Malawi Muslims divided over reactions on anti-Islam film

Representatives of the Muslim Association of (Malawi MAM) says they have no plans hold demonstration protesting against the US anti-Islam Film which depicts the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a womanizer and a warmonger.

MAM’s General Secretary Sheik Dr Salmin Omar Idruss was reacting to reports that some Muslims are planning to match to the American Embassy in the capital Lilongwe to president their petition.

Omar said they can’t hold demonstration because Islam is a peaceful religion which does not condone all forms of acts that would promote violence.

“After all we never watched the film, so on what basis can we hold the demonstrations?”
Salmin Omar Idruss: No protests in Malawi

However this is contrary to recent remarks made by Director of Muslim Society for Human Rights and Justice (MSHRJ) Sheikh Aman Matiya who said Muslims are ready to defend and die for their religion.

US Embassy and government authorities reportedly quizzed  MAM chairman as well Sheikh Matiya to explain what they meant when they said “Muslims are ready to defend and die for their religion.”

The Malawi Muslims Official Website is quoting MAM’s National Chairman Sheikh Idrissa Muhammad as saying  Matiya’s views are personal and don’t represent those of the Muslim community in Malawi.

“The Muslim Society for Human Rights and Justice is not an affiliate of MAM otherwise it could have consulted us first before going to the media. We therefore distance ourselves from the remarks made (by Matiya) and that we are not responsible for any inconveniences this may cause,” Sheikh Idrissa Muhammad told the online publication.

Meanwhile Matiya  has retracted his stand claiming that it was the reporter who misquoted him.

Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) has distanced itself from the  reaction to the US anti-Islam Film.

Innocence of Muslims

The person believed to have made the film  – Innocence of Muslims– which has been widely circulated on the internet in English and Arabic is  Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, an Egyptian Copt living in southern California and was using the pseudonym Sam Bacile.

Any portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad is considered blasphemous, and the film depicts him as a foolish, power-hungry man.

The character is also seen having sex with his wife and other women. In one scene he is seen sanctioning the sexual abuse of children, in another he says he is gay.

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