What’s in A Name? (2)

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‘Muhammad’ teddy teacher arrested

Gillian Gibbons

Gillian Gibbons is described as “a talented and able teacher “



A British schoolteacher has been arrested in Sudan accused of insulting Islam’s Prophet, after she allowed her pupils to name a teddy bear Muhammad.

Colleagues of Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, said she made an “innocent mistake” by letting the six and seven-year-olds choose the name.

Ms Gibbons was arrested after several parents made complaints.

The BBC has learned the charge could lead to six months in jail, 40 lashes or a fine.

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  1. This is cruel and absolutely ridiculous. If my niece name her teddy Jesus, I don’t think she or her mom will get arrested. After all the teddy bear is not a symbol of anything bad. I can’t imagine how anyone would allow this in the name of the prophet.

  2. I imagine to be 7 y.o girl, having a soft toy I love so much. I imagine myself living in a moslem country, where half of my friends carry the name Muhammad. Perhaps my father is a Muhammad too. Isn’t it really confusing to find out my toy, ‘whom’ I love very much just like I love my father and brothers, cannot be named Muhammad?

    So innocent soft toy cannot be named Muhammad because it’s an insult to the image of the Prophet, but there are thousands of other Muhammads, tall, short, skinny, fat, bald, hairy, white, brown, etc. Aren’t they an insult too, because we are not allowed to visualize the Prophet in the first place?

  3. Jakarta Casual says:

    spot on…

  4. The Englsih girl didnt understand the Sudanese culture. She was arrested.

    There are Sudanese girls teaching in Engish schools. They dont understand the culture either. We give them knighthoods.

    Therein lies the problem….

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