The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, appears to be joining other global Muslim Brotherhood organizations in positioning itself ahead of any violence that might follow the release of Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ movie on Islam. Wilders is well known in the Netherlands for his positions on cutting off Islamic immigration and his film is expected to stir major protests. According to a statement posted on the ISNA website:
Every Muslim organization needs to do their best to ask Imams to give Khutbas on Friday asking for calm and giving sound Qur’anic logic for diplomatic, and peaceful responses. We need to follow the prophet’s example in dealing with hostility.
Every Muslim needs to attempt to contact as many Imams as they know and request that they do the same. We need to focus particularly on reaching Imams overseas, particularly in Europe. If we can respond to this provocation calmly and focus our efforts on responding to the actual film with facts, and mobilizing peaceful vigils instead of angry demonstrations, then it is possible that we can turn this situation around so that it is Mister Wilders who is embarrassed, not the worldwide Muslim community.
An earlier post discussed a similar statement posted on the website of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.