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?.
Praise be to Allaah.
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)’”
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.
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.
We can divide our opinions about this evil
film into a number of categories:
Verses which are
quoted out of context and their meanings distorted.
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…”
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
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
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):
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”
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”
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)”
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?!
or pictures that do not show what he is trying to prove, or that show things
which are denounced in Islam altogether
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
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):
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)”
How can women who wear niqaab and adhere to
the rulings of Islam pray for blessing for Hitler?
Video clips, some of
which contain facts which cannot be doubted and others contain distortion of
facts and deceive viewers.
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
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’”
“So when they exceeded the limits of what
they were prohibited, We said to them: ‘Be you monkeys, despised and
Showing video clips out of context, such as
the clip of a khateeb (preacher) who brandishes a sword and threatens the
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?
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.
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
In Mufakkirat al-Islam (Saturday 22 Rabee’
al-Awwa; 1429 AH/29 March 2008), it
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?
It seems to us that this lying MP wanted to
achieve certain aims by making this film, including the following:
Personal gain, fame
and victory at the polls.
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:
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!
That the Jews killed
and expelled a great number of Muslims, and they were not ashamed to call
their latest battle against Gaza a
Alerting the West to
the high percentages of Muslims in their countries, and saying that large
numbers of Muslims poses a danger to
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.
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
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
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
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
Gustave le Bon says in his book Arab
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!
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
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
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.
What the Muslims should do now is:
Not cause problems
in their own countries, such as demonstrations in which property is
destroyed or blood is shed.
Refer the matter to
scholars and wise men to deal with it, or something similar.
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.
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.