Muhammad at the Movies: The Sequel

The Innocent Prophetby ANDREW E. HARROD

Internationally-known Koran burner Terry Jones has returned to the  internet with a film condemning Islam’s prophet Muhammad after Jones helped  promote the internet trailer  Innocence of Muslims, a source of global controversy. Posted on Jones’  website Stand Up America, the  over one-hour long movie The Innocent Prophet: The Life of Muhammad from a  Different Point of View uses mainly cartoon images to present Muhammad and  Islam as fraudulent.  Legal actions taken against Jones’ co-producer, the  Pakistani exile  Imran Fisarat now living in Spain, show once again how  free speech  critical of Islam is under threat. Curiously in several respects,   Spanish authorities have acted against Fisarat even though no Muslim  rioters  around the world have expressed outrage against The Innocent  Prophet as was the  case previously with Innocence of Muslims.

An international relations scholar resident in Madrid, Soeren  Kern, has extensively analyzed Fisarat’s background at the Gatestone  website for which Kern works. Firasat obtained political refugee status  in  Spain in 2010 after receiving death threats in his native Pakistan  as well as  Indonesia for condemning Islam after leaving the faith and  marrying a  non-Muslim. Fisarat has continued his condemnation of Islam  in Spain with his  multilingual website entitled World without  Islam/Mundo sin Islam.  In March 2012, Fisarat also filed a petition with  the Spanish  government calling for a ban on the Koran as a violent, hate-filled  book  and threatened to burn a Koran publicly in central Madrid. Firasat   refrained from emulating Jones in America after Spanish police informed  Firasat  that such a burning could be an infraction of Spanish laws  “against offending  religious sentiments.”

Fisarat explained to a Belgian newspaper that he drew his inspiration for The Innocent Prophet from Innocence of Muslims.  Upon hearing  of the killing of Ambassador Christopher Stephens in  Benghazi, Firasat thought,  “Okay, you Muslims, use violence, but we will  continue to make films. One day  one of us will lose.” Similar to Innocence of Muslims (discussed in  detail here, here,  and here), The Innocent Prophet claims to present, in the words of Jones at the  film’s beginning, an  “accurate historical portrayal” of Muhammad’s life,  however critical.  The film, however, merely generally references canonical  Islamic  documents like the Koran and Hadith at the beginning without any   specific references included in the narrative.

Although the production values of The Innocent Prophet are  slightly better than the abysmal Innocence of Muslims, with its cast  and crew drawn partly from the porn industry, the treatment of Muhammad in The Innocent Prophet is no less negative. Jones’ opening monologue  questions whether  Muhammad was an “inspired prophet of God” or a “perverted  madman driven  by his demons.” Likewise, Jones asks whether Islam is a “religion  of  peace” or of “violence and oppression.”

The  somewhat monotonous narration by Fisarat in the following film leaves   no doubt about its answers to these questions. Muhammad grew up a  lonely, poor  orphan who sought to compensate his deprivation by gaining  fame and fortune  through the establishment of Islam as a “false faith.”  Islam allowed Muhammad  and his followers to pillage under the banner of  God in the “greatest mafia  movement of that time.” Islamic veneration of  Muhammad as the final and  greatest of prophets, expressed most  succinctly in Islam’s First Pillar, the  statement of faith or shahada,  meant that Muhammad would be “respected forever.” Islam also allowed  Muhammad  to fulfill his own carnal desires as a “sexual robot full of  lust.” Muhammad’s  resulting “Islamic trap” and “lie” led to the “worst  human massacres in human  history.”

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