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FITNA - Letter to the Dutch Foreign Office.



By Medhat M. E. Awad

And the full text of the statement on this issue made by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands .





Angry protesters greet right-wing Dutch MP Geert Wilders

All Islamophobe say the same" We don't have a problem with the Muslims; We have a problem with Islam !!!!



Gentlemen,

In the wake of the publication of the slanderous film ‘Fitna’ by the right-wing Dutch MP Geert Wilders, I wish to offer the following thoughts:

When a statement, a verse, or even a video clip is taken out of context, it is bound to invite misconception and leave the door wide open to misinterpretation and misreading into the facts. And when this is calculatedly done with the full purpose and ill intention to do just that, then the matter takes a different dimension altogether.

What Mr. Wilders has done is that he had, wickedly selected totally unrelated extracts from various sources and compiled them in a film with only one intention; that is to denigrate the Holy Quran and portray Islam as a religion of violence, hatred and destruction.

I will not attempt to refute every single statement included in the film, but will only give one small example of its gross misrepresentation:

Mr. Wilders quoted the Quranic verse (08.60), out of context, obviously with the intention of equating Islam with aggression and brutality. The ordinary reader wouldn’t know that this verse was directed to the enemy, which is clearly explained in the following verse (08.61)! But, for obvious reasons, Mr. Wilders would not show the latter, which in fact complements the previous one, as this would simply defeat his purpose (please see the translation below).

008.060 YUSUFALI: 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. PICKTHAL: Make ready for them all thou canst of (armed) force and of horses tethered, that thereby ye may dismay the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others beside them whom ye know not. Allah knoweth them. Whatsoever ye spend in the way of Allah it will be repaid to you in full, and ye will not be wronged. SHAKIR: And prepare against them what force you can and horses tied at the frontier, to frighten thereby the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them, whom you do not know (but) Allah knows them; and whatever thing you will spend in Allah's way, it will be paid back to you fully and you shall not be dealt with unjustly.

008.061 YUSUFALI: But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards peace, and trust in Allah: for He is One that heareth and knoweth (all things). PICKTHAL: And if they incline to peace, incline thou also to it, and trust in Allah. Lo! He, even He, is the Hearer, the Knower. SHAKIR: And if they incline to peace, then incline to it and trust in Allah; surely He is the Hearing, the Knowing.

Surely, Mr. Wilders does not expect the Muslims, when attacked, to just sit back and ‘die quietly’ without showing any resistance, or, does he!?

In the two World Wars, Christians fought against each other and the magnitude of death and destruction was unimaginable. I ask Mr. Wilders, if the teachings, or the ‘ideology’ – as he puts it - of the Holy Quran was responsible then!!?

In every faith, there are lunatics and fanatics who hijack the religion to convey their own sick and perverted ideologies. In no way should any religion be judged by the wrong doing of the few.

I would strongly invite our Dutch legislator to watch Christiana Amanpour’s compelling documentary “God’s Warriors”, aired on CNN last year, http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2007/gods.warriors/ which vividly illustrates the core issue and my case in point.

God’s Muslim Warriors:

http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=3&x_outlet=14&x_article=1358

God’s Jewish Warriors:

http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=3&x_outlet=14&x_article=1354

God’s Christian Warriors:

http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=3&x_outlet=14&x_article=1359

I also refer Mr. Wilders to what some of the people who did not believe in the Prophet of Islam said about his attributes, such as George Bernard Shaw, Napoleon Bonaparte, Leo Tolstoy, the great French historian Alphonse de Lamartine, Michael H. Hart, Mahatma Ghandi, Thomas Carlyle, Encyclopaedia Britannica and even Karl Marx, the father of communism, the list goes on. Please see the attached presentation.

It would be hard to believe that those great leaders, authors, historians and intellects have fallen victims of misconception and delusion about a Faith and a Prophet that only Mr. Wilders has been able to fathom out.

Yes, you may argue, he is entitled to his own opinion and to freedom of expression, and yes, that may be the case, but we all know that the power to exercise this right in the western world is not absolute or limitless. For we all know, this freedom of expression would not dare to unfavourably address such issues as the holocaust, or even Israeli policies and the heavy handed treatment of the Palestinians in the occupied lands! In other words, if you dare to question the number of Jews who, so horribly, perished in the holocaust (which is stoutly deplored by true Muslims), you could be criminalized under the laws of most European countries, such as the case of British historian David Irving who was arrested in Austria in 2005 for an ‘opinion crime’ that he had ‘committed’ in 1989 http://www.fpp.co.uk/Austria/arrest_2005/index.html and the case of the French Philosopher Roger Garoudi, who was charged in France, ‘the cradle of Democracy’, for exercising his ‘freedom of speech’ and expressing an opinion that was allegedly considered ‘anti-Semitic’. On the other hand, if you choose to defame and slander the Holy Book of 1.3 billion Muslims and insult their Prophet, well, that would be construed as ‘freedom of expression’, which is protected by the same laws! The hypocrisy and double standards here are both inconceivable and perplexing!

Under the Islamic Faith, one cannot be a true Muslim unless he/she believes in and respects all God’s Holy Books and His Divine prophets. And while all of us should try to bridge divides, promote tolerance, respect each other’s differences and find modus-vivendi, here comes Mr. Wilders with his provocative smear campaign, inciting hatred, promoting divide and insulting the sentiments of Muslims around the globe.

To Mr. Wilders we say: You have crossed the line of legitimate criticism. This is how the majority of Muslims feel, and this is why they have decided to boycott the Dutch product.