Should Muslims support Catholics demanding a ban on Da Vinci Code movie? Or should they stay neutral? Well, some Muslim leaders in India and Canada have already issued religious decrees seeking a ban on the movie. In fact, a few Muslim leaders from Bombay went even further threatening violent demonstrations if the movie was released.
What is Da Vinci code and why should one take it seriously even though it is a book of fiction. The issue at hand is not the literary style and the descriptive narratives or the mystery it weaves around its characters, it is the distortion of some of the historical facts around the character of Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him - ), which is at the center of the controversy. The book and the movie deal with a number of issues related with faith, history and culture. They definitely erode the foundations of faith for both protestants and Catholics as they present Jesus in a manner that an average Christian is not familiar with.
From the perspectives of Muslims, some of the assumptions reinforce their own religious views on Jesus , while the others are contrary to Islamic beliefs.
For instance, on four issues, Da Vinci code essentially presents a view point similar to that one finds in the Quran as well as in Muslim history. The book and the movie assert that Jesus was not viewed as God until the fourth century. Muslim historians concur with that assertion. The movie highlights the role of emperor Constantine in projecting Jesus as God and Muslims agree with that analysis. The movie suggests that the Roman emperor unified Christians on the divinity of Jesus and forced a version of New Testament upon them that suited this ideology. Muslims' view is slightly different. They argue that it was the split within the Church that caused this issue to dominate the Christian scene and priests rather than politicians influenced the decision of the Roman emperor. The final point on which both Muslim and the author of the book agree is that the message of Jesus was distorted to suit the will of Emperor of Rome and his supporters.
However, when the movie talks about the character of Prophet Jesus, Muslim viewpoint does not agree with the views of the author. Muslims support Christians claim that the movie distorts the figure of Prophet Jesus . The movie shows that Jesus and Mary Magdelene married secretly. Muslims do not agree with this assertion and believe that even if he did it would not diminish his character. The movie further says that the two had a daughter whose name was Sarah and whose progeny still survives in Europe. Muslims reject this claim as well.
The argument is simple. Those who are revered by billions of people all over the world can not be subject to fictional distortions. Religious figures should be spared from harsh criticism by those who rely only on selected and subjective sources.
The movie also asserts that the Catholic church is involved in murders and assassinations of those who knew of this secret and wanted to expose it. Obviously, it is an assertion that exists in the imagination of the author. The second issue is that the Church is aware of the truth and is deliberately trying to cover it up. Both assumptions are based on fiction and both are meant to create more confusion.
The film and the book supporters present the first amendment in support of their work. In their zeal of freedom of speech they fail to recognize that freedom does not give them a license to assassinate the character of religious icons. The movie is promoting fictional falsehood about the character of Jesus .
We hope that the true nature and mission of Jesus will bring the essence of the Lord of all Creation into our lives.
Dr. Aslam Abdullah is editor-in-Chief of the Muslim Observer and the director of the Islamic Society of Nevada as well as the director of the Muslim Electorates Council of America.
To "a believer in christ's divinity" ... I agree everybody has the right to say whatever he/she wants, as long as it is respectful, but I think you pretending to ignore (or on purpose??) that this is an Islamic Website, so... how come you feel free to shout your belief? I respect your belief, of course, you can believe in 0,1,2,3 divinities or god's persons, but i don't get your interest of shouting your belief in the divinity of Jesus (pbuh), unless you are using this website to preach your faith. I humbly rememenber you that you are an "outsider" of our belief.
Now, see the point why so many Muslims don't even bother to listen to christians? They claim respect and fill their mouths of democracy and human rights, particularly americans, with their so called model of freedom, and complain about lack of respect for christians in arab countries... but let me tell you, you do the same, you are sending millions of free bibles to Muslim countries, preachers also pretending to be Muslims (true storie) to get into Muslim comunities and dliver their message.
You believe whatever your heart says so, I respect that, we Muslims respect that, but don't use this Islamic website to preach.
Next time, show me with your actions what you believe, not with your words.
With respect, a former christian, now Muslim, alhamdulillah.
about our beliefs which match with the book,but my question is that is there in Islam in any way told about Jesus's marriage at all.i think there is no information in our books wether Jesus (alaihisalaaam)married or not.So wot should we, being muslims answer if a non muslim wants to know do about it?
1-That Jesus is a prophit and not God.
2-That God's word to Jesus has been modified to suit some power seekers.
Thus, I would like to have all christians see the movie and read the book as an eye opener. They may revise these points as they would make a much larger improvement in their faith than the harm caused by the story of jesus' marriage, which still supports his being a human being.
Jesus at Calvary was The Omnipotent JHWH suffering to perfectly save those that believe in His work of redemption, Halleluja! May God bless you all in the Name of Jesus the ever living One, The Great Son Of Jehova God...Thankyou...
I think the Hollywood would like to make a fuss over the movie so that as many people as possible become curios and end up going to watch it. This is a proven strategy and it has worked.
Personally I won't go and waste my time on it. After anti Christ (Dajjal) has appeared and is busy creating havoc and calling himself God, Jesus Christ peace be upon him will come back to Earth and then he will get married, that is all I know and care about.
But it nowhere does mention that this or any like thing was actually tought by Jesus AS. Also it does mention Jesus AS to be married but atleast that has been shown to be in knowledge of His companions. So it does not put any shadow on Jesus AS. Rather it puts on most important thing too vociforoulsy, that is the Humanity of Jesus AS and clearly mentions that it was only centuries later that the facts were altered and Jesu AS was represented as Son of God to suit the interest of Romen Emperor Constantine.
As regards to church, it does put the church of the time of constantine in negative light, but it clearly bails out todays church and priests as the holy and peacful entities.
My only comment is: is it worth to enjoy or not. Any other concern is, at least for me, nonsense.
you go, enjoy the movie or not, and forget about it. It is just for fun.
Can the movie confuse people? Oh yes, some people will be confused even with Mickey Mouse... and I don't care. Ignorants will be around up to the end of this world.
If someone takes a movie to make religious or historical, or philosophical conclusions is a true fool. Fools who want to remain fools, and fools who refuse to read and study to make serious conclusions are even more fools. And they have their own reward.
Come on guys!, is just a movie! ... and don't tell me that "concerned and pious" Muslims are banning this movie... they are fools too.
I come from the perspective of Religion being "Faith Based". If one has faith then one has religion - irrespective of what religion he/she follows. Once you adopt to this emotion called Faith, then you learn or atleast endevour to learn to seperate Faith from all else. As for the book, I really don't care what the author or anyone else writes or talks about - simply becasue I have Faith in the Divine and His Message. For me Jesus (Peace be Upon him) was a human and among God's Prophets. That is the beginning and end of my faith. All else don't matter. I will sit through the movie and for duration it lasts enjoy it and forget about it. Was the catholic church involved in criminal activities?. One should search the history and infact look around us in the current world. The answer is there for all to see
We can look forward to more dastadly and useless write-ups in the days ahead as it were.
We MUSLIMS do not necessarily have to be agrieved as it is apparent that all forces, their agents and promoters will one day, all end up in hell, In-Sha ALLAH.
I would say first that the Catholic Church (at least at the top) takes a very open approach to Islam compared to its stance of previous centuries... and that it shines out amoung many Christian organizations for this reason. This is specific however to the Catechism.. and some bishops take a different position.
I do not think the current day Catholic church is capable of such a thing, though its role in suppressing alternative theologies in past centuries is undeniable... it has been effectively declawed since Vatican II and that needs to be addressed...
Either way it is work of fiction and the author is not saying the modern church did what the member of the Opus dei did in the book...
As for Jesus being married or not... it is irrelevant to his message... and marriage in secret is debated in Islam between Shia and Sunni anyway...
The main thing I don't see mentioned here is that the supposed true followers of Jesus engaged in sex ritual. While we know if we read the epistles that some of this did occur in the early church I am inclined to believe that this was simply an example of the amount of decentralization and paganization of early christianity... and was only an early symtom pagan corruption that would become a later problem...
Returning that back on a prophet and the proper practice his religion is revolting... and the book displays a love of the ammoral sexual attitudes taking hold in the west to the disgust of christian religious leaders, conservative Christians and Muslims alike.
Making Jesus more human is good.
If Da Vinci Code could prove today that Jesus was a simple human being not a divine figure, it was happenned because of freedom of speech. This point goes on favour of Islam. The writer didn't dishonour Jesus, he tried to present his arguement for it. We know that lies can't reign long time...therefore, one big lie is about to come out from Christianity. This may shake the basement of their belief and inspire them to search for truth.
If they search for the truth, they will end up to Islam. And Allah challanges in Quran to disprove his words if anyone can. Islam never scare of seeking truth. So, I am in favour of this book and movie.
I only had 3 options to choose from: For, Against and Indifferent. Mine is number four.
I disagree with Dr. Abdullah about some of the conclusions:
1. The movie shows that Jesus and Mary Magdelene married secretly. Muslims do not agree with this assertion and believe that even if he did it would not diminish his character.
Unless the comment was misquoted, it's contradictory within itself. We do not know if Jesus married or didn't, secretly or otherwise. And who said that Muslims reject the point that if Jesus did actually marry, that he had a daughter?
2. The movie also asserts that the Catholic church is involved in murders and assassinations of those who knew of this secret and wanted to expose it. Obviously, it is an assertion that exists in the imagination of the author.
This maybe true, but the Church (Vatican) is a powerful entity on its own. How can we as Muslims reject that the Church could not be involved in such a practice? Do we know that for a fact?
My final point is that we seem to make a bigger deal of this just suddenly. What about Prophet Musa (Moses) who was depicted in various ways in movies? Where was our voice then?
Where the movie detracts from our Islamic beliefs is when it asserts that the prophet Jesus married and had a child BEFORE HE WAS ALLEGDELY CRUCIFIED (note: we Muslims don't believe he was crucified). If you analyze this more thoroughly, you can see that this is in line with what we as Muslims will believe to the Prophet Isa in future.
Weighing the pros and cons of the movie, I feel that it does more good than harm for Muslims. At the very least, it shakes up the tenets of the Christian faith, and at it worst it ascribes character to the prophet Isa that we believe, will happen in the future.
I really do not see the need for violent demonstrations by Muslims due to this movie. It will be interesting to note how the Catholics respond to this movie. I doubt that they will resort to violent protests like that of the Muslim cartoon chariciture event.
Quran has reference that he was not married. I had the chance to go to web site: mostmerciful.com, whose argument that Jesus should have been married as per Quran---- seems to be acceptable to me.
The film is absurd to suggests that Jesus (pbuh) has married Mary and had had daughter.
Perhaps Muslim should also boycot the film?
If I remember correctly, we did boycot The Last Temptation of Jesus?
Religion is an ideology and therefore deserves no protection plain and simple. Any religion should be able to stand up to discussion or ridicule, especially if it is the 'one'!
I am a little disappointed to read this article. After reading the
book I can say is that there is nothing in the book that Muslims
should object to. The book does not abuse Jesus or cast
aspersions on his character. To state that he married is perfectly
believable and can in no way be considered objectionable to
Muslims. The objection being raised by some Muslims is in my
opinion because of two reasons. First, Muslims see this as a
good opportunity to side with believing Christians expecting
them to return the favour when Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is
insulted. This in my view is too much to expect, atleast from the
christian right. Secondly, it is due to our tendency to feel
suscipious about all modern artistic expressions about religious
figures. This suspicion is well founded to some extent (e.g. in
light of Satanic verses and cartoon controversy). However we
should try look at each issue seperately and judge it on its own
Islam is clear, Allah,the prophet, and the truth are not to be toyed with.
Stand up, Muslims, for truth, for you are the only people who know it, able to stand for it,and pay the price for such act. The cost is dear, but Paradise isdearer.