"I didn't watch the video - it would have disgusted me"
On Thursday afternoon, I joined a protest in front of the United States embassy, which is located near my workplace. Protesters were brandishing signs that read, ‘Everything except the Prophet’. The protest was quite peaceful – there were no insults or acts of violence.Personally, I decided not to watch the video because it’s against our religion to depict the Prophet. And in any case, watching Mohammad being made fun of would have digusted me.People here know that the United States government has nothing to do with this awful video. But they wanted to show their anger in front of the US embassy because that’s the country in which the film was made.
"I protested to ask the United States to ban the film"
My friends told me I shouldn’t see the movie because just watching it would constitute a sin. Still, I wanted to understand its contents, so I watched an excerpt dubbed into Arabic on YouTube. I was quite shocked. In the excerpt, which lasted 13 minutes, our Prophet – blessed be his name – was portrayed as a sex addict and a paedophile. The film also claims Christians were oppressed by Muslims, which I believe is false.So I decided to take part in a protest on Thursday, along with thousands of others, to denounce this awful anti-Islam production and ask the United States to ban it. I understand that the United States government is not responsible for making this movie. But perhaps lawmakers could pass a law banning anti-Muslim acts.
"I may not know the details of these video, but I find it unacceptable that anyone would depict the Prophet in the first place"
Because I live in South Kordofan, I have very limited access to Internet and to the media. Therefore I was unable to do my own research about this film.All I saw was a short excerpt, maybe a few minutes long, that a Sudanese friend living in the United States sent me by email. I don’t understand English very well, but my friend explained that it was a parody and that its goal was to ridicule Islam and Muslims, as well as to insult the Prophet Muhammad. And yesterday, at the mosque in my neighbourhood, I saw a poster inviting worshippers to attend a meeting where the film’s content would be explained.I am against the use of violence and I condemn what happened in Libya. This is very bad for the image of Muslims throughout the world. However, I do think it is necessary to go out and protest so that the world understands that this film insulted millions of people. I may not know the details of these insults, but I find it unacceptable that anyone would depict the Prophet in the first place. [Many Muslims believe the Koran bans all depictions of the Prophet. Cartoons of the Prophet caused protests throughout the Muslim world in 2006.] And in any case, I don’t think so many people would go out in the street without a reason.