Bandar Seri Begawan - Imams in Brunei Darussalam yesterday urged Muslims not to contribute to the spreading of the controversial film, "Innocence of Muslims", through the new media, and not to be easily influenced with such things that could destabilise public order and endanger life, as it is against the teachings of Islam.
In a Friday sermon, Imams recalled an incident several years ago when caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) that were published in foreign newspapers by non-Muslims sparked worldwide outrage and condemnation.
"It is deeply sad to note that the 'Innocence of Muslims' film, which portrays untrue pictures of the Prophet, was produced recently by non-Muslims," Imams said. "The 14-minute video clip misled and insulted our beloved Prophet. It is an irresponsible act and was a tactic by the enemies of Islam to spark anger and denigrate Muslims."
The controversial film has received backlash, inflamed anger and sparked wide condemnation amongst the Muslim world and Brunei is no exception where the Sultanate also condemned such film especially when it was uploaded in the new media, such as YouTube.
The Imams said: "As the Ummah of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), we are saddened and furious with what has been perpetrated by the enemies of Islam.
"However, we should not act beyond what has been stipulated in 'Syarak' and we must not get influenced with happenings or events that could destabilise the public order, safety of property and life as it is against Islamic teachings.
"Dire punishment awaits those who maltreat the Prophet.
"Muslims must love the Prophet and it should not be just merely through words but by adhering to his teachings."--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin