dear lords of the house of parliament,
in the name of the islamic ummah, we’d like to pay your attention on wildes’ radical manipulations against islam and muslims in his film “fitnah”.
geert wilders abused his audience’s ignorance of the arabic language to inject his own convoluted misinformation about islam and the quran, while pretending to be telling the truth.
he gives different meaning than that meant by the quran.
therefore you are kindly invited to read the full explanation of the islamic point of view concerning this matter.
muslims around the world
exposing wildes’ manipulation of the quran
sometimes the west fall into the trap of defaming islam for political reasons, because they are trying to get at a group of people who happened to be muslims, so they defame and attack the whole religion to get at this small group of people.
this article is an attempt to prove to the reader that geert wilders abused his audience’s ignorance of the arabic language to inject his own convoluted misinformation about islam and the quran, while pretending to be telling the truth, and i want to rely on logic and evidence, i want not to appeal to emotions but rather to appeal to the reader’s sense of logic, i want the statements that i make to be justified on the basis of sound logic.
what is the meaning of fitnah in arabic?
the quran says: “fitnah is greater than killing”(quran 2:217)
fitnah means oppression in religion, i.e. persecution of so called “heretics”. and i strongly believe that the goal behind producing such film is “fitnah” or causing oppression in religion for a group of people who represent more than 20% of the population of this world.
scriptures have always been abused by both followers and deniers, we can not then lay blame and rebuke only on muslims who misunderstand or misrepresent the quran but we should also lay similar blame and rebuke on those who manipulate the quran and abuse it from among non muslims.
in this article i will prove to you that the producer of fitnah is all the time attempting
to deceive his audience pushing them to oppress muslims in their religion. in the beginning he used the verse 8:60 presenting it as a verse promoting terrorism. he played the verse using the background of 9/11 horrific scenes while highlighting the words “strike terror in the hearts of the enemies”
the entire verse reads:
“against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom allah doth know. whatever ye shall spend in the cause of allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly.”
but you know what? wilders used a magical on/off switch of the subtitles, starting
the translation at a certain point and ends it at another in a way that gives a completely different meaning than that meant by the quran.
“prepare for them whatever force and calvary you are able of gathering, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of allah and your enemies,” and all of a sudden he stopped, he stopped the translation alone, while the verse continues in arabic saying “and others besides them, whom ye do not know, but whom allah doth know.”
did he do that on purpose by not showing “and others besides them, whom ye may not know”?? now let me ask: how can someone fight people whom he doesn’t know as the verse states?? this verse actually encourages muslims to have a strong army in order to avoid war rather than making war, to the enemy think twice before attacking them.
the terror mentioned in the verse is striking fear of defeat in the heart of an enemy be known for muslims or unknown for them, a fear that deters him from fighting muslims.
but the producer intentionally took these words out of context, and he used bits and pieces to serve his goal and deceive his audience.
in the same vein, muslims could also run horrific videos for innocent muslim children killed after air raids in iraq and in afghanistan and play in the background this verse from the bible “think not that i have come to send peace on the earth; i came not to send peace but a sword. for i have come to put a man against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law: and a man will be hated by those of his house. (mathew 10: 34-36)
or the other verse where jesus says:
“and as for those who were against me, who would not have me for their ruler, bring them here, and slay them before me.” (luke 19:27)
but muslims never did that, because it is very childish, to use the scriptures this way, scriptures should be dealt with from cover to cover, not by playing the cut & paste game to take words out of its context to defame and demonize the religion.
wilders repeated same trick again with verse 47:4. he intentionally used bits and pieces, taking words out of context and not translating the whole arabic verse which arab audience can still hear in his film.
the verse was followed by the beheading of kenneth bigley, a british civilian who was
slain in iraq, which was condemned by all muslim groups and scholars including the muslim council of britain. but of course this is something that he doesn’t mention in his film.
again he used the verse in a way that encourages killings and beheadings of innocent people, the verse reads:
“so when you meet in battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks until
when you have overcome them, then make (them) prisoners, and afterwards
either set them free as a favor or let them ransom (themselves) until the war terminates. that (shall be so); and if allah had pleased he would certainly have exacted what is due from them, but that he may try some of you by means of others; and (as for) those who are slain in the way of allah, he will by no means allow their deeds to perish.”
this verse, in fact, encourages muslims to fight fiercely in war, but allows no killing of prisoners of war. the verse makes it clear that pows should either be set free out of generosity or ransomed in exchange for muslim pows or for money to compensate war expenses.
but wilders used the magical switch again, stopping the translation before the part that allows killing only during war. he again did not show the part that prevents killing prisoners by limiting the options of dealing with them after war as explained above.
he just mentioned it like that: “therefore, when you meet the unbelievers, smite at their necks and when you have caused bloodbath among them bind a bond firmly on them” as if the quran is telling muslims to cut the necks of the unbelievers when they meet them in super markets not at war.
the question is why did mr. wilders translate a part of the verse and left the rest?
was it intentionally to mislead the audience or unintentionally out of his ignorance?
again and again the same thing happens with the words of sheikh aed al-qarny a renowned muslim scholar, the arabic speaking people can hear him saying in wilders’ movie: “the real jihad is that against the occupier , houses and youth will be sacrificed they will lose their heads in the path to victory”
but again wilders is playing his dirty game, manipulating the translation, abusing the on/off switch in his hand, he started the subtitles like that:
houses and young men must be sacrificed. throats must be slit and skulls must be shattered. this is the path to victory.
of course ignoring the very first words that arab speaking audience heard “the real
jihad is that against the occupier” and then the footage of a beheading, misleading his audience, by not translating for them the very first phrase “the real jihad is that against the occupier”
i want to remind europeans of when the nazis occupied france and poland and other countries, how were those people able to liberate their countries, ask the french they will tell you through "la resistance." well, that is exactly what this scholar was saying “the real jihad is that against the occupier” but deceiving the audience is wilders’ main goal.
the film is also full of instigation against european muslims by showing the bar graph starting with 54 muslims in netherlands in 1909 increasing to 1400 muslims in 1960, then 450.000 in 1990, then 944.000 in 2004, then suddenly the graph jumps to 54 million muslims in europe, from 54 individuals to 54 million, but the 54 was the number in holland alone while the 54 millions is the number in europe. why didn’t he start the graph from the beginning with the number of european muslims, which would have been in millions, it is because he wants to shock the non muslim audience and make them feel threatened in their countries.
bringing a muslim who refuses to practice adultery and homosexuality to show him as an example of a non integrating individual, is an insult to every dutch. does wilders mean that every dutch commits adultery and is a homosexual? can’t a dutch be loyal to his wife and be straight (feel inclined to the opposite sex)?
wilders said at the end of the film that in 1945 nazism was defeated in europe is inaccurate because someone like him is a parliamentarian in a european country.
the quran states that the original sin is not an apple eaten from a tree, but rather the essence of racism that satan showed when he refused to prostrate for adam, saying to god: "i am better than him, u created me from fire and you created him from clay" is it not the same as i am white and he is black, i am european and he is arab, i am arab and he is indian.
but god expelled him out from paradise saying you can’t act as a racist here, which means that racists have no place in paradise racism is the first sin and the biggest challenge that is challenging humanity today and the quran dealt with it in the verse “surely the most honored of you in the sight of allah is the most righteous of you” not the men or the whites or the arabs or the jews.
now let me state the following remarks:
1-the people who are working to destroy this world on both sides are not taking one day off, so how can we?
2-they are scaring us from each other, making use of our ignorance about each other
3-therefore ignorance becomes our enemy
4-but no one learns unless he/she admits his/her ignorance and sense the need for learning and here comes the 1st problem on the way of learning.
5-people don’t admit their ignorance because they think it is an insult, while actually ignorance is not lack of intelligence but rather lack of information. i have no problem admitting my ignorance about hinduism
6-the second problem on the road of learning, is learning from who? if anyone wants to learn how a certain dish tastes, he should ask someone who tasted that dish, therefore it is unfair to learn about islam from third parties, i assure you that unreliable sources have made islam by far, the most misunderstood religion in the world.
as muslims we have fanatics who hijacked islam and gave it a bad name with their terrible actions, but at the same time there are europeans who hijacked europe and are giving it a bad name by their terrible actions.
take denmark as an example, 3 years ago, the word denmark was a synonym for the
words tolerance & peacefulness, but today few danes gave it a bad name, today the word
denmark for more than 1.5 billion muslims means hatred and racism, even though most
danes are nice and welcoming people.
the question is: are dutch people going to allow few of them to hijack netherlands and give it a bad name?
the problem is that at the time muslims are facing their fanatics, debating with them all the time and clearing themselves from them, trying to build the bridges between muslims and non-muslims. not many europeans are doing the same to their fanatics.
this is the time to challenge the west do the same, clearing them selves from fanatics and racists, debating with them and building bridges from their side.
i am afraid the gap between muslims and non muslims is widening quickly, and sane people on both sides should start working together to bridge that gap before it is too late.
director, bridges foundation
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