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Free Speech -1 by Nayzak Free Speech -1 by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],

I'd like to make a few articles about Islam and free speech in order to provide an Islamic and Muslim perspective on the issue.

Islam has a history of over a thousand years of intellectual and scientific and progress. When Europe was in the ‘Dark Ages’ the Islamic society produced scholars that were to become the reference points for medicine , chemistry, mathematics, architecture and many other fields of science and engineering. According to historians of science , the Muslims were the cause for bringing Europe out of the darkness of ignorance.
freedom of speech, however, is not a necessity for progress and development. This is an assumption based upon Europe’s historical struggle against the Church that prevented intellectual progress and investigation. Muslims do not have the same historical baggage.

However, freedom of speech in its pure meaning, the unrestricted expression of oneself, does not actually exist, cannot exist and one would be dishonest or deluded to imagine it really does exist. If we examine Western secular states who advocate freedom of speech we can see that it has never existed. There are many restrictions; for example there are hate speech laws, defamation laws, libel laws etc. In reality people can express themselves within the context of the law, and not with the unrestricted freedom that is often implied in the media.
But, this illustrates a contradiction when Islam and Muslims are attacked under the banner of freedom of speech. There are laws in place to prevent offending religious minorities such as Jews, but no similar level of protection for others. Take the Danish cartoons insulting The Prophet Mohammed –peace be upon him-, as an example. If such cartoons characterising holocaust denial were produced they would be viewed as incisive and potentially prosecutions would follow. When it came to the Muslims it was a different story.

Even if one were to ignore the apparent contradictions, it can be argued that civilised society cannot engage with one another positively if anyone can say whatever they want. Initiating dialogue by abusing one another will not produce positive results. The norms of civility that prevent people from insulting each other, is not practiced when it comes to Islam these days.
The Qur’an and the example of The Prophet Mohammed –peace be upon him-, encourage questioning, rational thinking and debate. There are also many evidences that do not simply ‘allow’ accounting political authority, rather they positively oblige it upon each and every Muslim. The Islamic concept of ‘enjoining what is good’ and ‘forbidding what is evil’ is a well known matter from Sharee’ah texts and has been written about by many scholars. The Prophet –peace be upon him- once said: ”The best jihad is the word of truth to the tyrant ruler”. This must be done, and can be done by individuals, political groups, or an independent media. This is all reflected in our history and scholarship.
However, abuse, slander, gossip and unrestricted forms of expression that create hatred, discourage true dialogue, and generally degrade society is not allowed to the one who believes in Islam.

... to be continued, in sha'Allah [God willing]...

from [link] with some changes

I hope this was beneficial.

Feel free to comment, agree or disagree. but if I see you using freedom of speech as a cover to make disrespectful and rude comments, direct insults to the prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him- or any prophet of God, and/or attempts to insult the Almighty God, then I'll use my freedom to click "flagged as spam" and "block this user".

If I'm right, it's from the God almighty. If I'm wrong, it's from myself.
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Dragonair-lanturn Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AWWWWW! That is so cute! but he is right. Hate speech is not civilized.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
this comment of yours will be flagged as spam.

reason: misquoting the Qur'an.
ilooklikelolipop Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Well.I'm civilized!
Zidneya Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Of course it is.
For example:

I hate Segregation.

Nayzak Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
stating what you hate (in the right place) is fine.
what's not fine is insulting others while stating your opinion.
Zidneya Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Who did I insulted?

Besides show me someone who can't handle an insult and and you'll be showing me someone who doesn't deserve a compliment. 
Nayzak Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
you didn't insult anybody... so far. I was just explaining.

"Besides show me someone who can't handle an insult and and you'll be showing me someone who doesn't deserve a compliment. "
what kind of logic is this, man? so if you see a beautiful artwork here in deviantART, before you compliment the artist, you gotta insult them to make sure they handle your insult and deserve your compliment?
When I see someone doing something good, I do compliment them regardless of them handling insults or not. because I believe insults are not part of a civilized gentlemanly behavior. therefore, I refrain from them. but you may see things differently. to each their way.
if you like to express your freedom by insulting people in your page, that's your right. but insulting people in my page isn't part of my visitors' rights.
Zidneya Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Just because you like someones art work doesn't mean that you like him or approve him. I like Van Gough art but he was a suicidal depressed who suffered from self mutilation. And just because I don't like Cody Simpson doesn't mean that I'm gonna stop listening his music. Just because I like Steven Speilberg doesn't mean that I like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Last week a christian believer congratulate me for a wall paper that I made yet she didn't like me for being an atheist. So if I see a beautiful artwork I compliment the artwork not the artist. Like I dunno saying: "Hey I like this one, because of the linear, colors or textures." I NEVER SAID THAT PEOPLE NEED TO BE INSULTED TO JUDGE THEIR WORK (SO DON'T TWIST MY WORDS).  The quality of their work and their approval it's totally independent of their character and personality. People that are very arrogant can create the exquisite of paints and people that are very talented can produce the grotesque of portraits. You question my logic so tell me. If you see someone get insulted and he or she makes a huge tantrum, scene and respond in a very immature  violent way will you compliment him/her? The first thing your gonna say to him is: well done, or congratulations for making the biggest scene? So my initial statement remains "show me someone who can't handle an insult and and you'll be showing me someone who doesn't deserve a compliment."  Because why congratulate someone who can't handle rejection(except if it's someone who can't understand how is the proper way of interaction like a child or a retarded person in that case it isn't their fault). At some point you not only won't compliment him you are gonna start to say to him: "Hey get over it" "So he hates you so what?" or "yeah she despise you deal with it". 

You question my logic nevertheless you claim again that I'm insulting people: "but insulting people in my page isn't part of my visitors' rights" you said. Ever since I got here who did I insulted? You even clearly said "you didn't insult anybody."  So the question that you asked me I ask you in return: what kind of logic is this, man?
Just because I hate something or someone doesn't mean I'm insulting them. When your parents hate something you said are they insulting you? When you present one of your friend to your classroom and they hate him are they insulting you? When you write an article that a group of people hate it are they insulting you? Is that your definition of insult? Just because I don't like what you say you think that I'm insulting you? Because if that's the case and you claim that hate are insults and that"insults are not part of a civilized gentlemanly behavior." You clearly are saying that hating something(which everyone in this planet hates something) is bad an uncivilized. Is that your definition of civilized? A society where we can't say what we hate? Are we suppose to restrain our feeling no matter how sick of something are we?
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