Wednesday, February 6, 2008

A Muslim Protest: Peaceful, Civil, Courteous

The Wikipedia English-language article on Muhammad has several illustrations that show the Prophet's face. This has often (but not always) been prohibited by Islam.

The on-again-off-again prohibition has its roots in the 'graven images' rule that Jews, Christians, and Muslims share.

A devout Muslim decided to do something about these images. He's set up an online petition, where he says "... I request all brothers and sisters to sign this petitions so we can tell Wikipedia to respect the religion and remove the illustrations."

Although I think that banning illustrations made by devout Muslims, in order to avoid offending other Muslims, is a debatable policy, my hat's off to the creator of this petition.

Here's a devout Muslim group, United Muslims, faced by something that offends them. Of all the options open to them, they chose to start an online petition drive: and phrased their belief in very courteous terms.

I'm impressed.
More, with background, at "Muslims Protest Wikipedia Images of Muhammad" "FOXNews" (February 6, 2008)

Another side of Isalm: "Will the Real Islam, Please Stand Up?" (February 6, 2008).

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