It seems Western culture and governments have an illogical and unrealistic attraction to the concept of ‘free speech’. Even under Western law it is an established fact that free speech is not without limits; the example often given is that the concept of free speech does not give anyone the right to yell “fire’ in a crowded theater. But still, in many cases it seems that a relatively small issue in allowing ‘free speech’ is given precedence over the large amount of harm the effects of that speech might do to society. That some individual’s claimed right to free speech can be allowed when that speech can cause great harm or discomfort to human society, or even to a notable segment of society, seems so clearly to be an incorrect assessment of priorities that it must be considered bizarre.
I say to you my dear Muslim brothers and sisters, again the Western world has failed to recognize the difference between freedom and license. Freedom is the right to do anything that is within acceptable limits; license is the use of power to act outside of the acceptable limits. The right to act and the power to act are not the same thing. Our right to free speech must be within the limits set by Allah, and that limit is determined by whether or not that speech brings harm to others. The failure to understand the difference between freedom and license has been one of the main causes of the present decadence so prevalent within Western society and culture.