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Belgium broadcasts an anti-Islam TV program

Date: 28/04/2012 A.D 07/06/1433 H

Translated by: Manal Samhat

News…

“Today’s Issues” program that is aired on a French speaking Belgian TV channel broadcasted a number of anti-Islam opinions and ideas, which enraged the Muslims in the country, knowing that a number of Belgian politicians and representatives of the Islamic community criticized this program that always seeks spreading a negative view about Islam…

Philippe Moureaux, the mayor of Saint-Jans-Molenbeek, where many Muslims reside, stated that having the national TV channels handle racial and Islamophobia topics has become unbearable and unacceptable…

He also considered that the program tries, through unconvincing bad examples, to spread a negative view about Muslims amidst the public opinion, criticizing those in charge of the program for not mentioning one positive thing about Muslims…

Mahinur Ozdemir, an MP in the Belgian Parliament in Brussels and a Muslim woman of Turkish origin, said: The program reflects an immoral image of the Muslim Belgians, which contradicts with the principle of non-biased television in the state…

Comment…

Such programs should respect the feelings of Muslims and all other religion, and not violate their dignities. Actually, they should be replaced by other programs that call for approximating people, communication and openness so as to relieve the reality from feelings of tension, anxiety and fear from the other. Islam is a religion of love and peace, and it has nothing to do with extremism and terrorism. On the contrary, it calls for building one’s character and instilling vitality, efficiency and influence in it so that it would be productive at the general human level and it erects bridges of communication with all races and religions via dialogue and openness. Until when will the Muslims remain a rich material for media and political exploitation and consumption at every phase and turning point?!

In a related context, His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra), says: “Dear loved ones… [Difficult] circumstances have driven you to immigrate to countries where Islam has no base and no power… Islam, in these countries, suffers from several elements of deviation that derail the people from the straight path. Actually, it lives under huge pressures that might defeat those who believe in it as they have to face all the arrogant schemes and pressures that defy their security, thought and interests in life.

Dear loved ones… Be strong against temptations… be steadfast against challenges and be patient against any psychological and financial distresses… Be free by not succumbing to any person who aims at derailing them from the straight path… Be free through your free willpower, keeping in mind that freedom is not to be able to roam in the different places in the world. True freedom is to have a free will and stick to it against all those trying to pressure you and cancel your humanity…

[Extracted from the book “The challenges of the Immigration countries”]

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