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Fitna (Update 2)

LiveLeak has restored Fitna!

The explanation from LiveLeak:

** 30/3/2008: Liveleak Update **

On the 28th of March was left with no other choice but to remove the film "fitna" from our servers following serious threats to our staff and their families. Since that time we have worked constantly on upgrading all security measures thus offering better protection for our staff and families. With these measures in place we have decided to once more make this video live on our site. We will not be pressured into censoring material which is legal and within our rules. We apologise for the removal and the delay in getting it back, but when you run a website you don't consider that some people would be insecure enough to threaten our lives simply because they do not like the content of a video we neither produced nor endorsed but merely hosted.

Update [Brian]: Let me make this perfectly clear: Snapped Shot does endorse "Fitna." Wholeheartedly.

(Is that enough to earn a Fatwa 'round here? No? Alright, how about if I sticky it? ;) )

Update again [Brian]: My sentiments, exactly. Courtesy Jawa, who has found someone that put that nearly useless Microsoft text-to-speech converter to work:

Update [DMartyr]: I wish I could articulate the situation as well as Pat Condell:



#1 DMartyr 31-Mar-2008
Lol! I originally put the "You Owe Us An Apology" on YouTube. It was created by a person who calls himself "Patrick Henry".

He has another great Jihad Sing-A-Long song called, "It's In The Koran". Highly recommended!
#2 AQ 04-Apr-2008
Well, just another case to prove,
This guy hasn't read Quran, and is a victim of hate crime himself. Can't open his eyes and read all the right context of quoted verses of Quran, and just likes to believe and hate muslims.

These very short videos summarise the response to Fitna.

Geert Wilders has raised many points in his movie Fitna. Though he could make pick material of 15 minutes to distort picture of Islam, he is unaware that the educated people of Islam have made videos and written books of days long only describing peace in Islam from Quran and Hadith, and Mohammad (pbuh) life. He has tried to give a face to Islam that he and people like him who may include those who claim to be muslims like to project. He makes same mistakes as some of today's so called terrorist make. Thank God muslims around the world are more educated about Islam teachings than Geert. He has misquoted Quran, and picked verses of his choice from the holy book ignoring verses just next to them, with bad ill intended translation. Giving half information is same as creating misinformation. However, for people who are wise, the same fitna created by Geert Wilders will lead to understanding the truth and salvation, once they read Quran and understand the real context.

While this response does not intend to explain reactive behaviours of some muslims (including some terrorists and only a few clerics), it will explain the misquoted text from the source as majority of muslims know it - Quran.
Movie starts with following verse quoted from holy Quran:

First Quran verse number presented in the movie:
Quran: 008.060
"Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, ........... "

Geert refuses to read and quote just the next verse without understanding context, showing his ill intentions. Courage is being brought into hearts of fearful muslims against whom war has been declared and peace has been taken away:

Quran: 008.061
But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards peace, and trust in Allah: for He is One that heareth and knoweth (all things).

Islam encourages peace, will somebody want a better proof than this. Even against those who started to go against peace, you also get ready to respond to maintain peace, fighting those who distroy peace, but if they go back to peace, then there is no reason for war.

A little earlier in the same chapter the context becomes even more clear:
Quran: 008.039
And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah altogether and everywhere; but if they cease, verily Allah doth see all that they do.

Permission is being given to fight those who cause tumult or oppression without letting justice and forcing people not to choose what religion is right for them.

Quran: 008.058
If thou fearest treachery from any group, throw back (their covenant) to them, (so as to be) on equal terms: for Allah loveth not the treacherous.

It is all about terms and conditions. "IF". Permission is being given to fight with given circumstances of treachery from hostile group.

Doesn't make the same chapter clarify people like those who made "Fita" with all the wrong intentions misquoting Quran,
Quran: 008.049
"Lo! the hypocrites say, and those in whose hearts is a disease: "These people,- their religion has misled them." But if any trust in Allah, behold! Allah is Exalted in might, Wise."

The second verse number from Quran presented is:

Quran: 004.056
Those who reject our Signs, We shall soon cast into the Fire: as often as their skins are roasted through, We shall change them for fresh skins, that they may taste the penalty: for Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.

These verses have nothing to do with terrorism or fighting, but are talking about hell fire.
These are the warnings for disbelievers. And there is sign of God in it for the wise. Can an illiterate man (Mohammad, p.b.u.h) who didn't know how to read and write say such a thing which only MD's of today's medical sciences are able to explain.
Today science has discovered that the only place where pain of fire is felt is not the meat, but it is skin. God is giving His sign for the wise people in it to know the Quran is from God only. Punishment through roasting the skin, again and again, only the skin. Still there are many like Geert who did not think about it. For sure there are many signs for believers in Quran.


The third verse number quoted from Quran is:
Qur'an 47:4
"Therefore, when ye meet the unbelievers, smite at their necks and when ye have caused a bloodbath among them
bind a bond firmly on them"

A poor translation serves the purpose of the Islam-haters very well. Let us examine a more accurate translation before analyzing the verse:
47:4 Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers in battle, smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens. Thus (are ye commanded): but if it had been God's Will, He could certainly have exacted retribution from them (Himself); but (He lets you fight) in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the Way of God,- He will never let their deeds be lost.
So we now see some grievous mistakes made in the poor translation quoted. 1. The verse makes NO mention whatsoever of "killing and wounding" 2. "Thus are you commanded by God to continue carrying out Jihad against the unbelieving infidels until they submit to Islam " is a complete addition to the verse and is not found anywhere in the Qur'an! 3. That verse does not use the word Jihad at all It is very clear that the context of this verse is in battle, and when in battle the defenders of humanity should attack the unjust oppressors until they are subdued. Professor Shahul Hameed comments on verse 47:4 by saying:
{And fight in the way of Allah with those who fight with you, and do not exceed the limits, surely Allah does not love those who exceed the limits.} (Al-Baqarah 2:190)
This meant that the Prophet and his companions were not to start the fighting; but to defend themselves against aggressors.

Muslims are encouraged to restrain the enemy by capturing them, and to therefore minimize loss of life. Moreover, the verse specifically mentions that Muslims should subdue the enemies "until the war lays down its burdens", i.e. until the enemy stops fighting. Similar to this verse:
8:61 But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards peace, and trust in God: for He is One that hears and knows (all things).
Therefore, Islam has laid out clear rules and regulations for Muslims to follow in the event of war, which is only used as a last resort
And the fourth instance where Quran is quoted:
"They but wish that ye should reject faith as they do, and thus be on the same footing as they, so take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah
But if they turn renegades, seize them and kill them wherever ye find them and take no friends or helpers from their ranks"

This verse has been misquoted like the previous verse, out of context. Here is the full passage:
4:88-91 Why should ye be divided into two parties about the Hypocrites? Allah hath upset them for their (evil) deeds. Would ye guide those whom Allah hath thrown out of the Way? For those whom Allah hath thrown out of the Way, never shalt thou find the Way. They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): so take not friends from their ranks until they forsake the domain of evil in the way of God (from what is forbidden). But if they revert to [open] enmity, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks. Except those who join a group between whom and you there is a treaty (Of peace), or those who approach you with hearts restraining them from fighting you as well as fighting their own people. If God had pleased, He could have given them power over you, and they would have fought you: therefore if they withdraw from you but fight you not, and (instead) send you (guarantees of) peace, then God hath opened no way for you (to war against them). Others you will find that wish to gain your confidence as well as that of their people: every time they are sent back to temptation, they succumb thereto; if they withdraw not from you nor give you (guarantees) of peace besides restraining their hands, seize them and slay them wherever ye get them; in their case We have provided you with a clear argument against them

So in the same manner as the first verse, this verse also only commands Muslims to fight those who practice oppression or persecution, or attack the Muslims.
Now tell me honestly, do these verses give a free permission to kill any one anywhere? These verses were revealed by God to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), at the time when Muslims were attacked by the non-Muslims of Makkah on a regular basis.
If sombody to do the same with Bible ignoring peace commandments, picking selected verses, the length of movie will be in hours.

2:256 There is no compulsion in religion.

For those who want to know the truth, attached gives all details of misquoted / or part quoted verses from Quran,
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