The website alrasub.com was just one among many to
try to debunk a viral hoax about the supposed
conversion of “Mr. Bean”, Rowan Atkinson.
It appears that the website Israellycool, the source of
the “prank”, intended the article in question to be a
joke of sorts and it was said that the article itself
refuted the “ridiculous” claim. Nevertheless the prank
was taken seriously by many.
At any rate the Israellycool website has now,
apparently in earnest, published a statement from Mr.
Atkinson’s agent denying knowledge of any
conversion. The agent reportedly said the following:
“Thanks for your e-mail. I’m afraid that, as far as I’m
aware, Rowan has not converted to Islam.”
Whether that is definitive or not is an open question.
What is certain, up to this point, is that Mr. Atkinson
himself has made no official statement.
Another thing that seems quite obvious is that people,
and not just Muslims as Isreallycool seems to think,
don’t read and verify these things as they should. Yet
for Muslims, who are under some criticism for
spreading a false report that identified itself as such,
this is cause for reflection – why are we so easily
fooled by these foolish things?
Perhaps we would do well to heed the words of Allah,
“O you who believe, if a profligate brings you
a report, verify its correctness, lest you
should harm a people out of ignorance, and
then become remorseful for what you did.”