Few days ago most Danish major newspapers decided to publish the offensive pictures again, what message is this giving us? As a law abiding decent Muslim living in the west, this is telling me that "we are not going to respect your most respected and admired person (the prophet) so do not except anything else from us" is this right? Is this really freedom of speech? I am with freedom of speech but does that give me the right to insult and offend any group of people? Do I have the right to offend people because of their religion, colour or sex? There is a limit to what we can express, if it is offensive then decency and common sense should be used.
As a Muslim living in the west, I have never harmed anyone in the name of my religion, I have never supported any violence in the name of my religion, yet almost on daily bases I am seeing hostility against Muslims increasing, I am hearing and seeing programs on the radio and TV where they do not have anything to talk about except attacking Muslims and then saying I have nothing against THOSE PEOPLE! we are becoming known as those people!!, many people are so ignorant they think that Muslims have only arrived in the west recently and think of us as terrorists, violent people that are bringing up suicide bombers into the world.
Britain has been decent enough so far by not allowing these offensive images to be published but how long is that going to last?
Yesterday I found out that Wikipedia published the offensive pictures and even though many complained and asked for them to be removed, Wikipedia refused to do so.
A petition was created to protest about Wikipedia’s decision, their goal was to collect 10,000 signatures, so far they have 219,077 signatures and rising, you can sign the petition Here, yet still Wikipedia is saying it is freedom of press or whatever! I mean I am sure they have a page about Paedophilia; does that mean they have the right to show pictures of children being abused by adults or pictures of women being raped? Because that is what they are telling us. Offensive pictures are the same, it does not matter what the contents are. There is another petition there for people that want to keep the offensive pictures, their goal is 100,000 signatures, so far they have 1321 and hardly rising!
All I can say is that I will continue to be a decent peaceful Muslim and hope all Muslims continue to be the same and ignore these ignorant trouble provoking people that continue to offend us.
God bless all peaceful decent Muslims everywhere and our prophet's (PBUH) place in our hearts will never be affected.
I myself could not bring myself to look at what pictures Wikipedia published of the prophet Mohammad as I was wrongly told that they published the offensive pictures but after reading Khadijateri's comment I found out that they were not the offensive pictures but old paintings depection the prophet, of course Islam does not allow us to show any pictures of any prophets, which seems to be the issue here. I feel it is a personal choice if you agree with Wikipedia publishing these images or not but as sister Khadija mentined, these are not the offensive pictures which some European newspapers keep publishing.