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the issue at hand is not so much the depiction of Muhammad itself that is particularly worrisome (faithful and intelligent Muslims would likely say that the individual displayed is not Muhammad by any stretch of the imagination), but rather the inflammatory nature of the cartoons depicting him and the lack of respectful dialogue that precludes community cohesion and rather incites social discord. Free speech should be a means to a better world, not an end in and of itself.
‘So, while some might find it tempting to celebrate the results of the recent election as a victory, it seems to me that there is a glaring issue being ignored. History suggests that US electoral politics behave like a pendulum. Partisan electoral victories lead to political resentment on the losing side, culminating in retributive rallies 4-to-8 years down the line in a samsaric cycle of escalatory retaliation. We have a deeply rooted problem, in this country, with coexistence and reconciliation.’
Raahim Zafar discusses the human experience through the lens of the Islamic formulation of morality, which frames spirituality as an innate feature in the composition of a human being.
Raahim Zafar reflects on the importance of discussing differences and his experience as a Shi’a Muslim MSA president at university.
“It was a light-hearted conversation and an exchange made in jest but it does points to the deeper issue I mentioned before: a reluctance to engage.”
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