giovedì 8 maggio 2008

the lies of Geert Wilders , risponse to FITNA movie in engish

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate
Praise be to Allah and blessings and peace be upon our master Muhammad, his family and his Companions.
Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu
Peace be upon you

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the lies of Geert Wilders
risponse to FITNA movie

the filma
part 1

part 2

In the name of Allah
be He raised far above:
O mankind! Lo! We have created you from male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another
﴿يا أيها الناس إنا خلقناكم من ذكر وأنثى وجعلناكم شعوباً وقبائل لتعارفوا
It is depressing how some people try to raise conflicts between nations and cause clash of civilizations. It seems offending religions has become the new way to enter the hall of fame; and in this case it is Islam being offended through a film called Fitna by "Geert Wilders". In his film, Geert expresses his view that Islam is a religion calling for extremism and terrorism!!
Well… how about accusing an entire religion with all its aspects, principals and followers of being extremist and calling for terrorism?! All people are trying to live in peace with each other, even if that other belongs to a different religion and race embracing total different ideas that may be exotic to some.
Since the film was aired, Geert has received several threats and demands have been raised to ban the film. We hereby express our denouncement of such threats, especially serious ones, whether made by Muslims or non-Muslims.

We are not against objective criticism, but against distortion of truth!
We are not against freedom of expression, but rather against misusing it.

Freedom of expression is a human right and Muslims are not against it. They are rather against how some people go to extremes in its name offending others' religions and sacred figures and distorting facts; an act of disrespect and disdain rather than an act of freedom. The only outcome is causing further conflicts in the world and distancing nations that are not close in the first place, instead of trying to getting them closer.
Is this freedom Geert is practicing in his film?
The old adage says "your freedom ends where my nose begins"; whereas, Geert's film morally as well as materially harms others.
Different states' laws offer and protect the right to practice one's faith and guarantees mutual respect for others' beliefs. For example the Netherlands has a law that bans verbal offence, defamation or insulting any group of people because of their race or religious faiths.
For example Clause No. (147) of the Dutch criminal law;
Austrian criminal law, clauses No. 188 and 189;
German criminal law, clause No. 166; and other laws
It seems Mr. Geert totally neglected these laws that protect Man's material as well as moral rights. He does not care if violent acts similar to those resulting from such films as "The Last Temptation of Christ" (written by Nikos Kazantzakis and Harvey Keitel, 1960; and directed by Martin Scorsese in 1988) when a French fundamentalist group launched Molotov cocktails inside a theatre in Paris in October 22nd in 1988; and "Life of Brian", by "Money Python" comedy team in 1979, which was banned in many countries such as Ireland, Italy and Norway, for Freedom of expression cannot be used to disrespect and contempt other's faiths.

The film begins with a caricature of Prophet Muhammad with a bomb on his head and then footage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York are shown. First of all depicting a prophet in such a disrespectful way is the worst thing Geert could have done. Islam respects all prophets. Actually, a person is not considered a Muslim unless he/she truly believes in all prophets and their teachings. Therefore, it is offends Muslims when other prophets are insulted; how about their own prophet?

Second, it is important to state that the whole Muslim world denounces the September 11 attacks on New York. They were not only against the US, but the whole human world. Islam by no means agrees with such terrorism, which is against Muslim teachings and principles. In fact the greeting of Islam is "peace". And even if the attackers were Muslims, what they have done is the furthest thing from Islam. The world is full of examples of people from all religions who have committed atrocities in the name their religions. However, this is not an excuse for others to judge such religions as calling for terrorism and violence.
Moreover, linking the attacks with some verses from the Quran is Geert's sheer imagination, for fragmenting suras and verses then representing them as complete evidences for his point of view is entirely misleading and is a crime, if not against Islam and Muslims, it is against the viewers themselves.

First mentioned Sura:

"Prepare for them whatever force and cavalry ye are able of gathering to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah and your enemies"
﴿وأعدوا لهم ما استطعتم من قوة ومن رباط الخيل ترهبون به عدو الله وعدوكم ﴾
Geert here takes only what serves his means from the sura and neglects the rest. The next verse says:
"And if they incline to peace, incline thou also to it, and trust in Allah. Lo! He, is the Hearer, the Knower."
﴿وَإِنْ جَنَحُوا لِلسَّلْمِ فَاجْنَحْ لَهَا وَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ﴾
The verses here are command Muslims to strengthen their armies in order to frighten the enemy. It is meant to deter enemies, not start war. And if that enemy show any signs for peace, Muslims are commanded to incline to peace as well.

Geert then links the second verse he mentions to the terrorist bombings committed by extremist Muslim who should be prosecuted.
"Those who have disbelieved our signs, we shall roast them in fire. Whenever their skins are ****ed to a turn, we shall substitute new skins for them, that they may feel the punishment; Verily Allah is sublime and wise."
﴿إن الذين كفروا بآياتنا سوف نصليهم نارًا كلما نضجت جلودهم بدلنهم جلودًا غيرها ليذوقوا العذاب إن الله كان عزيزًا حكيمًا﴾
( An-Nisa 56 )
He again neglects the rest of the sura, which says:
"And as for those who believe and do good works, We shall make them enter Gardens underneath which rivers flow - to dwell therein for ever; there for them are pure companions - and We shall make them enter plenteous shade."
﴿والذين ءامنوا وعملوا الصالحات سندخلهم جنات تجري من تحتها الأنهار خالدين فيها أبدًا لهم فيها أزواج مطهرة وندخلهم ظلاً ظليلاً ﴾
( An-Nisa 56-57 )
This verse speaks about the afterlife (hellfire and heaven) and those who neglect God's signs and revelations. It has nothing to do with roasting enemies with bombs and fires. Furthermore, the concept of hell and heaven is present in all religions.
then he will also say to those on the left hand,Depart from me, you cursed,into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels" (matthew 25:41)

{{both were cast alive anto a lake of fire burning with brimstone. brimostone:sulfur(Webster's) } (revelation 19:20

The film then asks:

Why Muslims hate Jews and want to kill them?
History is the best witness that Jews have never been as safe as they were under Muslim rule. They have suffered persecution in Europe for decades whether through ghettoes, genocide or inquisitions.

Jews as well as Christians lived safely in Spain under Muslim rule. And when the crusaders entered Spain both Jews and Muslims were slain and burnt to death. Further, there is no one recorded incident when Muslims exercised such violent, brutal practices against Jews or non Muslims in general, while Muslims were the major power in the world for almost ten centuries.
In the meanwhile, incidents like the Inquisition of 1242 condemned the Talmud and burned thousands of volumes, and in 1288 the first mass burning of Jews took place in France. And no one can forget the Holocaust in the near past.
Geert links terrorism and extremism with the right of resistance. What happens now in Palestine is not terrorism against Jews; it is rather resistance against the occupier. The International law guarantees the right to resist and defend regional territory against all occupiers of whatever race, religion or nationality. The reality in Palestine now is that Israeli settlement are illegally increasing covering 40% Palestinian territory in Gaza; meanwhile Palestinian houses are constantly being demolished by Israeli bulldozers. In addition, all crossing points between Gaza and the West Bank are controlled by Israeli soldiers preventing Palestinians from crossing. Poverty in Palestine is off limits with 65% living under the poverty line with less than $2 a day!!

Palestinians' rights are neglected though, despite the fact that they are supposed to be admitted and reserved under the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977. Clause (50.2) of the First Additional Protocol on the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts says: "The civilian population as such, as well as individual civilians, shall not be the object of attack. Acts or threats of violence the primary purpose of which is to spread terror among the civilian population are prohibited."
The UN Charter
he commission on human rights has routinely reaffirmed the legitimacy of struggling against occupation by all available means, including armed struggle (CHR Resolution No. 3 XXXV, 21 February 1979,and CHR Resolution NO.1989\19,6 march))
UN General assember 1982;'Reaffirms the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples for independence,territorial integrity,national unity and liberation from colonial and foreign domination and foreign occupation by all available means,including armed struggle

Muslims do not hate Judaism or Jews, for Muslims and Jews co-exist peacefully in different countries around the world. However, where illegal settlements are being built in Palestine with Palestinians being expelled from their homes and lands, resistance can by no means be called terrorism or unjustified violence.
Muslims are not against Judaism, but rather against extremist Zionism, which is being opposed by Orthodox Jews as well. A group by the name of Neturei Karta constituted of orthodox Jews all distributed all around the world denounce Israeli occupation of Palestine and Zionism


. It calls for enforcing international laws concerning Palestinians' rights to defend their lands. Neturei Karta organizes anti-Zionist demonstrations calling for peace, rapport, conversation and understanding among Muslims, Jews, Christians and followers of other religions in order to explain the true teachings of and beliefs of Judaism and the reality or the so-called "Israeli" State.
Further evidence that Islam denounces violence and killing is a story about Prophet Muhammed "narrated at on the authority of 'Abdullah that a woman was found killed in one of the battles fought by the Messenger of Allah. He disapproved of the killing of women and children" (Source: Sahih Muslim).
Another is the celebrated address which the first Caliph Abu Bakr gave to his army while sending it on the expedition to the Syrian borders, which is permeated with the noble spirit with which the war in Islam is permitted. He said: "Stop, O people, that I may give you ten rules for your guidance in the battlefield. Do not commit treachery or deviate from the right path. You must not mutilate dead bodies. Neither kill a child, nor a woman. nor an aged man. Bring no harm to the trees, nor burn them with fire, especially those which are fruitful. Slay not ary of the enemy's flock. save for your food. You are likely to pass by people who have devoted their lives to monastic services; leave them alone"
(Source: Sahih Muslim).

Therefore, the crimes of a group of violent extremists cannot be the criteria by which to judge the third of the population of the world. For where there is a religion or a philosophy, there will always fanatics and extremists.
The next picture is of a woman in burqa carrying a sign that reads
"Be prepared for the real holocaust"
How easy is it to get a photo of a woman in burqa carrying a sign then change the sign using the "photoshop".
Then other photos of burnt down soldiers are displayed with a claim that this is Muslims doing, while in fact it is the exact opposite of Islamic Shri'a. Such individual actions are not to be considered a part of Islam. In fact prophet Muhammad said "… it is but Allah who punishes with fire." (Sahih Bukhari).
How come should such an individual criminal act, that we don't know for sure who has committed, be said to be a representation of Islam??

How about what the US has done in Fallugah in Iraq using internationally banned weapons to murder innocent civilians, genocide crimes against a whole town?
However, Muslims are well aware that such crimes committed by soldiers are individual actions and are against the teachings and principles of Christianity. Therefore, they never claimed that Christianity is an aggressive religion calling for terrorism.

However, when a single American soldier is killed, the attitude in the whole world changes into attention and calling for punishment of the doers and films are made to warn against the Islamic terrorism.
Muslims are against both acts and the doers of both should be put to trial, whether Muslims or non-Muslims. But still does not this dualism raises a lot of question marks?
Then other pictures of Muslim women with burqa carrying signs reading this time:
"God Bless Hitler"
If Muslims wanted to kill Jews out of sheer hatred… why then did they survive in peace among Muslims for decades and decades?
And how is it possible that Muslims would ask God to bless a person who had committed atrocities and crimes, which is forbidden in Islam?
Mr. Wilders has to be sure that people are not that stupid? They have brains and they can think?
The film then shows children in a school play or celebration
holding small plastic guns and wearing military uniform and says that these are the teachings of Islam.
Is that logical?
It is usual that kids like wearing such uniforms in celebrations and feasts, and if you ask them: "what do you want to be when you grow up?" many would answer, "an officer." The profession and the uniform are so attractive to children all around the world.
Geert shows pictures of Muslim men and children carrying knives and covered in blood as if they have killed thousands of people.
The truth about these pictures is that they are depictions of celebrations by the Day of Ashura by Shia Muslims. In spite of the fact that Sunni Muslims disagree with such traditions that are not part of the true faith of Islam, they still do not pose any threats to the world.

Actually such kinds of celebrations, still more violent and harmful than Shiite celebrations, do exist in some Christian countries…Do Muslims call that Terrorism? No!! Because they do not pose threats to the world.

The films afterwards shows footage of Sheikh Kurani saying in Arabic "… jihad against occupiers and seeking martyrdom". The translation totally neglects the words" against occupiers" and only translates the words "jihad and seeking martyrdom"! which if mentioned, no misunderstanding would take place, for occupation is an unrightful seizure of somebody else's lands.
Article (42) of the "Laws and Customs of War on Land", Section III "Military Authority over the territory of the Hostile State" state that:
"Territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the hostile army. The occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised."
Geert then shows footage of the decapitation of an innocent victim misleading viewers into believing that this is a part of Islam.
In the next part Geert cites another verse:
"Fight them until there is no dissension, and the religion is entirely Allah's"
( Al-Anfal 39 )
﴿ وقاتلوهم حتى لا تكون فتنة ويكون الدين كله لله فإن انتهوا فإن الله بما يعملون بصير ﴾
Whereas in another translation the verse translates as follows:
"And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God altogether and everywhere"
(Al-Anfal 39)
Other verses of the Qur'an explains the previous verses saying:
"And fight not with them at the Inviolable Place of Worship until they first attack you there, but if they attack you (there) then slay them. Such is the reward of disbelievers. (191) But if they desist, then lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. (192) And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah. But if they desist, then let there be no hostility except against wrong-doers"
(Al-Baqara 191-3)
﴿واقتلوهم حيث ثقفتموهم وأخرجوهم من حيث أخرجوكم والفتنة أشد من القتل ولا تقاتلوهم عند المسجد الحرام حتى يقاتلوكم فيه فإن قاتلوكم فاقتلوهم كذلك جزاء الكافرين (191) فإن انتهوا فإن الله غفور رحيم (192) وقاتلوهم حتى لا تكون فتنة ويكون الدين لله فإن انتهوا فلا عدوان إلا على الظالمين(193) ﴾
It is thus clear that such orders concern only those cases when Muslims are already under attack. Starting assault is entirely forbidden. Besides, the word "fitna – translated as "dissension" in the translation Geert uses and "tumult or oppression, and persecution" in other translations means persecution in religion, for Muslims had been harmed, tortured and maltreated by disbelievers of Quraish. The con**** where Geert puts the verse in gives but one meaning: kill them until you prevail. Whereas, the true meaning of the verse is fighting assaulters till there would persecution in religion is over and tumult and oppression are no more, so that people, believers and disbelievers, live peacefully practicing no persecution against one another.
God, be He Exalted, says:
"There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error"
(Al-Baqara – 256)
﴿لا إكراه في الدين قد تبين الرشد من الغي فمن يكفر بالطاغوت ويؤمن بالله فقد استمسك بالعروة الوثقى لا انفصام لها والله سميع عليم﴾
God says:
"Say: O mankind! Now hath the Truth from your Lord come unto you. So whosoever is guided, is guided only for (the good of) his soul, and whosoever erreth erreth only against it. And I am not a warder over you"
(Yunus - 108)
﴿ قل يا أيها الناس قد جاءكم الحق من ربكم فمن اهتدى فإنما يهتدي لنفسه ومن ضل فإنما يضل عليها وما أنا عليكم بوكيل ﴾
God says:
"Allah forbiddeth you not those who warred not against you on account of religion and drove you not out from your homes, that ye should show them kindness and deal justly with them. Lo! Allah loveth the just dealers"
(Al-Mumtahina - 8)
﴿لا ينهاكم الله عن الذين لم يقاتلوكم في الدين ولم يخرجوكم من دياركم أن تبروهم وتقسطوا إليهم إن الله يحب المقسطين
God commands Muslim not to assault others. He says:
"Fight in the way of Allah against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo! Allah loveth not aggressors"
(Al-Baqara – 90)
﴿ وقاتلوا في سبيل الله الذين يقاتلونكم ولا تعتدوا إن الله لا يحب المعتدين ﴾
The command to fight is a defensive one. Muslims only fight to defend themselves, and whenever the other side denounces fighting, Muslims should not fight them. God says:
"If they hold aloof from you and wage not war against you and offer you peace, Allah alloweth you no way against them"
(An-Nisa – 90)
﴿ فإن اعتزلوكم فلم يقاتلوكم وألقوا إليكم السَّلم فما جعل الله لكم عليهم سبيلاً﴾
Geert shows a picture of a woman being stoned and a voice saying that "If the married man, Allah forbid, commits adultery...
...or the married woman commits adultery...
then she will be stoned". He does not show how some ignorant people misunderstand and misuse judgments.
Punishment in Islam is meant more to stop people from doing the same sin twice and to deter others from doing it, and not for torturing people. They are meant to maintain virtue in society. Prophet Muhammad said, "'O young people! Whoever among you is able to marry, should marry, and whoever is not able to marry, is recommended to fast, as fasting diminishes his sexual power"
Adultery is one of the worst sins ever; however, it is one of the hardest things to enforce its punishment.
There are conditions that all have to be found in a certain situation in order to enforce the punishment.
They are in short that there should be four witnesses to an unquestioned act of adultery, which is so hard to fulfill, for who would do that in the presence of four other people? The punishment, therefore, is not for the sin itself, but for doing it in public. Besides, if the witness of one of the four witnesses is doubted, the whole situation is discarded.
Furthermore, if someone accused another of adultery without the presence of the four witnesses, that person is punished by 80 lashes.
In addition, it is recommended not to tell about such an act, than reporting it. For the whole point of it is not just enforcing a harsh punishment as much as we can, but rather employ the few times in which it is enforced to discourage people from doing it. It is meant to protect rights of spouses and families and to prevent mixed lineages. It aims at avoiding sexually transmitted diseases as well as crimes common in such cases.
Hence, this punishment has not been enforced except in very few cases and only judges are entitled to enforce it, not any common person as some ignorant individuals do.
It seems impossible to enact the punishment of adultery and the Muslim world, constituting a third of the world's population, repudiates such actions.
The Torah contains like punishment. It is mentioned in the Torah that: "If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel. If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her; Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour's wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you. But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her: then the man only that lay with her shall die."(Deuteronomy22: 22-25)
In the end, we would like to ask Mr. Geert to stop misleading people in order to gain some fame. And we also call the Muslim world not to blame all Europeans for the acts of a few of them and vise versa.
We call the wise individuals amongst us to sit down and discuss things and correct misunderstandings so that peace and freedom would prevail, but not the misleading freedom that Geert and people like him use.
God, be He Exalted sayas:
"And argue not with the People of the ******ure unless it be in (a way) that is better, save with such of them as do wrong; and say: We believe in that which hath been revealed unto us and revealed unto you; our God and your God is One, and unto Him we surrender"
(Al-Ankaboot – 46)
﴿ ولا تجادلوا أهل الكتاب إلا بالتي هي أحسن إلا الذين ظلموا منهم وقولوا ءامنا بالذي أُنزل إلينا وأُنزل إليكم وإلهنا وإلهاكم واحد ونحن له مسلمون ﴾
"O mankind! Lo! We have created you from male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another"
(Al-Hujraat – 13)
﴿ يا أيها الناس إنا خلقناكم من ذكر وأنثى وجعلناكم شعوبًا وقبائل لتعارفوا إن أكرمكم عند الله أتقاكم إن الله عليم خبير ﴾

Thanks to Wilder, Islam now is spreading all over the world.
In the end, I call upon all Muslims to hold the Qur'an, kiss it and read its verses as our religion has taught us, for this is the best way we can answer fanatics and extremists

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