Cartoon courtesy Zunnar and Malaysiakini
Ghazali Hasbullah, Wan Shah Jihan Wan Din & Sulaiman Akhlakan
letter to the editor: Malaysiakini
Dear Mr President of USA and USA ambassadors all over the world,
at the moment when the world is at the brink of change of the millennium and has developed a deeper understanding of mutual peace which cuts across race and religion, we as Malaysian Muslims are shocked with the creation of the amateur film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ by Sam Bacile.
Indeed, his work of art is highly provocative, blasphemous and has a total disregard of Muslim sensitivity towards their Islamic devotion of Prophet Muhammad PBUH.
Whilst history recorded that Muhammad (PBUH) liberated Makkah (Mecca) in absolute obedience to God from idolatry practice, without any bloodshed, Sam Bacile propagates that Muhammad was a terrorist.
When Muhammad PBUH by Allah’s Revelation, stated that any man can only commit himself to a maximum of four wives in line with a proper contract (Nikah) and equal responsibilities – rather than committing adultery and being in numerous secret relationships to any women that a man desires- Sam condemns him as a womaniser.
For the record, Muhammad only married one virgin (Aishah) and stayed married to one woman i.e. Khadija, until she died.
Then, only then, the Prophet PBUH married widows of martyrs of holy wars to help them. Are these the qualities of a womaniser?
Everywhere in the world where there are crises, Muslims are oppressed and killed. How could this justify Muslims as terrorists and when and if we retaliate, is it not an act of defense?
Please put forward any proof from your observation of any oppression towards other religions besides Islam in Malaysia or Indonesia?
Why the double standards? Why are Muslims being so closely scrutinised and vigorously criticised for their acts of religious devotion?
We strongly urged that all of you to recommend to the USA president, Barack Obama, to stop any kind of activities connected to the appalling video.
Please bear in mind that all this uproar might have an opposite aftermath which is not the result foreseen by Sam Bacile in inciting hatred towards our Prophet PBUH.
Lastly, we would like to request all embassies to take part in condemning such actions and to put pressure on those involved in such activities to stop future productions and distribution of the video through whatever channels and means.
Otherwise we are afraid that it will continue to stir up tension amongst Muslims like what has had happened in few Muslim countries, and thus have a direct impact on the relationship and trust with the USA.
In 1978 Michael H. Hart wrote the book The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History.
He has done immense research in that field and he attributed Muhammad as the first of his 100 other persons.
Muhammad Prophet of Islam; Michail Hart knew that to rank Muhammad first might be controversial, but felt that, from a secular historian’s perspective, this was the correct choice because Muhammad is the only man to have been both a founder of a major world religion and a major military/political leader.
Sam Bacile .. know that you can never be better than Michael H. Hart… Do your research