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Islam vs. Islamists/Muslims Against Jihad
Islam vs Islamists/Muslims Against Jihad
Director: Martyn Burke
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
NR     2008     1hr 45min

Islam vs. Islamists: Voices from the Muslim Center" and its companion documentary, "Muslims Against Jihad," tell the story of courageous anti-Islamist Muslims in Western Europe, Canada and the United States and the extraor...  more »


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Director: Martyn Burke
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Documentary
Studio: Genius Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/29/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 45min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Is an Islamist an evil person?
M. Himed | Oakland | 10/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I was about to give this dvd one star, but I thought hell, there is no reason to. Muslims feel threatened when they think their religion is being maligned, but there is nothing wrong with talking about the truth and I feel that this video does that. As a Muslim, I know that there is a need for a gut check for all Muslims in the world. This dvd will help you know what kind of insanity is happening in it. It shows us a lot of stuff about the dark side of Islam and how moderate Muslims are trying to fight the good fight. The only problem is that the dark side has some elements within it which are from the foundation of the religion of Islam. Islamism, which is defined as the belief that Islam should guide social and political as well as personal life, is seen as something evil. It is only evil when those who are trying to enforce it with criminal activity. Someone in the video said it perfectly when he gave us the example of someone who was rich and lost all his money. When that person went by his old house, someone saw him and told him he could get him back into that house, but he will have to break some laws or do some illegal things. And that is how Muslims have been thinking for the last 20 or so odd years. They want justice to prevail and they want to be guided by the moral principles of Islam, but they want to commit violence to achieve those ends.

Jihad is also portrayed as having a negative connotation. We dont think negatively when we think of self-defense, but jihad and self-defense are almost exactly the same. Jihad comes from the word Jahada, which means strive in Arabic. Muslims are to strive against evil, both inwardly and outwardly and sometimes that outward struggle requires force or fighting. The problem arises when someone starts accusing anyone or everyone of fighting him and thinks that he can use jihad to serve his own purpose. They say that Israel is killing our Muslim brothers, the U.S. and the West wants to kill Muslims in Iraq or Afghanistan. Therefore, any American or Westerner is fair-game to be killed. This is of course insane.

The part I did not understand in the second dvd is why did the Iranian woman showed us her cleavage when she talked about women being abused and forced into marriages. Can't we have a morally upright person bring us this information? I know that we have problems within Muslims communities and there was also a story of a man who was given a command by his Father to kill his sister for wanting to get a divorce. He summed it up quite nicely when he said "no Imam ever sanctions what they do, there is an unwritten rule in our culture and that is just what you do." Honor Killings, Arranged Marriages, Suicide Bombings, and every other sick and backward activity that takes place within the boundaries of the Islamic world must not be looked at as taking place because of Islam, but because of the people following their cultures and practicing Islam incorrectly. These things never happened in the time of the Prophet or the 40 years after his death and I dont think it they will be ending anytime soon, especially when you have foreign troops in the Middle East in the exact place that just happens to be loaded with barrels of oil."
Muslims against terror; what every body should know!
Medusa | Troy, MI | 03/03/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While interviewing Muslims who live in France, United States and Denmark; the viewer hears both sides of the story:
1- Muslims, who are proud of their faith, live in a democratic society and participate in building the society, while keeping their faith and spirituality. Imams, doctors, singers, journalists, and politicians are standing up to defend Islam and their newly chosen society against fundamentalists who are on a mission to destroy everybody else.
2- Extreme individuals, who claim to be real Muslims, moved to democratic countries that respect freedom of faith and speech, and used this granted freedom to try to replace these societies with a dictatorship, which these fundamentalists claim to be the word of Allah.

There is no religion that asks people to kill others, and this documentary reveals both sides of the story without bias and allows the viewers to explore the facts. One important fact reveals that Saudi Arabia funds these extremists, who belong to the fundamentalist Wahabi sect. They were sent out of Saudi Arabia to proselytize in other countries and funded with billions of dollars. Saudi Arabia guarantees peace to itself and destruction to others while still pretending to be a friendly country.

The simple and reasonable questions asked by the first group of Muslims are:
If extremists want an Islamic government, why move to a democratic country and trying to convert it? Why not going to Saudi or Iran?

By referring to the Quran and the real teachings of Islam, the first group proves that radical Islamists not Islam are the problem.

The only answers that extremists offer are death threats against everybody who disagrees with them. This blind, narrow minded minority gave themselves the right of being God on earth; judging who's a believer and who's not and who should live and who should be killed.

This documentary is a great unbiased work that shows both sides of the story and reveal the intentions of fundamentalists in Europe and the United States. The only thing I would add to this honest work is that these fundamentalists are not targeting civilians in Europe and the Untied States only; they are against every open minded person all over the world. The destruction wrought by these groups affects civilians in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Algeria, and Iraq.
Countless geniuses all over the world have been assassinated by fundamentalist groups; their anger started against other Muslims and now has spread to the rest of the world.