The release of the provocative Dutch film ‘Fitna’, ‘Discord’, is attracting a lot of attention internationally. The film has been roundly condemned by not only Muslim groups, but also by European governments and the UN. And of course, groups that approve of the film cast this condemnation as unwitting or intentional acceptance of ‘dhimmitude’.
Creatively, some Saudis are asking that the film be shown in Saudi Arabia as part of a program to come to grips with the inter-religious frictions that now beset the world. This Arab News article explains:
â€˜Books Not Bombsâ€™
Ismaeel Nakhuda | Arab News
A Jeddah-based publisher is to put into practice a novel method to counter a growing climate of Islamaphobia while fostering positive dialogue between Christians and Muslims: Books not Bombs.
The proposed screening of an anti-Qurâ€™an film by a right-wing Dutch MP has led Esam Mudeer of Al-Bayenah Bookstore to team up with a dawah organization set up by the late Ahmed Deedat to distribute in Holland 50,000 copies of â€œJezus in de Islam en de Koranâ€ â€” a Dutch translation of Deedatâ€™s book â€œChrist in Islam and in the Qurâ€™an.â€
â€œWeâ€™re sending books not bombs to the Netherlandsâ€¦ This is an opportunity for dialogue, an opportunity for the Netherlands to come to know the Qurâ€™an and its message,â€ said Mudeer, adding that the books will be distributed tomorrow.
The call for dialogue follows the proposed screening of a 10-minute provocative anti-Qurâ€™an film entitled â€œFitnaâ€ (Arabic for strife) by Dutch MP Geert Wilders. Dutch television channels have declined to show the film, which also drew protests from ordinary Dutch people in the streets of Amsterdam last week.
Mudeer, who is a Saudi writer and a member of several charities and dawah organizations, was a student of Deedat for 18 years. He told Arab News that the book is a â€œthank youâ€ message to ordinary Dutch people who have protested against Wilders.
I do think it worth pointing out that the protests to this film, unlike those that followed the publication of the Danish cartoons in 2005, have so far been verbal, not violent. That, I think, is important to how Muslims are seen in the West and a measure of proportionate response.