Yes, freedom of speech is every human’s right.
But lets look at this through a different perspective; imagine a dark room, with no lights or candles on. There are over 1,000 people in this room. One man decides to use his freedom of speech and shout “FIRE…FIRE…”. Since it is dark and no one can see, there is chaos and madness throughout this room. Everyone heads to the door, there’s a stampede. At the end of it, many are injured and some have died under the stampede. It was eventually found that there wasn’t any fire, or any sign of it at all.
The death of innocent lives, the injuries and the chaos created was from just one man using his freedom of speech. So you judge for yourself, is this freedom of speech beneficial?
:- Derived from Sheikh. Murtaza Alidina’s Friday Khutba
When researching further into this topic of free controlled speech, the phrase “”Shouting fire in a crowded theatre” can be found but many a times is covered up during situations like this.
The idea of falsely shouting “fire” in a crowded theatre arose from the Supreme Court’s 1919 decision in the case Schenck v. United States. The Court ruled unanimously that the First Amendment, though it protects freedom of expression, does not protect dangerous speech. In the decision, Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote that no free speech safeguard would cover someone “falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic.”
The quote is used as an example of speech which is claimed to serve no conceivable useful purpose and is extremely and imminently dangerous, as the case mentioned was centred around the distribution of fliers in opposition to a military draft to be, so that resort to the courts or administrative procedures is not practical.
Therefore it must be understood that some speech, despite being free speech, may not be beneficial to the world and would be illegal if it will stir up chaos to a certain degree.
Muslim’s do not support the actions carried out by several countries on embassies and consulates, retaliation to this degree is not recommended in the Quran. The best solution to gain insight into what Islam promotes is to read the Qur’an.
Verses granting permission to fight in war, when attacked, can then be read in context. Ideological mud slinging on the internet is rife with quotes like, “Kill them wherever you find them.” If that is the first phrase you read from the Qur’an, of course it sounds like a horrible, unholy book. Yet its beginning is this:“In the name of God, The Beneficent, The Merciful” (1:1).
The best solution is to read the Qur’an and not judge the whole religion with 1billion followers based on a biased and misleading video trailer.