Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],
to my brothers and sisters in Islam,
While browsing deviantART you may face some disgusting drawings or articles aimed to vilify Islam, spread filthy lies and ignorant misconceptions, slander the last prophet of the God almighty -peace be upon him- or simply propagate hate against Islam. You may feel the urge to defend your faith and show these people how wrong they are, you may feel anger towards these unjust accusations and you may not want to remain silent... So you want to do something about it.
I already talked about this before, but receiving many notes relevant to this subject makes me want to deal with it again.
Here in this journal and the next, in sha'Allah [God willing] I'd like to suggest to my Muslim brothers and sisters what I wouldn't do and what I would do in your place. this is based on my own experience. of course everyone is free to follow my advice or ignore it.
FIRST, WHAT I SHOULDN'T DO:
People always like to receive feedback for their work. they like to feel important. they like to feel that what they do has [a big] impact on people. the islamophobes who spread falsehood about Islam are no different. they like to get reactions for their work. they like to receive agreement and support from non-Muslims and they especially like angry reactions from offended Muslims. for them this proves what they already believe that Muslims are violent and aggressive. it makes them believe they are right. these people like to argue and they like to win. They enjoy receiving death threats (even if not serious) and curses. These give them the opportunity to look victimized and get sympathy and support. They like to keep the disrespectful comments of the ignorant and extremist Muslims in their page (as evidence) but they make sure to block the respectful and challenging replies of knowledgeable Muslims. they always block a Muslim if they feel his/her arguments are stronger than theirs. these people want to believe they are heroes (in their own fantasy minds).
So the first rule is I NEVER GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT. I don't put wood to the fire and I don't give food to the barking dog.
They want comments? I don't comment in their pages.
They want to see an offended Muslim? I never show any sign of being offended.
They want to see an angry Muslim? I never show any sign of anger.
They want to argue and debate? I neither argue nor debate in their page.
This makes them feel insignificant.
I don't allow the islamophobes to feel important. I like to make them realize that what they did is worth nothing. Because I know that the more reaction they get the more motivated they become to continue and make more anti-Islamic trash. the less reaction they get the faster they become bored and they will eventually stop, in sha'Allah.
Of course this requires a strong self-control from my side. IGNORING them means to fight the urge to defend Islam right away and to reply to their anti-Islamic filthy works or ignorant statements (in their pages). It means not to correct them (in their pages). not to argue with them (in their pages). not to debate with them (in their pages). let them remain with their misconceptions and mistakes. I know some of you may object and say "Don't we have the duty to correct people's mistakes and fight ignorance with knowledge?"
Indeed we have that duty in Islam. I do agree with you. but we have to choose the best and most practical way to do that. later in this article, in sha'Allah [God willing] I will suggest how to correct these people's mistakes and falsehood in the best way.
last and not least, I never link to these people's pages. Even if my aim is to raise awareness about them and let people know the bad thing in order to avoid it, linking to these people is doing them the biggest favor ever. I wouldn't want to advertise for them for free and make them famous, would I?
so this is what I don't do. in the next journal, in sha'Allah, I'll talk about what I do...
I hope this was beneficial
May Allah accept your fasting and worship and may he reward you well.