Zahack expressed gratitude for the atmosphere in Saudi Arabia, where he believed differing opinions could be embraced without the fear of violent reprisals from radical extremists.
Indian counter-extremism analyst, Zahack Tanvir, who is based in Saudi Arabia, expressed relief at living in the kingdom rather than in the United Kingdom or France, stating that one no longer had to fear random radical extremists attacking individuals for their views.
Zahack’s statement ignited a discussion on the X-Platform (formerly known as Twitter) over differences in approaches to freedom of expression and security between Saudi Arabia and Western countries.
This came after an Algerian Salafi Imam Shamsi Aljazair was kicked and punched by a group of radical extremists in the United Kingdom, for his vocal views against Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood.
Zahack, a Geo-Political Analyst and Media Panelist, expressed gratitude for the atmosphere in Saudi Arabia, where he believed differing opinions could be embraced without the fear of violent reprisals from radical extremists.
In response, Abbasi concurred that many Muslim-majority nations, including Saudi Arabia, had a culture of accommodating divergent viewpoints in a brotherly manner. However, he highlighted the challenges faced in Western societies, where Islamists often had more prominent and vocal platforms, posing a potential danger to those expressing dissenting views.
The exchange on social media reflects the ongoing debate surrounding freedom of expression, religious tolerance, and the balance between security and individual rights. It raises questions about the varying approaches and challenges faced by countries with different cultural contexts and histories.
Saudi Arabia has made efforts in recent years to promote a more moderate and inclusive image, with initiatives such as the Vision 2030 plan and increased cultural exchanges.
In Western nations, the challenge lies in striking a balance between protecting freedom of speech and countering the influence of extremist ideologies. Islamist groups have indeed posed security concerns, with instances of radicalization and terrorist attacks prompting debates on the best strategies to safeguard both societal harmony and individual freedoms.
The differing viewpoints expressed by Zahack Tanvir and Mohammed Abbasi highlight the complexities surrounding these issues. It remains a continuing challenge for societies worldwide to navigate the delicate balance between fostering open dialogue, safeguarding security, and protecting individual liberties.