What is Paramount?
When the blessed and beautiful personage of the Holy Prophet (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is attacked, the foremost desire of a Muslim is to readdress the imbalance created so as to present the true image of the Holy Prophet (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). What many non-Muslims fail to grasp is that the love of a Muslim for the Holy Prophet (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is such that his heart feels great anguish at the mere thought of someone misrepresenting the Holy Prophet (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
In conclusion, of paramount importance to a Muslim is that non-Muslims should know the Holy Prophet (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) as he had intended himself to be known through his words and deeds.
Who is the catalyst?
If we accept that the goal of the Muslim is to deliver to mankind the pure, beautiful, factually accurate and blessed character of the Holy Prophet (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), then one must ask if the recent Muslim reaction to the filthy film ”Innocence of Muslims” helps to achieve what is paramount for a Muslim?
I believe that it has not. Not only have the extremists in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, and Pakistan – the list is still growing – succeeded in multiplying the number of people that have seen the film, but they have again successfully demonstrated to the world that there exists a group of Muslims who follow an image of the Prophet (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and version of Islam that promotes violence, anger and cruelty.
Had the said ”saviors of Islam” done nothing at all, the film would have received little attention and the large majority of liberal minded Westerners would have rightly ridiculed it. Instead, the same liberal minded individuals have had their attention magnetised towards radical Islam and some of them, after witnessing the events in Libya, may now watch the film with doubtful minds and think: What if they are right, these Muslims do appear to be backward?
USA, the Great Satan; some perspective
The film is a low-budget, poorly scripted, badly filmed, and all-round crudely made piece of cinematography which would no doubt chart somewhere at the bottom of the dustbin. Despite benefiting from media coverage that even a mammoth Hollywood blockbuster could only dream of, the film had amassed a ”herculean” number of youtube hits surpassing well over 60,000 by lunchtime today. A large chunk of that could perhaps be attributed to journalists and extremist Muslims – ever ready with gasoline in one hand and the good ol’ red,white and blue in the other! If the sarcasm was not obvious, 60,000 hits on youtube is not at all impressive. To offer some further perspective, far, far more people surfing the internet are interested in, for example, ”N2 the talking cat,” ”The Gummy Bear song.” and the ”Talking twin babies.”
I am tired with the way that extremists amalgamate anything anti-Islam that originates from the USA to form a single narrative. Listening to people on the radio today, some were intent on connecting this story to the Iraq war, Afghanistan and the US master plan to do away with Islam. The issue that arises here is that the Qur’an, the book by which a Muslim dictates his or her life, demands, in no uncertain terms, that a Muslim treats all with equity and justice (See Qur’an, 55:8-10). We could simply ignore this teaching and cast the film into our ”Great Satan” conspiracy, which dictates that the USA is pure evil, or we could act with justice.
The film was funded by an Israeli man who also carries dual US nationality and is said to have been partially inspired by a handful of Egyptian Coptic Christians. Nevertheless, one might be thinking, the cast and crew of 80 were all Americans. While that may be true, we now know that they were all employed to put together a film which had a different title, script, did not contain any Muslim characters or references, and was set at about 2000 years ago (before Islam). One of the leading actresses is even quoted as saying that she feels sick by how they were duped and what subsequently happened. All references to Islam and Muslim personalities were badly dubbed in later.
The point, if it was not already clear, is that being opposed to both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars does not preclude me from treating each US related case of Islamphobia individually and with justice.
I don’t want to linger on this too much, and the post is already far too long, but the Holy Qur’an instructs us to repel others with that which is better – which is goodly. Violence, the murder of diplomats, burning down of buildings, trespass, and violent protest is not better – it is worse. I hate the film and the ugliness that it brings with it, but a great deal of Muslims need to start acting as the the Holy Prophet (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) did and stop allowing their anger to surpass the fulfillment of their obligations to God and man. The need of the hour is for each Muslim to accept the Imam of the age (‘alayhi al-salam) and return Islam to the religion of peace and submission that it was at its outset.
Please share your thoughts on this subject, Jazak Allah.