Sometimes when I look around and see what's happening to the religion of Islam, I feel it is being turned into more of a joke by the day. A Sudanese court has just convicted a British teacher of 'insulting' the religion, after letting her students call a teddy bear Mohammed.
As the story goes, there was a classroom project on animals, and one of the students (7 years old) brought in a teddy bear to class. The teacher asked the children to decide on a name for the teddy bear, and they ended up choosing Mohammed.
Of course, Mohammed is the name of the Prophet (pbuh), and therefore, somehow, some way, this situation was mutated into another story of how the Western world is out there with a big conspiracy to insult Islam and damage the reputation of the religion. The teacher, Gillian Gibbons, ends up sentenced to 15 days in jail before being deported back to the UK. This is actually a relief, considering the original sentence may have been 6 month of jail-time and 40 lashes.
I really don't understand the Muslim world nowadays. Is everything that doesn't include praise to the religion considered an insult? How does labelling a teddy bear with the name of the Prophet even count as an insult (Not forgetting that the name Muhammed is the most popular muslim names and is easily adopted by a good 25% of muslims if not more)? How is the world ever going to take Islam seriously if after a simple situation such as this, you jail and deport a woman? How about when insulting cartoons are drawn, and protests, riots, and burning flags arise all over the muslim world? How about when someone writes an insulting book and you put a million dollar reward on whoever kills him?
It just isn't comprehensible, in this day and age, to sit and argue, complain, and riot. It really does make us look more like a joke than asking people to take us seriously. It's a big world we live in, and there are limits to such actions. Obviously, this case is going to hurt the UK/Sudan relations pretty badly, and is going to end up tearing down more than it it fixes (if it fixes anything, actually). Well done Sudan, you probably just lost a good teacher, many of which are already lacking.
Wake up muslims! This really isn't the way! The religion is turning into more of a joke by the day, and the Muslim people are going to be taken less seriously with every such case that arises. So far the only few muslims who are taken seriously are the terrorists. Wake up, Muslims, wake up!