Friday, April 4, 2008

On The Controversial Fitna

The world has been hit by a controversial video by Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders with the title Fitna. This video was immediately condemned by most Muslims in the world who believe that the video was to sow hatred of the west against them. However, as the same case as UMNO people attacking Namewee for the message intended to be shown, most of the people who tend to do this never checked for hidden messages or look at the other side of the story and just blindly shoot the messenger without implications.

I had just finished viewing the video and yes the second-half content was offensive than the first one. And the first half was full of messages that tend to parallel with the verses from the Quran. But......

from my understanding, this video is attempting to warn everybody regardless of religion that whatever actions committed by the zealots is heralding the coming of things predicted in the prophecies of both religion, most significantly mentioned in the Bible's Book of Revelations. Death knows no religion, no limitations, no perception or whatsoever. Just claiming lives of people.

Reason: Many Interpretations

The pure reason of why such things happen in the world is largely due to how a person interpret the holy books or the Bible. The Bible has numerous translations like the King James translation or the New Translation. But each translation is interpreted differently if noticed in a subtle manner. Thus the different interpretations presents a different meaning and understanding to a person.

The verses that were displayed on the video, if interpreted improperly or used for your benefit is what is seen in the video. But then from the collective point of view, according to a paper by Dr. Farukh Saleem, non-Muslim nations are more successful in terms of literacy level and the number of jobs created than a Muslim nation. The literacy rate in a non-Muslim nation, he noted
was only 40 percent of what is seen in a non-Muslim nation. Religion doesn't mean education, instead education really is on learning to think, solve problems and etc.

Another conclusion that can be drawn or infer here is that taking religion too seriously in will make a person think just inside the box, bound by the rules of religion. Sometimes, bound by even the unessential and irrelevant rules can hamper a person's progression to become a better person.

The verses depicted are intended to be used against the enemies of God, not creations of God who are unique, can think and feel but most important of all, being humble to The Lord first before others. Other religions are practicing this but in a different manner. The way extremists interpret is like barging through a choke point reaching to the other side or coming in a blazing manner.

A Warning That Cannot Be Ignored

Whatever it happens around the world and what is shown here, I've mentioned earlier, is a warning to everybody that the 'Apocalypse' or more appropriately as the Christians call it, 'Daniel's 70th week' might happen sooner than expected.

The way how extremists say in the video closely mirrors or describes an Islamic prophecy that says of the Hidden Imam or the 12th Imam - prominently mentioned by Mahmoud Ahmadnijad. The Hadith states of the Hidden Imam:

  • Will return just before the end of the world
  • His appearance will be preceded by a number of prophetic events during 3 years of horrendous world chaos, tyranny and oppression
  • Will escape from Madina to Mekkah, thousands will pledge allegiance to him
  • Will rule over the Arabs and the world for 7 years
  • Will eradicate all tyranny and oppression bringing harmony and total peace
  • Will lead a prayer in Mekkah which Jesus will be at his side and follow in

  • Aside from the description, the two notable points there relates closely on the Book of Revelations that speaks of:

    - Will rule over the Arabs and the world for 7 years / Will eradicate all tyranny and oppression bringing harmony and total peace

    'Come and see. And I saw behold a white horse and he that sat on him had a bow, and a crown was given unto him and he went forth conquering and conquer'

    The verse above was pointing to the First Seal - The False Prophet or simply the Anti-Christ. According to the passages, the False Prophet will give false promises of peace only to break up and then war begins (the release of the Second Seal - War). It is important to say that everyone should back down from such extremist sentiments, a repeat of the Holy Crusade war, if we all care for lives of human beings on the planet.

    Each religion has the so called Return of the Savior. For Christianity, it's Jesus' Second Coming (at the end of the 70th week of the prophet Daniel ), Jews have the return of the Messiah while the Muslims have the 12th Imam. Of the three, it was said that the 12th Imam's return demands the violent path of conquering the world, hence referring back to the video there.

    The Most Significant Difference Between Islam / Christianity

    Arguably the biggest difference is on the one word that both prophets, Muhammad and Jesus said to their followers. Jesus tells his followers to 'decide' while the other says 'submit'. The words decide and submit has very different meanings. Decide means that you have the right to say yes or no based on the comments by other people in decision making and the decision is up to the person itself. The word 'submit' means that you are to 'do this' against your own will. Even if you think that what you're doing is not right, you are forced to do this against your liking. That is what submission is defined as in the Dictionary itself.

    If used to the extreme, that is what is depicted in the video, submission and force of everybody against what is defined as freedom. It is no doubt the parallel of how Jews are forced by the Nazis in World War II.

    Forcing An Islamic State on Every Nation?

    Mid last year UMNO declared that Malaysia is an Islamic state while it was clear that it was actually a secular state based on document archives. But they told everyone to shut up and accept the fact that it is an Islamic state. Then in January, they tried to change secular laws with Islamic laws.

    Many felt that imposing Islamic laws onto non-Muslims (see Making People To Submit) is somewhat against the basic principles of secular laws. And recently, according to the Christian Science Monitor, Professor Abdullah Ahmad an-Naim has claimed that it is a radical ,crazy idea to impose an Islamic state over a nation.


    There is no such thing as an Islamic state.

    A secular state and human rights are essential for all societies so that Muslims and others can practice their faith freely, he tells his co-religionists.

    "My motivation is in fact about being an honest, true-to-myself Muslim, rather than someone complying with state dictates," says Mr. Naim, a professor of law at Emory University in Atlanta since 1999. "I need the state to be neutral about religious doctrine so that I can be the Muslim I choose to be."

    So committed is this scholar to opening the door to free debate within his faith that he helped organize the first "Muslim Heretics Conference" in Atlanta over the weekend. Some 75 Muslims, engaged in various reform projects, gathered to discuss issues related to sharia (Islamic law), democracy, and women's rights – and how to cope with dissent and its consequences.

    "We celebrate heresy simply to promote innovative thinking," he says. "Every orthodoxy was at one time a heresy."

    Speeches from the video points directly to the quote 'complying with state dictates' which is not a good sign for the good sake of the people.

    The nutshell is that if warnings that the prophecies are heeded, then we might prolong it as long as possible for a few more decades / centuries.

    If the disasters occur due to climate warning, this was what is described in the Bible as the Seven Bowls of is something that is worth considering.

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