor, some will say that the conflict is not religious, and it should not be turned into a religious conflict. In fact, many have begun to abandon all aspects of their individual identity to avoid being described as “religious”.

The disaster is that we are abandoning what makes us who we are while others are embracing their identity, whether social, religious or cultural.

Furthermore, insulting the Prophet in Jerusalem, a city that was of special significance to him, has failed to move a certain segment of people is not coincidental; because at the end of the day; the Israeli occupation is not a standard form of occupation. It is a religious project, founded upon scriptures from the Torah. For more than 73 years, Israeli policy has sought to bury the Muslim identity in Palestine, demolish and burn mosques, change Jerusalem’s and change Jerusalem’s identity. We have very recently seen the burning of mosques in the city of Al-Lid and the massacres that have taken place in Galilee’s Al-Haram Al-Ibrahimi cannot be blamed solely on fanatics, as they are the basis for many of the occupation’s policies.

The issue here is not just that these insults were chanted publically, but also the nature of the Israeli project, which threatens all Arab and all Muslims.  What is really painful, is that the killing of Palestinians, the destruction of homes, attacking mosques, including defiling Al-Aqsa Mosque, or infringing upon the Prophet’s sanctity, seem to be enough to elicit even the most minor reaction from many.

What makes matters worse is that Arab and Muslim states do not seem to care about this issue. They are more concerned with international relations, and do not consider these insults an important problem, some say that these insults come from absent-minded people who should not be allowed to rile us up. These assumes that these countries even have the ability to take a stance.
Standing idly by while the Prophet is insulted is a sign of weakness and carelessness on our part.

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