Sep 14 2012

Freedom of speech misused for freedom of stirring hatred




A screenshot from the video, in which Muhammad is portrayed as speaking to a donkey which he calls “the first Muslim animal” before kissing the poorly veiled woman pixelized at right, was broadcast on the Egyptian TV station Al-Nas.


Quoting NewsPoliticsNow3 from Sep.11, 2012

“The movie, “Innocence of Muslims,” that mocks and insults the Prophet Muhammad caused demonstrators to attack a U.S. consulate in Libya, killing one American, and breached the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

Angry protests over the film by a U.S. producer, directed and produced by an Israeli-American real-estate developer who characterized it as a political effort to call attention to the hypocrisies of Islam. It has been promoted by Terry Jones, the Florida pastor whose burning of Quran’s previously sparked deadly riots around the world… “

It is taken everywhere off the YouTube channel but I managed to see it after all. Disgusting and poor is the only words I can find for it. Meant as a political satire short movie but the result is a stupid tasteless bigot rambling with the evil intent to stir unrest and bloodshed well knowing the possibility of serious consequences.


Who benefits from the unrest? The question of the year.

The actors were tricked to it by not telling them of the true intend of it. The original manuscript did not have the role of the Prof. Mohammed at all. It was said to become an adventure movie in Arabic lands. The actors are apologizing and are really upset.

Muslims, Please do not overreact!

God, Allah, does not need our revenge on His behalf.  Believers are judged according to their intentions and deeds. And so are those agitators and they will discover it when the time for it comes.

This is the same kind of evil intended hatred sawing agitation which started with the Mohammed caricatures in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten some years ago. It created a media hype I have never seen before and sent shock waves around the Muslin world. A remarkable detail in this is that the responsible editor in that newspaper was a Jew, too. Interesting also that those caricatures were published already in Egypt and Jordan ca. half a year earlier without anyone protesting. They were left for what they were: stupid wannabe satire. I do not need to explain to my readers how these political agitators work.

Peace of mind, respect for each other’s differences and some solidarity on this one small planet we are sharing,  it is not much to wish for!



Nov 14 2008

The YouTube Visionary Award


The YouTube Visionary Award goes to ..


Queen Rania youtube 2008

The Youtube Video

Queen Rania to win first YouTube Visionary Award

… ” The YouTube Visionary Award was established to highlight those who use YouTube as a global platform for positive social change.

As the site has become a destination for humanitarianism, philanthropy, education and public service, this award pays tribute to individuals whose videos advance these principles in innovative, thought-provoking ways.

“Queen Rania sets the standard for breaking down stereotypes and her YouTube videos are nothing short of inspirational,” said YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley, adding   “It is both a pleasure and an honor to present her with this much-deserved tribute.”

” Queen Rania launched her YouTube channel in March 2008 to foster an open dialogue and combat ignorance and stereotypes.

Her YouTube videos bridge the gap between Eastern and Western cultures by examining the increasing involvement of women in the Middle East workforce and by debunking misguided assumptions about Muslims and Arabs.

To date, Her Majesty’s channel has generated nearly 3 million video views and received more than 43,000 messages from users around the world.

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CONGRATULATIONS, Her Majesty Queen Rania !





Apr 11 2008

Queen Rania: “Send me your stereotypes”




“Send me your stereotypes”

Another woman among the 100 most powerful women in the world is

HM Queen Rania of Jordan

She is an outspoken advocate of women rights and well loved and respected in her home country. She is a new idol of an Arab woman, wise, family oriented and sympathetic.

And as so many of us she is frustrated over the ongoing misinformation and stereotyping of Muslims and especially Arabs and Arab women. She is introducing herself now on Youtube, where the youth of the world is communicating and is reaching out for dialog.

YOUTUBE EXCLUSIVE:  Send me your stereotypes

And as I was reading what kind of response she is getting (some of it is not worth discussing) I watched one remarkable video, that I want to share with you, too :

There is no other way!


Queen Rania in Davos

Queen Rania at the 2008 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland


Mar 22 2008

Ayaan Hirsi-Ali “One of the 100 most influential people in the world” ?

“One of the 100 most influential people in the world”

Ayaan Hirsi-Ali Ayaan Hirsi-Ali

was named in 2005 by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

For some time now it has been in my mind that I should write about her, because she is spreading information as Islamic which actually is NOT and the readers of her bestsellers and articles hardly can make the difference what is true and what is her view. Everything she says should be seen on the background of her Somalian childhood. It is one of poorest and most backward countries in the world and its traditions should be seen in that perspective. There is also an interview with her on Youtube “On Losing Faith In Islam”

She is a Dutch feminist born in Somalia. When she was eight her family left Somalia for Saudi Arabia, then for Ethiopia and eventually settled in Kenya. From Germany se came to the Netherlands where she sought and obtained political asylum in 1992, under circumstances that later became the center of a political controversy.

A political crises surrounding the potential stripping of her Dutch citizenship led to her resignation from the parlament, and led indirectly to the fall of the second Balkenende cabinet.

She is known in the West by her assumed name, Hirsi Ali, instead of her original name, Hirsi Magan.

She opposes vehemently immigration to the Netherlands while she herself lied about almost everything when getting her asylum status and later her Dutch citizenship.

In its critic of Ali’s autobiography, The Economist called her a “chameleon of a woman”, referring to her talent for reinvention and opportunism.

Speaking of opportunism: her books are translated into numerous languages and turned best sellers. She is living now in the United States and  recently I came across an ad: “URGEND APPEAL: Please Help Protect Ayaan Hirsi Ali” on the website ofRichard Dawkinds, wheere she is collcting money for her personal safety. Strange, don’t you think? All these best seller -books and fame cannot pay for her bodyguards?

Hirsi Ali is today an atheist renouncing Islam. She is free to believe or not to believe, it is her decision. As it is stated in the Quran “There is no compulsion in faith” (Qur’an 2:256)

There might be Hadith’s in which a death penalty is suggested for abandoning Islam. But in light of the numerous relating passages of the holy Quran they do not weigh much.

Please read also the Topic No. 7 “What the Qur’an says about…” on the right panel. I would be delighted to have Ayaan on my blog reading these statements. All her arguing would be nullified.

I am not denying that Islam is often distorted out of ignorance or due to uneducated preachers, too much have been changed in the original Message of Peace and Humanity and it urgently needs revival.

What Hirsi Ali experienced in her early childhood in one of the 3 poorest countries of the world and during her schooling with the most strict interpretation of Islam, the Wahabism in Saudi Arabia, has influenced her thinking.

And as I surf the net trying to find specific statements from her about Islam I could not find any! Strange. There is her Homepage but there is no writing or thoughts from her, just a link to collect money for her safety. Very strange, one of the 100 most influential people in the world has nothing to say on her website.

I have to pick up lines from articles and try to answer them one by one.

Quote: “Hirsi Ali criticizes Prophet Mohammed on the grounds of both his morality and personality. In January 2003 she told the Dutch paper Trouw, “Mohammed is, seen by our Western standards, a pervert”, as he married, at the age of 52, Aisha, who was six years old, and the time of consummation, nine. “

As I have written very detailed in this blog about Aisha I just direct you, my reader, to articles on the right panel, No.4 “Biography of Mohammad” (the names and ages of the wives of Prophet Muhammed are listed at the end of the article)

Just a short reminder: from surviving documents we can estimate the age of Aisha at the time of her marriage. She must have been in her late teens or early twenties.

His first marriage with the wealthy widow Khadijah (who was his employer) lasted for 25 years, it was monogamous and very happy. She bore him all his surviving children.

His other wives where aged widows, a young slave girl Maria (a “present” from an African ruler and whom he set free and married and who gave him his only son,w ho died in infancy). Lady Aisha remained childless and after the death of the Prophet she continued teaching Islam and even participated in politics of the early Muslim community.

To be continued soon, her view vs. my view.

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