Russian Muslim clerics warn of unrest over ban on translation of Quran

President Putin: Champions Russian Orthodox Church as moral compass, but has also called for a multicultural Russian identity. — Reuters file pic - See more at:

President Putin: Champions Russian Orthodox Church as moral compass, but has also called for a multicultural Russian identity. — Reuters file pic – See more at:

MOSCOW, Sept 21 — Russia’s senior Islamic clerics warned the country’s leaders yesterday unrest could erupt in Muslim communities in Russia and beyond if a court decision ordering the destruction of an interpretive translation of Quran is not overturned.

The ruling on Tuesday by a court in Novorossiysk, a city in southern Russia, ordered the widely read text outlawed under a Russian anti-extremism law that rights activists say has been abused by local officials out of prejudice or to persecute groups frowned upon by the dominant Russian Orthodox Church.

Rights campaigners said that the decision, which will apply nationwide unless it is overturned on appeal, comes dangerously close to banning the Quran itself.

Russia’s Council of Muftis sounded the alarm in an open letter yesterday to President Vladimir Putin, who has frequently called for unity among the leading faiths and warned that ethnic tension could tear Russia apart.

“Russian Muslims are very strongly indignant over such an outrageous decision,” Rushan Abbyasov, the deputy head of the council, which has close ties with the Kremlin, told Reuters.

If the ruling is acted on, the cleric warned: “There will be unrest … not only in Russia but all over the world, we are talking about the destruction of the Quran.”

In the letter to Putin, the council drew a parallel with violence in the Middle East and Afghanistan over the actions of an American pastor, Terry Jones, who threatened to burn the Quran on Sept. 11, 2010.

“Is it necessary to discuss how the destruction of books, especially sacred religious books, has been received in Russia in the past?” it said.

“We recall how the burning of just a few copies of the Holy Quran by a crazy American pastor elicited a firm protest not just from Russian Muslims but from our entire society, in solidarity with the stormy and longlasting anger of the global Muslim community and all people of goodwill,” it said.

A lawyer representing the text’s author, Azeri theologian Elmir Kuliyev, said he will appeal the ruling, which calls for the text to be banned and copies of it “destroyed”.

“This is pure idiocy. Some local prosecutor sent this material to a local court and they together decided to ban a holy book,” lawyer Murat Musayev, who has one month to appeal the ruling, told Reuters.

“On the one hand there is freedom of religion in Russia, on the other they are banning fundamental religious texts.”

Experts say the more than decade-old translation by Kuliyev is a respected scholarly work, one of four translations of the Quran into Russian.

“This is one step away from banning the Quran,” said Akhmed Yarlikapov, an expert on Islam with the Russian Academy of Sciences.

“This is a very high quality translation,” he said. “The banning of Kuliyev’s translation is utterly unprofessional, you could ban the Bible just as easily because it also has passages that talk about the spilling of blood.”

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Blasphemy Mucho—How Sharia Kills Free Speech


Losing free speech via the toxic synergy of mainstream, supremacist Islam, and Western self-loathing


By Andrew Bostom:

Al Qaeda’s English language magazine “Inspire,” in its latest edition, has expressed the jihad terror organization’s outrage over the “Innocents of Muslims” video trailer, an amateurish production, which merely depicted some of the less salutary aspects of the Muslim prophet Muhammad’s biography, based upon the sacralized Islamic sources.

These threatening statements appear on p. 4:

O Muslims, the film produced in America which insults our Messenger Muhammad comes in the chain of  the crusade attacks on Islam. In response to these consecutive assaults, the Muslim ummah revolted in honor  of their noble Messenger. The plot of the enemies backfired and became a disgrace and shame on them, a penalty for their insults on the status of the Prophets, violation of the sacred lands and trespassing the boundaries of war ethics. Meanwhile, the status of our Messenger remains high and honorable. No insult could  ever tarnish him. Whoever hates him is cut off from success and prosperity in this world and the Hereafter… We affirm that defending the honor of the Prophet is an inevitable obligation in Islam upon the Muslim ummah, every individual as per his capability… We call upon our brothers in the West to fulfill their Islamic obligation. They are obliged to defend the Prophet, for they are more capable of crushing the enemy at his heart.

The violent nature of those threats is made explicit in imagery featured on pp. 14-15, entitled, “Wanted Dead or Alive for Crimes Against Islam.” The images (also published here via MEMRI) are accompanied by statements, “Yes We Can,” “A Bullet A Day Keeps the Infidel Away,” and “Defend Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him,” and include photographs of the nine men(complete with misspellings of some of their names, underneath) threatened with death, ostensibly for “blaspheming” Islam’s prophet, and the Muslim creed itself.

Photographs of the two women targeted do not appear on the pp. 14-15 magazine layout; only their names are printed, beneath the photos of the men. The full list of eleven who were made licit for killing, is below:

Geert Wilders: Founder of the Dutch Party for Freedom;

Morris Sadek: Egyptian-American Coptic Christian who disseminated the video “Innocence of Muslims

Carsten Juste and Flemming Rose: Editor-in-chief and cultural editors at Jyllands-Posten when the Danish cartoons of Muhammad were published

Kurt Westergaard: Cartoonist whose drawing of the turban-bomb Muhammad became the most renowned of the cartoons.

Lars Vilks: Dutch cartoonist who published his own Muhammad drawings subsequent to the Jyllands-Posten cartoons

Stephane Charbonnier: Editor of Charlie Hedbo, a French satirical magazine

Terry Jones: Florida preacher who has burned Korans in protest of Islam.

Salman Rushdie: Author of The Satanic Verses, whose experiences reflect “The Rushdie Rules,” more than two decades later.

Molly Norris: American cartoonist who proposed “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” as a protest against both censorship and the proscription of published images of Muhammad

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Somali-born Dutch activist and politician;

Predictably, the mainstream media outlets reporting this latest example of Al Qaeda’s so-called “anti-Islamic radicalism” (across the political spectrum, from the rather odious blame the victim Atlantic account, to the factual, if short shriftassessment of The Weekly Standard), failed to connect these threats to an earlier, more egregious action by a prominent Muslim nation: the Egyptian state security court’s November 28, 2012 verdict, which sentenced to death seven expatriate Coptic Egyptians, including Morris Sadek, as well as American pastor Terry Jones, for “blaspheming” Islam—i.e., the same Sadek and Jones targeted subsequently by the Al-Qaeda “Inspire” layout. Egyptian Judge Saif al Nasr Soliman stated plainly when the ruling was issued,

The accused persons were convicted of insulting the Islamic religion through participating in producing and offering a movie that insults Islam and its prophet.

The late November, 2012 Egyptian court verdict re-affirms mainstream, institutional Islam’s Sharia (Islamic law)-based lethal punishment for speech critical of the Muslim creed. More disturbing, however, is the abject failure of contemporary Western media, academic, and political elites to accurately convey that reality—a living, liberty-crushing doctrinal and historical legacy I will elaborate herein.

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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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