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March 2, 2004
The Absurdity of The Passion

by Gillette aka Hassan[uddin] Khaja

I'd usually relate an anecdote to analyze that sets the mood for the rest of the article. But, I think anyone who reads this has already had their own experience as fodder for an anecdote.

What baffles me about this movie is the rush that Muslims are in to go see this. There are many reasons for not seeing it beyond the typical ones that prove that most movies are haraam.

It promotes a lie about Jesus, son of Mary. For the benefit of anyone who has already seen the movie, let us reaffirm the true story of the "death" of Jesus:

"...They said, 'We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah.' But they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself. And Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise."

Quran 4:157-158

It's da'wah to Christianity. The statement by Mel Gibson is enough:

"But I really feel my career was leading me to make this. The Holy Ghost was working through me on this film, and I was just directing traffic. I hope the film has the power to evangelize [emphasis mine]."

The Denver Channel, June 27, 2003

Furthermore, in the same article, was a more startling assertion by the director, who financed the film from his own funds:

"Everyone who worked on this movie was changed. There were agnostics and Muslims on set converting to Christianity [emphasis mine]."

The Denver Channel, June 27, 2003

So the Muslims who went to see this movie are literally paying for da'wah to kufr. Muslims won't donate to Christian organizations who help Muslims because they might attach a cross to every food donation for the sake of proselytizing. In fact, there is a good chance, knowing what Christians believe, that there is an element of shirk in The Passion of the Christ, namely, saying that Allah (SWT) has partners in his power (Mary and Jesus). Yet, even when it is clear what Mel Gibson intends with this movie, Muslims are flocking to see this.

In short, it isn't typical haraam entertainment. In fact, it is more haraam for us than the most debased of pornography, since endorsing da'wah to kufr is obviously worse than paying a porn star to have sex on-screen.

Every Muslim obviously has his or her shortcomings. Maybe some Muslims want to be entertained and have been tempted by the overwhelming buzz about this movie, so they want to see it. It would be very difficult for us to say that the overwhelming success of the movie couldn't be attributed to the promotion and controversy surrounding its release.

However, another popular reason it seems that Muslims want to see this movie is their rabid anti-Semitism. This is the point where it can be safely said that anti-Semitism is haraam: when it forces you to endorse kufr and paganism simply because you think that you're overpowering the Jews.

Consider looking at things from another perspective. Most Muslims will assert that sins will only sink the ummah into deeper humiliation. In fact, Allah (SWT) will humiliate us more than any Jew or Christian ever will, even if they brought all their wealth and armies together.

A question arises then. What will be worse for the Palestinians? An Israeli soldier's bullet, or a Muslim paying to see The Passion of the Christ, which is a sin in more ways than one?

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Rami said

Salaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabarakatu,

two things:

1) The Hype never fails to dupe the American people into spending (and it really is just another big-budget business.)

2) If Gibson was really trying to hold to historical accuracy, why did he choose the cast he did. Jesus(PBUH) has been anthropologiclly described as having a broad peasant's face, dark olive skin, short curly hair and a prominent nose. He would have stood 5-foot-1-inch tall and weighed 110 pounds.

2.5) If you want to know how the movie goes, read the Bible. If you want to know a little more, read the Gospel of Barnabus. If you want the Truth, your only source can be the Qu'ran.

For more info on point two see:

Salaam Warahmatullah

on March 2, 2004 6:58 PM
Gillette said

This is not a real comment. I just wanted to draw attention to this article, because Talal and I posted in the same 24-hour period, and I think his article is taking away from mine. So, please, read the article, and shower me with approval.

on March 3, 2004 11:49 PM
Talal said

Alrighty, Narcissus :)

The thing I don't get is how people can look beyond the blasphemy of being told that the person you are watching on screen is supposed to represent 'Isa(AS). Are we not obliged to love and honor him as much as we love and honor Prophet Muhammad(SA'AS)? I think yes, and 'tis a shame that we accept an actor who has found no misgivings in kissing women he has no relation to for an audience of millions. Let me not get started about a director who at one point was most famed for the showing of his buttocks on the big screen.
How we look beyond these things is beyond me... we're talking about objectifying a prophet of Allah(swt)!

on March 4, 2004 12:09 AM
Nadia said

Assalam u alaikum.
A great issue raised. I don't seem to understand either what is the hype about the movie. One of the Targum writer rightly commented that, if something of this sort was excerpted from or based on Islam or Quran, we would not expect the movie to run at Loews. When non-muslims can have such an insight, I don't know what happened to the Muslims? May Allah (swt) give all of us Hidaya. Ameen

on March 5, 2004 7:47 PM
Tanweer said

As-salamu 'Alaikum,

Subhanallah! Just today a brother was saying that Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) had suffered nothing when compared to Jesus (as). Ofcourse he came to this conclusion after seeing the movie ;-(

Usually you are gonna hear this junk from secular, materialistic, rationalist, modernist muslims but this disease could spread.

We should definitely urge muslims not to watch this movie and movies in general. There may be exceptions like Harry Potter but even those can have subliminal messages that we should be wary of.

May Allah(swt) grant us Hidaya, May he bless us with the love of the Prophet(saw) and the zeal to follow his sunnah.Ameen

Allaahumma salli 'a-laa Muhammadiw wa 'alaa aali Muhammadin kamaa sallayta 'alaa Ibraheema wa 'alaa aali Ibraheema innaka hameedum majeed. Allaahum ma baarik 'alaa Muhammadiw wa 'alaa aali Muhammadin kamaa baarakta 'alaa Ibraheema wa 'alaaa aali Ibraheema innake hameedummajeed.

on March 7, 2004 11:56 AM
Ameer Ar-Rutgereen aka Notorious Fundo aka Ali Ibn Masood said

I think the basic question here before anything else is why do Muslims go to movie theaters to watch movies.

1. What if you died there? What would the angels who take your soul say? Why are you in a place surrounded by nonbelievers not in a state of rememberance of your lord? Would you like to die in a theater (which is a good probability for some considering that most movies are a good 3 or 4 hours) or die in a masjid or in one of the gatherings of knowledge or in the car listening to Quran or a lecture or in the middle of doing some good deeds. Do you want to be with those who are impure and hate to purify themselves or in the masjid, wherein are men (as Allah says in the Quran) who love to purify themselves?

We ask Allah to grant us Tawbah before our death and the Shahada during death. And after death, Gardens under which rivers flow. With the Prophets, And the Siddeeqeen, and the Martyrs, and the Righteous.

2. What good is going to watch these movies that are filled with lies, vulgarity, and ludeness? Is there something that a muslim needs from these movies or benefits from going? Unless, they are documentaries or educational, these movies add to our further alienation from the real TRUTH and increase our blindness in this world.

3. Besides, supporting an industry known for its corruption and backwardsness and godlessness, we are only adding to this western culture of "escapism". If you are stressed out go see a flick. If you are having problems at home, dont worry go pay $7.50 or whatever it is now to go sit in a dark room with the other cattle and stair at a fantasy world on screen. It seems like an instant cure for some to go and forget their worries instead of dealing with them.

Just look at people when they are watching movies. They look awestruck and bewitched. Unaware of their surroundings and the world. In a state of extreme Ghaflah.

4. Why is it that Muslims are so inactive that there forms of entertainment have changed from wrestling, horse-riding, archery, swimming, and generally manly forms of sport to wrestling with the TV remote, couch riding, pointing the remote at the tv, and swimming through lines of people at the theaters? As Muslims, our entertainment should also be ibaadah and something which Allah would be pleased with not something which we do to get away from ibaadah so that we can take a break from remembering Allah.

5. Why is it that Muslims have any free time, let alone 3-4hours in a day to go and watch a movie. The sahaba used to have no free time and used to feel the day was not enough for them even though they accomplished incredible things.

A man once came to Umar ibn Al-Khattaab and asked him why he was awake during the noon-time, when most people are asleep. He said something to the effect of (again not an exact quote and I don't have the takhreej of this athar at this time): "If I sleep during the day, how will I fullfill my duties to the people? And If I sleep at Night, How will I sleep fullfill my duties to Allah?"

6. Please everyone keep in mind that I have not commented if movies are halaal or haraam b/c i am not a faqeeh. As your brother, I urge you all to fear Allah and to bring yourselfs to account before you are brought to account. Please keep in mind the following ahadith which form the basis of our deen and are part of Imam an-Nawawi's Forty.

On the authority of Al-Numan bin Basheer, who said : I heared the messenger of Allah say :
"That which is lawful is plain and that which is unlawful is plain and between the two of them are doubtful matters about which not many people know. Thus he who avoids doubtful matters clears himself in regard to his religion and his honor, but he who falls into doubtful matters falls into that which is unlawful, like the shepherd who pastures around a sanctuary, all but grazing therein. Truly every king has a sanctuary, and truly Allah's sanctuary is His prohibitions. Truly in the body there is a morsel of flesh which, if it be whole, all the body is whole and which, if it be diseased, all of it is diseased. Truly it is the heart."
[narrated by Bukhari and Muslim]

On the authority of Al-Nawwas bin Samaan, that the prophet said:
"Righteousness is good morality, and wrongdoing is that which wavers in your soul and which you dislike people finding out about."
[related by Muslim]

And on the authority of Wabisa bin Mabad, may Allah be pleased with him, who said:
I came to the messenger of Allah and he said: "You have come to ask about righteousness ?" . I said:" Yes." He said: "Consult your heart. Righteousness is that about which the soul feels tranquil and the heart feels tranquil, and wrongdoing is that which wavers in the soul and moves to and from in the breast even though people again and again have given you their legal opinion [in its favor]."
[a good hadith transmetted from the Musnads of the two Imams, Ahmed bin Hanbal and Al-Darimi, with a good chain of authorities.]

on March 7, 2004 1:43 PM
Gillette said

This week's ISRU meeting information:

The Passion of the Messiah: The Life of Christ from the Islamic Perspective
Islam ElFayoumi
Thursday March 11, 2004 @ 7:00 PM SHARP
Room 116 BCC

I was told that Muslims actually got confused as to the real story of Isa ibn Maryam (AS). This should clear some of it up.

on March 7, 2004 4:13 PM
Ameer Ar-Rutgereen aka Notorious Fundo aka Ali Ibn Masood said

We are in a time where Muslims have been confused about the basis of our Deen, namely the Aqidah, and the Usul of the Deen and they try to learn the deen to fit in context of their desires and whims and the current situation.

We should remember the saying of Imam Malik (d. 179 H) who said that, "The latter part of the Ummah will not be rectified except by that which rectified its earliest part."

Aqeedah always comes first, because without it, your deeds are in danger of being deemed fruitless.

So Again, I would like to advertise here for the class on
the EXPLANATION OF AQEEDATUL TAHAAWIYYAH which will be held inshallah every Tuesday with Imam Raouf Zaman at MCMC on Tuesdays starting at 6.

Again, we should realize that it is waajib on every muslim and muslimah to know 4 matters:
1) Knowledge-- of Allah, His prophet, and the Deen of Islam with Proofs

2) Acting on this Knowledge
3) Calling to this Knowledge
4)Being Patient on the Difficulties and Tribulations which come in this regard.

The Proof for this is Surah Al-Asr.

on March 7, 2004 9:14 PM
Rami said

"Why is it that Muslims are so inactive that there forms of entertainment have changed from wrestling, horse-riding, archery, swimming, and generally manly forms of sport to wrestling with the TV remote, couch riding, pointing the remote at the tv, and swimming through lines of people at the theaters?"

I don't know why muslims at Rutgers are not taking advantage of the ninjitsu classes and Kung fu classes being offered right next door at MCMC. Ibadah is not enough for you to be a complete muslim...you are right about the Sahaba...they all knew how to fight and defend themselves...they were men. I'm sure everyone can find a few hours on Friday and Sunday to go and attend these classes. All of the ISRU members should especially be there since they are 1) still young 2) it's literally right net door to rutgers. You might even get a chance to throw Wajahat around.

Salaam Warahmatullah Waarakatu.

on March 8, 2004 3:07 AM
Abdul Rahman said

As-salamu 'Alaikum,

I cannot agree with Br. Ali more. Brothers and sisters don't seem to realize the dangers of movies and television. How many of us can give a synopsis of the last lecture at ISRU? But I bet all of us can give a summary on the last movie or television show we watched.

Long Live the Divider!

on March 8, 2004 10:54 AM
-BintAbbas- said

If desire for Divine Pleasure (and/or fear of Divine Disapproval) arent enough, it would be good for people to read Jerry Mander's "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television".

on March 18, 2004 2:00 PM
Abdullah Somebody said

I am actually surprised why Muslims started to believe in Gibbson's movie. Thats a retarded.
I would not watch this movie because it is blasphemous to a Prophet of Islaam, they show him being tortured and we Muslims do not show Prophets in our drawings or on movies and this movie is telling a lie about what happened.
My two cents.

on March 31, 2004 8:30 PM
Abdullah Someboday said

I agree with this article, well written about going to this movie, to watch shirk is actually sin, you are right.
Wasalaamu ALaikum

on March 31, 2004 8:32 PM
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