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The anti-Islam Dutch film – comment, criticism and advice



Question:

A Dutch
film has recently been released that maligns Islam and Muslims, and
describes them as terrorists. What is your advice to the Muslims
concerning this matter?.


Answer:

Praise be to Allaah.


Firstly:

The
conflict between truth and falsehood is an ancient one. The troops of
falsehood continue to confront the truth at all times and in all places.
But Allaah caused them to be defeated by the strength of the truth and
He hurls the truth against falsehood and destroys it, so it is bound to
vanish.

Ever
since Iblees was humiliated and refused to respond to the command of
Allaah to prostrate to Adam (peace be upon him), he began to plot
against the truth and its followers. Iblees asked his Lord for a
respite, not so that he could repent, but so that he could plot, and
increase the number of his followers and bring them into the Fire of
Allaah, where he will stand and address them, saying:


‘Verily, Allaah promised you a promise of truth. And I too promised
you, but I betrayed you. I had no authority over you except that I
called you, and you responded to me. So blame me not, but blame
yourselves. I cannot help you, nor can you help me. I deny your former
act in associating me (Satan) as a partner with Allaah (by obeying me in
the life of the world). Verily, there is a painful torment for the
Zaalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers)’”


[Ibraaheem 14:22].

Secondly:

Islam
has faced many great plots, but Allaah has guaranteed to protect His
religion, because He has made it the best of religions and the final
religion.

Thirdly:

Here
we are dealing with a new incident, but it will not be the last,
because of the devils among mankind and the jinn and their ultimately
hopeless attempts to impugn this religion, this Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and this Holy Book.

This
incident is what has been wrought by the sinful hands of a man called
Geert Wilders, the leader of the “Freedom” Party, which is a right-wing,
racist Dutch party. He wanted to slander this great religion in order
to become well known and to make political gains, but Allaah foiled him
and he will be foiled time and again, in sha Allaah. This hater made a
short film of seventeen minutes about Islam and the Qur’aan, filled with
lies and fabrications, and he called it “Fitnah”! If what he said was
presented to an academic institution or university, he would deserve to
be rebuked and scorned, because of his lack of objectivity, and because
of his distortion of facts.

His film starts and ends with an offensive image of the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) that was drawn by the
sinful, criminal hands of the Danish artist. At the beginning it shows a
bomb in the turban of the so-called picture of the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him), where the fuse has just been lit. At
the end of the film, the fuse has burnt down, then it explodes. Thus he
wants to send the despicable message that Islam came to wreak havoc and
destruction, and that remaining silent about it will lead to the demise
of non-Muslim civilizations and nations.

Fourthly:

We can divide our opinions about this evil film into a number of categories:

1. Verses which are quoted out of context and their meanings distorted.

For example:

(a)

The first verse to be quoted in his film is (interpretation of the meaning):

“And
make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war
(tanks, planes, missiles, artillery) to threaten the enemy of Allaah and
your enemy, and others besides…”


[al-Anfaal 8:60].

The
quotation reaches this point but does not complete it. He wants to
highlight the word “threaten” to indicate that Islam equals terrorism,
which is how many haters and ignorant people want to label Islam.

We
are not ashamed of what is in the Book of Allaah and we do not deny
this verse, rather we worship Allaah by reciting it, and we ask Him to
help us to act in accordance with it. But we reject his quoting this
part of it on the basis of two things, to keep the discussion short:

Firstly,
what he is denouncing Islam for is something that is done by all great
and mighty nations. They produce lethal weapons, atomic bombs, planes,
submarines and so on, to defend themselves and to threaten their enemies
lest anyone attack them. This is what is meant in this verse. The
kaafirs who occupy Muslim lands could not have dared to do so except
when the Muslims ceased to implement this verse. The most recent example
of that is Iraq, where they put
pressure on the government to destroy their weapons and missiles, then
when that had been done and confirmed, they invaded and occupied the
land, and mistreated its people.

Secondly,
understanding the context of the verse properly will prove wrong the
label of terrorism that he wants to apply to Islam, as he and his gang
understand it. The verse which comes directly after this one says
(interpretation of the meaning):

“But
if they incline to peace, you also incline to it, and (put your) trust
in Allaah. Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower”


[al-Anfaal 8:61].

(b)

The second verse that is heard in the film is (interpretation of the meaning):

“Surely,
those who disbelieved in Our Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons,
signs, revelations, etc.), We shall burn them in Fire. As often as
their skins are roasted through, We shall change them for other skins
that they may taste the punishment. Truly, Allaah is Ever Most Powerful,
All‑Wise”


[al-Nisa’ 4:56].

The
deception here is that this movie director quotes this verse to show
viewers that Islam enjoins burning those who go against it until their
skin is cooked, and this is something that Allaah has prescribed for
them.

This may be refuted on two counts:

Firstly,
what he does is a foolish deception, because in this verse Allaah is
speaking of the punishment of the kaafirs on the Day of Resurrection,
not in this world. It is followed by mention of the reward of the
believers who affirm His Oneness (Tawheed):

“But
those who believe (in the Oneness of Allaah — Islamic Monotheism) and
do deeds of righteousness, We shall admit them to Gardens under which
rivers flow (Paradise), abiding therein forever. Therein they shall have Azwaajun Mutahharatun(purified mates or wives), and We shall admit them to shades wide and ever deepening (Paradise)”


[al-Nisa’ 4:57].

Secondly,
even the briefest pondering of this verse will show the lies,
fabrications and misquotations of this director. In this verse, Allaah
says “We shall change them for other skins”. Are the Muslims able to change the skins of those whose skins are burned in this world?!

2. Fabricated
pictures, or pictures that do not show what he is trying to prove, or
that show things which are denounced in Islam altogether

For example:

(a)

Pictures
of a group of Raafidis – Shi’ah – wounding themselves and their
children with sharp tools, causing their heads to bleed, in a disgusting
scene. This is not part of our religion, rather it is done by some of
those who call themselves Muslims out of ignorance and misguidance on
their part.

The
picture which shows swords being held aloft covered with blood is also
an image of the Shi’ah on their special occasions, but the lying
filmmaker wants to make people think that these are Muslims and that
they have just finished a party where kaafirs’ heads were cut off.

(b)

Another
ridiculous and clearly false image is the picture of Muslim women in
niqaab waving placards on which it is written “God bless Hitler”!

We
say: This is clearly a lie and a fabrication. In our religion we are
forbidden to pray for the one who dies a kaafir. Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning):

“It
is not (proper) for the Prophet and those who believe to ask Allaah’s
forgiveness for the Mushrikoon, even though they be of kin, after it has
become clear to them that they are the dwellers of the Fire (because
they died in a state of disbelief)”


[al-Tawbah 9:113].

How can women who wear niqaab and adhere to the rulings of Islam pray for blessing for Hitler?

3. Video clips, some of which contain facts which cannot be doubted and others contain distortion of facts and deceive viewers.

For example:

(a)

A
fabricated meeting with a little girl. It is obvious that they have not
presented her or fabricated her story very well, for two reasons:

Firstly,
she is wearing hijab, and they are asking her about her religion. It is
obvious that she is acting.

Secondly,
the child who was acting was asked about her opinion of Jews and
Christians and she said that they are monkeys and pigs.

This
is not part of our religion; Islam does not say that the Jews and
Christians are monkeys and pigs, rather it says that a group of Jews in
the past tried to use tricks to circumvent the laws of their Lord, so
Allaah punished them by turning them into monkeys. Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning):

“And
indeed you knew those amongst you who transgressed in the matter of the
Sabbath (i.e. Saturday). We said to them: ‘Be you monkeys, despised and
rejected’”


[al-Baqarah 2:65]

“So when they exceeded the limits of what they were prohibited, We said to them: ‘Be you monkeys, despised and rejected’”

[al-A’raaf 7:166].

(b)

Showing video clips out of context, such as the clip of a khateeb (preacher) who brandishes a sword and threatens the kuffaar.

This
Shaykh is well known. He was Iraqi and he waved the sword during his
khutbah (sermon) to encourage the people to fight against the kuffaar
who are occupying his country, and he was killed by the Raafidis – may
they get from Allaah what they deserve. What does he expect the Muslims
to do if their land is occupied? Give up their wealth and their honour,
and wait to be killed, or approve and forgive the criminal occupier?!
No, Islam is a religion of pride and dignity, and the Muslims refuse to
be humiliated; they have no alternative but to fight the occupier. This
is confirmed by every religion and law on earth. In fact the leader of
the occupation himself said, “If my country were occupied I would fight
the occupier.” If we assume that he would indeed fight and not run away,
he is only speaking the truth, i.e., that the occupier is to be
fought.

What is wrong with the Muslims fighting a jihad against those who occupy their land?

Fifthly:

The main ideas of the film are all aimed at insulting Islam by mocking and making fun of the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him); by reviling the Qur’aan and
calling it a “fascist” book, as it says in the film; and by warning of
the danger of mosques. All of that the filmmaker tries to do in his
short film by use of video clips, moving images and the accompanying
music, but he fails miserably, because he uses lies, falsification and
deceit, which will never be accepted by the viewer, even if he is a
kaafir.

But Allaah has caused his plot to backfire, because the people in Holland
are rushing to buy Islamic books and copies of the Qur’aan, to see what
is in them, and they will see in them that which will show the
falseness and fabrication of what this failed filmmaker has produced.
This has indeed happened; three people from that country became Muslim
after watching the film, and Dutch companies have threatened to take
this filmmaker, who is also an MP, to court if Muslim countries boycott
their products. Thus this MP will be humiliated and shamed, and the evil
plot will not affect anyone but its authors.

Sixthly:

Allaah
has clearly supported His religion. Since the launch of the movie was
announced, non-Muslim organizations, governments and individuals have
denounced this filmmaking MP, and stated that Islam has nothing to do
with violence and terrorism, and that Muslims themselves are victims of
terrorism as well as others. Among those who have denounced and objected
to the actions of this filmmaking MP is the Prime Minister of the
Netherlands, who said strong words against it; the Secretary of the
United Nations; the European Union; and a number of politicians, leaders
and countries. Satellite channels, both public and private, have
refused to show this film, and he could only find one web site that
would publish it.

In Mufakkirat al-Islam (Saturday 22 Rabee’ al-Awwa; 1429 AH/29 March 2008), it says:

In
Brussels, the European Parliament condemned this offensive film, and
the President of the Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, attacked the Dutch
MP Wilders, saying: The contents of the film seem designed to stir up
the religious sensitivities of Muslims in the Netherlands, Europe and
worldwide.

He
added: On behalf of the European Parliament, I emphatically refuse to
accept the film’s message that Islam is a violent religion – indicating
that he fully endorsed the statement of the Dutch government which
rejected the film “Fitnah”.

Similarly,
the European Union issued a statement that it regarded the
fifteen-minute-long film as hostile and offensive to Islam, and likely
to spread hate. End quote.

As
for the Muslims, they took action to denounce and condemn the film, and
they issued statements and warnings against continuing to malign the
symbols of our religion. Some countries threatened to cut ties with the Netherlands,
and MPs in some countries demanded the expulsion of the Dutch
ambassador and boycotts of Dutch products. Despite the weakness and
disunity in which the Muslims are living, this was regarded as great
support for Islam, as there are people among both the kuffaar and the
Muslims who are defending our religion. The Prime Minister of the
Netherlands himself sent a letter to the Shaykh of al-Azhar, stating
that his government objected to the production and showing of this film,
and that a case had been brought before the Dutch courts.

How
would the situation be if the Muslims were truly united and they had
the strength to instil respect and awe in the hearts of those haters and
fabricators?

Seventhly:

It seems to us that this lying MP wanted to achieve certain aims by making this film, including the following:

1. Personal gain, fame and victory at the polls.

2. Pleasing
the Jews. That is obvious in his film, as in a number of clips he
expresses sympathy for them. But they are occupiers and criminals. At
the same time as he speaks of killing by Muslims, he forgets or pretends
to forget two things:

(i) That the one who burned millions of Jews was a Christian, namely Hitler, who said in his book Mein Kampf that this was on the orders of God!

(ii) That the Jews killed and expelled a great number of Muslims, and they were not ashamed to call their latest battle against Gaza a “holocaust”.

3. Alerting
the West to the high percentages of Muslims in their countries, and
saying that large numbers of Muslims poses a danger to Europe.

4. Alerting Europe
in general, and the Netherlands in particular, to the spread of mosques
in their lands. This is clear from his showing pictures of mosques in
the Netherlands, to warn of their presence.

5. Attempting to ban circulation of Qur’aans in Europe, and computing the Holy Qur’aan to Hitler’s book Mein Kampf! Hence he describes the Qur’aan as “fascist”, which is a word that is indicative of violence and harshness

Allaah
has humiliated this filmmaking MP by means of this pathetic work that
is filled with lies and fabrications. People will see the difference
between lies and the truth when they read the Holy Qur’aan and what has
been written about Islam and about him by the wise among their own
people. This film will motivate them to read and find out, in sha
Allaah, and perhaps it will be the cause of many being saved from
misguidance.

Eighthly:

The
basic message of this film is to describe Islam as a terrorist and
violent religion. But this is no more than a fabrication. Islam is the
religion of mercy, justice and humanity. It is what saved the people of
other religions from the injustice and wrongdoing of their rulers, as
happened in Andalusia, Egypt and other countries in which people of other groups were badly mistreated, including the Jews.

Israel Wolfenson says:

The
minor losses incurred by the Jews in the Hijaz are insignificant in
comparison with the benefits that the Jews gained with the emergence of
Islam. The Muslim conquerors saved thousands of Jews who were spread
throughout the lands of the Roman Empire, and who were faced with all kinds of persecution.

Al-Yahood wa’l-Tahaaluf ma’a al-Aqwiya’ by Dr. Nu’maan ‘Abd al-Razzaaq al-Saamara’i, quoted in an article by Professor Khaalid Joodah, al-Faariq al-Insaani bayna Hadaarat al-Islam wa Thaqaafat al-Gharb.

Islam
is not a religion which accepts humiliation, and jihad for the sake of
Allaah is one of its main principles and one of the greatest of deeds in
Islam. It is prescribed in order to protect the Muslims from their
enemies, to convey the religion of Allaah, and to spread the word of
Tawheed (divine Oneness) throughout the world. Islam does not say that
people must be forced to enter it, because one of the conditions of
Islam (being Muslim) is sincerity, and if there is no sincerity then one
is a hypocrite among the ranks of Muslims, and Islam does not want this
base characteristic among its followers. On the other hand, we find
that priests and monks have played a part in forcing people to accept
Christianity in Europe and
elsewhere, and the numbers of people who were slain in pursuit of this
aim is very great indeed; historians say that they are between 7 and 15
million!

Another
obvious wrong is focusing on the mistakes of some Muslims who were
denounced by Muslim scholars and leaders for killing innocent people and
attributing that to Islam – as happens in some clips in the film about
the bombs on the trains in London
and Madrid and the like. All of that was denounced by Muslim scholars,
even though these deeds were a reaction against wrongdoing and
oppression. At the same time they ignore those who were slain in the
First and Second World Wars in which tens of millions died – 14 million
in WW1 and 55 million in WW2. Those wars were not between the Muslims
and Christians, rather they were amongst themselves. They did not make
any mention either of the people killed in Japan by the American Atomic
bombs, or the “Red Indians” (Native Americans) killed by the Americans,
or the Asian people also killed by the Americans, or those who were
killed by colonialists and occupiers.

They ignore the destruction and terrorism wrought by the crusader attacks against Muslim lands; they ignore what America
and its allies are doing today in Afghanistan and Iraq; what the Serbs
did with the blessing of the priests in Bosnia; and much, much more. If
there are things that history may forget about, it can never forget what
the Inquisition did, especially in Spain.

Gustave le Bon says in his book Arab Civilization:

Ferdinand
promised to give the Arabs freedom of religion and language, but in
1499 the persecution of the Arabs began, which lasted for centuries, and
which did not end until the Arabs had been expelled from Spain.
It started with forcing Arabs to be baptized, then the Inquisition
ordered that many of those who had been baptised be burned on the
grounds that they were not really Christians. This “purging by fire”
continued slowly because it was not possible to burn millions of Arabs
in one go.

The
“pious” Cardinal of Toledo, who was the head of the Inquisition,
advised cutting off the heads of all the Arabs who did not become
Christian, men, women, old people and children. The Dominican monk
Baleda did not think that this was sufficient, and advised that the
Arabs who had become Christian should also be beheaded, as well as those
who had remained Muslim. His reason for doing so was that it was
impossible to know whether the faith of those Arabs who had become
Christian was sincere, so it was preferable to kill all of the Arabs
with the sword, so that God could judge between them in the afterlife,
and send to Hell those whose Christianity was not sincere!
We can only admit that we cannot find such vicious conquerors who should
be condemned for unlawful slaughter like that committed against the
Muslims!

Hadaarat al-‘Arab (p. 270-272)

Anyone
who thinks about it now will find that the terrorists are people of
other religions, Christians, Jews, Hindus and Sikhs; he will find that
the Muslims are the victims of this terror. When will the sleepers wake
up?! When with the heedless become aware?

We
said to this lying MP who is calling us to rip the terrorist pages out
of the Holy Qur’aan – as he claims: Come and let us see what your Holy
Bible says about terrorism:

If
you are a Jew who believes in the Old Testament, then see what is
attributed to the Lord, when He said to Moses in Deuteronomy 20:10,
16-17:

“When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace …

However,
in the cities of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as an
inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes. 17 Completely
destroy them—the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and
Jebusites—as the LORD your God has commanded you.”


If you are a Christian and want something from the New Testament, then here are some texts from it.

In Matthew 10:34-36, it is narrated that Jesus (peace be upon him) said:

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

35 For I have come to turn 'a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law

36 a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.”

For more information see al-Sayf bayna al-Qur’aan wa’l-Kitaab al-Muqaddas by Dr. Habeeb ‘Abd al-Malik.

http://www.elforkan.com/7ewar/showthread.php?t=7597

Ninthly:

What the Muslims should do now is:

1. Not cause problems in their own countries, such as demonstrations in which property is destroyed or blood is shed.

2. Refer the matter to scholars and wise men to deal with it, or something similar.

3. Strive
to adhere to Islam in word and deed, which means taking part in
spreading Islam and annoying the kaafirs who hate Islam and the Muslims.

4. Call
people to Allaah with wisdom and knowledge, distribute translations of
the meanings of the Qur’aan and easy-to-read Islamic books, and seek the
help of trustworthy Islamic organizations and trustworthy scholars in
doing so.
And Allaah is the Guide
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