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Emirati singer faces backlash over Robin Williams tweets

Entertainer posts video of Williams mocking a translation of the Quran

Emirati singer faces backlash over Robin Williams tweets

An Emirati singer has drawn criticism for questioning the widespread attention given to Robin Williams’ death.

Al Arabiya News reports that Balqees Faithi, an Emirati singer of Yemeni descent, posted a tweet saying, “I woke up this morning to a ginormous display of emotion for the news of Hollywood actor Robin William’s death of depression. Frankly, I did not sympathise with him, and thanked god for the blessing of Islam.”

After receiving mixed responses (and over 1,000 retweets), Fathi then posted a video of Williams where she says that he mocks a translation of the Quran.

“I found this video of him [Williams] …he mocks the Quran in front of millions for the sake of his Zionist views. I know I am right. I dedicate this to his fans.”

Oscar winner Williams died at the age of 63, after an apparent suicide at his home in Tiburon, California, after a battle with depression and substance abuse.

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RAH 6 years ago

Cant blame her or others for not liking him. Well he did mock an entire religion for the sake of popularity. If he had so little respect to the religion and its hundred of millions of followers, do you think those followers will mourn his death?

Now dont get me wrong. I used to watch his shows but he kind of brough this hatred unto himself.

Common sense people. Common sense. You sow what you seed.

Granny Scroggins 6 years ago

Is anyone bothered what this troll thinks?

basheer 6 years ago

it doesn't mean she can go publicly and celebrate his death..
he did nothing but bring smiles and joy to kids growing up, kids from all religions and backgrounds loved him.

common sense? if you had common sense you would understand what a comedian does, makes jokes out of everything and anything. don't take it to heart.

Doug 6 years ago

He made jokes about the Germans and the Jews and the French as well. He also made jokes about Americans. I suspect there will be people in those groups who will be mourning his death. Why should Muslims be any different?

Sonny Crockett 6 years ago

He was a comedian. If you didn't like what he said or did, you're free to change the channel or not go see the movie. He brought laughter, not hatred and if you don't "get it," I don't possess the tools to help you. As for Balqees Faithi, no-one knew who she was or cared what she had to say until she made these comments and in a few days her anonymity will be returned to her.....
Assalamu alaikum

Amer 6 years ago

It just made me think why a man, who had almost everything anybody would desire in this world and spread smiles and laughter all around, got so depressed that he committed suicide? Why? Only and only unwavering belief and faith in Allah can guarantee peace of mind & heart. I wish we all can learn something from each event that we witness in this life.

James 6 years ago

No Doug, Robin Williams never made jokes about Jews and especially not about Judaism ! He wouldn't dare ! In fact, he was once asked by a German talk show host why there weren't so many great comedians in Germany, and without joking at all, Robin Williams arrogantly answered : "Don't you realize that it was because you killed most of them ! " ...
The German interviewer was shocked by the ignorant reply of Robin Williams, who wasn't joking at all and made sure that it was understood ! Anyways ...

RAH 6 years ago

Doug I totally understand your point however you need to understand that Muslims take the book of God as a sacred thing. You can make fun of a nationality and gender and Muslims will laugh. But make fun of beliefs and a religion, and the smiles disappear.

If I were to stand in front of Robin Williams and made fun of the holocaust and Germans’ desire to kill the Jews, do you think he would sit there laughing or simply stared blankly at me and my sick joke?

There is respect and there is ridicule. You can’t intermix the two. If he ridicules, expects us to go sour. If he respects then expect us to laugh and intermingle.

May Allah give us the strength to love and care of one another regardless of sex, religion and race just like our Muslim forefathers have and our dear prophet Mohammad has as well. It’s Robin’s lack of compassion to the Muslims that has left many indifferent to his current ‘living’ status.

Pope 6 years ago

There is something called severe clinical depression. There is no control over it and it causes such anguish, mentally, that no faith will make you control it. He brought more joy than any public person I've known of and he should never be missed dearly. This singer would be missed by a small handful of people for contributing nothing.

CHALKY6766 6 years ago

I think some of you here need to understand the devastating effects of depression and understand that this disease is based around chemical deficiencies in the body known as monoamines which are mood-related chemicals such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine– these are low in the brain during major depressive episodes. I wouldn't imagine for a second that Robin Williams wanted to end his life by choice but depression is a most insidious creature and faith alone is not enough to combat it when it is that severe. To suggest that faith is all you need to me is deeply troubling as it commits to a picture of pure misunderstanding ref the subject matter, yes faith is very important but it’s just not enough. For people to start jumping on the band wagon and attacking a man who was in this sorry state by referring to his JOKES in the past is frankly disrespectful, he was as many have said an extremely caring and warm man who gave everyone equal time and laughter.RIP