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« on: Sep 24, 2008 08:35 AM »


A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Disarm Fear-Mongering
Muslims are at Peace With You


By FATEMAH KESHAVARZ

If you have received a hair-raising “documentary” called Obsession in the mail this weekend, you are not a chosen surprise winner, or the recipient of a kind anonymous gift. You belong to a sought after group of people: the residents of a swing state estimated to be an undecided voter. The film is supposed to convince you that your country is at war with the majority of Muslims who are willing to conquer America, kill or convert you, and establish a fascist empire. If you watch the film by yourself, and have no way of evaluating its content, chances are you will be convinced. Rather, you will be terrified.

That 28 million free copies of Obsession is landing on doorsteps in swing states at this point in time, speaks for itself. Nonetheless, people are digging deep in search of the sources of financial support for this largest campaign of fear conducted to date. I’d say more power to them for their efforts to expose this campaign of emotional manipulation reminiscent of fascist like ideologies that have resulted in massive human tragedies.  For now, however, there are easier and more practical ways of countering this scare attack. As a Muslim who has never been at war with anyone, I list five of them here.

First, the movie tells you that in a Muslim country, a non-Muslim is supposed to be killed or sold like an animal. Look, in your neighborhood or among colleague, relatives, and friends, for an ordinary fellow American who has travelled to a Muslim country in recent years. Ask if he or she felt the threat of being abducted, converted, sold, or killed at anytime during his or her stay in that country.

Second, the Movie claims that the Egyptian textbooks tell school children that Muslims should kill non-Muslims and take over the world. Egypt has millions of Coptic Christian inhabitants. In fact, they form 20% of the Egyptian population. Ask yourself how have they survived living in Egypt for thousands of years? Then, locate an Egyptian Copt through your local library, university, the internet, and/or friends. Ask that person if he or she ever saw such a statement in his or his children’s school books.

Third, invite a Persian speaking friend (of whom hundreds of thousands live in the U.S.) to watch the movie with you. When supposed scenes from the Iranian TV are shown, they will tell you that the actual language they hear is not Persian but Arabic. The documentary makers did not know what they were piecing together. They banked on the fact that the audience will not know that either.

Fourth, the film interviews supposed Muslim fundamentalists who have turned nice, loving, and truthful after conversion to Christianity.  Ask yourself why you should trust them anymore now than when they were ruthless terrorists – if indeed they were terrorists. If not, why are they lying?

Fifth, when images of large and loud crowds in the film frighten you, imagine someone taking a few shots from the GOP convention’s loud chants, put a scary voice over, add a few shots of American soldiers breaking into Iraqi homes in the middle of the night, and throw a few statements from right wing shows into the mix.  It could be sold to Muslim audiences as “The American War on Islam.”

Finally, please send this simple guide to a friend who has been terrified after watching Obsession and tell them to vote for Mr. McCain only if they like four more years of what they have experienced for the past eight years…not because Muslims are at war with America. They are not.

Fatemeh Keshavarz is Chair of the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literature at Washington University and the author of Jasmine and Stars: Reading more than Lolita in Tehran.


Source: counterpunch.com/keshavarz09162008.html
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« Reply #1 on: Sep 24, 2008 10:43 AM »

Alhumdillah, this act by those people can result in millions of people converting to Islam if you formulate the response to it correctly.

I would say, use the CD as a free advertising gimmick.
Disguise dawa as a response. People who are terrified would want to read our response.
Firstly:
In our response firstly outline the lies on the CD, Arabic being mistaken for Iranian is a good example. Look in to the so called “Converts” I guarantee you they are all fake. Christians have a habit of disguising brown Christians as X-Muslims. Look in to them, and expose them, find out what is their true background and expose them.

Secondly:
Teach Islam. What do Muslims believe, including its differences with Christianity. Stating the differences is really important, when you do so it indicates everything other then the differences are the same. And the differences in itself by their very nature are dawa, because whereever there is a difference Islam is clearly right and Christianity is clearly wrong. Example, Muslims believe in Jesus, but Muslims don’t believe Jesus is God, Muslims believe he is a Prophet sent by God. The majority of Christians who hear this will state, “I believe in that too!”
Another example would be original sin, state that Muslims believe in its opposite, the fitra. Compare Islamic laws that Christians no longer practice with the bible and its commandments. Hijab with St Paul’s statement, Islamic dietary laws with what is ordered in the Old Testament, state that this was what early Christians practiced.

Thirdly:
Put contact details for people who want further information or discussion. Advertise Dawa lectures as explaining Islam. Include a translation of the Quran or put details on where they can get a free one, online if you are stingy or on a tight budget.

What not to do. Don’t turn this in to free Obama propaganda. State the reason why they are sending the CD, for Mckane, but don’t talk about how Obama is real nice and Mckane is evil. That would turn away Mckane Voters from Islam even the ones who didn’t like the CD. And let obama pay for his own advertising, maybe ask him and his gang to contribute to this? They can afford it!
Don’t turn it in to an “Islam against Muslims who”, well there are enough of them all ready. And it really puts of non-Muslims. If the thing is full of “Muslims who” the non Muslim ready will think “Muslims who” are the majority and a tiny fraction are the minority. You can state Islamic laws on issues where the CD lies, but give examples of the majority of Muslims following them. Always fill with good examples of Musim behaviour.
Good Muslims known to Americans, Malcolm X, Mohummed Ali, Jackson, Omar Sharif for older whites (His a convert too!) the sports stars, singers and actors, converts always work better!


I predict that CD may lead to Millions of People entering Islam, please use the opportunity.
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 24, 2008 10:44 AM »

Do you have a list of the states where they dumped their CDs?
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« Reply #3 on: Sep 24, 2008 11:29 AM »

salam,

not sure what the swing states are but i'm assuming the whole middle half of america above the bible belt. there's more info on cair's website: http://www.cair.com/Home.aspx
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« Reply #4 on: Sep 24, 2008 10:08 PM »

salaam

a full rebuttal:  www.obsessionwithhate.com
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« Reply #5 on: Sep 28, 2008 03:21 PM »

salaam

a full rebuttal:  www.obsessionwithhate.com

Shukran, Sis blackrose.  I read through the entire rebuttal and every subsequent link related the DVDs. 

At least people are aware and are speaking up.  I hope that Americans will be intelligent enough to see through the whole propaganda.


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When he invokes Me, I am with him.
If he reflects on Me in secret, I reply in secret,
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