This picture has gone viral on internet as a lot of people have shared it on Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks. What was disappointing was the fact that the same cycle of refutation started immediately from my Muslim Friends. A dear Muslims friend immediately shared his doubts about the Arabic to English Translation used in the picture and once that was sorted out he came up with number of other objections.
I’ve to confess that I did find one thing wrong with this particular picture. The caption on image says “that this girl was being made to wear Hijab”, but thats not true. What really happened that some Islamists were taking part in a rally in favor of Shariah Implementation in Tunisia and this girl climbed up on the car to tell them go away because Tunisia is never going to be Afghanistan. The picture was liked, admired, loved, appreciated and made Viral on Social Networking sites because of the courage that this girl was able to come in and tell these Islamists that she wouldn’t like to see her country turning into Afghanistan.
Point is that its her right to say what she thought was right to say. The same way, it was the right of those Islamists to rally in favor of Shariah Law. You’ve a right to agree or disagree with that girl but suggesting that she shouldn’t come in front and she cant criticize Islam or Shariah is something that cant be justified. On another forum, she has been labeled as a possible supporter of Ben Ali but again how is that going to make her appear wrong ? Its a simple matter of expressing her opinion, nothing less nothing more.
What Muslims find it bit difficult to understand is that because of Islam’s over-protective approach (where people don’t have much rights to say what they feel) is perhaps why images like these go Viral and are heavily appreciated. Nobody cares much when a woman tells a Christian Rally what she feels because telling anything to Christians isn’t much of an issue really. But telling Muslims in their face what you do or don’t like is a big problem and quite often results in a violent reaction.
The more Muslims start taking things easy and the more they let others share their opinion the less this world will get excited about Criticizing Islam …
I remember an interview of someone who was running a Provocative Web Site with heavy criticism on Islam, he was asked why are you doing this ? His reply was “Because we can. No seriously, we are doing this to tell Muslims that they cant shut up everyone. They must start learning how to live with criticism”
When are Muslims going to accept Criticism ?