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Action Alert against Google, YouTube and the Government

Just casting our glances back a few years to September 10th 2005 when a series of cartoons depicting the Prophet Salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam as a terrorist with a bomb, published by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Poste, clearly demonstrates how the Muslim community did not sit back to allow a precedence to be set. The Eastern Muslim communities together served a damaging blow to Denmark and all the other countries who took the decision to support the reprinting of the cartoons. We saw Denmark’s export trade dented by the boycott of the many Danish food products stacked all over the Eastern world’s store shelves. We witnessed an immediate diplomatic response from the Ambassadors of 10 Islamic countries complaining to the Danish Prime Minister about the cartoons. The editor of the French newspaper ‘France Soir’ was fired for re-printing the cartoons. Several Muslim groups in France and Denmark took French and Danish papers to court for publicly insulting Islam. The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a non-binding text proposed by Pakistan on behalf of several Islamic states which “prohibits the defamation of religion” and finally we witnessed a mass surge of protests in Iran, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Kuala Lumpur, Pakistan to the Dutch, French, Italian and Norwegian embassies.[1] 

Although the world witnessed some of the above protests turning to violence and tragedy, let us not undermine or forget the united stand (peaceful, strategic and effective) that formulated within the Muslim communities and their leaders. We should use the positives from it to build upon and improve our responses and reactions for any future insults to come, including the current broadcasting of the Film ‘Innocence of Muslims’.

Countless violent demonstrations have again swept the world in recent days as history repeated itself, and yet again not much was achieved except embassy closures. So the questions arises: are there other, more effective measures people can take to bring about more of a powerful lobby effect against those responsible for the current insult?

With much of the focus primarily landing on protests to the American Embassies worldwide, signs are showing that the Muslim community may have learnt from the missed opportunities of past episodes. Instead what has started to emerge are efforts to organise the more effective means many have been discussing. Current initiatives have begun to focus on companies equally if not more blame worthy for the current situation. Google and YouTube stand out as the major catalysts for the tensions and hostilities witnessed on the news, whilst in retrospect, they are amongst the primary candidates able to instil some element of resolution to satisfy the billions they have offended and upset.

However, instead of acting responsibly by way of offering public apologies and sanctioning actions of withdrawal, Google recently refused, unwisely, to stop showing the movie that made fun of our Prophet saw’s even at the request of the White House under the excuse of freedom of speech.

As difficult as it seems, If individuals and companies were to stop using the Google search engine, Google adds and all the other paid and free services offered by Google until they decided to act responsibly, it would cause loses of millions and millions of dollars. And because we know that the only real weak spot and interest organisations/corporations like Google and YouTube have these days is the healthiness of their bank balance, a boycott seems an obvious and one of the few peaceful ways forward.

It seems profoundly ironic yet reassuring, that whilst the addiction to profit and ranking is intoxicating to levels that make alcoholism look harmless, one should never turn a blind eye to the sorry, humiliating state of a hangover addict. And the irony of course being that whilst massive profits and ranking equal power, Allah has instilled into these very elements such a huge degree of weakness and instability as the driving force behind them is ultimately the people/general public/consumer/service user etc.

The Muslim community, by way of the purchasing power they hold collectively, have a very easy action point facing them which may just prove to be the most powerful strategy to hand in having our requests heard and perhaps even sanctioned due to the manipulative nature of their purchasing power. If the only care and interest YouTube, Google and any other organisation that insults Islam has is their worthless  bank balances, then let us attack that head on and let us do so in the most aggressive (yet physically peaceful) means we can.

We encourage Muslims and non Muslims alike to support the various boycotts and e-petitions available by 1) acting upon the few points below and 2) turning this article and the action points below into an ‘echo on the web’ and a viral catastrophe for Google and Youtube. All those Muslims holding facebook and twitter accounts with subscribers hitting the millions must act to not only support this cause which every Muslim on earth can unite behind but also to help change the behaviour of the Muslim community who opt for violent methods of lobbying. We can only hope to have achieved a behavioural shift once we are able demonstrate and prove that our peaceful methods are much, much more powerful and effective then violent protests.

We have to understand that Islam teaches us to be active and in many cases we intend to do things irrespective of the outcome. The Prophet SAW commanded us to plant the tree even if we see that the day of resurrection is about to start. Furthermore, the Prophet SAW said: “Whoever among you sees an evil action, then let him change it with his hand [by taking action]; if he cannot, then with his tongue [by speaking out]; and if he cannot, then with his heart – and that is the weakest of faith.” 

This hadith does not leave a space for any Muslim to sit passively. The Prophet saw carried out different types of responses to the harms of his enemies.  Apart from military action he used the power of media and the economic boycott. The person should not evaluate any action according to his individual own actions, rather he should evaluate it according to the outcome of the mass when they react.

In light of the above I urge you all to action the following;

1) Stop using Google and its services.

These are some popular search engines that you can use instead of Google:

www.bing.co.uk
www.altavista.com/
www.search.aol.com/
www.compuserve.com/
www.directhit.com/
www.euroseek.net/
www.excite.com/
www.alltheweb.com/
www.findwhat.com/
www.hotbot.com/
www.looksmart.com/
www.lycos.com/
www.search.netscape.com/
www.dmoz.org/
www.overture.com/
www.yahoo.com/

        These are some other popular email service providers you can use instead of Google who allow you to export your contacts and emails over from Google; 

Yahoo! mail
Hotmail
Microsoft Outlook
AOL mail
Apple mail

2) Support and complete the two powerful online e-petitions currently on the web.

Both should be signed and supported. Reaching at least 1 million on each within a few days is a must and would send a powerful message to both Google and the Government 

Sign e-petition to Google, click here

Sign e-petition to the UK Government, click here

3)  
File a complaint direct to YouTube.

File a complaint of a claim of defamation against the Prophet SAW by clicking here.
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tate the specific offensive material that has been found in both the Trailer and the movie, i.e. that the Prophet saws was personified, vilified, called names, disrespected etc. And to Allah we turn to for aid and assistance.

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Sources:www.islam21c.com
Islam21c requests all the readers of this article, and others, to share it on your facebook, twitter, and other platforms to further spread our efforts.[1]http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/8864935/Prophet-Mohammed-in-cartoons-a-history.html 

About Shaikh (Dr) Haitham Al-Haddad

Dr. Haitham al-Haddad is a jurist and serves as a judge for the Islamic Council of Europe. He has studied the Islamic sciences for over 20 years under the tutelage of renowned scholars such as the late Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia as well as the retired Head of the Kingdom's Higher Judiciary Council. He specialises in many of the Islamic sciences and submitted his doctoral thesis on Islamic jurisprudence concerning Muslim minorities. Shaikh Haitham is highly respected having specialised knowledge in the field of fiqh, usul al-fiqh, maqasid al-shari'ah, ulum al-Qur’an, tafsir, aqidah, and fiqh al-hadith. He provides complex theories which address the role of Islamic jurisprudence within a western environment whilst also critically re-analysing the approach of Islamic jurists in forming legal rulings (ifta’) within a western socio-political context. He has many well known students most of whom are active in dawah and teaching in the West. The shaikh is an Islamic jurist (faqih) and as such is qualified to deliver verdicts as a judge under Islamic law, a role he undertakes at the Islamic Council of Europe as Islamic judge and treasurer. Dr Haitham al-Haddad also sits on various the boards of advisors for Islamic organisations, mainly in the United Kingdom but also around the world.

19 comments

  1. Very good article. I absolutely love this website. Continue the
    good work!

  2. Switching from google to others.
    Just uninstalled google chrome, switched to mozilla firefox.
    Switched search engine from Google to Bing.
    Thinking of switching from Android to Windows phone or iPhone.

    Only problem is youtube is really only viable video sharing website? so what to switch to?

  3. Rimon Choudhury

    Mr
    If I write an derogatory to black people, I will be arrestested for racism. This will oviously be hurtful to the black person, not that I will ever do that. Another hand I mock my neighbour and make fun of him, this is will be anti social and asbo will be served on me. So the question is where is the freedom of speech gone now. I believe this an abuse of freedom of speech. How can someone insult ones religion and hide behind freedom of speech, this is total nonsense. We muslims dont go around mock or insult other religions. Its about time insulting any religion not only islam be illegal.

  4. Regards to the statement in the article “person should not evaluate any action according to his individual own actions, rather he should evaluate it according to the outcome of the mass when they react” …….this is contradictory to another statement in the article – where the prophet commands to plant a tree even if the Day of Resurrection is about to fall.

    Islamically intention counts, if you don’t do an action that is commanded in Islam because you weight the positives and negatives, then that will be for your own loss, God will grant victory to Islam anyway. The prophet said there will be prophet who had no followers, prophet who had one follower etc. but what counted was they did what was commanded of them, their success was not measured by the results. In the battles that the prophet fought, some turned their back when they thought the prophet died or they were losing, the battle did not depend on the prophet dying or if they turned their back, it was decided by God, but those who turned their back showed what they were made of. When near the end of times the Muslim army fights the Romans or disbelievers, there will 1/3 who would die, 1/3 turn their back and the remaining 1/3 victorious as it’s God who gives victory, and for the 1/3 that ran away God will never accept their repentense but victory did not depend on them.

    For the person who commented upon moon god, in that case maybe it must the star god that Jews worship. The moon and star symbol is not an Islamic symbol it’s from the last Islamic caliphate to date the Otman empire, during the prophet’s time there was simple colored flag with words.
    Allah is the Arabic name for God that predates Islam. The ARabic speaking Jews and Christians use Allah to refer to God. In ARamaic the langugage Christian scolars believe Jesus spoke the word for God is Allah. The semitic langugages are similar and have the same root word for God. Even Ibrahim who is believed to be from around Irak where the langugae at the time was Aramaic would have referred to God as Allah.
    Islam is strictly monotheistic.

    Comment on “Peter mandelson stated quite clearly that a boycott on one eu country would be considered a boycott of all eu countries.” See how they act while with regards to other coutries they divide and rule, they put Satan worshipping leaders like Bashar in Syria when they broke up the kilafa Otman Empire, now Bashar’s army chant “there is no God but Bashar”!! and they write this is mosque and kill Muslims (and Christians).

    During the prophet’s time to the Islamic caliphates Christians and Jews had full freedom to practice their relgion including having their own law courts (though they were allowed to use Islamic courts too if they prefer). The “free west” as never allowed Muslims to have their own law courts therefore Muslims are not practicing their religion. In France the largest Mulims community in western Europe, hijab is banned in education and work, dicriminating Muslims women. They are forced to disobey God. If this is the case then it becomes obligotory on the Muslims to leave to Muslims lands where they can practice
    When angels take the souls of those who die in sin against their souls, they say: “In what (plight) Were ye?” They reply: “Weak and oppressed Were we in the earth.” They say: “Was not the earth of Allah spacious enough for you to move yourselves away (From evil)?” Such men will find their abode in Hell,- What an evil refuge! -(Quran 4:97)

    After 800 years of Muslims rule in Spain where Jews and Chrisitans were given full religious freedom, when Christians took over (because some Muslims divided and started siding with Chrisian kings because of greed and stopped practicing their religion which is what gave them victory in the first place)they gave a choice to Muslims and Jews to be expelled or convert then changed to die or convert.

    Today its’ the secularists who impose thier ideas on others whetehr it be banning wearing hijab or imposing their idea of capitalism, secularims by force either by invading or carrying out assassination or other methods.

  5. Asad_Iftikhar

    Need Unity
    The biggest problem of Muslims is lack of our unity, but I am not hopeless; let’s start from now. Don’t get influenced by weak Muslims around you; have a personal deal with your Lord and be resolute. With out unity we can’t even force our own Muslim governments; leave the international organizations and governments apart. So strengthen your spirit of sacrifice and live a simple life. Sacrifice is the key of real success, and simplicity is the key of strength. Work on your Emaan, and reset your priorities; weak Emaan will only trap you in this system of Dajjal (antichrist).

  6. How to stop the anti-islam video
    I think the solution is simple. Someone just needs to claim a copyright violation and Google has to stop it. If not you can take Google to court and they have to follow through. It may be later determined that it was not yours but if we each keep complaining it will be removed for eternity

  7. SICK
    Bismillah,
    In this day and age I find it difficult to believe that there are people who still do not know that muslims worship GOD the creator of all creation.He is the only one who deserves to be worshipped and HE calls Himself ALLAH. HE has created you(developed sperm and ovum) even if out of ignorance and various forms of prejudices you detest it. He has chosen an arab Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) to convey the final message. It is a message he lived by and muslims the world over try to imitate him from the time they get out of bed to time they sleep at nights. They try to live like him every second of the day so love for him is profound .Those who associate color and race with worship,may God,Allah show you mercy. However I encourage intelligent and peaceful disapproval of this gross slander.

  8. Rubbish
    Bismillah.
    Comments made against the teachings of Islam from a point of view of not knowing and thoughtlessness are indications of various prejudices at work. Muslims are being told who they are worshipping and being advised to read Quran.I agree that muslims should always be encouraged to read the Quran but they have relevant people in place to give that advice. You go find a knowledgeable muslim to explain the teachings of Islam to you. Those who do not know are not in a position to advise those who know. There is Only one God worthy of worship and Muslims call him Allah. It is important to note here that He calls HIMSELF ALLAH.HE is the Creator of All creation including you(developed sperm and ovum) if even you detest it. He is NOT a human of any color.NOthing He created or creates look like Him so He does not look like your race. You cannot identify yourself with him based on that criterion. The special human being he has chosen to deliver the final message(Islam) to all humans is an Arab. When racial hatred can move humans to attempt to denigrate a special man and religion sent by Lord of all the worlds how much lower can someone go. Every muslim who worths his salt is hurt when any of the messengers sent by God is insulted but the love for prophet Muhammad( peace be upon him) is always profound because the muslims lives like him from the time he is awake until he goes to bed at nights. The muslim tries to follow his teachings closely until he or she is overtaken by death.The muslim tries his best to imitate him in all facets of life. Don’t you expect the Muslim to be hurt? I encourage intelligent protesting of this slander. The muslim is not a murderer of innocent people so keep that in mind also.

  9. Read sura Kauthar, third verse! Inna atayna……etc.
    English Translation by Mohammed Marmaduke Pickthall:
    Lo! We have given thee Abundance. So pray unto they Lord, and sacrifice.  Lo! It is thy insulter (and not thou) who is without posterity. 
    English Translation by Yusuf Ali:
    To thee have We granted the Fount (of Abundance).  Therefore to thy Lord turn in Prayer and Sacrifice. For he who hateth thee, he will be cut off (from Future Hope). 
    So, we should do what we can and then leave it up to Allah, as the third verse states those that insult the Prophet (saw) will be the losers!

  10. Action against Google
    Masha-allah. I am sure with the grace of Allah S.W.T., we will succeed

  11. rubbish
    Muslims protested over a stupid video and cartoon that any other person/peoples would have brushed aside because they feel stood over for being misunderstood in their religion! When infact their rrligion is nothing more then worshipping of the Moon.Surfers worship the moon but dont protest ova petty things ,and all the muslims I saw had broke their own laws not to harm but forgive,so back to the Koran please

    • Peter..it was good that you at least found the sense of unity from the muslim ummah by your words “and all the muslims..”.

  12. rubbish
    Muslims protested over a stupid video and cartoon that any other person/peoples would have brushed aside because they feel stood over for being misunderstood in their religion! When infact their rrligion is nothing more then worshipping of the Moon.Surfers worship the moon but dont protest ova petty things ,and all the muslims I saw had broke their own laws not to harm but forgive,so back to the Koran please

  13. I think what the author fails to realise is that the cartoons were still published and were ten republished across Europe not just in France. Secondly when some Muslim countries threatened a boycot Peter mandelson stated quite clearly that a boycott on one eu country would be considered a boycott of all eu countries. As such all the Muslim countries retracted their threat. Any effective boycott or sanction has to be state level therefore the question is how do we expose or pressure our govt over their inaction.

  14. Muhammad Umar Chand

    We support every peaceful means of bringing the fact home to the hearts of Islamophobic Westerners that insulting any religion in any way that they can proudly attribute to freedom of speech. No one goes to his neighbour’s and shouts curses at him claiming to be using his right of freedom of speech. It is hatred in their hearts and their ignorance and cheapness that entices them into insulting particularly Islam. I would think that it is because of weakness of Islamic governments that they are overawed by the Western poisonous rhetoric and keep mum most of the times. They should rise up to their responsibility and tell the Governments of these hypocritical freedom of speech worshippers to teach their ignorants to behave in real civilised way and stop playing these silly games. How come, they have laws against questioning any aspect of holocaust and dub everybody anti-semitic who points out the atrocities of the occupying zionists of Palestine, but they are free to insult Islam and its Prophet, peace be upon him

  15. Muhammad Umar Chand

    Action Against Google Utube or Governments involved in insulting
    We support every peaceful means of bringing the fact home to the hearts of Islamophobic Westerners that insulting any religion in any way that they can proudly attribute to freedom of speech. No one goes to his neighbour’s and shouts curses at him claiming to be using his right of freedom of speech. It is hatred in their hearts and their ignorance and cheapness that entices them into insulting particularly Islam. I would think that it is because of weakness of Islamic governments that they are overawed by the Western poisonous rhetoric and keep mum most of the times. They should rise up to their responsibility and tell the Governments of these hypocritical freedom of speech worshippers to teach their ignorants to behave in real civilised way and stop playing these silly games. How come, they have laws against questioning any aspect of holocaust and dub everybody anti-semitic who points out the atrocities of the occupying zionists of Palestine, but they are free to insult Islam and its Prophet, peace be upon him

  16. Muhammad Umar Chand

    Action Against Google Utube or Governments involved in insulting
    We support every peaceful means of bringing the fact home to the hearts of Islamophobic Westerners that insulting any religion in any way that they can proudly attribute to freedom of speech. No one goes to his neighbour’s and shouts curses at him claiming to be using his right of freedom of speech. It is hatred in their hearts and their ignorance and cheapness that entices them into insulting particularly Islam. I would think that it is because of weakness of Islamic governments that they are overawed by the Western poisonous rhetoric and keep mum most of the times. They should rise up to their responsibility and tell the Governments of these hypocritical freedom of speech worshippers to teach their ignorants to behave in real civilised way and stop playing these silly games. How come, they have laws against questioning any aspect of holocaust and dub everybody anti-semitic who points out the atrocities of the occupying zionists of Palestine, but they are free to insult Islam and its Prophet, peace be upon him

  17. should be mentioned

    Google Owns Youtube
    Google Owns Youtube it should be made clear

  18. A must to act upon!
    Salaam Aleikum
    MashaAllah, may Allah increase the wisdom and insight of sheikh Haitham for this
    very useful article!
    Wa Aleikum As Salaam
    Imran

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