Non-Moslems always wonder what is it with Moslems and Islam, their religion? What makes them so “obsessed” or “extreme” when it comes to their religion? Is it SO SACRED that nobody can ever ridicule the sanctity of Islam? Is it SO PURE that it is exempted from the Freedom Of Speech? Is it SO HOLY that it is worth to die for? These questions engender prejudices and we know prejudices entails FEAR. Like what Hermione Granger in “Harry Potter : The Chamber Of Secrets” said – “Fear of a name increases the fear of the thing itself.”
The film “Innocence Of Muslims” (previously dubbed as “Innocence Of Bn Laden”) was produced by an Egyptian-American named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula who used the pseudonym Sam Bacile . Under the law of California, Nakoula had committed several bank frauds and was sentenced to prison for 21 months. Clearly he is not a model of All-American citizen. As cliche as it sounds, the film portrayed Prophet Muhammad SAW in a most disgracing persona (which of course isn’t something that a rationale person would do as we respect other people’s faiths and religions, no?)
Nakoula Bassely Nakoula, producer of “Innocence of Muslims” nee “Innocence of Bn Laden”.
What was supposed to be an “independent film”, premiered at a small rented theatre in Hollywood, California with audiences consisting of no more than 10 people, suddenly ignited hatred all across the world; bombed into smithereens of anger and sadness. HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN? It’s all down to You-Tube. Now, I am not blaming You-Tube or what; I am just restating the true chronology.
Morris Sadek – the film spreader via You-Tube, an adamant Islamophobist.
Another Egyptian American named Morris Sadek who apparently was a very VOCAL opponent of Islam uploaded the video of 14 minutes duration of the film and spread it to the Arabic world. Al-Nas TV, an Islamist television channel (much like our own Malaysian ASTRO OASIS & TV Al-Hijrah) showed the some of the trailers of the film on air; hence created buzzes in the Arabic world. And as icing to the cake, a United States pastor of a small non-denominational Church named Terry Jones (who is became widely known when he proposed the burning of Al-Qurans) publicly supporting this barbaric act of these two Egyptian-Americans.
Footage from the film.
Now, perhaps that is exactly what these two Egyptian-American wanted. A ruckus in the Arabian world; shaking up things a little bit; causing chaotic atmospheres here and there…. BUT things became OUT OF PROPORTION when 3 days later, coincidentally on the 11th year of September 11 Attack; the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked!!!! 4 Americans were died, 2 Americans were injured as well as 7 Libyans. Ambassador diplomat Christopher Stevens was killed in the attack.
U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens killed.
Now, THIS is the BOILING POINT. When it happened, all the efforts and focal points are being enlightened upon the initiators; the producers of the film. Then only, everything started to unravel via investigations and interrogations. Actors and actresses who acted in the film claimed that they were “duped and hoodwinked” into working for the film and they didn’t realize that “it would ignite anger and anxiety to the global citizen”! President Barack Obama (whose presidential seat seemed to be quite fragile these days as opposed to his strong contender Matt Romney) issued statement condemning the attack whereas Hilary Clinton supported the film (unsurprisingly).
The scenes from the film and the actress cried, claiming she was DUPED.
These whole commotion make all Moslems around the world in rage. Peace rally and demonstrations were done as symbolic to defy the insolent acts. Of course, non-Moslems ridiculed at this. Even non-Moslems in Malaysia themselves blatantly jeered at the act of Moslems in Malaysia for being “too emotional with it as nothing they can do.” They perceive it as waste of time and energy. They don’t understand that Moslems are bonded under the umbrella of Islam. Whatever things, acts or remarks that besmirch the sanctity of Islam, the Messengers or ALLAH SWT; THERE ISN’T SUCH WORD AS WASTE OF TIME & ENERGY.
Peace in Indonesia.
Moslems are very sensitive with that and they respect other people’s faiths; provided others respect theirs as well. As the matter of fact, Malaysian Moslems KNOW and REALIZED that all the demonstration and petitions won’t change anything, but still by exhibiting the unison in that, the “Jihad” (Strive To The Righteous) is executed and it is the responsibilities for each Moslems to defend his/her faith, which is Islam.
The questions that are burning inside all Moslems and still remain to these days :
- Why is the obsession to CONDEMN Islam?
- Why is it so important to ridicule Islam?
- Why is it that Islamophobia is rampant?
- Why is it that “evil Islam” must be terminated?
- Why is it that other religions remained unscathed and untouched whereas Islam is jeered, scorned and metaphorically spit on, frequently?
On whole, hatred and prejudices will always be there. And sometimes the rot comes WITHIN. There are handful of Moslems themselves who do not exhibit the true teachings of Islam, sadly. They paint bad image and disgrace Islam. They bombed the World Trade Centre and they killed the U.S diplomat in Libya – and then the WHOLE WORLD blame Islam and Moslems for that; NOT THEM! Really, it’s not fair actually! I agree that the culprits (Moslems or non-Moslems) should be PUNISHED but to punish the innocent Moslems and Islam as whole…… that’s a saddening injustices.
Protest in Lebanon. THIS isn’t the answer! That is why the world looks down upon Moslems. ALL because of these handful low-minded people. Why would you go terrorizing other people’s business? Islam forbids that! Alhamdulillah, in Malaysia, we are still rationale. Amin.
Of course the film is a low-budget and very cheap and amateur-ish. No one will every rent or watch it if not for the controversial domino effect it caused. Still, in a nutshell, the question still burning : Why are you non-moslems are so obsess with Islamophobia? Why are you so obsess with Moslems and Islam? Why are you so obsess with us?
This is the genuine and authentic essence of Islam. Too bad, a lot of bad eggs amongst Moslems painting bad images on Islam. And to make the matter worse, some parties purposely stir the atmosphere a little bit and ignite the Domino Effects. Obsession to Islamophobia, that’s how the world sees, now.