A piece in Saudi Gazette seeks to differentiate the way Saudi Arabs have reacted to the notorious anti-Muslim ‘film’ and how others have done so. Rather than forming angry mobs and swarming foreign embassies, the young Saudis interviewed have taken to social media to answer bad speech with good speech. And that is precisely the right response.

The article notes that thousands of school children — I’m assuming high school students — have followed the urgings of scholars, journalists, and celebrities to fight the battle through words.

Saudis protest anti-Islam film in a civilized way
Saleh Fareed | Saudi Gazette

JEDDAH — As angry demonstrators stormed US and European embassies in many countries in protest at a movie denigrating the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), a large number of young Saudis began raising awareness about the Prophet through various campaigns on social networking sites.

Recently social media has been abuzz with Muslims speaking out against the violence and they took the initiative to portray the correct image of the Prophet.

Twenty-three-year-old student Maher Naji said: “The way we shall respond is not by violence, threats, or insults. No, we shall respond with wisdom and social media is our tool to spread the message.”

Maher and his friends here in Jeddah started to think of a civilized way to respond to those who had the wrong impression of the Prophet. He said: “The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) himself stated the strong Muslim was the one who could control his anger and control his emotions. Therefore all Muslims should follow this example.

The Saudi government has convinced YouTube to block the offensive video from being accessed by Saudi ISPs. Young Saudis, however, no matter their political views, know ways to go around the filtering.

September:20:2012 - 08:11 | Comments & Trackbacks (3) | Permalink
3 Responses to “Providing a Better Example”
  1. 1
    Kay Said:
    September:20:2012 - 12:23 

    But no mention of the website’s name. Do you have any idea?
    Please and thank you.

  2. 2
    John Burgess Said:
    September:20:2012 - 13:13 

    @Kay: No, unfortunately. No name is given in the article. Perhaps another reader might know.

  3. 3
    Dakota Said:
    September:20:2012 - 18:27 

    After what happened to Hamza Kashgari, and considering the uncertainty surrounding Saudi law on blogging and social networking, they may prefer to keep a low profile.

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