Ever wonder why there are no major motion pictures about the life and times of Muhammed, or the rise of Islam in the 7th century? There have been a few documentaries of past and present Islam, but we’re talking major motion pictures. Nor are there any movies taken from stories imbedded in the Quran.
This is the religion guiding the lives of 1.4 billion people around the globe, based on the life and messages delivered by one man 1400 years ago, yet only one major movie has been made about The Prophet titled; The Message, 1977, with Anthony Quinn who starred, not as Muhammed, but as his uncle. The accuracy of that picture is questionable, but then, Hollywood is known to take liberties with history.
Muhammed is not depicted in this, or any other movie.
A check through the International Movie Data Base reveals more than two hundred major motion pictures based on Biblical stories, twenty-four of which focus on the life and deeds of Jesus Christ, i.e., The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Passion of the Christ, The King of Kings, and etc.
More than one hundred stories of Jewish people and Jewish history have been chronicled by Hollywood producers, some overlaid within the story of Jesus.
So, why not Muhammed and the rise of 7th century Islam? It’s a great and compelling story that has a huge impact on humanity.
The religion of peace scares the hell out of people. How’s that for an oxymoron?
Apologists will tell us that it’s a matter of respect, that the tenets of Islam do not permit any depictions of the prophet and Hollywood honors those wishes, and we should honor that. Hmm.
Here’s some examples of truth:
In 2004, Dutch film maker, Theo Van Gogh, produced a ten minute documentary about violence toward women in the Islamic world titled, Submission, which was broadcast on Dutch television. Collaborating with Van Gogh, was writer, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born woman known for speaking out as an advocate for the rights of women in Islam. Van Gogh was riding his bike to work when he was shot eight times by a Muslim man, who then tried to decapitate the dead victim, and then plunged two knives into his body. He also left a note on Van Gogh’s body declaring a death threat against Hirsi Ali. The killer was unrepentant claiming it was his duty to God. Dutch police rounded up another eight Muslims who were alleged to be part of the conspiracy. Hirsi Ali went into hiding.
In 2005, a Danish newspaper published a group of cartoons depicting the prophet, Muhammed. This led to outrage among the Islamic world, sparking riots in a number of countries with a death count nearly 200 people. In Nigeria alone, it was used as an excuse to kill a hundred Christians. The artist, Kurt Westergaard, had to go into hiding. Four years later, a Muslim man broke into his home wielding an axe and a knife, swearing revenge, but Westergaard managed to escape and survive.
In 1988, British/Indian writer, Salman Rushdie, published a novel entitled The Satanic Verses which outraged the Muslim world because it depicted Muhammed in a way which contradicted the Quran. He had to go into hiding because the Ayatollah of Iran issued a fatwa (death warrant) on the author’s life.
Muslim extremists in Indonesia have threatened the life of Peter Youngrem for holding a well-advertised gospel festival in August of this year.
Dutch parliamentarian, Geert Wilders, well-known for his outspoken views on radical Islam, produced a 17-minute film in 2008 title, Fitna, about the violent verses of the Quran. Wilders has been the victim of death threats ever since, though he still continues to speak out about the dangers of Islamic expansionism while constantly looking over his shoulder. Australian fundamentalist preacher, Feiz Mohammad, has called for Wilders’ beheading.
So, it’s clear. The religion of peace is off limits to anyone who criticizes, contradicts, exposes or depicts Islam in any negative context – despite the recorded truths of history – or else!
How peaceful. It’s no wonder, then, that the history about the life of Muhammed, his “revelations,” his struggles in Mecca and successes in Medina, his death, his legacy, and the array of violent conquests of Islamic forces around the world over a period of 1400 years is off limits.
Because the religion of peace would not only be exposed, its proponents may rise up and kill anyone who offends or violates these precepts. Movie makers dare not venture in that direction unless, of course, they’re prone to sanitizing the history with absolute fiction. The best avenue of all is to let it alone, don’t stir the proverbial pot and rile the peace mongers of Islam.
In 2010, attorney/blogger, Debbie Schlussel – a Michigan native known for speaking out against the evils of radical Islam, received a series of death threats and harrowing phone calls from local Muslims promising to rape and or kill her. She reported these violation of the law to authorities, with messages and sources recorded, but Eric Holder’s Department of Justice refused to prosecute. She chronicles these atrocities on her blog. Very compelling. Here’s the link:
What about the Anthony Quinn movie, The Message? Director Moustapha Akkad ( a Muslim) had hired a staff of Islamic scholars and clerics as “technical advisors.” That answers that. Akkad, along with his daughter, was killed by a suicide bomber in Amman, Jordan in 2005.
A blog article is limited for want of space. Books have been written about the violent attachments to the so-called religion of peace. For those interestd, here are just a few author’s names to start with: Robert Spencer, David Horowitz, Steve Emerson, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Nonie Darwish, Harvey Kushner, Paul Sperry.