Would You Think Twice About Talking Negatively Toward Islam, The Koran or The Prophet?
I would, dear MiniMan (peace to you!). It would have to depend on the context of the conversation. I have several Muslim friends and ALL are MOST respectful of me... and my beliefs. But me, in general. To THEM certain negative talk of ANY kind is an insult. Surely, negative talk about their religion, holy book, or prophet would be considered an insult, and so I would absolutely think twice about.
Unless they're of my son's generation: those kids rib about EVERYTHING... and you had better be able to take it AND come back with something just as good, if not better!
Would you fear that there might be "consequences"???
If you're talking about those who are members of "The Nation of Islam" (Farrakhan's folks)... perhaps. Because some of them take their religious "pride" to a ridiculous level. For those who are NOT followers of Farrakhan... which are most of the Muslims/Islamics I know... no. Because they are actually some of THE... gentlest... and kindest... people I know. Their feelings would be hurt, yes. And they would probably give me a confused look, perhaps even ask me what I meant... but I can't imagine any one of them even asking me if MEANT an insult... because they truly would not GET that I WOULD - given our relationship(s), it wouldn't even come up into their thinking that I DID (it's really only the western world that insults others as jokes... then try to pass it off as a "joke"... or accuse the recipient of being "too sensitive"... rather than APOLOGIZING... when it goes bad. In most of the non-western world... and insult IS an insult. And jokes... even some that are deprecating... are known to be jokes. Because you don't mess around with religion when joking.
A year or two ago our nephew, who was studying Criminal Justice at the time (he now has his B.A.) called me and asked what should he "do about" the Muslims (he wanted to be a police officer and felt like his "calling" in life was to "protect" those he loved. He couldn't figure out who to protect them from FROM - he first thought of the thugs in Oakland... but he doesn't LIVE in Oakland... almost an hour away, actually... until he though of Muslims. He pretty much wanted to know whether he should go after Muslims because "they 'hate[d]' us." Er??
I was... aghast... to say the least. I could not believe this kid was asking me this! I was like, WTFrick??! Go after Muslims??? WHY? For WHAT?? So, I asked and he said, "Well, they want to come after us!" I asked him, "WHO? WHO wants to come after us... and WHAT 'us"?! Is someone bothering you, are some Muslims messing with you?!" I was like, oh, Lord... this could be bad!
Of course, his answer was, "No, no, nothing like that. It's just that they hate us and so I want to protect my family and so wanted to know if I should go after them first?"
Sigh. We had to have a long... long... talk after that. Thankfully, he not only didn't go after any Muslims, but has now come to have a few friends who are Muslims. Because I told him that rather than jumping to conclusions about who and what Muslimg were... and wanted... he should get to know a few and ask them. Well, needless to say... what he had learned THROUGH THE MEDIA... was not what he learned from his new friends.
Good questions, dear MiniMan... and, again, peace to you!
A slave of Christ,