“In the wake of the publication of the slanderous film ‘Fitna’ by the right-wing Dutch MP Geert Wilders, I wish to offer the following thoughts:
“When a statement, a verse, or even a video clip is taken out of context, it is bound to invite misconception and leave the door wide open to misinterpretation and misreading into the facts. And when this is calculatedly done with the full purpose and ill intention to do just that, then the matter takes a different dimension altogether.
What Mr. Wilders has done is that he had, wickedly selected totally unrelated extracts from various sources and compiled them in a film with only one intention; that is to denigrate the Holy Quran and portray Islam as a religion of violence, hatred and destruction.
“I will not attempt to refute every single statement included in the film, but will only give one small example of its gross misrepresentation:
“Mr. Wilders quoted the Quranic verse (08.60), out of context, obviously with the intention of equating Islam with aggression and brutality. The ordinary reader wouldn’t know that this verse was directed to the enemy, which is clearly explained in the following verse (08.61)! But, for obvious reasons, Mr. Wilders would not show the latter, which in fact complements the previous one, as this would simply defeat his purpose (please see the translation below).
“YUSUFALI: Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly.
“PICKTHAL: Make ready for them all thou canst of (armed) force and of horses tethered, that thereby ye may dismay the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others beside them whom ye know not. Allah knoweth them. Whatsoever ye spend in the way of Allah it will be repaid to you in full, and ye will not be wronged.
“SHAKIR: And prepare against them what force you can and horses tied at the frontier, to frighten thereby the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them, whom you do not know (but) Allah knows them; and whatever thing you will spend in Allah's way, it will be paid back to you fully and you shall not be dealt with unjustly.
“YUSUFALI: But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards peace, and trust in Allah: for He is One that heareth and knoweth (all things).
“PICKTHAL: And if they incline to peace, incline thou also to it, and trust in Allah. Lo! He, even He, is the Hearer, the Knower.
“SHAKIR: And if they incline to peace, then incline to it and trust in Allah; surely He is the Hearing, the Knowing.
“Surely, Mr. Wilders does not expect the Muslims, when attacked, to just sit back and ‘die quietly’ without showing any resistance, or, does he!?
“In the two World Wars, Christians fought against each other and the magnitude of death and destruction was unimaginable. I ask Mr. Wilders, if the teachings, or the ‘ideology’ – as he puts it - of the Holy Quran was responsible then!!?
“In every faith, there are lunatics and fanatics who hijack the religion to convey their own sick and perverted ideologies. In no way should any religion be judged by the wrong doing of the few.
“I would strongly invite our Dutch legislator to watch Christiana Amanpour’s compelling documentary “God’s Warriors”, aired on CNN last year, http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2007/gods.warriors/ which vividly illustrates the core issue and my case in point.
God’s Muslim Warriors:
God’s Jewish Warriors:
God’s Christian Warriors:
“I also refer Mr. Wilders to what some of the people who did not believe in the Prophet of Islam said about his attributes, such as George Bernard Shaw, Napoleon Bonaparte, Leo Tolstoy, the great French historian Alphonse de Lamartine, Michael H. Hart, Mahatma Ghandi, Thomas Carlyle, Encyclopaedia Britannica and even Karl Marx, the father of communism, the list goes on. Please see the attached presentation.
It would be hard to believe that those great leaders, authors, historians and intellects have fallen victims of misconception and delusion about a Faith and a Prophet that only Mr. Wilders has been able to fathom out.
“Yes, you may argue, he is entitled to his own opinion and to freedom of expression, and yes, that may be the case, but we all know that the power to exercise this right in the western world is not absolute or limitless. For we all know, this freedom of expression would not dare to unfavourably address such issues as the holocaust, or even Israeli policies and the heavy handed treatment of the Palestinians in the occupied lands! In other words, if you dare to question the number of Jews who, so horribly, perished in the holocaust (which is stoutly deplored by true Muslims), you could be criminalized under the laws of most European countries, such as the case of British historian David Irving who was arrested in Austria in 2005 for an ‘opinion crime’ that he had ‘committed’ in 1989
http://www.fpp.co.uk/Austria/arrest_2005/index.html and the case of the French Philosopher Roger Garoudi, who was charged in France, ‘the cradle of Democracy’, for exercising his ‘freedom of speech’ and expressing an opinion that was allegedly considered ‘anti-Semitic’. On the other hand, if you choose to defame and slander the Holy Book of 1.3 billion Muslims and insult their Prophet, well, that would be construed as ‘freedom of expression’, which is protected by the same laws! The hypocrisy and double standards here are both inconceivable and perplexing!
“Under the Islamic Faith, one cannot be a true Muslim unless he/she believes in and respects all God’s Holy Books and His Divine prophets. And while all of us should try to bridge divides, promote tolerance, respect each other’s differences and find modus-vivendi, here comes Mr. Wilders with his provocative smear campaign, inciting hatred, promoting divide and insulting the sentiments of Muslims around the globe.
“To Mr. Wilders we say: You have crossed the line of legitimate criticism. This is how the majority of Muslims feel, and this is why they have decided to boycott the Dutch product.
“Ironically, every time someone tries to tarnish the image of Islam and its Prophet, more and more free-thinking people, especially in the western world, dig deep into the Holy Quran, to seek the truth for themselves, and the more they do the more a growing number of them convert to Islam. This is an undisputable fact that, I can not help thinking, must be scaring and irritating Mr. Wilders and probably is the driving force behind his attempts to denigrate the Islamic Faith. It is evident from the following sample links, that this fact cannot be underestimated:
“The American (NBC) says more than twenty thousands persons convert to Islam every year in USANBC
NEWS: 20000 Americans Convert to ISLAM Each Year!
An American priest says “A lot of priests convert to Islam”
Yusuf Estes - Priests and Preachers accepting Islam
Many Latinos Convert Daily To ISLAM.. Live From Venezuela!
Every day many Germans convert to ISLAM:
Holland TV: ISLAM fastest spreading Faith among Youth Germans:
Thousands of Danish convert to Islam
TV Report Thousands Hispanics Converting To ISLAM
Abdullah - My journey to Islam (Video) A must watch.
Islam in the Bible - by a former Christian youth Minister A former Christian youth Minister who was studying to be a Bible scholar.
Haji Maryam Mohammed Ahmed, American Muslima, she lives only to talk about Islam, She is available to talk to Christians about Bible and Quran. Her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org , Read her story.
TV Report: German Muslims Growing in Number Rapidly
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Chaplain James Yee on becoming a Muslim
Media Fooled Islam Haters - Now Converted to Islam - part 1
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Ex-Christian William Suhaib Webb talks about Islam and being Muslim
Angela Collins - Muslim Convert weeks after 9/11 Incident
Jews and Christians Convert to Islam This video clip is about an Islamic (Muslim) Seminary that was founded by a former Christian
Vlog #10: How did you convert to Islam? (Season finale) The way we carry ourselves is the way we carry Islam to the people.
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Islam Convert A Lady converted to Islam and wears a Hijab without coercion
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Three French sisters convert to Islam
Scientist Converts to Islam Video of a scientist explaining why he embraced Islam, (from his former beliefs that there is no God).
Fox News: American Woman Converted To Islam After 9/11 American Woman Converted To Islam after 9/11
Dr. Caner Brothers, Converts From Islam to Christianity-Part1 Dr.Ergun Caner, PhD, Dean of Liberty Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Va (Website: www.erguncaner.com )
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Dr Ian Webber from England Converts to Islam in Beirut Dr Ian Webber from England Converts to Islam in Beirut
A German Physician and His Wife Converted to Islam A German physician and his wife telling their story of coming to Islam in a TV interview
WHY Christians German smart Lady convert to ISLAM
New Sister From South Germany
TV Report Rechtsanwalt konvertiert zum ISLAM
The story of a German convert to Islam
Every day many Germans convert to ISLAM.. Live Shahadas!
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WHY many Girls convert to ISLAM, what the reasons!!
TV_Report: Christians Convert To ISLAM in France
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Jewish Convert to Islam Part 3 Jewish Convert to Islam Yousef al-Khattab
Australian Woman Converts To Islam Susan Carland (Australian Muslim of the Year 2004) and her journey to Islam.
Two Women with different Colors convert to Islam .. Live ! Two Women with different Colors convert to Islam .. Live from London !
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Interview with a convert to Islam Why I became a Muslim.
German Scientist & his wife, clinic assistant convert to Islam
European Scientist converts to Islam:
Dr. Ian Weber from England converts to Islam:
Science students turn to Islam:
TV Report Christians Convert to ISLAM in France
Turning Muslim in Texas - People reverting to Islam in Texas
Angela Collins - Muslim Convert weeks after 9/11 Incident
NEW MUSLIM Woman from Australia:
The Choice - A Story of New American Muslim Convert
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Jewish To Islam convert
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American converted Muslim Woman speaking about the Veil
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New Sister from South Germany
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“But why the boycott and why the collective punishment; some may argue?
“The boycott is a symbolic message and is the only civilised way of expressing Muslims outrage and denunciation of Mr. Wilders’ flagrant insult. A boycott, of course, is better than an outpouring of violent rage, which I believe was probably what Mr. Wilders was hoping for at the first place. No Sir, not this time. We are going to deny you the pleasure of a violent reaction to your slander and the satisfaction of you saying: ‘that’s exactly what I have been trying to tell you all along’. No Sir, not this time.
“The Muslim nations acknowledge and respect the fact that the Dutch Government has distanced itself from the film quite early in the day. They acknowledge, I hope, that when ambassadors of 26 Islamic countries met with Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen to see whether the film could be banned, they were told that not only had the public prosecutor started investigating whether any offence had been committed, the Dutch Government had also voiced its own condemnation against the film.
“Nonetheless, the whole purpose of the boycott is to apply a degree of economic pressure with the hope that a legislation can be decreed by the European Community to criminalise the defaming of all faiths alike. Needless to say, if Mr. Wilders feels he has the right to insult, then by the same token, Muslims should have the right to react. If the Dutch Government feels that Mr. Wilders’ despicable behaviour would hurt its interests, then it is high time they did something about it.”
Dutch Foreign Officer’s Reply:
“Thank you for mailing us your comments in response to the online film released by Mr Wilders.
“Below you will find the full text of the statement on this issue made by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands.
“Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende:
'On behalf of the Dutch government, I would like to respond to the online film by Mr Wilders.
“The film shows images of violent acts and holds Islam and the Koran responsible for them. The government condemns such acts and those who commit them.
“The film equates Islam with violence. We reject this interpretation. The vast majority of Muslims reject extremism and violence. In fact, the victims are often also Muslims.
“We therefore regret that Mr Wilders has released this film. We believe it serves no purpose other than to cause offence. But feeling offended must never be used as an excuse for aggression and threats. The government is heartened by the initial restrained reactions of Dutch Muslim organisations.
“Muslims, Christians and people of other convictions can easily live together in peace. The problem is not religion, but misuse of religion to sow hatred and intolerance. That is why we are calling for respect for everyone's deepest convictions.
“We are aware of the concerns and the sentiments about this film in the international Muslim community. We have recently spoken with many people at home and abroad to promote mutual understanding. We will continue to follow this course.
“The Dutch government stands for a society in which freedom and respect go hand in hand. Such a society demands dedication and commitment. We oppose extremism. Anyone who breaks the law is dealt with firmly. Let us solve problems by working together. Let us reach out to others and build confidence and trust. Let us conquer prejudice. We shall surely succeed.'”