Another Denmark

A lot of interaction between Arabs, muslims and Europeans has been happening on 360east, which I guess I really good :)

I received the following comment/statement from Danish reader Carsten Agger, which I publish here in full.

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The publication of the ‘toons in the Danish newspaper was obviously not in defence of freedom of speech, but an expression of rampant xenophobia in our beautiful country. Another Denmark exists:

www.anotherdenmark.org

“A Denmark that wants to live in
peace with the Muslim world. There is another Denmark, which hopes for and believes
in respect and tolerance between religions and different groups of people.
As a Dane I have no responsibility for what a single and privately owned Danish
newspaper chooses to publish. Even so, I strongly condemn the actions of
Jyllands-Posten that have offended muslims around the world, and I understand the
importance of an apology from the newspaper.

We all have a responsibility for treating each other, our religious faiths, and
convictions with dignity and respect. By publishing the caricatures of Muhammad, the
newspaper Jyllands-Posten failed their obligation to exercise with care and
consideration the right of freedom of speech.

I condemn all kinds of discrimination, prejudice and racism, whether it is directed
against Muslims, Jews, Christians or other groups in a society. Therefore, I reject
the hostile and prejudicial way of speaking that has marked several Danish,political
parties and media within recent years.

I want to make a request to all parts involved, that opinions and protests may be
conducted in a respectful and peaceful manner. Attacks on and threats against
individuals and assets only make the situation worse for all of us.

I believe in a world, where religions, ethnic groups and various political and
cultural opinions can coexist in an atmosphere of dialogue, tolerance and mutual
respect.

I wish to state the existence of Another Denmark that concieves itself as a part of
such a heterogenous world and humanity.”


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27 Responses to “Another Denmark”

  1. Khaled Says:

    Someone in Jordan (or any other country) should print the letter and paste it at different parts of Amman, Zarqa, Aqaba or whereever you can reach. Next to each letter should be one page of the greetings, which seem very sincere and genuine, and hopefully will touch many hearts in Jordan.

  2. Batir Wardam Says:

    Thanks ahamd for posting this for another perspective.
    Maybe It can be useful to note another online campaign to end the mutual extremism by both parties that is organized by Arab and Danish intellectuals at
    http://www.rezgar.com/camp/i.asp?id=50

  3. Pia Riddertoft Says:

    Dear Muslims.
    I have deep respekt for your abylity to belive so deep in your God and respekt him so much.
    And I truly say Im so sorry, that we also in this country has people who is so unconsioness and stupid about how to be polite and lovning and respektfull. But we also has a hole lot off true careing peoble, so please let us stop this conflikt for your and ours chrildrens sake.
    I have freinds from Agadir in Marroco, and a girlfreind here in Denmark are merried to a muslim mand called Said, and they have a wonderfull beatyfull daugther called Sarah. She is such a beatyfull pikture of a love to oneanother.
    Please let us not scare eachother anymore, but use our energi to make peace and prosperity to everyone. Pia

  4. Knud M. Andersen Says:

    I feel very sad about the way Jyllands-Posten interprete and handle the freedom of speech as well as I feel scared when I see angry people in television, burning the danish Flag and promising to kill innocent danish citizens.
    I hope this lack of respect for other peoples values and right to live in a peaceful world will be overruled by peaceloving people in all parts af the world who want to speak freely, to critizise their political leaders when they disagree with them, and have the possibility to welcome and be wellcomed by people from other places and cultures.

  5. Knud M. Andersen Says:

    With the hope of peace between people from different places and cultures in a world where everybody can speak freely without being punished and without insulting other people about their personel religion.

  6. The Sandmonkey Says:

    Ahmad, I will copy and paste the same comment I left at another blog pormoting this:

    I also call in the name of tolerance for all cow-worshipping hindus (the hundreds of millions of them) that we cease eating cow meat, cheese, the abomination called the cheeseburger, Leather products of all kind, and any cartoons depicting cows in any way or shape. And for that to happen in every country in the world, especially muslim countries, in the name of tolerance and understanding.

    While we are at it, I demand the same rights extended to the scientologists, all 10 million of them, by never making fun of our aliens from space ancestors in any way. Movies such as war of the worlds and independece day should be burned, their stars heavily repirmended, and the US to apologize for it. Especially Tom cruise, who is a scientologist and therefore is a scinetologisk infidel.

    And please, let’s not forget the pastafarians, those who worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster and were touched by his noodely appednages,and tolerate their views as fall by banning all kinds of pasta from ever getting eaten or lampooned in any way, cause this is blasphemous to their beliefs.

    And again I call for that to happen in every country in the world, especially muslim countries, in the name of tolerance and understanding. I also call upon Ahmad to lead by example on this whole thing!

  7. Mohamed Elnamaky Says:

    I wish to express my respect and friendship to all Danish people who refused to be a part of what happened and especially to those five proud students who were behind the foundation of this website. Now we can hear the sound of both mind and heart, so let us keep it in this way and let ourselves and children live in peace side by side.

    My greetings from Canada;

    Mohamed Elnamaky

  8. qais Says:

    To all Danish people the best way to figure out why all moslam in the wrold react to the stupid picture as they have done is to go to the nearest book about profit Mahammed (S) and read about him and they will find out that the reaction of maslom was to little to late. I wish the peace to all respectable people who they believe in respectable world not super white man world.

  9. Franky Says:

    This apology is just wrong.

  10. Abdul Says:

    Islam is a faith that came with true values for all humen unfortunetly some of flowers and enamies made iron walls between Islam with all people.
    action and reaction is what is taking part of this tragedy.
    that news paper chosed the very bad subject to practice freedom of speech.
    lies about a person who been loved by more then muslims.
    and try to put his pictures this way.
    I just wish for all people to read about true islam and see for them selves how pure and faithfull is. beace to all

  11. waleed Says:

    im srry im not good for english but im try to explain my idea ( so… here im country moslime we love my relgen and mohhmed and we cant hate any relegn i love all people i love all contry and i hate crime and torrism but whats torrism is that cill people like amreca and england look pic in prsonar (( abo greab )) what do this people why u dont leave islame alone i said i dont hate any people but i hate when people cill my brother any places and any people i love all people ( crstian gowish moslims ) and any relign i mean all human this my idea i hope so to undestand me and im srry for english bye my freind

  12. Ahmed Says:

    Peace to those who follow the true guidence, i recommend you this site to educate youeself about the prophet Mohamed peace be upon him.
    http://www.islamway.com/mohammad/

  13. Hussain Says:

    I am a muslim who’s been living in the West for so long. Though freedom of speech is fundamental in the way people express them selves, it’s been disturbing to see at what degree this right has become a way to discriminate against muslims, just muslims. In the wake of times where the world is led by corrupt, dictator governments and a special interest groups and blood and oil sucksers all over the world (not just your typical third world countries as you may assume) where ignorance, greed and racism are leading the way; muslims and islam are being singled out as the cause of all evil. What christians and other faiths need to understand is that if you do not feel anything toward your religion that’s fine, but that does not mean that you can attack muslims by poorly portraying their prophet to be a terrorist. And say that’s freedom. No way, freedom comes with ignorance. A simple balance of self respect coupled with knowledge is well enough to clear this up. The West should understand that not everything is questionable. Islam is not a thing, it’s all and everything for muslims. I am not talking about what’s so called muslim governments. These do represent only themselves. Your typical muslim does not offend your beliefs. Is it hard to treat people with respect? No where in the West, Islam is being protrayed as a great religion that contributed and still to the human heritage. With all the great respect to any human being what ever you believe in that does not mock others. Mocking is the root of all evil and ignorance.

  14. mohamed zakaria zamrani Says:

    hi to all the respectable people of denmark, and hi to muslims in everywhere in the world

  15. Amr MOHAMED Ahmed Says:

    I am Amr from Egypt , and I am so proud of having “MOHAMED” as my second name.
    I would like to thank all Danish people who respect other religions and their symbols. A special thank to the students who believe that there are other religions ,and we might be different in religions, but this does not mean that we are enemies.Myself I have many christian friends in Egypt, and I don’t hesitate to help them whenever I can , and same for them.
    My religion says you have your religion and we have ours.We don’t force anybody to join us, and we will not harm anybody who leaves us.It’s a special relation between us and God.
    By the way also, we believe in christians and jews prophets and we respect them a lot .
    Thanks a lot again for the idea of this site.
    Amr.

  16. Muhammed Ocmaz Says:

    Oh dearest messenger of God! Oh brother of Jesus the Christ and Moses and Abraham (P.B.U.H.)! please forgive us all for this unbelievable disrespect!
    Please forgive us all
    they don’t understand! Please forgive them!

  17. ibrahim Says:

    thanks danish ppl for the warm feelings , don’t let the politicians separate us apart , eventually we live in one world , we must find a way to live in peace , thanks again

    ibrahim from SAUDI ARABIA

  18. Ahmad Says:

    Dear All

    After living more than 20 years in the U.K and worked for more than 11 years with different european organizations.

    I wish this site publishes something about the truth of our lives and try to discus the problem we are facing now on the light of such facts:

    1- In the whole history of Islamic Impire ( 600 – 1918 ) there has never been any violance against humanaty as there has been in the past 100 hundred years in some western impires.

    2- Islam is a relegoin and a peaceful way of life. It has been proved by many historians.

    3- Islam never prevents Muslims from living with other Christian or Jawsih communities. Islam allows Muslims to trade, marry and live with all followers of other relegoins mentioned.

    4- The profit of Islam had never been ynderestimated by any educated historian who read and discovered some truth about him.

    5- The prophit os Islam ( Mouhammad ) Peac Be Upon Him, has never ever had a history of vilonce nor was a killer of innosent people.

    6- The profit os Islam had lead and initated a start of an impire which had spread far more any other impire had spread so far. The spread of the Islamic impire had been based on true and peaceful rules. And this is why it lasted more than 12 centuries. Which more than any other impire had lasted so far. The reason and the secrete behind this graetness is simply the way our prophit had educated his people and the way his people had kept his education.

    6- Muslims are not allowed to insult any other believers nor they are allowed to insult any prophit of any Godley relegion.

    7- Muslims do not have only Prophit Mouhammad Peace Be Upon Him, but we as muslims believe that Jesus, Mouses, Jacobe, Isack and Ibrahim are some of the prophits who had been sent by God to all humanaties with the same principles that Mouhammad came with.

    I suggest the start of West and Muslims discusions and mutual understanding start with the following:

    1- Let’s tarnsfer some Muslim knowledge to you in the west ( e.g who is Mouhammad, How he started, where did Islam had reached so far….etc )

    2- You in the west are free to ask any questions you like about Islam and Prophite Mouhammad at any time, and you will be entitled to a true answer and explanation.

    3- Without comparison let’s look at what any Muslim culture has of principples and see if it works for other societies to reach an ideal way of living.

    4- Freedom of speach and expresion is wide open in Islam so lond as there is respect of certain principles and figuers.

    I hope we find a way to sit some educted people to an open discussion before the whole world and try to publish a way of understanding each other.

    Regards to all.

  19. memi Says:

    im moslims from bethlehem – palestine .. first of all i thank you very much for this greart website ,, and really thats kind of you to show ur feeling about us ,, here in palestine we like danish people and we will never forget ur help for my country and i hope that this problem will be solved some day soon ,, really you are kind people and i invite you to visit bethlehem the land of the peace ….

  20. hani Says:

    we are muslims, and we consider prophet mohammed more valuable than our souls, cause he was send by GOD for mercy and happiness for all creatures ( humans and none humans)...so these pics. were a knife in our hearts and believes…if you know him well, you will love him very much …just read history of prophet mohammed and be fair …

  21. abdel Says:

    we love you too
    morocco+denmark=love
    abdel from agadir

  22. Amr from Egypt Says:

    This is a message from the dawn of history’s land, the cradle of civilization, and the protector of the monotheism religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam.. Egypt.

    The (Collision of Civilizations) is a big lie and untrue mythology being published by huge propaganda for evil and sneaky purposes.

    The conflict is not a necessity at all as some western authors yell driven by unfair political & economical motivations, only the smart well educated human beings are able to discover the poison mixed with honey in such calls.

    I still honestly believe that east, west, north & south can easily live in peace and cooperation for the sake of humanity and the prosperity and welfare of the globe.

    To do so, we need two key factors as when we want to open a 2-keys’ safe..
    We do need mutual respect & mutual understanding.

    In our world – which is normally diverse and different by nature – respecting the other will definitely lead to pay back respect, and vise versa by logic according to Newton’s Physics Third Law (For every action, there is an equal opposite reaction), and please never forget the rule of life (An eye for an eye) because (What goes around, comes around) as it was said.

    Let us agree that (My freedom ends on the borders of others’ freedom), and (My freedom is never to violate others’ freedom) dear ladies & gentlemen.
    The freedom is always responsible in the understanding and behavior of the mature, cultured, highly educated, civilized and responsible persons.

    Let us all believe that we all belong to the same source, Adam & Eve, we are all human being whatever the color, religion, entity, language and race is.

    So let me greet you with the greeting of Islam, the religion of peace – not the religion of terror as the uncultured poisoned media publish by false on purpose unfairly twisting the facts and abusing the differences between cultures – telling you all: (Asslamu Alaykom) which exactly means (Peace upon you) wherever you are, whoever you are, and whenever you are. Thanks for your attention.

  23. feras Says:

    I am muslim from Jordan and i think that dunish people are good people and i am glade to be friend with them

  24. Dr. Ibrahim Says:

    I respect the freedom of expression, However JP does not respect it.
    I sent them this article to publish as a reply about their nasty cartoons but they did not publish it.
    Herein my sent article that they refused to publish.

    Dialogue between me and the last Prophet MOHAMMAD

    I: Who is the best of man?. Some people believe that they are the best because of their race, color, nationality, families etc., I want to know who are the honored in the sight of God?
    Mohammad : Listen to what ALLAH is saying:
    O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full Knowledge and is well-acquainted (with all things). 49:13

    I: Some fanatic Muslims recommend killing the guy who drew the cartoons?
    Mohammad : On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew all the human beings: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all the human beings. Then although there came to them Our Messengers with Clear Signs, Yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land. 5:32

    I: Some people attack Islam every day
    Mohammad : This is their job and what they are doing for life, listen to what ALLAH said about them:
    And have ye made it your livelihood that ye should declare it false? 56:82

    I: But some of them scoff about you!
    Mohammad : Allah will take care of them, Isn’t ALLAH sufficient?
    For sufficient are We unto thee against those who scoff, 15:95

    I: If you saw the cartoons what you would have been made?.................here
    Mohammad :I will do what ALLAH commanded me
    Hold to forgiveness; command what is right; but turn away from the ignorant. 7:199

    I: If someone asks you to say something about the cartoons what you are going to say?
    Mohammad : And when they hear vain talk, they turn away there from and say: “To us our deeds, and to you yours; peace be to you: we seek not the ignorant.” 28:55

    I: Some people believe that Islam is a threat for humanity and consider it as their enemy
    Mohammad : Verily Satan is an enemy to you: so treat him as an enemy. He only invites his adherents, that they may become companions of the Blazing Fire. 35:6

    I: And they believe that Islam spread by sword
    Mohammad : Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects Evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things. 2:256

    I: Some people believe that there is no tolerance in Islam for the other religions and Islam does not accept other faith, what do you say about that?
    Mohammad : Say: O ye that reject Faith!,
    “I worship not that which ye worship, Nor will ye worship that which I worship.; And I will not worship that which ye have been wont to worship, And I will not worship that which ye have been wont to worship; Nor will ye worship that which I worship; To you be your Way, and to me mine.” 109:1-6

    I: What ALLAH commanded you in brief?
    Mohammad : Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that ye may receive admonition. 16:90

    I: Some fanatic Muslims recommend cutting off the relation between Muslims countries and some trading companies in Denmark and Norway because of the cartoons, what about that?
    Mohammad : Tell them it is unjust to punish someone about an act that has been done by another one, have not they read what ALLAH said about that, I will remind them:

    Say: “Shall I seek for (my) Cherisher other than Allah, when He is the Cherisher of all things (that exist)? Every soul draws the meed of its acts on none but itself: no bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another. Your goal in the end is towards Allah: He will tell you the truth of the things wherein ye disputed.” 6:164

    Who receiveth guidance, receiveth it for his own benefit: who goeth astray doth so to his own loss: no bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another: nor would We visit with Our Wrath until We had sent a Messenger (to give warning). 17:15

    Nor can a bearer of burdens bear another’s burden. If one heavily laden should call another to (bear) his load, not the least portion of it can be carried (by the other), even though he be nearly related. Thou canst but admonish such as fear their Lord unseen and establish regular Prayer. And whoever purifies himself does so for the benefit of his own soul; and the destination (of all) is to Allah. 35:18

    If ye reject (Allah), truly Allah has no need of you; but He liketh not ingratitude from His Servants: if ye are grateful, He is pleased with you. No bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another. In the End, to your Lord is your Return, when He will tell you the truth of all that ye did (in this life). For He knoweth well all that is in (men’s) hearts. 39:7

    Namely, that no bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another; 53:38

    I: What do you advise to do with the guy who drew the cartoons?
    Mohammad : Those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity, or in adversity; who restrain anger, and pardon (all) men; for Allah loves those who do good. 3:134

    I: What was your job?
    Mohammad :O Apostle! proclaim the (Message) which hath been sent to thee from thy Lord. If thou didst not, thou wouldst not have fulfilled and proclaimed His Mission. And Allah will defend thee from men (who mean mischief). For Allah guideth not those who reject Faith. 5:67

    I: Would you please define the righteousness?
    Mohammad : It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces towards East or West; but it is righteousness to believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and practise regular charity, to fulfil the contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the God-fearing. 2:177

    I: Did ALLAH talk to you directly to give you the Quran?
    Mohammad : It is not fitting for a man that Allah should speak to him except by inspiration, or from behind a veil, or by the sending of a Messenger to reveal, with Allah’s permission, what Allah wills: for He is Most High, Most Wise. 42:51

    I: Why Did God send you?
    Mohammad : We sent thee not, but as a mercy for all creatures. 21:107

    With my respect,
    Dr. Ib.
    MD, MS, PHD.
    President of Inventor Society.

  25. Amr Says:

    This is a message from the dawn of history’s land, the cradle of civilization, and the protector of the monotheism religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam.. Egypt.

    The (Collision of Civilizations) is a big lie and untrue mythology being published by huge propaganda for evil and sneaky purposes.

    The conflict is not a necessity at all as some western authors yell driven by unfair political & economical motivations, only the smart well educated human beings are able to discover the poison mixed with honey in such calls, and read – carefully – what is behind such theory.

    I still honestly believe that east, west, north & south can easily live in peace and cooperation for the sake of humanity and the prosperity and welfare of the globe.

    To do so, we need two key factors as when we want to open a 2-keys’ safe..
    We do need mutual respect & mutual understanding.

    In our world – which is normally diverse and different by nature – respecting the other will definitely lead to pay back respect

    Let us agree that (My freedom ends on the borders of others’ freedom), and (My freedom is never to violate others’ freedom) dear ladies & gentlemen.
    The freedom is always responsible in the understanding and behavior of the mature, cultured, highly educated, civilized, respective and responsible persons.

    Let us all believe that we all belong to the same source, Adam & Eve, we are all human being whatever the nation, color, religion, entity, language and race is.

    So let me greet you all with the greeting of Islam, the religion of Peace; not the religion of terror as the uncultured poisoned media publish by false on purpose unfairly twisting the facts and abusing the differences between cultures.

    One of the names of Allah (God) is Peace, and Islam that came from Allah is the religion of Peace, and it’s greeting in life starts with Peace, and the greeting for the believers in Paradise is Peace, and Paradise’s name itself is (The residence of Peace).

    So for you all respective ladies & gentlemen I greet you with the greeting of Islam saying (Asslamu Alaykom) which exactly means (Peace upon you) wherever you are, whoever you are, and whenever you are. Thanks for your attention.

  26. Rezk Mansour Says:

    I think that the problem is in the media and papers ,also i want to say that the Danish people like any other people i mean for sure there is good people and there is not .

    Also i want to say that most of the Danish people don’t know what prophet Muhammed is .

    Please do not judge people before you know them and deal with them .

    And finally i want to thank the people who invented this web page i think it really helps espicially in making relationships between Muslims and the Danish people

    Thanks .

    Rezk

  27. sayed mouner ibrahim Says:

    i ask abut jop becz iwant start my live

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