Imran is a courageous young man who lodged a formal petition to the Spanish authorities to have the Quran banned for its violence and total incompatibility with civilized societies. But now, his soon to be released film about the prophet Mohammed has the Spanish government considering revoking his refugee status.
Islam vs Europe (h/t Maria J) You may have seen a few posts here about Imran Firasat, the Pakistani refugee resident in Spain who runs the “World Without Islam” website (see links at bottom). Apparently, the imminent release of Imrat’s film, The Innocent Prophet has caused the terror alert to be raised in Belgium yesterday.
Now, it seems, the Spanish government has been so panicked by the “Muslim rage” reactions to previous anti-Islam films that they are seeking to distance themselves from Firasat before his film has even been released, even to the extent of examining whether his refugee status can be withdrawn from him. At Imrat’s website, he writes about this problem which will delay release of his film:
“I have decided to postpone temporarily the release of movie until I show it first to the authorities and get the assurance that there is nothing in this movie which doesn´t fall under the right of freedom of expression and that my movie will not cause any kind of loss to humanity. The necessary modification will be also made if requested by the authorities.
But the delay doesn´t mean that I am afraid of Islamic violence, neither have I lost my right of freedom of expression. It´s all about the respect which I have in my heart towards Europe which is my family, and my deep love for Spain which is my home. I apologize to the Belgian people for the inconvenience they are facing because of my movie plan. I assure them that I will never do anything which hurt them. But on the other hand they should also understand that if we lose our right of freedom of expression, we lose our democracy and western values.”
Firasat has published a trailer of the film in which he appears speaking in the Plaza de Colón in Madrid with the Spanish flag in the background, and in which he asks, among other things, is the prophet of Islam was “a holy man sent by Allah or a rapist of children and a murderer”. In the last year he issued a series of caricatures of Mohammed. [The Ministry of] Interior has initiated an inquiry to see if the status of refugee can be withdrawn from him, according to sources within the ministry, although the legal grounds for this decision have not been specified – indicating that an order for search and capture may be issued against him, a point which has not been confirmed.
UPDATE: Spanish government threatens Imran Firasat with jail if he releases his history of Mohamed
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