Human Rights: The Right to Be
Article 1 of The Universal Declaration of Human RightsLast night I deactivated my Facebook account to protest against the Facebook page entitled Everybody Draw Muhammad Day!. For those who argue that it's their right, I will have to humbly disagree because freedom of speech isn't about having the right to disrespect others by expressing derogatory remarks which you know will have a negative impact.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
I believe this shouldn't only be applied exclusively to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) but also Jesus (a.k.a. Prophet Isa) and all other prophets (peace be upon them). Why are Muslims sensitive about this issue? Because we believe in honouring them and the last thing we'd want is to show our disrespect by trying to depict or mock them. Have you heard of a Muslim who makes fun of Jesus? I doubt it.
I know deactivating my Facebook page temporarily seems like an insignificant act but it shows that I give a damn.
Know your rights. Take a stand and make human rights a reality. Start with yourself. Start today.
"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."