The Muslim Times’ Response to an Anti-Islam Film

· Ahmadiyyat: True Islam

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD

The Mosque of Medina: The First Mosque built by  the Prophet of Islam

“He (Allah) it is Who sends blessings on you (Muhammad), as do His  angels, that He may bring you forth from all kinds of darkness into light. And  He is Merciful to the believers. Their greeting on the day when they meet Him  will be, ‘Peace.’ And He has prepared for them an honorable reward.” (Al Quran  33:44-45)

“Allah and His angels send blessings  on the Prophet. O ye who believe! you also should invoke blessings on  him and salute him with the salutation of peace.   Indeed, those who annoy Allah and His Messenger — Allah has cursed them in this  world and in the Hereafter, and has prepared for them an abasing punishment.’” (Al Quran 33:57–58)

One of the first steps that the Muslim Times took to refute the propaganda of  a recent  anti-Islam film, which has gathered some notoriety, was to  promote a positive movie about the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him: The Message: Mohammed: Messenger of God. 

Samuel Parsons Scott (1846-1929), a lawyer from Hillsboro Ohio and a  prolific writer, understood part of the charm of the Prophet’s character when he  wrote:

The glories which invest the history of Islam may be entirely derived  from the valor, the virtue, the intelligence, the genius, of man. If this be  conceded, the largest measure of credit is due to him who conceived its plan,  promoted its impulse, and formulated the rules which insured its success. In any  event, if the object of religion be the inculcation of morals, the diminution  of evil, the promotion of human happiness, the expansion of the  human intellect, if the performance of good works will avail in the great  day when mankind shall be summoned to its final reckoning it is neither  irreverent nor unreasonable to admit that Muhammad was indeed an Apostle of  God.[1]

What Samuel Parsons Scott missed, Reverend Professor Montgomery Watt  (1909–2006), a biographer of the Prophet Muhammad grasped or was it a Freudian  slip? He high lighted above all virtues the Prophet’s trust in God:

The more one reflects on the history of Muhammad and of early Islam, the more  one is amazed at the vastness of his achievement. Circumstances presented  him with an opportunity such as few men have had, but the man was fully matched  with the hour. Had it not been for his gifts as a seer, statesman, and  administrator and, behind these, his trust in God and firm belief that God had  sent him, a notable chapter in the history of mankind would have remained  unwritten.[2]

The back cover of the movie the Message states, “After seeing a  vision of the Angel Gabriel, Mohammad calls to the people of Mecca to cast  aside the 300 idols of Kaaba and worship only one God. Starring Anthony Quinn  and Irene Papas, this breathtaking historical epic about the birth of the  Islamic faith took six years to prepare and more than a year to film. It  received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score.”

By the Grace of Allah, I had the opportunity to invite the Muslim Times  Editorial team of 60 members and all the thousands of readers, on September  18th, to facilitate a dialogue and discussion regarding limits of free  speech in our Global village‏.  We need to use laws against Holocaust denial and hate speech, as examples to initiate an open and honest  debate about the freedom of free speech and its limits!  These existing  laws should be used as template and precedence against anti-Islam  vitriolic, to minimize exploitation of religious sensibilities.  We  have large amount of materials about laws against hate speech and holocaust  denial in Wikipedia and those materials have been made available in the Muslim Times as well.

Khalifatul Masih V, Head of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza  Masroor Ahmad, highlighted that the Muslims have sovereignty over several  countries and there are large Turkish and other Muslim populations in Europe, in  his Friday Sermon on September 21, 2012.  He stressed that the Muslims  should use their political influence and strength in numbers to create social  pressures to enact laws against violation of religious sensibilities.  He  also urged Muslim lawyers to work on such issues and influence laws through  suitable lobbying and writings.  Muslim countries could try to influence  UNO for such purposes as well.  He also urged that we need to use all legal  means to promote the true image of the Greatest Benefactor of mankind, the Holy  Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him.  He outlined a very comprehensive  program to tackle anti-Islam propaganda.  In the conclusion of his  Friday Sermon, he issued a very dire warning in the words of the Messiah, Mirza  Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, that  if the world will not deter from abusing and defaming Allah’s beloved Prophet  Muhammad, may peace be on him, then Gods’ wrath will indeed be unleashed in  every country of the world.  The Messiah wrote:

Bear in mind that God has informed me time and again about the coming of  earthquakes. So be sure that just as there have been earthquakes in America and  in Europe, in keeping with the prophecies, so will they occur in different parts  of Asia, and some of them will be as terrifying as doomsday. There will be death  on such a large scale that rivers will run with blood, and even birds and  animals will not escape it. Such destruction will overtake the earth as has not  happened since man was born. Most places will be turned upside down as if  they had never been inhabited. There will also be other terrible afflictions,  both in heaven and earth, and every sensible person will realize that they are  no ordinary phenomena, and no trace of them will be found in books of astronomy  or philosophy. Then people will be seized by anxiety and they will wonder  what is going to happen? Many will be saved, and many will perish. Those days  are near, indeed they are at the door, when the world shall witness a spectacle  of doomsday. Not only will there be earthquakes, but other terrible calamities  will also appear, some from heaven and some from the earth. This will happen  because men have given up the worship of their God, and all their thoughts and  their designs and their resolves are diverted towards the world. Had I not  come, these calamities might have been delayed for a while, but with my coming  the secret designs of God’s wrath, that had long been hidden, have been  manifested. As God said: ‘…We never punish until We have sent a Messenger.’ (17:  16).

Those who repent shall find security and those who fear before the calamity  overtakes them will be shown mercy. Do you think that you will be safe from  these earthquakes, or that you can save yourselves by your own designs? No, you  cannot. All human designs will come to naught that day. Do not imagine that only  America has been shaken by the earthquake and that you are safe, for you  may experience even greater calamities. O Europe! You are not secure, O Asia!  You are not secure, O you who dwell in the Islands, no artificial god will come  to your aid. I see the cities falling and I see the habitations in ruin. The One  and the Unique has long remained silent. Abominations were committed before  His eyes and yet He remained silent. But now He shall reveal His  countenance in a dreadful manner. He who has ears to hear, let him hear! The  hour is not far. I tried to bring everyone under the security of God, but  the decrees of destiny had to be fulfilled. Assuredly, I say that this country’s  turn is also drawing near. The days of Noah shall appear before your eyes, and  you will see with your own eyes what happened to the land of Lot. But God is  slow to wrath, repent so that you are shown mercy. He who abandons God is a  worm, not a man, and he who does not fear Him is dead, not  alive.[Haqiqat-ul-Wahi, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 22, pp. 268-269 – Essence of  Islam, Vo. V, pp. 148 – 150]

In the end Khalifatul Masih V prayed for the world in the words, “May God  give sense to the world and may He enable us to discharge our  responsibilities.”   To listen to the whole of his Friday Sermon, click here.

In the last few days, since the tragic and unfortunate murder of the USA  Ambassador to Libya, the Muslim Times has published several articles to lay a  positive response to the abuse of freedom of speech, which many Islamophobes  find it very convenient to indulge in these days, in one form or another.

The Muslim Times wants to make a special mention of the condemnation of the  anti-Islam movie by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State, Hilary  Clinton.  We have not yet seen similar gesture from Presidential candidate  Mitt Romney.

The Muslim Times is specially thankful to Jürgen Todenhöfer for his  efforts in this regard. Todenhöfer (born 12 November 1940 in Offenburg) is a German  executive,[1]  author and former politician.   He became a member of the Christian  Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) in 1970 and was a member of the  German parliament from December 13, 1972, to December 20, 1990, (five election  periods). He also acted as party spokesman for development policy and arms  control.  In 1980 he visited Soviet-occupied Afghanistan and started  to raise money for refugees. Todenhöfer is one of the most prominent German  critics of the US-led  wars against  Afghanistan and against  Iraq starting in the years 2001 and 2003, respectively. Till 2008 he has  been vice chairman of the executive board at German media company Hubert Burda  Media.  To read further about his efforts in this regard, click here.

Further Readings:

Muhammad: the Light for the Dark Ages of Europe!

Thomas Carlyle, Karen Armstrong, John Davenport and Prof. Laura  Veccia Vaglieri

Tribute to Islam, the Prophet Muhammad and Quran by  non-Muslim writers

The Holy Quran as the Miracle of the Holy Prophet

Compilation of the Holy Quran into a text

The Holy Quran in the eyes of fair-minded Christian  writers

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