Dutch Muslims urge calm over Quran film

Freedom of expression is Secularists screaming & shouting criticisms of Islam & Muslims, making insulting movies, music, plays, etc. & its against Freedom of Expression when Muslims protest the injustice being done & standing up for their RIGHTS.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch Muslim group appealed Thursday for calm at home and abroad in reaction to an anti-Quran film a right-wing politician says he is making.

Geert Wilders, leader of the far-right Freedom Party, says his film will portray the Quran as a “fascist book” that incites violence and intolerance of women and homosexuals.

The Dutch director of a previous film critical of Islam was murdered by a Muslim radical on an Amsterdam street in 2004, prompting a backlash that included the torching of several mosques.

The moderate National Moroccan Council said Thursday it will try to “neutralize the threat” posed by the upcoming film, which Wilders says is still under production.

“At the moment, practically all Muslim groups … are working to ensure a peaceful and responsible reaction” to the film, said the group’s chairman, Mohamed Rabbae, at a news conference in The Hague.

“We will have succeeded if, after the film, Mr. Wilders is frustrated,” Rabbae said. “If he sees there are no riots and Muslims are cleverer and more democratic than he thinks.”

Wilders has yet to find a broadcaster prepared to air the film once it is finished. But he has said that if he cannot find one, he will post it on the Internet.

Even though it is uncertain the film will ever be broadcast, the government has put cities on alert for possible violence. It has also warned its overseas embassies about a possible reaction similar to the one that erupted across the Muslim world over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad printed in a Danish newspaper in 2005.

“That a 10-minute film that’s never been shown may lead to riots, boycotts and other bad things, says everything about the nature of Islam,” said Wilders in an open letter Thursday. “Nothing about me.”

Wilders’ party holds nine of the Dutch parliament’s 150 seats.

In the past, he has said that half the Quran should be torn up and has compared it with Adolf Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf.” He has claimed the Netherlands is being swamped by a “tsunami” of Islamic immigrants.

Wilders said his film will not closely resemble “Submission,” the short film written by right-leaning former Dutch lawmaker Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

“Submission” criticized the treatment of women under Islam, citing Quranic verses that appeared to justify abuse.

The film’s director, Theo Van Gogh, was murdered in 2004. A Muslim extremist shot him numerous times, slit his throat and used a knife to pin a letter to his chest threatening the life of Hirsi Ali. She now lives in the United States under 24-hour guard.

Rabbae said his group represents the majority of the more than 850,000 Muslims living in this nation of 16.3 million.

The group also will call on Dutch Muslims who feel victimized or insulted by the film to file criminal complaints against Wilders for racial or religious vilification.

© 2008 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

One thought on “Dutch Muslims urge calm over Quran film

  1. In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
    Prophet Muhammad Salallahu alaihi wa sallam is

    – the man who firmly stood against injustice- the man who liberated women and guaranteed them their rights
    -the man who spoke for respectful rehabilitation of widows and orphans
    – the man who diminished the raging fire of racism and inequality
    – the man who rightfully conveyed the word of Allah, Most High
    – the man who termed the liberation of slaves as a merciful act, an expiation of sins
    – the man who untiringly brokered Peace between warring tribes
    – the man who convinced to the world that humanity is a single race
    – the man who endorsed social justice in the greatest way possible
    – simply by adhering to it- the man who established a moral and just system in society in the form of shariah
    – the man who loved his neighbour more than his life
    – the man who greatly upheld loyalty in friendship.
    – the man who forgave his staunchest enemies
    – the man who shared with the poor and the rich
    – the man who never spoke a word untrue
    – the man who honoured his guest, and treated them the best.
    – the man who visited the sick and the old, comforting them with kindest of words, even to those who opposed him the most.
    – the man whose faith was the greatest, and yet lived life the simplest.
    – the man who loved to pray and to kneel, and shared his every meal.
    – the man so honest even his enemies swore by it.
    – the man most upright even at times of strife.
    – the one Muslims regard as their True leader,
    – the one Muslims love and respect more than their lives or their family,
    – the one Muslims believe is the most beloved among the entire creation of Allah Almighty,
    – the pious one that everybody, Muslims and non Muslims, unmistakably believe as the Greatest Human Being ever to have walked on Earth.
    – the one who is the biggest cause of grief to all evil whisperers and evil doers.
    – and the one that the immoral Danish cartoonist, Danish media, Danish publicists and associates constantly slander against out of prejudice and bigotism.

    The current state of the world is “When you do good, know it when impounded with criticism and abuse, and if you have sinned know it when YOU become the “apple in the eye” of the self styled “LIBERAL WORLD”, (or if you get nominated for a noble prize!)

    Denmark is fairly acquainted with the FACT that Islam forbids picture making and that Muslims will never Forgive Blasphemy, and yet so as to provocate Muslims extremely, Denmark permitted the printing, publishing and distribution of blasphemous material directed towards the noblest of all nobles, the leader of all prophets, the messiah of mercy to mankind – Prophet Muhammad Salallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam……..all in the pretext of “FREEDOM of EXPRESSION”!!Expression of what? Hatred and jealously???…..

    Guess they have chosen to forget what the “Freedom of Expression” really stands for???Well, it’s about time they realize that it stands forLiberty of faithLiberty of honourLiberty of justiceLiberty of modestyand more than anything – it is the Liberty of Rightful WAY of LIFE!Clearly, it doesn’t stand for suppression – suppression of beliefs that differ culturallyand religiously.

    Modesty and Vulgarity have different names in the west as is evident from the following views:To the WEST, it is upright when u have “women walking nude” in the name of FASHIONTo the West, it is upright when u have topless women working in strip clubsTo the West, it is upright when u have proms where “loosing ones’ virginity” is the criterion to become trendyTo the West, it is upright when u commercialize women to market commodities as cheap as a shaving razor!To the West, it is upright when u write untrue and abusive stuff about a faith that has millions of believersTo the West, it is upright to indulge in alcohol, which clearly diminishes the sense that distinguishes good and badBut shockingly, when a Muslim woman chooses “not to dress provocatively and to cover her hair” out of HER FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION OF MODESTY and BELIEF, she FACES UPROAR AND SEVERE CRITICISM FROM THE WEST so much so that legislations have drafted rules banning any such attire …….WHY? Because it does not endorse vulgarity- the west’s “freedom of expression”!

    This is an Act revealing the Highest Degree of Bigotism perpetrated by chauvinists who fiercely envy the “Magnetism of Islam” in the growing world.Yes, it hurts when bigotism extends to this level….but we will now show our “FREEDOM of EXPRESSION”.

    We condemn these acts of prejudice and reject the falsehood

    An apology on paper is not what we want
    An apology from within is what we demand

    Peace!
    Sadia Masroor

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