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September 27, 2012
Are Feature Length, Honest Muhammad Movies in the Offing?
The LA Times reported (Tuesday, 9/25/12) that two remarkably courageous Muslim "apostates"-the Palestinian Muslim convert to Christianity Mosab Hassan Yousef, and the Iranian Muslim freethinker Ali Sina-have unbowdlerized, narrative films on the life Islam's prophet Muhammad in production, or pre- production.
Yousef, now an LA resident, maintains that he
Ali Sina, whose film is in preproduction claims that
Sina, now a Canadian, initially contemplated
With notable understatement, the LA Times report observes,
Reactions to the films, if they are ever finished, are likely to be severe.
The prevalence of such likely overwrought reactions can be gauged by the comments elicited for the LA Times story from much ballyhooed moderate Muslim academic Akbar Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University, and a former Pakistani ambassador to the United Kingdom. Ahmed warned:
Ahmed acknowledged that such "violent reaction" would ensue even if a devout Muslim made a movie about Muhammad, claiming most Muslims (apparently, himself included) were unprepared to view their prophet on screen, especially if not cast in a purely hagiographic light.
Both Mosab Hassan Yousef, and Ali Sina should be lauded for undertaking this profoundly dangerous task: producing accurate film biographies of Muhammad, the Jihad Model (as so designated by Muslim Brotherhood "Spiritual Leader" Yusuf Al-Qaradawi), based, larrgely on the earliest, most complete pious Muslim biography of Islam's prophet: The Life of Muhammad: A Translation of Ishaq's Sirat Rasul Allah.
Indeed a century ago (in 1915), W.H.T. Gairdner, the great Arabic linguist and scholar of Islam, noted dispassionately what is readily apparent from Muhammad's actual biography (as opposed to the treacly Muslim hagiography) based exclusively on the reverent Muslim sources:
Four years later, in 1919, Gairdner wrote an essay titled "Muhammad Without Camouflage," responding to a mendacious birthday tribute panegyric of Islam's prophet written collaboratively by Muslims and non-Muslims. A particularly trenchant segment of Gairdner's rebuttal discussed the slaughter of the vanquished Medinan Jewish tribe, Banu Qurayza, whose massacre became an important motif in jihad war jurisprudence. Relying exclusively upon Muslim sources, Gairdner highlighted without equivocation the pivotal role that Muhammad himself played in orchestrating the overall events:
Reinforcing Gairdner's earlier observations, another major scholar of Islam, Arthur Jeffery, in his review of A. Guillaume's seminal 1955 English translation of the defining pious Muslim biography of Islam's prophet by Ibn Ishaq, remarked:
Given the ongoing, millennial history of violent Muslim rage aroused by (even reverent) depictions of Muhammad in words or images - and the lethal punishment for such portrayals still sanctioned at present by Islam's Sharia-based blasphemy law - it is fitting that only persons of Mosab Hassan Yousef's and Ali Sina's remarkably intrepid conviction would attempt such a forbidding, if critically important task. These men embody the moral clarity and remarkable courage of the ex-Communist apostate Cassandras from an earlier era, who unflinchingly educated Westerners about the doctrines of that atheistic, totalitarian scourge. All in the West who claim to uphold our unique bedrock freedoms, secured by the bloody sacrifices of previous generations-particularly those faint-hearted elites in government, media, and the academy, who cower at the threat of Islamic totalitarianism-should support the heroic efforts of Hassan Yousef and Ali Sina to protect that Western birthright.
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