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Shining a Torch at the Sun

Subject: Shining a Torch at the Sun

By Maulana Khalid Dhorat (Masjid Hamzah, Erasmia)

Couldn’t Sam Bacile think of a better name for his blasphemous anti-Muslim
movie? A producer who cannot even choose a title will certainly make a mess
of the movie itself. And so it was!

With the entire Middle East in flames over the latest attempt of the west
to dehumanise Islam, I decided to watch the trailer of the above movie
“Innocence of Muslims,” courtesy of YouTube. I wasn’t shocked at all at the
various inflammatory scenes about Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), but
rather amused at the flimsy attempt of Mr (Im)bacile – an alleged porn
producer and a convicted felon – to mock the greatest man who ever walked
the face of mother earth. Can anyone shine a torch with a penlight battery
at the sun, and expect the sun to be outshone? Never.

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I wasn’t shocked at all at the movie, not because the movie lacked in any
way as far as indecency and offensiveness was concerned, but because what
else could be expected from an impure human being, reared in a morally
bankrupt culture and brainwashed by cheap propaganda. After watching the
rather poorly produced trailer with its amateur actors, I would’ve rather
re-named it “Soul of the West,” as it reveals the west and what it stands
for in all its inglorious evil.

The inciting misinformation of the movie is nothing new. The flood of hatred
was started way back in the 1100’s by the fanatical crusaders, and the west
have merely adopted this hateful discourse as their current political
discourse to stereotype Muslims as terrorists. There is only one difference
between now and then. Then, the Christians believed in the concept of
sacredness, but today’s secularists hold nothing sacred, including Prophet
Jesus. Modern movies make millions by openly poking fun at God himself, and
people have woven dozens of jokes about St. Peter standing either at the
gates of heaven or hell. Directors make fun out of priests and nuns and
merrily portray prophets as being gay and drunkards – all in the name of
humour. Synagogues and churches are used for scenes of murder to further the
intrigue, and the graveyard is the central theme of many horror movies.

All of the above aspects – God, the prophets, places of worship, the divine
scriptures and the hereafter – are central aspects of belief for Muslims.
They belong to a spiritual realm which Muslims hold as sacred and immutable.
It is a world Muslims hold in awe, in deep reverence for one’s ultimate fate
in life will be decided there. It is a world where the Almighty would reveal
Himself in all His splendour, where He will exhibit His sense of justice,
and when all will view the raw terrors of the fire and the boundless
pleasures of paradise. Such serious matters can never be regarded as light
hearted and the subject of entertainment. Muslims are humorous, but they
don’t joke about God as it is unbecoming of the relationship between the
Creator and the created, between the Master and His servant: but for the
west, there is no spirituality, final authority nor discipline. Everything
can be questioned. Indeed, people with no attachment to spirituality find it
difficult to understand how a Muslim can be so devoted to the Creator and
His Prophet.

Besides the movie being godless, it continuously portrays the noble Prophet
Muhammad (Peace be upon him) as a womaniser and a paedophile – qualities the
west are known for. The noble Prophet had married Sayyadatina Khadijah when
she was 40, well past her peak and that too, after she had proposed to him.
Besides Sayyadatina Aisha, all his other wives were widows, some of whose
children had no relatives to care for them. This description fits a person
of great kindness and compassion, a person who never lifted a hand on his
wives; unlike the west whose lecherous leaders like Bill Clinton openly had
an affair with Monika Lewinsky in the oval office and whose Safe Houses are
overflowing with battered wives.

The west has taught mankind the art of animalistic lust, not gentle love, in
their movies. Whilst the noble Prophet commanded womenfolk to cover their
bodies, the west has asked them to bare their flesh. In Prophetic times,
there was no reported case of rape or incest, but in the USA alone, a woman
is raped every 7 seconds! The noble Prophet made women the queen of her
home, whilst the west made her a sex object to appear everywhere from soap
wrappers to pornography magazines. The most popular TV shows are soapies
where men and women are encouraged to fornicate for fun, and films such as
“Cheaters” and “Desperate Housewives” are hits. Gone are the days when
actors and actresses would joyously dance around a tree as a symbol of love
in Bollywood. Even a brief kissing scene was regarded as extreme then. Who
introduced the killer disease AIDS, for which there is no cure to date, to
the world? Islam or the west? Who is sex crazed here?

The movie then desperately paints the noble Prophet as a war monger. But let
us do some maths here. Who killed 500 000 Iraqis in the Gulf War, what about
the 280 000 killed in Afghanistan? Who invaded Libya and killed Gadhafi, and
who currently occupies Palestine? Who dropped the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima
and Nagasaki and who was responsible for 22.5 million lives in World War II?
Who is on a mission to grab mineral resources at all costs? Definitely not
the Muslims. In fact, the martyrs of the Muslim world who died defending
their lands would like to thank the west for helping them gain eternal
salvation. Our martyrs taunt the west from their grave for they have gained
success, but the west still continues on their road of misery and failure.

What to do?

Although the movie is zero rated and not worth the attention, but those who
seen it are truly disgusted. The truth of the matter is besides this movie,
most western and eastern movies contain some elements of pornography, hatred
and propaganda. If we shun this movie for its blasphemy, let us shun all
others for its immorality. What else has the west to offer besides the above
filth? But sadly, Muslims would want to enjoy all aspects of westernisation
– the movies and the drama, the courting and the entertainment, the music
and the wine, the wealth and the comfort – but feel hurt when the
anti-religious west torments their religion. Isn’t it time to draw a line
with your tormentors and become true Muslims, not just selective Muslims or
anti-blasphemous Muslims?

Be that it may, those who seen the movie feel powerless at this juncture,
and wish to do something sensible (rioting is not sensible) – but what?
There is really no need to feel helpless or dejected. Rather, we minority
Muslims should become puffed up for being noticed by a mighty power, and be
proud at our noble Prophet (Peace be upon him) for continuing to irk satan
and her allies 1400 years after his death. It seem that the more the west
hears the name of Prophet Muhammad, the more they are spooked. The more they
malign him, the more they unintentionally praise him as the very word
Muhammad means “the praised one.” If a Prophet in his grave can cause the
mighty west to shake, imagine a living prophet walking the face of the
earth? Imagine every Muslim being an ambassador of that Prophet? Oh west,
the Almighty has promised to give dominance to Islam, so unless you invent a
missile to harm the Almighty Himself, rather hang up your boots and take a
hike.

Today, hardly anyone knows the name of the Danish cartoonist who drew the
blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, no one bothers with Zapiro who
followed his example, and many have forgotten that Salman Rushdie still has
a multi-million dollar bounty on his head for writing the Satanic Verses in
1989. Their cheap publicity stunts hardly lasted a few days. On the other
hand, the memory of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is celebrated by
more and more Muslims daily. Over 15 million Muslims visit his holy shrine
in Madinah al-Munawwarah (Raudah Mubaarak) yearly and the grand Mosque can
cater for upto 1.5 million people. This is besides the billions of salawaat
(peace and salutations) showered upon him daily from the lips of every
Muslim. The Almighty himself has elevated the name of Prophet Muhammad in
the Quran: “Wa Rafa’na laka Dhikraka,” and none can debase him. By debasing
a prophet, one merely debases himself. In addition, one in every four Muslim
infants are named Muhammad or prefixed with Muhammad in the world today. The
west fails to understand that although our noble Prophet was human, he is
our ultimate connection to the Divine. That link will never be broken.

The legacy of this great Prophet will never die, and the dust will never
settle with those who blaspheme him. A Persian poet once said: “Be careful
with Prophet Muhammad for God may forgive a crime committed against Himself,
but He never forgives those who hurt His favourite.”

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Maulana Khalid Dhorat (Masjid Hamzah, Erasmia)

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