Hate mail over anti-Islamic film
Mon, 17 Sep 2012 6:18p.m.
By Adam Ray
An Auckland man has received hate emails, because he has a website with the same name as the American company that made an inflammatory anti-Muslim movie.
But Hasib Shakur has no connection with the movie which has provoked a violent response in many countries, although not in New Zealand.
Britain's become the latest country to see Muslim protests against an anti-Islamic film made in the United States. It follows a weekend of violence that included police being injured in Sydney.
The angry response there is in direct contrast to the muted reaction from followers of Islam here.
Six people have been arrested after violent protests near the US consulate in Sydney. They were Australian Muslims, part of an international wave of fury over a low quality anti-Islam film.
But New Zealand's Muslims have been quiet with the US embassy in Wellington left alone. Anwar Ghani from the Federation of New Zealand Muslims says there is no need for action.
“Our faith teaches the need for restraint. It is that quality that we really need to draw upon.”
New Zealand has about 55,000 Muslims. Some wanted to protest, but accepted a call for calm.
“By and large we have had discussions and decided there was no need to have a demonstration,” Dr Ghani says.
The film offends Muslims here but they say it's the work of individuals, not the US government, “with no purpose other than to incite violence and division” Dr Ghani says.
Muslims elsewhere seem less convinced the US government had no part in making the film. About 300 joined a protest outside the US embassy in London. In the Turkish capital the US flag was burned by an angry crowd. Afghan protesters torched an image of the US president.
It's not just the US government being wrongly accused of supporting the movie. Mr Shakur runs the Media for Christ website in Auckland. Unluckily for him, it has the same name as the company that made the anti-Islam film.
But Mr Shakur says he's not worried for his safety - and he's so far away from the violence overseas.
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16/11/2012 8:44:51 p.m.
I confess communism/socialism can be effective and work concidering the leaders are smart and not greedy so those aren't that bad
14/11/2012 10:49:44 p.m.
Ugh, whats to know about religions anymore. They promote peace yet attack eachother over some books and are far too sensitive. That is why all religions need to be eradicated, not targeting specific ones i mean all of them (except maybe buddhism, it's the only one i know that follows through with what it says, and they're atheists suprise suprise). Communism, religion, empires, all are the same damn thing wishing for the death of humanity. Thats what they are death cults. Make 1 imaginary sky fairy for all the insane(theist) people to worship and be done with it already. It's like children fighting over lego blocks in pre-school but with bloody books of all things. And they say atheists are immoral and thats why countries with majority being atheist are the most peaceful ones, lower crime, rape, murder, STD, teenage pregnancy and things like free medical care. It's obvious we know things about morals that religious people don't.
7/10/2012 10:13:14 a.m.
Muhammad Salman wrote:
plz join ANTI BLASPHEMY CAMPAIGN
7/10/2012 10:03:40 a.m.
To all those who love peace and harmony.....
plz sign a petition and don't forget that your voice matters
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18/09/2012 2:50:59 p.m.
I just wanted to point out that what these signs mean by saying "America get out of muslim lands" means that they should mind their own business politically and do not interfer with thier politics and economics. It doesnt say that Americans or other non-muslims living there to get out. There are many non-muslims who live in middle east. However, I dont agree with the violence that some small groups of people making.
18/09/2012 1:25:24 p.m.
meanwhile, US terrorists 'mistakenly'(not like they care about) killed 12 Afghanistani Women, who were picking up firewood to warm their childrens homes. If that is not terrorism, please define what it is.But its ok, they send Naval Ships to Libya for US ambasador to Libya being killed(not like he is there for up to no good anyway,Oil $$ ring the bell) yet when US bombs and kills civilians without any care for life, they just say Sorry.Shouldnt we just say sorry? 12 Women vs 1 US man,probably an Oil thief, but hey, Muslim blood is cheaper right.Who said we are not going to protest? This man has no clue what he is talking about.Inshallah we will!
18/09/2012 12:31:51 p.m.
In the photo that illustrates this story it shows Muslims in London with signs saying "America get out of muslim lands" Anyone notice something odd here? Maybe I should get out MY placard that reads "muslims get out of non-muslim lands".
18/09/2012 12:02:52 p.m.
Perkins Derkins wrote:
I find it quite strange that New Zealand Muslims wanted to protest the youtube video, but not the violence.
18/09/2012 11:21:40 a.m.
Well done to NZ Muslims for not protesting, great restraint, however, the very point that some even considered it is astounding. When are you going to wake up and understand that the idea of your invisible friend in the sky is the greatest poisoning threat to this world. The idea of gods underlies all that is bad about this planet. A far worse problem to our existence than climate change.
18/09/2012 10:50:43 a.m.
I am a Muslim who loves New Zealand. I was hurt by the movie like most Muslims but, totally understand that it was the action of a few miscreants who wanted to incite hatred and violence.
We in Aotearoa do not support any form of violent protests which are totally against the teachings of Islam and our beloved Prophet peace and blessing upon him.
We condemn the actions of all those mischief makers responsible for creating such a movie and also the actions of all those fanatics who responded to it in ways which are anything but Islamic.
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