‘Anti-Islam film is a ploy to stir conflict

THE leadership of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) appeals to the country’s Muslims to be “more sensible instead of being sensitive,” regarding the film, “The Innocence of Muslims.”

ARMM Officer-In-Charge Governor Mujiv Hataman said if the film’s showing on YouTube, could be a ploy to stir conflict that can push individuals to wrong-doing, which can generally be attributed to Muslims and destroy the image of Islam. Hataman said that while Muslims may condemn parts of the film that purportedly “ridicules Islam,” they should not resort to violent acts against innocent targets, which can destroy the image of Islam by deliberate individual misdeeds.

In the same manner, Hataman said, the Muslims should also condemn the killing of US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens on September 13, 2012. He said like many other innocent victims, Ambassador Stevens, who figured prominently in rebuilding Libya, should not have fallen victim of attacks attributed to Muslims protesting the film.

In the sense, Hataman said, some evil motives could prevail over good and obliterate peaceful coexistence among followers of the world’s great religions. Hataman said Muslim individuals should also be aware that it is not easy to destroy the image of Islam, by any form of media, unless Muslims themselves do wrong.

He said even great western thinkers, the likes of Thomas Carlyle, George Bernard Shaw and Napoleon Bonaparte, had left in history their kind words about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

The film, whose original title is “fitna,” meaning intrigue, exude what its producers believe were exploitation of young women which it directly attributes to the prophet Carlyle, in his European lecture-series titled “Heroes and Hero-Worship” (1838) explained the married life of the Prophet Muhammad and his fair dealing with women.

Hataman said Muslims and non-Muslims should understand that some attacks on religions through the works of art had been prompted by the growing size of their flocks or following, in different times. Islam is said to be the world’s fastest-growing religion in the world, with Muslims constituting about one-fifth of the world’s population. The four-fifths are divided among Christian sects, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Atheists and Agnostics.

Hataman said the book, “The 100: A List of the Most Influential Persons in History” by Michael Hart has retained in its No. 1 Slot the name of the Prophet Muhammad, 37 years after its first and only edition was written.

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