muslims in sports.

India
April 3, 2007 2:29am CST
OK i generally do not initiate such discussions but i was quite taken aback by this. just yesterday, while going through the "sports sections" of my paper, i came across a news item which stated how muslim residents of Guyana in West Indies were disappointed by Pakistan's early exit, how they had decorated the local mosque with Pakistani flags, how they had planned a grand feast for the community after returning from watching Pakistan play live at the local stadium. local muslim tore up tickets and generally demonstrated their frustration at Pakistan's exit. What I'm trying to say is that for muslims all over the world their religion unites them like nothing else. one would definitely have expected these people to cheer for the West Indies team. but no, for them everything including nationality, brotherhood, humanity comes after Islam. its the same in India too, where I have personally witnessed muslim localities decked with Pakistani flags whenever any India-Pakistan match is played and the cheer and jeer that reverberates through the streets whenver Pakistan wins. are we non-muslims to blame really for not trusting our muslim brethrens, if such is their show of loyalty?
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@asish1672 (339)
• United Arab Emirates
4 Apr 07
I have also seen the same things, in my 34 yrs of life. I am from Kolkata, and there certain localities are infested with muslims. If you are present here during a India-Pakistan match, you will notice that Pakistan flags are up everywhere and they are cheering the Pakistani team. It seems as if we are in Pakistan, for a brief moment. I feel this is a straight injustice and a show of disloyalty for the country where you are residing and leading your life. I think the Non- Muslim religions are too much tolerant and should be little more audible.
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• India
4 Apr 07
oh great! at last i've found somebody on Mylot who's from good ol'cal (not Kolkata), so what if you'r are residing in Dubai at present. me a calcuttan too and 34yrs too. what a coincidence!!! yes, i know you've seen the same thing as me and tell me which muslim country allows such freedom to non-muslims? none. yet they expect such freedom to practice their own laws in secular countries where others are following secular laws. and govts all over the world are listening to them and giving in to all their demands. and whenever people of other religions speak up they are branded intolerant, right-wing, non-secular etc etc. such is the justice we get in our own country.
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• United Arab Emirates
7 Apr 07
I really feel proud for My country, when I see that it is only here that, the outsiders or expatriates, are welcome warmly. Whereas, in almost every country, one is always sidelined if he/she is a expatriate and specially Indian.
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