June 24th, 2011
07:25 AM ET

Dutch right-winger Wilders cleared of anti-Muslim charges

(CNN) - Controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders was cleared Thursday of inciting hatred against Muslims, the Dutch justice ministry said.

Wilders was tried for inciting discrimination and hatred over a controversial film he made about Islam.

The court in Amsterdam said comments by the leader of of the Party for Freedom were "denigrating," but not illegal, the ministry said.

Wilders' film "Fitna," which he released online in March 2008 to international outcry, features disturbing images of terrorist acts superimposed over verses from the Quran in an apparent attempt to paint Islam as a threat to Western society.

It drew complaints from the European Union and the Organization of the Islamic Conference, as well as concern from the United States.

Comments Wilders made in a variety of media between 2006 and 2008 formed part of the case against him.

Read the full story here about the case against Wilders.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Hamza Muslim

    Being emotional and expressing anger will not stop these bigots. Actually our anger will not only affirm their alleged claims but also harm Prophet Muhammad's image and teaching.

    I hope every Muslim learn that Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) didn’t take revenge from the Taif’s people or even his enemies in the conquest of Mecca and he kept calling for God’s word. I ask each Muslim to see such events as a test for our rage and we need to follow Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)’s teaching to cope with it. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah said, "The strong man is not one who is good at wrestling, but the strong man is one who controls himself in a fit of rage.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] Book 1, Hadith 45.

    I think the best response to such bigot is to spread the word of Islam in Netherlands and especially at his city. I would like to see his face reaction afterword ... I bet it will be hilarious 🙂

    December 2, 2013 at 1:44 am |
  2. Ali

    Извините...В первый раз не увидел 🙁 надпись:Your comment has been saved and will be vbisile after blog owner approval.И дважды отправил почти одинаковый текст...

    April 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  3. Muneef

    A famous Dua (supplication) that the Prophet Muhammad
    (Peace be upon him) used to say at times of Anxiety or Sorrow.
    The dua is:

    "‘O Allaah", I take refuge in You from Anxiety and Sorrow, Weakness and
    Laziness, Miserliness and Cowardice, the Burden of Debts and from being Over Powered by men.’

    If we look at all the six elements that the Dua above is asking Allah for
    refuge from, we would realise that all of them are anti-Productivity
    elements that if removed from our lives we can move forward much quicker and be more productive.

    *Anxiety & Sorrow:*
    When you’re sad, bothered, or anxious about something, you cannot be
    productive as your mind is taken over by what’s bothering you. Your thought
    process is not devoted to anything else except how to get rid of your
    anxiety or sorrow. Sometimes these anxieties are small, sometimes they are
    big, but however big/small they are, the moment these anxieties take over
    your life and blur your thoughts, then you need to make this dua.

    *Weakness & Laziness:*
    Weakness is when you cannot do something, and laziness is when you do NOT
    want to do something. And the two are inter-linked. Most people who are
    lazy, end up being weak. Because what started off as something you do not
    want to do, soon becomes something you cannot do and you end up convincing yourself that you cannot ever do. Again, both these illnesses are elements which you need to ask Allah for help in removing because they are detriment to your quality of life. Imagine not being able to achieve or do anything because you are weak or lazy, how pathetic is that for a Muslim? And as in the famous hadeeth: “Seek help from Allah and do not be weak!” That’s the formula, don’t get yourself to the level of “I cannot do it” but seek help from Allah and anything is possible!

    *Miserliness & Cowardice:*
    Productivity requires you to spend, not only money, but money, time, and
    effort. And spending needs courage, because the miserly are usually cowards
    who fear poverty or fear lack of resources, but the person with courage
    moves forward fearing nothing but Allah.

    *The Burden of Debt & Being Overpowered by Men:*
    There’s nothing more enslaving than the burden of debt, and that’s why
    there’s a number of dua that Prophet Muhammad taught his followers to removesuch social slavery from his people, including one of my  duas: ‘O
    Allaah, make what is lawful enough for me, as opposed to what is unlawful,
    and spare me by Your grace, of need of others.’ Moreover, debt can also lead you to being overpowered of men described in the dua, which mainly happens when you owe other people something.

    Such a beautiful dua should always be in our prayers and prostrations, as
    we’re not free from all the elements at any one time. Moreover, if you want
    to know the cause of the above six diseases, the answer is our sins. Nothing
    else brings about sadness, anxiety, miserliness, cowardice, weakness,
    laziness and debt except for our sins, so we need to stay guard by firstly reducing our sins and secondly making the above dua abundantly, always.

    July 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
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