First lets recap a little, though i doubt any reader of ours will be oblivious to this storm but still lets see what happened.
Sana Saleem has written a very well rounded article for it at Dawn blog here, in summary it started with SouthPark censoring an episode after receiving threats from a muslim extremist group an artist Molly Norris reacted in a radio interview which was made as a base by some one else and a facebook page for it was created, the artist later distanced herself from the campaign but the group lived on and people from both side started ba campaign to block or promote it. (Most of these links come from Sanaâ€™s article).
So this campaign in our country was getting more and more attention through SMS (i just received one promoting opening a site which will send ping requests to facebook), blogosphere and twitter. Today the final blow was dealt by Lahore High Court banning face book for about 10 days.
So this is about what has happened till now, few people are rejoicing while others are condemning it.
Basically I am against any such public ban of any kind, yes it is correct that the page was inciting hatred in Muslims, but blocking the whole website is not a solution, thank god no body suggested the court of banning the internet because it was the source to reach those pages, in my opinion what I see or not is my choice I personally have not yet seen the page even when it was visible why because i chose not to, (the posted link comes from google search). There were some sane efforts in promoting the positive side by promoting the phenomenon of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) his teachings his legacy. I also was going to boycott facebook but that would have been perfectly my own decision not some thing which was imposed on me. What next lets ban internet, maybe satellite TV because its showing all sorts of vulgarity and is responsible for destroying character of our young generation.
And before all of you people who are going to bash me for this let me put some history for you to consider, about a year back some groups were formed for denial of Holocast and there was a similar hue and cry for removal of those but Mark Zuckerberg, did not comply either, for me that is a brave decision and mind you all Mark Zuckerberg is himself a Jew so this should not be taken lightly also the pressure at that times was also immense by people such as Michael Arrington publically at TechCrunch and people here would agree with me that Arringtonâ€™s opinion has more implications on business and brand of facebook. here is his article
So at this time I donâ€™t know if these issues are teething issues of social networking, because i believe this social networking is people powered, it should be only the users to decide what stays and what goes. These are my own two cents, and I am a Muslim and believe in Prophet, but i also strongly believe that no human being can ever effect his place in my heart.
And I will end this by some thing which has kept me puzzled since the Danish Cartoon Controversy, I was out of country at that time, my colleague an American called me to inquire well being of my family back home, his next few questions I was able to answer which were why was it happening and why we being Muslims were angry at the Publisher, his last question though have me thinking still if you have the answer do let me know it was
â€œI understand the anger of your countrymen and Muslims over the drawings and think that it should not have happened. However can you tell me why the protesters in your cities are burning shops owned by their fellows and burning vehicles of others who had nothing to do with it?â€