What Next? Analysis of Muslims Anger after the Silly Film Tempest? ماذا بعد عاصفة الفيلم السخيف؟


What Next? Analysis of Muslims Anger and the Silly Film Tempest?

ماذا بعد عاصفة الفيلم السخيف؟  

Professor Hasan Yahya,

Voltaire, the great French philosopher (1694-1778) on race relations says: “Prejudices  are what fools use for reason.” Prejudice, in sociology is a hidden feeling. Usually built up in every culture. Voltaire explained more on the issue “It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong”. This simply describes cultures in their traditional customs, folklores and mores. Muslim culture is not alone in this regard.

In the Muslim world, it is difficult to be right, and convince those who attacks embassies of your rightness, their minds are closed on the belief of their history as perfect. The religious ideal type they live in is far from reality, therefore, it is basically different from secular western thinking. To bring the two cultures together to think the same way, is to reduce secular thinking to the size of ideal type, which was practiced in the Medieval Europe, and which is impossible in modern times. On the other hand, if you bring those of Ideal  religious type to think as secular liberals in the west, is also impossible. The great difference in time and space and degrees of knowledge, history  and free will should be counted.

According to historical records, the Muslim conquests referred to as the Islamic or Arab conquests, began with the  Prophet Muhammad (S). He established a new unified polity in the Arabian Peninsula which under the subsequent Rashidun (The Rightly Guided Caliphs) and Umayyad Caliphates saw a century of rapid expansion of Muslim power.  (1) The asabiyyah (solidarity) was concentrated on religion. The new spirit which replaced tribal and sectarian asabiyyah. Belief in Islam was the main factor uniting Arabs around one goal, helping the new belief to go forward, with new spirit that God was with them and will protect their faith. (Ibn Khaldun-Muqaddimah)

Today, religion (or faith) is becoming Othman’s shirt, among Muslims, where no tolerance even among Muslims themselves until one sect is satisfied by suppressing other sects. Unfortunately, in old times,  Mu’awiyah bin Abi Sufian (The first Umayyad Caliph) was holding the shirt, to  defeat Ali, the fourth Caliph until he takes revenge from the killers of Othman, the third Caliph. Today, unfortunately,  we see small groups (Salafies and Muslim extremists) are holding that shirt, and will not abandon it before making all Muslims extremists like themselves. ThiWhich is impossible. Time and place stand against their assumptions. Because reality is the opposite of imagination in the caves of moral ideality.  Man is not perfect, salafies and extremists are not perfect too. States also are not perfect, Islam becomes national rather than global. Which reduces its value by those who are illiterate, ignorant, unemployed, selfish and way farer.

Liberals, however,  in the Arab and Muslim world have difficult times to separate themselves from the followed ideal religious type of thinking and believing, which is still the moral ideal in every corner of the Muslim and Arab world,  since al Ghazzali’s time, ten centuries ago. The whole culture still living the fantasies of old age, which passed, hoping  to come back, while it will never come back. In the long conclusion of this article I like to discuss according to my knowledge, experience  and education, as a Muslim by birth, the problem of the recent Movie against everything sacred in Islam. Which is not be the last in the process between evel and good on earth.

As a conclusion, you will see, the lack of clear political power depends on new solidarity even in the form of statehood or citizenship. In order to replace the many solidarities of Muslim extremists (salafies, and the like) by a new solidarity of human rights and justice, emotions will remain the guiding power over Muslims.  Until then, the vacuum of mental ability to grasp understanding the opposite views in one’s country, will lead to disagreement with those outside the country borders as well.  In short, the west, for the Muslims, is representing the opposition outside the borders.

Arab intellectuals (thinkers, philosophers etc.,) are in serious position, because what delay understanding each other in the same country, is the factor of ignorance, illiteracy, tribalism and traditional dogmas, which never lead to tolerance inside their own countries. Islamic teachings and guidelines are clear, but anger make people blind to see the truth.

The Arabic proverb reads: “Ana wa Akhi ala ibn Ammi, wa Ana wa Ibn Ammi ala al gharib.” Meaning, (I and my brother (united) against my cousin, and I and my cousin (united) against strangers”. This is a tribal law, worked in pre-Islamic age, and still works today in modern Arab states. Which negate reason in dealing with communal conflict situations.

Politically, modern states, so far, even the so-called, the Arab Spring states, follow the same law in dealing with each other as citizens of the same nation, which negate any liberal definition of modern “State” as we know it after the European enlightenment revolution.

Another proverb in Arabic says (in Qur’an), “Inna Allaha la yughayyiru ma biqawmin, hatta yughayyiru ma bi’anfusim” (al Ra’d 13:11) meaning, (Of Allah, Verily, never  will God change, the condition of people until they change it themselves, (with their own souls). In other words, Allah will not change the situation of ignorant people, unless they are willing to change their attitudes positively. By time, following the models in other nations, this change is taking place, even though, slowly.

Let’s discuss now, the film which ridiculed God, Islam, the messenger (to all humanity) and Muslims.

God-all religion believers know-that He is Almighty, and Islam is the final religion on earth, The messenger (Muhammad (S) unlike all previous Prophets, was not sent to a section of people, he was  sent to humanity (al ‘Alameen-All). Where ‘al Nas’, does not mean Arabs or Jews or Christians, or other limited race or place or time, but all human beings live anywhere, anytime. Muslims believe the last factor ridiculed in the film (the Muslim people) but it is the least important, they do not get angry if you insult them, because they will defend themselves by reasoning. But what they believe, is that the symbol of their faith was ridiculed. Therefore, reasoning is outside the circle of anger. Self-humiliation can be overcome, but dignity of faith and its symbols humiliation , cannot be tolerated in any religion.

History is our teacher in this case, no nation or civilization, have ever tolerated the attack on their belief system, and their belief symbols. Because it is their identity, imagination or real. And such identity, has no reasoning in return. That what happens in the Muslim lands and their culture.

The west, in order to absorb the Muslim anger next time, (because the phenomenon will continue-artistically and politically speaking) are advised to share the feeling of the broken hearts of people, in order to reduce their flying wings of emotions. This is a moral issue, should be carried by politicians and respected by media. They are not changing their constitutions or breaking first amendment of free speech. Just sharing the angry people in their anger, by taking measures of being their side (just words) to reduce anger. This is a psychological thing, if the west like to change its attitude toward Islam or any other religion. By doing this, tens of  Arab and Muslim media (journals, satellites, and channels) will televise this sharing, and Muslims will appreciate that feeling, and expression, and will be effective in influencing people to enjoy that their cause is justified. They will feel satisfied and make their argument with extremists stronger with evidence of similarity of feeling East and west.

Some people may say, this is a naïve thinking, or may be stupid. But I am sure, if you are an Arab and Muslim, or set in their shoes, you will see the proposal is sound and kind,  and applicable to any religion. In that case, extremism in any form will loose  grounds of support.

The incident of the American Ambassador was a tragedy, and by no means forgetable, but in the final analysis it was a revenge from certain sects (precisely, the remaining al Qa’idah followers) who were planning to revenge one of their leaders recently killed by the drone, (the no-pilot plane) two weeks before the film broadcast. The film, however, was the feather which broke the camel back as Arabs say, increases the volume of protesters for various reasons, and the film becomes Othman’s Shirt, held by small groups, do not represent all Muslims, or defenders of Islam by reason. Because Muslims know very well that God protects his Apostles, Guide them as well as protecting the right path He sent them to follow. And God does not need help, nor the Prophet Muhammad (S) , Muslims know very well, he does not need protection. Because God protects his Apostle, against fools, and those who are opposing the way to God. Hadith narrated by al Bukhari reads: A man asked the Prophet: “Advice me! (أوصني!) O Rasul Allah!.  The Prophet answered only one word: “La Taghdab لا تغضب! ” means: Avoid anger (or being angry). This is the real Islamic teachings. Showing anger as we saw it recently, even though unjustfiable,  it is not a proper Islamic behavior. Another saying through Qur’an reads God said to the Prophet when Mushriks (Makkah disbelievers) ridiculed him in person by words and acts: فاعف عنهم واستغفر لهم , (meaning: forgive them, and demand form God the mercy for them.). As Muslims,   we should forgive the false story teller of the film, as a fool, (سفيه Safih) who doesn’t know the right path, and ask God to have mercy on him or them, they may become good believers. Who knows? After all, the good and evil will continue to survive, but I believe, the strong will lead, no matter right or wrong, and people have the sense of understanding. In America, Americans enjoy tolerance in recent years, away from politics, fundamentalisms few decades back, were bombing clinics of abortion, non-whites were in opposition to slavery, and constitutional rights are respected, and common sense is dominating the majority of Americans. I dealt with many Americans who share the grief of Muslims in their faith rejecting the sick minds among them and evil doings against others. Therefore,  Innocent Americans should not pay for mistakes of silly minds  who swim in an ocean of tolerance, the devil will not prevail, but will loose all times. Humanity is not going to regress, by any means.

The Arab poetry in this regard says:

إذا نطق السفيه فلا تجبه *** فخير من إجابته السكوت

Meaning: If the fool talks (against you)

The best response as an answer, is to keep quit (silence)

Islam is greater than persons. Muhammad (S) is greater than fools (Sufaha’), and the noblist  in mankind, nothing will influence his position among the believers of Islam.  Followers of Islam have to act according to their great Prophet  sayings and tradition to forgive people,  not to kill them. To ask mercy from God to guide them, because religion as we all learned, is God’s. So He will protect His religion, in many ways but anger. If there is a human error, God will forgive, and have mercy upon his slaves.

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About Arab American Encyclopedia-USA - Hasan Yahya

HASAN YAHYA was born at a small village called Majdal-YaFa (Majdal Sadiq) in Mandate Palestine (1944). He migrated as a refugee to Mes-ha, a village east of Kufr Qasim, west of Nablus (in the West Bank), then moved with his family to Zarka, 25 km north of Amman – Jordan. He finished the high school at Zarka Secondary School, 1963. He was appointed as a teacher in the same year. Studied Law first at Damascus University, then B.A from Lebanon University in Arabic literature and Eastern Cultures (1975). He moved to Kuwait. Where he got married in 1967. He was working at Kuwait Television, taught at bilingual School, and Kuwait University. In 1982, Hasan left to the United States to continue his education at Michigan State University. He got the Master Degree in 1983, the Ph.D degree in 1988 in Education (Psychology of Administration ). In 1991, He obtained his post degree in Social research, the result was a second Ph.D degree in Comparative sociology-Social Psychology. He was the only Arab student who enrolled ever to pursue two simultaneous Ph.D programs from Michigan State University and fulfill their requirements perfectly. Professor Yahya employment history began as a supervisor of a joint project to rehabilitate Youth (inmates out of prison) by Michigan State University and Intermediate School Districts. Worked also as a Teacher Assistant and lecturer in the same university. He was offered a position at Lansing Community College as well as Jackson Community College where he was assistant professor, then associate professor, then full professor (1991-2006). He taught Sociology, psychology, education, criminology and research methods. He supervised 19 Master and Ph.D candidates on various personal, economic psychological and social development topics. Professor Yahya published Hundreds (1000 Plus on this site) of articles and research reports in local, regional, and international journals. His interest covers local, regional and global conflicts. He also authored, translated, edited and published over 280 plus books in several languages, in almost all fields especial education, sociology and psychology. These books can be found on Amazon and Kindle. He also, was a visiting professor at Eastern Michigan University to give Research Methods and Conflict Management courses. Prof. Yahya accepted an offer to join Zayed University Faculty Team in 1998, then he served as the Head of Education and Psychology Department at Ajman University of Science and Technology 2001-04. Dr. Yahya established several institutes in Diaspora, the Arab American Encyclopedia, Ihyaa al Turath al Arabi Project, (Revival of Arab Heritage in Diaspora.Recently he was nominated for honorary committee member for the Union of Arab and Muslim Writers in America. He was affiliated with sociological associations and was a member of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) at USA. Social Activities and Community Participation: Dr. Yahya was a national figure on Diversity and Islamic Issues in the United States, with special attention to Race Relations and Psychology of Assimilation (generations 1,2 &3). He was invited as a public speaker to many TV shows and interviews in many countries. His philosophy includes enhancing knowledge to appreciate the others, and to compromise with others in order to live peacefully with others. This philosophy was the backgrounds of his theory, called “ Theory C. of Conflict Management”. And developed later to a Science of Cultural Normalization under the title: “Crescentology. The results of such theory will lead to world peace depends on a global Knowledge, Understanding, appreciation, and Compromising (KUAC)” Recently Prof. Yahya started "Publish your book FREE Project", to serve young Arab Writers. Dr. Yahya accepted the offer to be the chief editor of the International Humanities Studies Journal -I-H-S-Jerusalem, since July 2014. (Revised Sept. 2014) ولد الدكتور حسن عبدالقادر يحيى في مجدل يابا من أعمال يافا – فلسطين عام 1944. تلقى علومه الابتدائية في مدرسة بديا الأميرية في الضفة الغربية أيام احتوائها ضمن المملكة الأدردنية الهاشمية وتخرج في جامعة بيروت حاملاً الإجازة في اللغة العربية وآدابها، ودبلوم التأهيل التربوي من كلية القديس يوسف بلبنان، ودبلوم الدراسات العليا (الماجستير) ودكتوراة في الإدارة التربوية من جامعة ولاية ميشيغان بالولايات المتحدة عام 1988، وشهادة الدكتوراه في علم الاجتماع المقارن من الجامعة نفسها عام 1991. عمل في التدريس والصحافة الأدبية. أديب وشاعر وقاص ، ,كما عمل في تلفزيون الكويت الرسمي كمعد ومنسق برامج ثم اتجه إلى الكتابة والتأليف في علوم كثيرة تخص علمي النفس والاجتماع والتنمية البشرية ، والتغير الاجتماعي والسكان وألف ونشر العديد من المقالات (1000 +) والكتب باللغتين العربية والإنجليزية (أكثر من 330 كتابا) ، منها ست مجموعات قصصية وست كتب للأطفال ، وأربع دواوين شعرية باللغتين أيضا. وعدد من كتب التراث في الشعر والأدب والأخلاق الإسلامية والتربية والأديان . وهو الآن أستاذ متقاعد في جامعة ولاية ميشيغان. . وكان عضوا سابقا في جمعية العلماء المسلمين في أمريكا . وجمعية علماء الاجتماع الأمريكية - ميشيغان، وهو مؤسس الموسوعة العربية الأمريكية في الولايات المتحدة ضمن مشروع إحياء التراث العربي في بلاد المهجرز كما تم ترشيحه مؤخرا ليكون عضو مجلس التحرير لمجلة الدراسات الإنسانية العالمية. وقد قبل أن يتسلم رئاسة تحريرها اعتبارا من نهاية يونيو 2014 His email: askdryahya@yahoo.com Thank you!
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6 Responses to What Next? Analysis of Muslims Anger after the Silly Film Tempest? ماذا بعد عاصفة الفيلم السخيف؟

  1. Nafees says:

    whats next? Its election time in States so now American people would elect a government which will protect ’em from extremist Muslims and another war is expected, maybe US vs Iran. That sucks😦

    • Dear Nafees,
      In politics, every thing possible, but American people don’t like wars. Only those who have interest in wars, massacres and human sufferings like to promote hatred by waging wars. Why don’t America propose friendship with Iran rather than promoting conflict with it? The answer would be, dividing domination of the world is the factor stands against bringing governments together and proposing friendship. Iran is not equal in danger compared with Israel. America has to take the right decision and reject selfish interest of having Israel a naughty friend, and look seriously to Iran as a friend not a foe. Thanks for the comment.

      • Nafees says:

        yeah I agree with you, american people dont like wars so this is why innocence of muslims is so helpful to setting their minds, americans never wanted afghan but they had no other option after 911. Things make sense and become reasons for actions. I hope and pray for a better and peaceful world, and we all know peace of this world depend on america a lot. Welcome, sir.

      • Dear Nafees, first, leave concepts like “Sir” and “Mr.” of traditional English Lang. We are brothers in thought.
        second, I felt confusion a little bit, for mixing seriousness with humor. But I understand that political options are incorrect like the case of Afghanistan. I share your prayer for world peace, Thank you! It’s my pleasure, friend!

      • Nafees says:

        Effect of Innocence of Muslims on me; I taken TOEFL iBT on Sepetember 8 and result was expected on September 18 but it hasn’t announced yet for me. Last night I made call to my university about that matter and they told that they checked score of another student who taken test on same date and his score was online on the date which ETS mentioned. Then why my result is late? That makes sense, thing have changed a lot after the movie, I think so.

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