Innocence of Muslims – A Film by Sam Bacile

Innocence of Muslims - A Film by Sam BacileBy- Dilip Dutta

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A 14 minute film clip of a supposed full length film trailer was put in YouTube for public viewing in July this year. It just sat there un-noticed. Then someone decided to dub it to Arabic and an Egyptian Channel televised it in a critical chat show only few days ago. Then the hell was let loose. The American envoy who helped the Libyan opposition to win the armed struggle was blasted off using RPGs on 11 September inside the US Embassy in Libya; incidentally on the 11th anniversary of 9/11. After that, one after the other, western Embassies have been attacked in different parts of the world which is reminiscence of the Rushdie episode. As the trailer clip of Innocence of Muslims became quite difficult to locate on the net by the evening of 12 September, I suspect it is domino effect of acting on ‘some one has seen it’ phenomenon, the matter did spread like wild fire. Till today 9 people have died as a result of the violent reaction to the film.

If we recall it was India which banned Rushdie’s Satanic Verses first. One can only guess if it was a revenge on him depicting Indira having a dark side with metaphor of her two colour frontal lock of hair, because, now after the book has been read by some Muslims who admit that it is a surrealist novel and the catastrophic reaction to it was uncalled for. (I have seen the book finding a place in his book-self in the home of a devout Islamic highly educated professional.) If India did not ban the Satanic Verses, perhaps, the book would have similar fate of his few other books which have disappeared into oblivion and all those lives of intellectuals across the world would not have been lost.

Did the Indian experts understand the book which I found extremely difficult to read and to keep track of the writer’s thoughts? I doubt very much. I do not think it would be far from the truth that most of the Muslims, who demonstrated across the globe apart from seeing the cover page of the book on TV screens, even have been near it, let alone touch and read it. Read it? I must be joking!

Coming back to Innocence of Muslims, the part I have managed to watch, shows a very amateurish attempt and the result is fit only to be put in the dust bin. I am not surprised by Muslim reaction against it. Muslims are happy to hear praise of Islam which calms their nerves. But, say anything critical, it does not take long for them to fly off the handle!

These inept makers of Innocence of Muslims might have killed off a project to make an epic of a film on the life of Mohammad, the Islamic prophet. In the history of our world in the past 1400 years this human being has made the greatest impact and 1.4 Billion souls are total follower of this man and ready to lay their lives for him without a second thought. His life is a fascinating story in par with greatest religious stories which have been told in celluloid. Taking it to the common people of all colour, creed and faith to appreciate his place in human history need to be lauded.

Making a film on Mohammad is ever so important, because, the majority of his followers do not speak or understand even spoken Arabic. But, to make a film on Mohammad, total objectivity based on the Shira, Shira, the Qur’an and authentic Hadiths (agreed to be so by majority Muslims) is a must, I feel quotes of appropriate verses and sayings need to be put on the screen so that people can cross refer to settle their mind.

Dr. Ali Sina of Canada who hails from a scholarly Iranian Muslim family, with few co-promoters, has been planning such a project for a while. His analytical writings on Islam and debates give one to understand the depth of this man’s knowledge. Dr. Sina with his standing, I expect him to tell the truth and nothing but the truth. I do not expect him to mock Islam. However translators of Qura’n quite often attempting to hide unpalatable truths in the book, I suspect in the film Dr. Sina will not be able to hide anything. This truth may hurt Muslims. Hence, responsible and recognised Muslim scholars should be joining hands with the people promoting the project of Life of Prophet Mohammad film making to help telling the story without adulteration and censoring for the world to know it all.

A thought has just creeped into my head. Could it be that the Innocence of Muslims film supposed trailer is actually to kill off Dr. Sina’s project?

7 Responses to "Innocence of Muslims – A Film by Sam Bacile"

  1. Qaisar Ahmad Khan  September 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    I couldnt understand that “In the film Dr. Sina will not be able to hide anything”

    • Dhruba Jyoti Deka
      Dilip Dutta  October 02, 2012 at 09:32 AM

      Qaiser Ahmed Khan,
      I suppose you are a born Muslim and may have learnt the Qura’n off by heart. Your comment suggests that you have not read translated Qura’n in a language you understand.
      Despite what Muslim apologists say, that it is not possible to translate the Qura’n, majority of Muslims have to rely on good translation of the book. The Bengali translation Al Quranul Karim published by Islamic Foundation of Bangladesh I find is quite reasonable. The English translations by Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall and Abdullah Yusuf Ali seem to have kept very close to the original according to my Arabic speaking friends. Once you read these translations I am certain you will come across many revelations unknown to you until now. Some of the things you come to know will trouble you. You may decide to ask your Imam to explain those. Your Imam is most likely will become angry and perhaps shout you down never to question the Qura’n. Those are the things I meant Dr. Ali Sina cannot avoid if he wants to tell the whole truth.
      For example:
      I would like to refer you to Sura Fatiha verses 1 to 5. Put your intellectual thinking cap on and ask yourself whom is being addressed here by ‘God’? Why would ‘God’ praise himself ? Would you praise yourself ? Once you sharpen your antenna, as you explore further, similar dilemmas will jump out of the pages and after you have analyzed those rationally you should have no difficulty in understanding the relationship between the Islamic God and Muhammad Ibn `Abd Allāh Ibn `Abd al-Muttalib. You may find material in this link http://www.faithfreedom.org/articles/quran-koran/who-is-the-author-of-quran/
      This article seemingly is written by a non-Muslim lay person raising some pertinent points.
      .
      To whet your appetite in other areas, you might be interested to find out what happened in Hafsa’s bed chamber when she was sent away to her family with an excuse, but, returned home unexpectedly and found Mariyah the Coptic slave girl ( an Egyptian Christian, right hand possessed ie legal to use by her owner any manner he pleases) with Muhammad and what verse was revealed then to pacify Hafsa [Q. 66:1] The consequence of Muhammad’s relationship with Mariyah was the birth of Ibrahim Ibn Muhammad, Muhammad’s only son who died before the age of two.
      If you are really inquisitive you may also be able to find out what Aisha revealed about washing something off Muhammad’s clothes before he went to offer his prayer.
      If you believe that mathematics is the absolute science you are likely to get revealing answers if you do the maths of sharing inheritance. Please go to this link for details: http://www.faithfreedom.org/Articles/sina/inheritance.htm
      I wonder if a Muslim astronaut seeing the earth round from outer space will he become an apostate as the Quran says Earth is like a bed i.e. flat.(this was the general belief 1400 years ago). Here are the verses that says so :
      Sura Taha (20:53)
      Who has made earth for you like a bed (spread out); and has opened roads (ways and paths etc.) for you therein; and has sent down water (rain) from the sky. And We have brought forth with it various kinds of vegetation.
      Sura Az-Zukhruf (43:10)
      Who has made for you the earth like a bed, and has made for you roads therein, in order that you may find your way.
      Sura An-Naba (78:6)
      Have We not made the earth as a bed,
      Sura An-Naziat (79:30)
      And after that He spread the earth;
      What do you find in these verses?
      I trust I have given you some clues to find your own answers.
      Although controversial for some, it is generally agreed that to understand Islam well one has to read the Sira (the biography of Muhammad), Sunnah (the ways of Muhammad) and the Hadiths (sayings of Muhammad.)
      So good luck on your journey into the mystery of Islam and be an enlightened person.

  2. Lameez  September 18, 2012 at 03:15 PM

    Firstly muslims do not worship or follow Muhammad (pbuh) we worship and follow Allah (swt). I think the pig making this movie is a wretched person with a wretched soul and unlike the christians and jews yes us muslims fly off the handle when our religion is attacked. We do not take our religion or God as a joke or incorporate it when it suits us like the Jews and the christians. Muhammad (pbuh) was the greatest prophet and Allah’s greatest creation and you would do good to follow by his example (sunnah). May the wrath of Allah be on the persons whose idea the movie was, the creators and producers the actors and everyone involved. May you all be punished and burn in hell for your attempt to denounce Islam. What you fail to remember is when us muslims prostrate to Allah and make dua our prayers are heard and accepted. My suggestion to you would be to beg for Allah’s forgiveness and repent or prepare to burn in hell. Allahu Akbur ALLAH is the GREATEST All praise and worship is for Allah only glorified and exalted is he above what you associate him with. Nabi Muhammad is in Jannah enjoying what our Rabb promised him Algumdullilah!!!

  3. Lameez  September 21, 2012 at 01:36 AM

    Dr Ali Sina should not even call himself a muslim. So what he is actually trying to say is that what Allah has said is not the truth WOW what I can’t wrap my brain around is that muslims want to act like Kaafir but we will all know the truth soon on the day of Qiyamah when we will be sheltered by Allahs shade you will be feeling the tormentous punishment Allah promised the hypocrites like you Ali Sina and all your companions on dunya

  4. Dhruba Jyoti Deka
    Dilip Dutta  October 02, 2012 at 09:37 AM

    Lameez,

    You have expressed you solid faith in your response. That is fine. But do not expect me to accept that Islam is unfaultable. If the book on which the religion of Islam is founded, Islamically speaking if a single error is there in that book , that makes it null and void and some people may then look it as a cult rather than a religion. May be the Assamese have been right all along by calling it’’ Mohammadanism!

    You might be enlightened if you take the same path I have suggested in my response to Qaiser Ahmed Khan

    Your response is typical of a person who is very faithful to his faith. But such a position need to be established with intellectual pursuit, critical analysis and having a rational conclusion. You have not hidden the Islamic trait of issuing threat of hell fire as soon as any negativity on Islam appeared on the horizon. Why don’t you learn from Gautom Buddha’s approach in trying to explain deep philosophical enquiries?

    As you have already wished Dr Ali Sina to come to harm, this is in line of Mubahila you have embarked upon. Dr. Sina had a debate with a Muslim about this sometime ago. I suggest you visit the following link http://www.faithfreedom.org/debates/mubahila.htm to get to understand the issue fully. I can only surmise that it a self proclaimed terror tactic which Muslims have been using for 1400 years [I have been made victorious through terror : Bukharii [ 4:52.220 ]. As Dr Ali Sina is still alive and well, you can see that Islamic God’s Mubahila is as good as the famous Assamese proverbial curse If you are an Assamese you will know which one I mean. For the non Assamese it is something like this, “On the curse of vultures, old bovines do not die.”

    Talking about Jannah, do you realize Islamically your future is totally predestined and no amount of prayer, good deeds OR sisns make any difference whether you go to Jannah or burn in eternal hell !

  5. naeem  October 17, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    @Dillip

    In response to your “critical analysis” and OPPINION about the Quraan surah faatiha verse 1-5 revealed by God to us muslims as the ideal preffered prayer that we should recite in our Salaah so that when we also pray in congregation we all know what we recite and there won’t be deviation because its in the Quraan and also among 1.5 billion muslims you would only find 1 version of the prayer hope…secondly about the verse regarding the earth being flat..God says Bed to imply that the earth is our place of rest ‘like a bed’…The Quraan explains that the earth is spherical,orbits,and how it travels in space in the following verses 32:5 , 34:2 , 57:4. , 70:3-4…hope this enlightens you about islam.

    • Dhruba Jyoti Deka
      Dilip Dutta  November 05, 2012 at 09:21 AM

      Dear Naeem,

      Obviously you strongly adhere to your faith. Hence instead of analyzing and studying the points I made on Sura Fatiha (Surat Al-Fātiĥah) you have made a typical response by Mohammedans. 1.5 Billion or even more reciting the same verses do not take away the incongruous utterances in those verses ‘am afraid. There is no doubt a force of 1.5 Billion people has an incredible strength, but, no force in the world can turn a falsehood into a truth in the real sense.

      Christendom persecuting Galileo and him having to withdraw his proof that the earth is round to save his life, Christians continued to assert that the earth was flat 1500 years ago and the same information was repeated in the Qura’n.

      I do not know in which translated version of the Qura’n your quoted verses say that the earth is round.
      For your information below are the one of the most respected translated verses you mentioned in your comment. WHERE DOES IT SAY THAT THE EARTH IS ROUND in your quoted verses?

      32:5 He arranges (each) matter from the heaven to the earth; then it will ascend to Him in a Day, the extent of which is a thousand years of those which you count.

      34:2 He knows what penetrates into the earth and what emerges from it and what descends from the heaven and what ascends therein. And He is the Merciful, the Forgiving.

      57:4 It is He who created the heavens and earth in six days and then established Himself above the Throne. He knows what penetrates into the earth and what emerges from it and what descends from the heaven and what ascends therein; and He is with you wherever you are. And Allah , of what you do, is Seeing.

      70:3 (It is) from Allah , owner of the ways of ascent.

      70:4 The angels and the Spirit will ascend to Him during a Day the extent of which is fifty thousand years

      (You can find the above translation with the Arabic Script in the following link here)

      Now then, you affirming that you believe that the earth is round means that you are doing a Ridda(apostasy) for the true believers( The Jihadists, Talebans, Al Queda, Takfiri, Wahabis, Salafists etc are amongst those) of your faith. You may have already become a kafir by doing this kufr!

      On a serious note:
      May I suggest you visit the following link for a audio-visual commentary on the shape of the earth as well as the heaven with the light of western science (which ‘True Islam’ rejects) using which we are now communicating. Perhaps I can also tempt you to read the contents of alisina.org, especially the debates of Dr Ali Sina with several RENOWNED Muslim scholars to get a grip on the reality of your faith.
      Read more here

      In the following clip transcript should give you an insight to the destroyed grey matters of people of a region by Islam who were at the height of intelligence, science and civilization few thousands of years ago.

      Read here for more

      Dilip Dutta

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