Lot of discussions and opinions have been said, after MF Hussein took refuge in Qatar. But, the question of ‘non-democracy’ in Qatar still plays a dominant role in the minds of ‘Hussein’ admirers and the obvious query is “Will MF Hussein dare to paint the Prophet, either clothed or otherwise?’
Islam does not allow pictorial depiction of the Prophet! So, the general interpretation is that ‘Hinduism’ is weak when compared to ‘Strong’ Islam. Hinduism is not a religion but a way of life…a cliche statement I have used several times just like others do. ‘Way of life’ is just a suggestion to highlight principles of moral living. I have personally read in hindu religious books…..and there is no ‘enforcement’ by Hinduism as done in other religions! In fact, lot of tolerance and restraint is practised by Hindus. Islam followers have not restrained themselves in condemning Salman Rushdie, Taslima Nasreen or others who have infringed the Islam doctrine.
In the Khajuraho temples, the sculptures do not profess any sexual promiscuity..but it is just a description of a way of life during that period. In the Epic ‘Mahabharata’, as mentioned, it was not necessary to marry…. to indulge in sexual freedom but such promiscuity was allowed since it was done out of love and not out of lust. It was a period (called as ‘Yuga’) when gods and goddesses lived on the earth. And there was no sexual excess or diseases during that time. It is unfortunate that Hussein never understood these facts of Hinduism before painting goddess Saraswati nude.
As a good Muslim, Hussein never thought of taking scandalous liberties with Islam religion like he did with Hindu dieties. Don’t you feel Hinduism is more tolerant? Does that make it weak?