Friday, September 21st 2012 Islam
“The Muhammad Movie”, “Innocence of Muslims”, “The Real Life of Muhammad”, “Desert Warrior” or whatever title you would like to call this production, it has made a chaos around the world for its mockery of Muhammad, peace be upon him, and the message God sent him to spread.
After the film was discovered on YouTube, a group of protestors started showing their anger by attacking the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt and in Benghazi, Libya, resulting the death of ambassador Christopher Stevens and other Americans in Libya. It has also escalated to other angry Muslim countries of the world like Yemen, Sudan, Tunisia and Lebanon. The protestors were disgusted by the message that the film spread, and expressed their anger by damaging riots around U.S. Embassies.
When it comes to producing a film, the writer should have a reliable reference with whatever content he is going to write about, especially a religious, historical character such as Muhammad, peace be upon him. Clearly the writer does not own any reliable references but his hatred towards Islam, which we can see in his misleading description of Muhammad, peace be upon him, and how he turned a character that all Muslims idolize to a vicious and dark character. A character that was known as the most warmhearted to all living species, the wisest mentor to children of all ages, a true leader through ups and downs, the most loving husband, an ideal father and a true friend. “Allaah has sent me as an apostle so that I may demonstrate perfection of character, refinement of manners and loftiness of deportment.” said Prophet Muhammad, Peace be up him. – [Maalik and Ahmad]
After his victory in Makkah, the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said to Quraish tribe who tortured and harmed him: “O Quraish, what do you think I am doing with you?” They said: “Good. Because you are a noble brother and a noble nephew”, He said peace and blessings be upon him: “Go! You are free!” [Ibn Aljawzi – Albayhaqi]. From this example we can conclude that when a Muslim is harmed in any way, we should not return the harm with harm. The prophet himself faced a lot of harmful events, especially from his own tribe Quraish. They attacked him, threw garbage by his door and even threw animals intestines over his head while he was in the middle of praying, and what was his reaction? He prayed for their forgiveness and guidance. The riots we are witnessing right now are the wrong reaction any Muslim can do for such a matter. We should be following what our prophet actually did. Violence is never the answer. The first steps you should be doing is flag the film as inappropriate, YouTube will review your report and will remove the video because it violates their terms of usage. You can also sign online petitions to stop this production or try and spread some books or films that shows the true identity of our Prophet, peace be upon him.
As an Islamic society that does not separate religion from everyday life, we demand an international law to protect Religions to stop similar matters from happening and to spread peace around the world.
Thank you Abe, Zoly and Layan. :)
Shifaa – 21/09/2012