A low budget film with a small idea of a joke caused riots and protests in 20 countries, these countries spreading from Morocco to Malaysia. This small time film was named, “Innocence of Muslims.” This short video that only lasts 14 minutes, was created as an anti-Islam video that depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a womanizer and child molester. It also portrays Muhammad to be a leader of a gang of men who enjoy killing. It shows the religion of Islam as violent and corrupt. This video that slanders Islam and its Prophet has been anything but a joke.
Muslim countries around the world have protested this film. In one day the protests had spread to more than 20 countries. Jalalabad, an Afghan city, more than 1,000 people protested. As well as in Palestine more than 1,000 people demonstrated in the Gaza strip and East Jerusalem. Also in Athens, Greece 600 people rallied and some heated speeches were given about this film. In addition to these countries 300 Sikhs, Muslims, and Christians marched in Pakistan to protest this short video. Also 300 Iranian students burned flags in Tehran to protest a lewd caricature of the Prophet Muhammad that was drawn in a French satirical weekly. In Bangladesh many went on strike, causing the closing of schools, transportation and businesses.
In Eygpt, President Mohammad Morsi went on national television and appealed to Muslims to not attack embassies and denounced the violence in Libya. As well as Morsi, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said this when asked about the violence regarding this video, “Offending the Holy Prophet is quite ugly,” Ahmadinejad said. “This has very little or nothing to do with freedom and freedom of speech. This is the weakness of and the abuse of freedom, and in many places it is a crime. But we also believe that this must also be resolved in a humane atmosphere, in a participatory environment and we do not like anyone losing their lives or being killed for any reason anywhere in the world.” (Huffington Post)
Many people are wondering why all the protests, why are so many people, and not just Muslims upset? Well here it is Muslims love Allah more than anything that anyone can even fathom. Therefore they love Islam, the religion Allah created with all of their being. Muslims focus their entire life and everything they are on serving Allah and following his religion to the best of their ability. Muhammad was a prophet that came to tell all of mankind about Islam. It is because of him, that Muslims know everything about Islam, from how to pray to how to fast. And then for someone to come in and slander Muhammad who has done so much for not just Muslims but mankind, and to mock a religion that Muslims would die for is simply stated, unacceptable.
What about the person who is responsible for this, Nakoula Bassely. Bassely was a logistics manager who himself states “that this video would expose Islam as a violent religion.” Now Bassely faces up to three years in prison for lying to federal probation officers about the his role in the film.