Muslim body calls for rational response to Dutch anti-Islam film

March 31st, 2008 - 2:44 am ICT by admin  

Riyadh, March 31 (DPA) An Islamic body called on Muslims Sunday to be rational in their response to the anti-Islam film made by Dutch opposition populist politician Geert Wilders. The Jeddah-based Islamic Jurisprudence Assembly condemned in a statement the 16-minute film, which warns of radical Islam and the alleged Islamisation of the Netherlands.

The assembly urged Muslims to show “full rationality in dealing with the issue in the interest of Muslims and Islam”.

The film, called Fitna, which means the split between believers and infidels, draws direct parallels between the text of the Koran and the terrorist acts and violence carried out by Muslim extremists.

The assembly condemned the film as “a crime” and “a deliberate provocation” of Muslims and urged western politicians and clergy “to stand firmly against extremism increasingly targeting Muslims.”

The jurisprudence assembly is part of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, which comprises 57 Islamic states.

In Jordan, at least 53 deputies of the country’s 110-member lower house of parliament Sunday signed a memorandum urging the government to “dismiss” the Dutch ambassador to Amman following the release of the anti-Islam film on Internet.

“The memorandum calls on the government to sever diplomatic ties with the Netherlands and dismiss the Dutch ambassador,” parliamentarians said.

Meanwhile, Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen in an interview published in the Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat newspaper Sunday called on the Islamic world to be levelheaded in its response to the film.

“Criticism can not be a justification for aggression and threats, even when it is hurtful,” Verhagen said.

The Dutch foreign minister again distanced his government from the text of the film.

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