Fatwa issued by Muslim cleric against participants in an anti-Islamic film

A fatwa has been issued in Egypt against all the participants in the anti-Islamic film that has created turmoil throughout the Middle East.

CHARLOTTESeptember 18, 2012 – An Egyptian Muslim cleric has declared a fatwa against all the participants in the anti-Islamic film that has stirred violence throughout the Middle East.

Ahmad Fouad Ashoush issued his religious edict, saying “I issue a fatwa and call on the Muslim youth in America and Europe to do this duty, which is to kill the director, the producer and the actors and everyone who helped and promoted the film.”

According to the translation by SITE Intelligence Group of a lengthy statement written in Arabic, Ashoush said, “Those bastards who did this film are belligerent disbelievers.”

SITE (Search for International Terrorist Entities) Intelligence Group tracks online activity by terrorist organizations.

Unfortunately, the lives of the 80 actors and crew members involved in the production of Innocence of Muslims are now in danger after participating in the project that was different from the one they believed they were doing.

Actors and crew thought they were working on a film titled Desert Warrior which supposedly had no religious significance and was intended to relate a history of life in Egypt as it was 2,000 years ago.

Reviewers of the film have called it everything from “obscenely inept” to “atrocious” to “outrageous and unpleasant,” all of which are true.

Those who watch the film can clearly notice a difference in audio quality where the voice-over has been altered to include the offending material.

Though the participants may have been unaware that a film about Muhammad or Islam would become as controversial as it did, there is little doubt that they were misled about the true content of the project.

Cindy Lee Garcia of Bakersfield, Calif., told Gawker.com, “It wasn’t based on anything to do with religion, it was just on how things were run in Egypt,” she said. “There wasn’t anything about Muhammad or Muslims or anything.”

Now Garcia’s life, and the lives of the other participants, are in danger as a result of the actions of Nakoula Bassely Nakoula, a Coptic Christian, who produced the film.

The term “belligerent disbelievers” is a serious charge by Muslims because they are regarded as infidels who are at war with Islam. Sura 5:33 of the Koran states, “Those that make war against God and His apostle and spread disorder in the land shall be slain or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or be banished from the land.”

Despite several statements to the contrary issued by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the state department, there is still significant belief throughout the Middle East that the United States endorses the film rather than being the work of a single producer.

At a rally in Lahore, Pakistan on Sunday, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed addressed an estimated 10,000 participants by claiming Innocence of Muslims was produced with the backing of the U.S. establishment. Saeed demanded that the director, producer and all those involved in the production of the movie must be publicly hanged saying, “The U.S. must make a law against blasphemy or we will not let the U.S. consulates in Pakistan function.”

Freedom of speech is again being challenged. American ideals are being condemned. The double standard for Muslims continues throughout the world, and the lives of innocent Americans are in jeopardy all because of a foolish act by a single individual.

Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in Charlotte, NC. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to Switzerland, France and Italy for groups of 12 or more. Inquiries for groups can be made at Peabod@aol.com Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.

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