Standard Disclaimers Apply.
I feel that I am really in no place to preach. This is not me preaching. I don’t have the rights to talk about what’s wrong and what’s good when really, the topic that I’m most well-attuned to are mostly benda-benda lagha, if ANTM is any indication. ‘Alim I am not. I certainly do not have enough knowledge to even be in the same sentence with the very word. But accept this as my humble attempt to clear some questions regarding the misconception about Islam, especially since the production of Fitna.
Fitna is unsurprisingly very predictable. Muslims and the Arabs in general are condoned as terrorists, and women in burqa are the feminist liberation movement’s dream come true. All these connotations are nothing new. Geert Wilders is one of the many Islamophobics in the world who have a restricted stereotypical mindset against Islam. The only different is, he is hateful enough to actually produce something that he knows is going to stir a universal scandal. Based on twisted facts. For somebody with a Parliamentary seat, he should have known better. But hey, Malaysians would know what I’m talking about, since most of ours are practically the Guru of Twisted Facts.
But I digress. In his lame attempts to appear knowledgeable of Islam by citing verses from the Holy Quran, he forgot to read the sidenotes that are usually present in any Tafsirs. All the verses from the Quran were revealed under certain events as stated in history.
Take Suratul Anfal: verse 60. Allah was giving encouragement to the troops involved in the Battle of Badr. In reference to the modern world, Allah incites the need to be cautious and alert against our enemies, known or unknown.
An-Nisa’, 56. A preview of what hell would be like. Disbelievers were referred to the Munafiqun (Hypocrites led by Abdullah bin Ubayy of Bani Khazraj in Battle of Uhud. (citation needed)
The concept of hell does not differ much from one religion to another. You behave, you go to heaven. You pick up the pitchfork, you’re going down, missy. Into the fire you go.
Matthew 13, verse 42
42: And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
What is so scary about our version? The fact it is a little gory on the detail? Dude, it’s what keeping us AWAY from hell. Though I don’t see it working much now.
Sura 47:4 The surah was not even ended properly in the film. 1/8 of a full verse does not in any way represent the full meaning of it. The verse referred to Muslims when faced with enemies in battles, of whom during the moment of the revelation of the Surah were threatened to by invasion from Makkah. The full verse reveals God’s mercy, which obviously shows the condemnation of aggression.
“So when you meet in battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks until when you have overcome them, then make (them) prisoners, and afterward either set them free as a favor or let them ransom (themselves) until the war terminates.”
If aggression is the issue, Samuel 15:3 might come in handy:
‘Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’
I think it goes without saying that all religions, regardless of any Abrahamic beliefs, Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, condemn the disbelievers, the hypocrites only in different manners. So why must ours be so scandalized?
For the rest of the movie, I suggest a little exercise for the dormant brain cells and rake for the answers yourself. But be attentive, check out your resources to make sure of its authenticity. I apologize for any khilaf. Yang buruk is all from me, the good is all from Him above. Wallahualam.