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Standoff: Police officers speak to members of the Islamic Society Forum (FUI) during a protest in front of the US embassy in Jakarta on Monday against Innocence of Muslims, a film made in the US. The protest sparked a clash causing minor injuries to both protesters and police officers. Muslims say that the film is an insult against Prophet Muhammad. (JP/Wendra Ajistayatama)
Sept. 17, Online
A rally protesting against the movie, Innocence of Muslims, turned chaotic as members of the Islamic Society Forum (FUI) clashed with police in front of the US Embassy in Jakarta on Monday.
The clash was sparked after Jakarta Police officers blasted tear gas at hundreds of FUI members. Protesters retaliated by throwing rocks at police officers.
The group demanded that the US government punish the film director for insulting the Prophet Muhammad.
“According to Islamic law, [the director] must face the death penalty,” said the rally coordinator Bernad Abdul Jabbar to The Jakarta Post earlier on Monday.
The FUI began the protest at 1 p.m. by marching from the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle to the embassy.
Most of those who call themselves Muslims, who have been engaged in what I only can describe as sheer anarchy in front of the US embassy this afternoon, haven’t even seen the disgusting film about they they are protesting, which besmirches the name of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.
I personally believe the Prophet himself was far too big-hearted and far too wise to take offense at vile slurs hurled against him, and I believe that even now his soul chooses not to be offended by this film.
However, Prophet Muhammad would have been appalled to see how thousands of Muslims are now acting (irrationally, unthinkingly and brutally) in the so-called defending of his good name. I believe that he would have preferred meaningful dialogue to settle matters in a harmonious way. Islam does like to call itself “The Religion of Peace” after all.
By reacting in such a rash and violent way, destroying property, killing people, committing anarchy and many of those wayward Muslims have actually done the real Islam an enormous disservice by proving that there may be some truth in that repulsive film’s allegations after all.
I would like to advise my fellow Muslims that there is no death penalty prescribed for such “crime”, both in the Holy Koran and in the tradition of the Holy Prophet himself. The Koran teaches us to repel such an insult with something that is best for all (not just for Muslims in particular).
God says in the Koran: “Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation and argue with them in a way that is best.” (An Nahl:125).
According to the Holy Book, the mother of Jesus was accused of adultery by because she happened to bear children without a husband, but God did not order those accusing her to be punished by death.
When he was in Medina, the Holy Prophet was degraded by Abdulla bin Ubay but Muhammad did not order Abdullab bin Ubay to be killed for this “crime”.
Many people have tried and still try to defame, accuse and insult the Prophet of God but to no avail. Many of them have died and are forgotten.
We should show the world and publicize the true character of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, not only publicize it globally but portray ourselves as the true followers of the Prophet Muhammad.
The people who made this film did it for one purpose, to highlight the dangers to Westerners of allowing Muslim immigration into their countries. Just as those who have burned the Koran, they do it to ignite the flames of hatred.
God, or by whatever name you call Him, is all powerful and can defend Himself and those who have carried His messages to mankind. Those who have true faith and know Him in their hearts know this and know only He can dispense true justice, and that He will.
So, all those who think they have to take up His cause to defend Him are fools who don’t really know Him at all.
Violent reactions will only cause more of this garbage to surface. I am Christian and I know God is all powerful and capable of defending Himself. He is not so weak as to need my help. The only thing He asks of us is faith. Don’t you understand this?
The only way to stop this obscene rubbish is to stop reacting and leave it to God. Then it will stop.
God bless you all Christians and Muslims who love and trust Him.