March 30, 2008

A review of Geert Wilder's Fitna

Dutch politician Geert Wilders film, "Fitna" (meaning Discord in Arabic) features violent imagery of terrorist attacks in New York and Madrid intertwined with Koranic texts. It interprets that Islam equates violence.

Mezba does a review of "Fitna" which is a great read. He writes after watching the film:
"Geert Wilders, the Dutch MP who has made an anti-Islam film, argues that he has the right, under Freedom of Speech, to say what he wants. And what exactly is he saying? He wants the Quran to be banned because it is a "hate speech". So here is a man using Freedom of Speech to argue that another speech - the Quran - should be banned. His much talked about film, Fitna, is equally circular in logic.
Honestly, a high school student could have produced a better Islam-critical animation. That the verses and their "controversial" meanings (when taken out of context) has been explained numerous times is immaterial. The "movie" is amateurish.

In fact, the only good thing about Fitna is the recitation of the said verses of the Quran. The qari who recited those verses had a melodious voice.

Geert Wilders must have hoped Muslims would see his movie and renounce the Quran. In fact it made me laugh at his childish movie and then search Youtube for more melodious Quran recitations."
Worldwide protests by Muslims are expected and there will be more politics - counter politics with it. But really there is a lot of difference between criticizing without hurting religious feelings and of amateurish poking in beehive to become famous and people should show their reaction accordingly.

Update: Another review "Fitna for whom?" (Thanks Hicham)
I really feel sorrow for him because he didn’t spent his time, effort and money to understand us and just followed the wave!
Update II: British-based had pulled down the video. However the Fitna video is available in YouTube.

Update III: Review: Geert Wilders Fitna Farce by Ali Eteraz- a great read.

Update IV: A Muslim responds in Spiegel Online: "I am not a least bit offended"


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