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Amman – Earlier last week, Jordanian stage artist Asmaa Mostafa, a member at Jordan Artists Association, published on her Facebook page a number of posts that seemingly tamper with meanings of certain verses from the Holy Qura’n, Islam’s holy book that Muslims highly esteem.
On the virtual world, Mostafa’s posts received extreme reactions that varied from resentment and outrage to justification, activists on social media networks reported.
Many considered her posts as affront to the Islamic religion, and bitterly criticized her for embroidering God’s words in such a demeaning and mocking manner.
“That is offensive! Distorting Qur’anic verses in such a way is just disrespectful to Islam. Only a person with an antic disposition would do this,” one indignant activist told HalaNews Online.
Another activist shamed her saying, “The Qur’an is the literal word of God which is meant to pondering on not tampering with. But if she just understands that God’s word is not a joke.”
However, others defended her and even considered her posts as “within the scope of free speech” that everyone is entitled to. This argument was also met with strong criticism for vaguely and loosely defining what constitutes free speech in any society.
In this context, Jordanian Artists Association President Sari al-Assad was quick to respond to this “artist’s absurdity”. He immediately called for a meeting with all the Association members in order to look into the reasons and motives behind posting such sensitive material on Facebook.
Mr. al-Assad commented on Mostafa’s gratuitous posts on her Facebook page, saying: “The message of art can never be, by any means, a destructive element to the values and morals that any person is entitled to hold dear. Similarly, mocking or belittling religions as well as insulting people’s faiths have never been part of the art’s message. Basically, art’s message engenders love, respect and tolerance into society, fosters coexistence and harmony among its members, and uplifts its communal spirit. Our message is essentially founded on expressing your own views with all due respect to others’ views; no smear, slurs, or name-calling are involved. While the message of art proclaims freedom, in tandem, it elevates disciplined attitude and rational behavior that well behoove all right-minded artists who are messengers of peace, accord and creativity within their communities.
al-Assad also added: “As much as I am concerned about the artist’s provocative posts which are not acceptable, the Artists Association members will meet to look into what has been written and decide what best suits the situation.”
It is noteworthy that Mostafa deleted all her controversial posts following a barrage of criticism she received on her personal account, HalaNews reported.
Later on, however, al-Asaad said that the Artists Association held on Tuesday an emergency disciplinary council that decided on dropping Mostafa’s membership on grounds of her offensive posts and the avalanches of complaints filed against her. The decision was taken by a majority of the association members.
Asma Mostafa is a Jordanian stage artist and producer. She started her career as a stage actress, starring in the 1994 Wizard of Ooz play with the Algerian actor Salim Iraqi. She also made her professional debut as a director in 2009.
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