The idea that Muslims Muslims should apologize or even empathize with Salman Rushdie is obnoxious. When Shaykh Uthman Ibn Farooq was stabbed by an Islamophobe in May, no Muslim demand for an apology from any Christian or the Christian community.


When alleged ex-Muslim turned Christian preacher, Hatun Tash, was stabbed at Speakers Corner, it was a big news and the whole of the Islamic world was held responsible. You need to condemn the attack as validation.


When 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian of Portland stabbed two men, Taliesin Namkai-Meche and Ricky Best, to death on Oregon train from trying to stop anti-islamic rants against two Muslim women, Muslims did not validate Christians’ humanitarianism by demanding for an apology.


Jesus, according to the Bible, might have preached “Love your enemy” but in our contemporary times, it seems this teaching is applicable to Muslims and not non-Muslims by Western standards.


Demanding for apologies from Muslims over Charlie Hebdo attack and Salman Rushdie is illogical. It gets more annoying when those who make these requests are those who justify the invasion of Iraq, Afghanistan and the murder of Gaddafi in Libya; they don’t seem to love their enemies.


People who disparage the honour of the Prophet (Peace Be upon Him) or blaspheme against Allah are cursed. If Allah guides them, we will embrace them and if they get punished whether through an ignorant person like them or through natural means, Muslims do not owe them any apology.


Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman



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