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July 17, 2009

It's a mystery to me

Topics: Understanding Islam

To say that Muslims can be ridiculously "sensitive" about their perceived slights against Islam, is an understatement. Such sensitivities speak to something more than simply reactions to perceived (more like imagined) slights, they speak to either an agenda or something inherently insecure about being a believer of the Islamic ideology.

Consider our October 12, 2006 post titled "Apple's 'Mecca Project' Insults Islam?" - in which we quoted from a MEMRI piece about what it found on an Islamic website:

On October 10, 2006, an Islamic website posted a message alerting Muslims to what it claims is a new insult to Islam. According to the message, the cube-shaped building which is being constructed in New York City, on Fifth Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets in midtown Manhattan, is clearly meant to provoke Muslims. The fact that the building resembles the Ka'ba (see picture below), is called "Apple Mecca," is intended to be open 24 hours a day like the Ka'ba, and moreover, contains bars selling alcoholic beverages, constitutes a blatant insult to Islam. The message urges Muslims to spread this alert, in hope that "Muslims will be able to stop the project."
As we noted in our post at the time - it's just a cube-shaped building. And again, the post was written in 2006 - that's years ago.

As the NY Post reported at the time, "the Islamist loonies must have relied on old intel" because Apple had opened its underground retail store a full five months before. And that wasn't the only blunder the crazies made:

[...] A message posted Tuesday on the extremist Al-Hesbah Web site ripped Apple for erecting a glass cube - "clearly meant to provoke Muslims" - outside its new outlet on the corner of West 58th Street.

The posting - translated into English by the Middle East Media Research Institute - called the cube "a blatant insult to Muslims" for its supposed likeness to the Kaaba, a cubic masonry structure situated in the center of the world's most sacred mosque in Mecca.

[...] Pictures on the site comparing a black-covered Apple cube with the black-enshrouded Kaaba were taken when the cube was still under construction.

Al-Hesbah went on to attack Apple for naming the store "Apple Mecca" and installing "bars selling alcoholic beverages," according to Memri.

The store is actually called Apple Store Fifth Avenue. And it does house a bar, but it's an iPod bar - for downloading music, not downing bevvies.

Customers enter the underground outlet through a 30-foot-high glass cube directly in front of the General Motors Building.

Yet, check out the mostly anti-American, anti-non-Muslim, pro-Islam comments on our October 2006 post (120 comments at the time of this writing - and which STILL CONTINUE) - and remember, we're talking about an almost 4 year-old post on a 30-foot-high glass cube-shaped building that serves as an entrance way to an Apple store.

If this is an example of just how ridiculous Muslim sensitivities can be (and it indeed is), and how far away from reality Muslim imaginations can take them, how the West is ever going to effectively communicate with such people is a complete mystery to me.

As for my suggestion that Muslim sensitivities speak to something more than simply reactions to perceived slights, and that they speak to either an agenda or something inherently insecure about the Islamic faith, my personal guess is that the answer lies in both.

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Posted by Richard at July 17, 2009 7:23 AM

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