February 12, 2008

Intolerance leads to idolatry

The Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy lingers on. From Yahoo News:
"Danish authorities on Tuesday arrested three people suspected of plotting a cartoonist's assassination for his depiction of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) wearing a bomb-shaped turban that enraged Muslims two years ago.

Three of Denmark's largest newspapers said they would reprint the cartoon on Wednesday to show they would not be intimidated by fanatics. It was one of 12 Muhammad cartoons published in 2005 and then again in 2006 that led to protests in Muslim countries."
Islamic law generally opposes any depiction of the prophet for fear it could lead to idolatry. But throughout the ages there were so many depictions of the prophet as historical pieces of art and those did not raise controversies. But today's fanatics would like to bring this up for their own zealots. And their actions prove that they are making mountain out of a mole and embracing the sin of 'idolatry' in respect to Prophet Muhammad. They are worshiping Muhammad (PBUH) like some sort of an idol. Their "kill those who insult Islam" attitude is not only nonreligious but also harming the true image of Islam.

Another interesting development is in Wikipedia regarding the article on Prophet Muhammad. Some quarters are fighting to take down the The earliest surviving depiction (1315) of Muhammad from Rashid al-Din's Jami al-Tawarikh ('Compendium of Chronicles' or Universal History), an Iranian work of art.

Read an interview with the Jyllands-Posten editor who vows not to fear for his life.


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