The news that the English teacher in Sudan Gillian Gibbons has just been pardoned has just come out to put an end to this ridiculous story that has dominated the news here in the UK. The whole story revolves on the teacher agreeing to name a teddy bear Muhammed which is a name chosen by one of her young pupils, while I agree that she may have been a bit naive to go ahead with this name as she should have known that it might get her into a bit of trouble, she was known in Sudan for being a good person, it was obvious that she never meant to hurt or insult anyone but was what the Sudanese government did right? to charge her with insulting Islam and then organize for 1000s of people to demonstrate demanding the teacher's execution, that's what I call way over the top and again extremists hijack our religion for their own benefit, again Islam has been insulted by the media due to this stupid reaction by Sudan.
Most of us that live in the west know how many children and adults love their teddy bears and usually name them after people they like and look after them for many many years, so if a teddy is named Muhammed its not to insult, the Sudanese boy that chosen this name for the teddy is named Muhammed and wanted to name the teddy after himself, what is wrong with that?? Which brings me to this story that shows how double standards are prolific in any community:
Few years ago, someone was selling teddy bears at a mosque in London, these teddys were marketed as Muslim teddy bears and if you press the paws and the legs you hear a phrase from the Quran recited in Arabic then you hear the English translation, I liked them a lot and bought 2 for my children, many others bought them as well, my kids still have them and love them.
These teddy bears came already named by the manufacturers and the name was written on a tag. The name of these teddy bears is: ADAM.
Adam was a prophet too but I didn't see any demonstrations asking for the execution of the person that was selling them, in fact I didn't hear anyone complain about them using a prophet name on a toy!
Many Muslims need to grow up and stop all this unnecessary behaviour that is causing more damage to our religion than anyone else and as for Sudan, well I think they should look into their own problems with Darfur and elsewhere, get your house in order, what you are doing to your own people is far more damaging than a storm about a Teddy Bear.