In the Name of God, the Subtle, the Loving
I must admit: I was offended. I was really bothered by the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit on Comedy Central’s satirical show “South Park.” In fact, I take issue with their depictions of Christ as well, as I love, revere, and honor Jesus as well. But I found the response by a radical Muslim group, Revolution Muslim, on their website was just as, if not more, offensive. Abu Talhah al Amrikee (which means “American father of Talhah” in
Arabic), also known as Zachary Adam Chesser, posted: “We have to warn Matt and Trey [South Park creators] that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show.” Theo Van
Gogh was the Dutch filmmaker who was brutally murdered after making a film that depicted, in part, verses on the Quran on the bodies of women. The posting also showed a photo of the slain Van Gogh.
Although many, including the network, understood this to be a threat, Chesser denied it was so, telling Fox News.com: “It’s not a threat, but it really is a likely outcome. They’re going to be basically on a list in the back of the minds of a large number of Muslims. It’s just the reality.” Yet, I strongly disagree with the posting, just like I strongly disagreed with the sporadic outbreaks of violence in response to the Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad as well.
This group, Revolution Muslim, is, as Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR said,
“an extreme fringe group that has absolutely no credibility within the Muslim community. In fact, most Muslims suspect they were set up only to make Muslims look bad. We just have very deep suspicions. They say such outrageous, irresponsible things that it almost seems like they’re doing it to smear Islam.” The group has also been monitored by the Anti-Defamation League as well.
On one of his Twitter pages, Chesser posted on April 15: “May Allah kill Matt Stone and Trey Parker and burn them in Hell for all eternity. They insult our prophets Muhammad, Jesus, and Moses.”
Although Chesser is free to say what he wants, I do not think this is what the Prophet Muhammad would have done. Ever since the beginning of his ministry, the Prophet Muhammad has been attacked, maligned, and insulted,
including from his own uncle. The Prophet never retaliated against him. When he was brutally expelled from the city of Ta’if, two angels offered to crush the city under the mountains that surrounded it. The Prophet refused, hoping
that their children may one day believe in God. After conquering Mecca, the Prophet issued a general amnesty to the very same people that brutally and violently opposed him, including the person who mutilated his beloved uncle
Hamza after he was killed in battle.
This is the example of the Prophet Muhammad that Muslims should seek to emulate whenever he is insulted. The Prophet once said, “I was sent to perfect the most noble of character.” He also said, “The best of you are the
best in character.” Rather than pray for God to “kill Matt Stone and Trey Parker,” Mr. Chesser should have prayed for God to show Stone and Parker the beauty of the Prophet Muhammad, so they can understand more about the man
whom 1.2 billion people around the world revere and honor. It is what the Prophet would have done.
Be sure to check out Ahmed Rehab’s excellent post on the same subject.