Taslima Nasrin posted a controversial tweet on the prophet’s birthday that sparked thousands of responses, some in her favour and some condemning her for insulting the prophet of Muslims.
The 60-year-old Taslima tweeted, “He was a liar, robber, land grabber, killer, slave owner, misogynist and rapist! So what he is popular. Let’s celebrate his birthday. Cheers.”
Taslima Nasrin is specifically targetting Muslims on Twitter by posting sensitive stuff against prophets and their teachings. Hundreds of Twitter users can be seen appealing other Muslims to report her account for hurting religious sentiments of Muslims time and again.
The tweet came on the occasion of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of Last messenger of Muslims, Harzrat Muhammad (PBUH).
Mawlid is the celebration of the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad which is commemorated in Rabi’ al-Awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar. 12th Rabi’ al-Awwal is the accepted date among most of the Sunni and Shia scholars, while few Shia scholars regard 17th Rabi’ al-Awwal as the accepted date.
Responding to her tweet one Muslim writer wrote,
“Originally, the punishment of ta’zir is meant as ta’dib (a lesson/to educate) offenders and society. Thus, authorities should use the power given to them wisely in handling these cases to prevent it from recurring.
Other than punishments, the most important thing that the government and Muslims should do is to spread and educate people about the true characters of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), removing doubts and prejudice towards our beloved Prophet. It may be due to their ignorance and misinformation that results in their poor actions. Thinking through the effects of our approach in Da’awah is known as Fiqh al-Ma’al.”
Taslima Nasrin Sarkar (also known as Taslima Nasreen, born 25 August 1962), is a Bangladeshi-Swedish writer, physician, feminist, secular humanist and activist. She is known for her writing on women’s oppression and criticism of religion, despite forced exile. Some of her books are banned in Bangladesh. She has been blacklisted and banished from the Bengal region (both from Bangladesh and West Bengal state of India).
Nasrin was born to Dr. Rajab Ali and Edul Ara in Mymensingh. Her father was a physician, and a professor of Medical Jurisprudence in Mymensingh Medical College, also at Sir Salimullah Medical College, Dhaka and Dhaka Medical College. Nasrin studied medicine and became a physician. She gained global attention by the beginning of 1990s owing to her essays and novels with feminist views and criticism of what she characterizes as all “misogynistic” religions.
Nasrin has been living in exile since 1994. After living more than a decade in Europe and the United States, she moved to India in 2004, but was banished from the country in 2008, although she has been staying in Kolkata, India on a resident permit long-term, multiple-entry or ‘X’ visa since 2004.
Nasrin advocates freedom of thought and human rights by publishing, lecturing, and campaigning. She has been unable to return either to her home in Bangladesh or to her adopted home of West Bengal, India. She now lives in New Delhi, India.