For the pro-democracy revolution of Libya, there was no better friend than J. Christopher Stevens. He was the US ambassador to Libya who perished along with three others in an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
It was an act that surely deserved strong condemnation. But even more important than the pledge of President Obama to bring killers to justice is to understand what actually led to such a horrifying incident.
Background in brief: Same Bacile who is an Israeli-American producer decided to make a movie called the Innocence of Muslims. The low-budget, low quality movie, features Prophet Muhammad and his contemporaries as a bunch of bloodthirsty and barbaric warriors. According to the film, Muhammad was an illegitimate child, and the Quran was written by his wife’s cousin, and present-day Muslims feel extreme relief when they slaughter Christians.
A rather nice word for the 13-minute preview of the film is pathetic. However, what is even more amazing is how someone can spend $5million to produce a movie which in all honesty, is below par. Even the beards used by actors look fake, we’re just wondering where the $5million went.
Normally a film like this would have remained in the untouched and unexplored archives of YouTube, but, unfortunately, all it took was one soul with a lot of time on his hands, who dubbed the movie in Arabic. Later on it was picked by a TV preacher, sparking an incomprehensible display of force and violence at the US embassy in Cairo and consulate in Libya. And ultimately resulting in the loss of four precious lives, including that of the US ambassador to Libya.
The resulting situation has once again manifested the deeply entrenched anti-American sentiment among Muslims and the Arab world, and the fact that all it requires is a little push. No doubt the film is insulting and blasphemous, but storming at consulates and embassies will not change the content and scenes of a really badly made fictitious movie.
The best reaction would have been to not react to it all. There is no virtue in displaying such outrage (as in Benghazi) whenever anyone tries to make an immoral attempt to insult Muslims religious sentiments.
Doing so demonstrates weakness, a fear that our religion cannot withstand such nonsense. We know who Prophet Muhammad was; we know his character and that of his contemporaries and we are aware of the fundamentals of our religion. Therefore, we definitely don’t need a film producer or a pastor like Terry Jones to tell us what is Islam, who wrote the Quran or who was Prophet Muhammad.
As a matter of fact, we should say bring on all the hatred and mockery and intolerance! From celebrating the ‘Burn Quran Day’ to publishing the Danish cartoons, and the like. We should stand up and say, go on, there is absolutely no harm that these things pose to Islam. No harm that a religion as peace loving and tolerant as Islam can get from the nastiness that they’re trying to spread. Sadly, that’s not the case.
It’s sad and quite ironic that the entire lesson of tolerance that religion of Islam stood for is forgotten by the people who think they’re the champions of the religion. It doesn’t take them more than an instant to forget a lifetime of teaching of tolerance from the religion of peace. That’s both sad and insulting. Our religion has definitely taught us better.