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International Press and Media Desk
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
22 Deer Park, London, SW19 3TL
Tel / Fax (44) 020 8544 7613 Mobile (44) 07795460318
10 March 2008
‘FITNA’ MOVIE CAN ONLY HARM PEACE WITHIN SOCIETY – AHMADIYYA MUSLIM COMMUNITY
As the film entitled ‘Fitna’ produced by Geert Wilders (a Member of Parliament in the Netherlands) is set to be released, the spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has said that such films can only have a negative effect on the peace of society at large.
Abid Khan, the Press Secretary of the Ahmadiyya Community said:
“For the past few years Mr Geert Wilders has conducted a vicious and cruel campaign against Islam during which he has caused great pain to millions of Muslims worldwide through his attacks on the blessed character of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the Holy Qur’an.
Now Mr Wilders has chosen to develop a film about Islam which given his previous statements must be expected to further his anti-Islamic agenda through baseless propaganda. His Political Party claims that its fundamental principle is ‘Freedom of the Individual’, yet Mr Wilders continues to try and prevent Muslims from living freely and peacefully.”
There have been a number of reports that suggest that if the film is released it could lead to the type of violence witnessed in 2006 upon the printing in Denmark of caricatures depicting the Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him). The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has always and will always condemn any form of violence which can never be justified as Islam is a peaceful religion. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community lives by its motto ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’ and unlike the manifesto of Mr Wilders’ Political Party, the message of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is adhered to by all of its members throughout the world.
Abid Khan said:
“If this film is released it will no doubt hurt the sentiment of Muslims worldwide, but it is hoped that all Muslims follow the lead of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community by exhibiting their displeasure in a wholly peaceful manner.”
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community commends the decision of Dutch Television Broadcasters who have thus far unanimously decided against showing Mr Wilders film.
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Press Secretary Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (UK) (07795460318)