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Al-Azhar Scholars Condemn Offensive Prophet Film

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By Shari`ah Staff
Al-Azhar Scholars Condemn Offensive Prophet Film

In response to the defamatory film insulting Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), Al-Azhar Senior Scholars Authority (ASSA) condemned these attacks, urging, in the meantime, the Muslim masses to keep away from exceeding the limits of Islam punishing the innocent for the sins of the guilty. Below is the ASSA statement on the incident:

Al-Azhar Senior Scholars Authority (ASSA) has observed and is still observing the series of repeated abuses against Islam, its figures and sanctuaries, from desecration and burning of the Mus-haf, attacks against and demolition of mosques, and even abuses against the noble Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him), who was sent to the entire humanity, confirming preceding Heavenly Scriptures and believing in all antecedent Prophets and Messengers. The ASSA has also reviewed - and is still reviewing - both wise and angry reactions against such abuses in the Arab lands and the Islamic world. On this occasion, the ASSA would like to address peoples of the Muslim Ummah and all wise persons in the world as follows:

First: The source of all these abuses is not common people, either in the East or the West, but colonial, hegemonic institutions, which Islam encounters with the purpose of overcoming its hegemonic, colonialist and exploitative attitude in many countries in the Islamic world. These institutions are aided by Zionist political bodies and media that live on the manufacturing of lies and false images about Islamic figures and sanctuaries.

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Second: Islamic reactions should be marked by judiciousness and should enhance illustration of Islamic facts, sanctuaries and figures, and should avoid punishing the innocent for the sins of the guilty.

Third: The Muslim mentality should maintain awareness and objective vision regarding the essence of this ongoing problem. For, the "falsification of the image of Islam, its figures and sanctuaries" is an old one that dates back to the emergence of Islam". Rather, it is one of the cosmic laws of Tadafu` (gentle conflict-interplay) between truth and falsehood, which is addressed in the Glorious Qur'an:

{And thus have We made for every prophet an enemy from among the criminals.} {Al-Furqan 25: 31}

History has proven that escalation of this enmity to Islam and distortion of the image of its symbols and sanctuaries was – and still is – connected to the rise and increasing spread of Islam, as is the case now, beyond the Islamic world.

Therefore, the ASSA calls upon Islamic academic institutions to convene for the purpose of addressing the phenomenon of enmity towards and abuse against Islam, its symbols and sanctuaries, and to pinpoint its sources, the factors stimulating and kindling it, the intellectual means through which good deeds are employed to repel evil deeds. Here, the Glorious Qur'an reads,

{Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend.}{Fussilat 41: 34}.

Muslims should make sure that their anger for the sake of Allah and His Messenger does not exceed the limits of Islamic morals
The ASSA also recommends increasing the efforts of introducing the true image of Islam and communicating with the Islamic centers and communities in the West to convey this fact to the countries where such abuses are produced, knowing that ASSA itself will take the initiative in this regard.

It also urges the masses in the Islamic Ummah to make sure that their legitimate anger for the sake of Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) does not involve exceeding the limits of Islamic properties and merits. Otherwise, we would be punishing the innocent for the sins of the guilty and damaging the national unity of the peoples in our Ummah, and in turn we would be – unconsciously – achieving the goals behind such malevolent abuses. Indeed, Almighty Allah is predominant over His affair, but most of the people do not know, and indeed:

{those who have wronged are going to know to what [kind of] return they will be returned.} {Ash-Shu`ara' 26: 272}.

Al-Azhar Senior Scholars Authority

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