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Re: To Helen And Other Gracious Ones
By:Helen, UK
Date: Thursday, 10 May 2012, 9:54 am
In Response To: To Helen And Other Gracious Ones (*Dr. Shabbir, Florida)

Dear Dr. Shabbir,

It's up to you, of course. Personally I am feeling this morning that the 'pun' thread fast became a pointless debate and for that reason alone it should be deleted (but no other reason). This is a Quran discussion forum first and foremost. Normally I don't comment on the more trivial posts for this very reason. I'll try not to repeat that mistake.

The one thing it does highlight though, is where we individually think we should draw the line on things like humour. Some of us believe the Prophets should not be associated in art, or humour, or anything that is outside of socioeconomics and 'religion' (even though we're all supposed to know that Islam is a revolt against religion and its overbearing controlling attitudes). It is my humble belief that such attitudes - however well intended - are responsible for the death of Muslim culture. We have all but killed everything that is taken for granted in human nature, including humour. One would think the Prophets never even smiled!

Iqbal quite rightly said that there is a severe lack of Muslim art. Ever wonder why that is? Centuries ago some well-intended but neurotic soul decided it's safer never to mention a Prophet in a song, or illustrate a Prophet in any way just in case people start worshipping the image or they write a negative song. Next thing you know, all music is haraam, and you're not allowed to have an image of any animal in your house. Art itself became demonised instead of the *intent* of the *artist*. What happened to the 'middle way'? And where is the Quranic injunction forbidding art, let alone humour?

Wa Salaam

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*Dr. Shabbir, Florida -- Thursday, 10 May 2012, 3:04 am
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shahalam, TX -- Thursday, 10 May 2012, 6:17 am
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Naheed Gul, France -- Thursday, 10 May 2012, 8:58 am
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Nina Sutrisno, Indonesia -- Thursday, 10 May 2012, 9:12 am
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Tina Swisher, Hungary -- Thursday, 10 May 2012, 10:31 am
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Helen, UK -- Thursday, 10 May 2012, 9:54 am
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Hicham, Denmark -- Thursday, 10 May 2012, 1:38 pm
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Amirabbas, Iran -- Thursday, 10 May 2012, 1:07 pm
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*Dr. Shabbir, Florida -- Thursday, 10 May 2012, 3:03 pm
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Farida Ahmed, USA -- Thursday, 10 May 2012, 2:46 pm