By now, I’m sure everyone has heard about Neda Agha Soltani, the Iranian woman who was shot to death during a protest in Iran on June 20th, 2009. I’ll save my rant about why the western media all of sudden cares about Iranians/Muslims for later, but I just wanted to share a really important post written by Fatemeh Fakhraie at Muslimah Media Watch. It’s a definite must-read and it expresses how offensive and disrespectful it is for western media, facebook users, and bloggers alike to over-publicize the blood-splattering images of this tragic incident. Instead of seeing pictures of her like the one posted above, television and internet images are filled with her post-mortem pictures.
As some of you know, I don’t like posting images of the dead. Western media has a bad reputation for over-publicizing images of victims when they’re killed by their own people, and not when they’re killed by U.S., British, and/or Israeli forces. It offends me even more when I see Islamophobic bloggers post several pictures and video clips of Neda’s death while making political points. Is that all she is to you? Someone for you to exploit and say, “Look, look! Islam is evil and barbaric”? All human beings, like Neda, have value and deserve our attention. Our Love and prayers should extend towards all humans, be they Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Taoist, Agonstic, Atheist, and so on. The worst and most insulting thing we can do to the victims of such brutal murders is to exploit them.
Please visit Muslimah Media Watch and read the latest post. It’s really important and deserves everyone’s attention.
We come from God, and to God do we return (Qur’an 2:156). Love, peace, and light upon all.