Ayat-Ayat Fitna

May 13, 2008 at 12:57 am (Islam) (, , , , , , , )

Sadly at the moment this is only for Indonesian-language capable human beings. A good read from Quraish Shihab, an Indonesian expert on tafsir (interpretation of Qur’an and Hadits) regarding the Qur’anic verses used in Geerts Wilders’ ‘Fitna’ youtube job (I refuse to call it a ‘film’ or ‘documentary’, as either of those would require at least some effort in production values). He even points out that in some cases previous or following verses of those used in the video provide a proper context which is necessary to really understand what is being said. In the case of one verse it, was even chopped in half with the latter section being excluded totally from the movie (perhaps not ‘violent’ enough for Wilders?).

Shihab’s response is the kind of response which is needed more from Muslims rather than running around like chooks with their heads cut off every time someone says something even mildly critical of Islam. Its quite simple, rather than playing the victim card and expecting to be able to use that as a license to riot and burn things, Muslims have to have more confidence in themselves and enough faith in their religion to be able to take things in their stride and come up with real responses, and real solutions for problems facing the community and human beings in general today. Quraish Shihab is someone who understands this, and for that I for one thank him for his valuable response.

I’m hoping to translate chapters and post them up here in the near future. Check back later!

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