Omid Safi – 12 Essential Points About the Offensive Film on the Prophet Muhammad, and the Subsequent Reactions in Libya & Egypt

Omid Safi is a Professor of Islamic Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in contemporary Islamic thought and classical Islam. An award-winning teacher and speaker, his most recent book, “Memories of Muhammad,” looks at the biography and legacy of the Prophet Muhammad.

Here are the points he presents in an article published by Religion News Service:

1)  This is not an issue of Freedom of Speech vs. religious sensitivity

2)   Al-Qaeda, not Libyans, is behind the murder of the US ambassador

3)  The Libyan authorities and religious scholars have condemned this attack

4)  The Libyan people have demonstrated against the assassination of the ambassador

5)   The producers of the film openly admit to being Islam-haters

6)   The producer—whoever he is—has the right to produce his propaganda, even if it is hateful speech

7)  The distribution of the film has benefited from Terry Jones

8)   The youtube “film” was picked up by a fringe group of Coptic radicals

9)   American Muslim organizations have uniformly condemned the assassination of the American Ambassador

10)   This violent response to assaults on the dignity of the Prophet is not the example of the Prophet himself

11)  The producers of the film lied to their actors and crew about the content of the film

12)  We have a choice how to respond

Read HERE the entire article.





Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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