Or that’s what both Ibrahim bu-Sandal AND Yousif Qardawi think, so they’ve organised a conference in Bahrain for March 21st to chew the fat and spit out condemnation notes:
Scholars from the Arab and Islamic world will discuss the lifting of the ban on Danish goods in a conference in Bahrain on March 21. The meeting will also review the offences of Danish newspapers and contemporary Islamic matters.
According to Ibrahim Bosoundel, spokesman of the Bahraini Committee for the Support of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), Muslims in Bahrain would continue to boycott Danish goods despite the official apology of the Danish authority.
â€œThe Danish governmentâ€™s apology wasnâ€™t good enough as the statement regrets the offence but highlights the importance of the freedom of the Press,â€ Bosoundel said.
Bahrain Tribune :: 11 Mar ’06
Excuse me guys, what else do you want? Can you give us a list so we too – being good Muslims – can join you and “protect” our Prophet’s reputation? I mean, we all know that we hurt Denmark very very badly by throttling their economy, all 0.025% of it that owes it’s living to Bahrain, and oh the huge figure of 2% due to the full Arab trade with Denmark. Aren’t they drowning in their tears… we showed them didn’t we?
Hang on a minute though, if we’re not hurting their economy, and if we’re not accepting their apology (no matter how hard they try), then what’s all the fracas about?
Open your senses and smell the hummus. There is this guy called Amr Khaled who is trying to organise a conference in Denmark for Islam’s scholars to discuss this infraction, while his friend Yousif Qardawi is berating him for dampening the flame of outrage in the Muslim world!
Now we get it. Personal agendas. Nothing more and nothing less. This is nothing to do with Islam, nothing to do with the revered Prophet, nothing to do with anything other than to continue to find excuses, no matter how thin, to attack the evil West. So thanks Denmark for providing the excuse… we’ll use it.
But why the hell host this thing in Bahrain? And why invite such an intellectually bankrupt leeching personality like Qardawi to be in it for God’s sake? Is this what we have descended to? Who’s going to sponsor this “conference” which will be nothing more than continuous rants and conspiracy theorists?
Let me save bu-Sandal and Qardawi the trouble and write their conference resolution for them: “the West is corrupt and there is a huge conspiracy against Islam and Muslims by the West.”
Ok, fine, we know that broken record by heart. But we also know that the world does not manufacture vinyl any more and people have moved to MP3 players, not just kept up with the invention of compact disks.
When will a conference be launched here whose concluding resolution would say something like “yes, we understand that not everyone in the world shares our view and high respect for our prophets, and that is their opinion and no matter what they throw at our prophets’ reputations, Allah will continue to protect them and their religions. We also recognise that everyone has a right to speak, no matter how crude or unsavoury their speech gets to be.”
I’m not holding my breath… but, one request to the powers that be, if and when he comes to Bahrain to do his thang, please, pretty pretty please, don’t take pictures of him with every high official we have on the island (no pictures with the king, ok?), as that would give his cause credence, and ours disrepute. Let him stay with bu-Sandal and Saidi. They deserve each others’ company.