The deeply offensive film being the most ridiculous attempt to malign the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by an American citizen Sam Becile through Jews supported film “Innocence of Muslims” has to rank as the most terribly imbecilic to date.
Protests against the U.S. where the movie was made, that started in Egypt last week, have spread across Muslim countries, despite the United States strongly condemning the film. They continued even today. It has caused genuine anguish to not just religious Muslims all over the world but all reasonable people, could they be Christians or Muslims, who have bit of knowledge of the history of Islam. It is similar to the stupid efforts in the past by Salman Rushdie and Ayaan Hirsi Ali and others who hate Muslims.
Newsweek shouting MUSLIM RAGE on “News” of the “week” has tried to divert the focus on Lady Diana’s story, “Diana at 50” by Tina Brown, for its readers from the situation bursting across the Muslim world. Muslims are angry and liberals are stupid for not acknowledging that Muslims are angry. Going to such heights, is it the history and explication of the beliefs of the Salifist movements currently behind most of the protests or the political scenes in the various countries where protests have taken place? Politics of the region and the motives of the players seem to be much involved apart from the true anger turned into violence.
Yes, Violence due to anger is on its peak and loss of billions of dollars is inflicted in Muslim countries. It should be stated that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) would have never approved, under any circumstances, of the violent reaction that has led to the killing of the US Ambassador in Libya just as he would have never approved of the mistreatment of religious minorities in Muslim countries. Violence and chaos under any circumstances is absolutely forbidden in Islam.
The Holy Prophet (PBUH) was a symbol of tolerance and one of the earliest advocates of human rights in our collective history. Long before the age of enlightenment and Magna Carta of England written in 1215, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) spoke of religious freedom through ever first written Agreement; “Madina Declaration/Charter” written in 622, almost 6 centuries before Magna Carta. It was an unprecedented legal document for its time, practically giving its citizens a civil government based on their rights and obligations regardless of their faith. To the extant, that these tribes of different religious beliefs were declared one Ummah or community. It is therefore a mockery to malign such an historic personality and dignitary whose contributions to the world are incomparable.
The only course of action that true Islam endorses is a legal and constitutional non-violent method. Of course, for a community that has for the last few centuries associated the spiritual concept of Jihad i.e. effort with armed struggle, this is not the most automatic presumption. Recently Hezbollah leader Nasrallah spoke to tens of thousands of marchers in Beirut, though he doesn’t appear in public to avoid assassination since Hezbollah fought a month-long war with Israel in 2006. He called on governments across the world to censor websites that carry clips of the film and urged Muslims to boycott those sites. He said, “America, which uses the pretext of freedom of expression … needs to understand that putting out the whole film will have very grave consequences around the world.”
In Pakistan Prime Minister has ordered to remove the YouTube but after that Chief Justice has taken the notice in this regard. Much intelligent way to avoid further loss of life and property is that both President Obama and Pope Benedict XVI should play their positive role immediately. And bring all those involved in making of this disgusting movie should be brought to justice, particularly Sam Bacile. The meager condemnation doesn’t work. This will bring the peace to its earlier position.