Hezbollah chief issues a fatwa against anti-Islam film makers

The leader of Lebanon’s militant Islamist political party Hezbollah has issued a proclamation calling for the death of the producers and actors of the highly controversial film, Innocence of Muslims, which has sparked outrage, protests and violent attacks throughout the Islamic world.

Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah issued a fatwa — a religious judicial ruling based on conservative Islamic law, also known as sharia — calling on young Muslims in Western countries in particular to carry out the death sentence of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the film’s creator and an Egyptian-American Coptic Christian, as well as the film’s actors and all those involved in its making.

I issue a fatwa and call on the Muslim youth in America and Europe to do this duty, which is to kill the director, the producer and the actors and everyone who helped and promoted the film, Nasrallah said, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Although Hezbollah is a democratically elected political faction within Lebanon, the U.S. and allies like Israel have deemed it a terrorist organization due to its involvement in attacks on American civilians and government officials, as well as carrying out guerilla attacks on Israelis.

The film has been deemed blasphemous by conservative Muslims for its insulting depictions of the Prophet Mohammed, and has sparked a wave of protests across the Muslim and Arab world, including in Egypt, Yemen, and Libya, where armed militants attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, killing the U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens along with the other consulate staff.

The film’s actors have claimed that they were unaware of the movie’s offensive content with the Prophet Muhammad written as another character in the script and dialogue dubbed over after they had finished production.

Nakoula, 55, a Los Angeles County resident who has been on parole since June 2011 after serving roughly a year of a 21-month prison sentence for bank fraud, has reportedly gone into hiding.

Members of Nakoula’s family have also been relocated by the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department, the Telegraph reported.

Fatwas are not equivalent to a death sentence, but rather are judgments given by an Islamic scholar concerning interpretation and implementation of sharia. Such judgments that do call for death of an individual or individuals, typically involve what is perceived as a serious transgression of sharia.

Other more prominent public figures have been targeted for death by fatwas issued by various fundamentalist Islamic leaders.

British-Indian author Salman Rushdie was named in a fatwa issued by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989, following the publication of his book, The Satanic Verses, which made references to the Prophet Muhammad that were deemed blasphemous.

Rushdie, facing numerous death threats, went into hiding under a false identity for nine years until the Iranian government lifted the fatwa in 1998.

Taslima Nasrin, a Bangladeshi writer who expressed critical views of Islam, particularly regarding the status and treatment of women, was the target of death threats following a fatwa issued by fundamentalist clerics in 1993. She remains exiled from her homeland to this day.

Interestingly, Rushdie himself has criticized the makers of the Innocence of Muslims film.

Speaking to the Today Show on NBC in New York, Rushdie said he has no sympathy for Nakoula.

He [Nakoula] did it on purpose. He set out to create a response and he got it in spades, he said.

He’s done something malicious, and that’s a very different thing from writing a serious novel. He’s clearly set out to provoke, and he’s obviously unleashed a much bigger reaction than he hoped for. I mean, one of the problems with defending free speech is you often have to defend people that you find to be outrageous and unpleasant and disgusting.

IB Times

  • Patience2

    A ‘fat’-wa coming from a ‘fat’-pig.

  • Patience2

    A ‘fat’-wa coming from a ‘fat’-pig.

  • Hannibal

    Neither God nor Mohammed asked for your protection. He can take care of things by himself.

  • Hannibal

    Neither God nor Mohammed asked for your protection. He can take care of things by himself.

  • 5thDrawer

    So, the Fathead wants to keep Muslims ‘innocent’ by killing anyone with a concept of free-thought which he doesn’t like. Everyone already falls over backward apologizing for something they had no hand in, but that’s not enough for Old Nastyrallah … be wants to kill everyone vaguely connected to it too … the ‘Supreme’ is in his brain, and I don’t mean Allah. It’s the same idiot thinking that burns down a Lebanese business because an ‘American’ name is over the door.
    Find the people who promoted a U-Tube dubiously-translated ‘clip’ of it to create the actual problems and fatwa them too. Then fatwa all the people who watched it. Then all the people who laughed at how bad it was. Kill everyone while you’re at it. Build a fat-wa bomb.

  • 5thDrawer

    So, the Fathead wants to keep Muslims ‘innocent’ by killing anyone with a concept of free-thought which he doesn’t like. Everyone already falls over backward apologizing for something they had no hand in, but that’s not enough for Old Nastyrallah … be wants to kill everyone vaguely connected to it too … the ‘Supreme’ is in his brain, and I don’t mean Allah. It’s the same idiot thinking that burns down a Lebanese business because an American name is over the door.
    Find the people who promoted a U-Tube dubiously-translated ‘clip’ of it to create the actual problems and fatwa them too. Then fatwa all the people who watched it. Then all the people who laughed at how bad it was. Kill everyone while you’re at it. Build a fat-wa bomb.

  • nagy_michael2

    I am issuing my own Fatwa against Nassrallah for killing so many Lebanese and working for foreign elmenents in the Quds Brigade. I am putting 100 Camels as reward plus 75 virgins for whoever kills him.

    • 5thDrawer

      I’d accept the camels … who in their right mind wants to train virgins?? ¬†:-))

      • daber

        i take vergins mr i goood train man mr

        • 5thDrawer

          Dab … Do you do massage ?? ūüėČ

      • saoudiAhbal

        to be honest with you i am starting to understand you. i feel sorry for it because you are blinding your eyes to the consequences of supporting geageaism and harirism even though hypocritically you will tell me you are just supporting Libnan. I believe the latter as much i believe you are the Pope. I said i am starting to understand you when i see innocent shias in this blog, and God knows how much i love them, when i see them indifferent to sunna expansionism and naively tell you; “no sunna considers us kouffar”. the sunna who does not consider them and us lol and certainly you kouffar is the one who is either claiming to be sunna in fear of social consequences or practising taquyya; i could still be wrong in the sense that some who claim to be sunnas never read ayshas books and ahadiths

        • saoudiAhbal

          i love the shias, as much as i love the christians as well as any free independant human being not trying to impose any belief on me, not out of love for their religion but out of common fate: we are sharing a common ennemy. Despite the fact some may say i am antisemite; wrong: i tried the jews and they deceived me. The jews like the salafis love only themselves and are very expansionist. The former do not hesitate to burn your house with your family inside just to spare some money on lucifers to lighten their cigars. I thought the jews will be in a position of a minority hence would need help and support especially when you see them shedding crocodile tears for peace. Nothing of that! i am glad USA is turning against israel; lets see what is next!

        • saoudiAhbal

          i love the shias, as much as i love the christians as well as any free independant human being not trying to impose any belief on me, not out of love for their religion but out of common fate: we are sharing a common ennemy. Despite the fact some may say i am antisemite; wrong: i tried the jews and they deceived me. The jews like the salafis love only themselves and are very expansionist. The former do not hesitate to burn your house with your family inside just to spare some money on lucifers to lighten their cigars. I thought the jews will be in a position of a minority hence would need help and support especially when you see them shedding crocodile tears for peace. Nothing of that! i am glad USA is turning against israel; lets see what is next!

        • 5thDrawer

          Wow Ahbel. I hadn’t seen the word ‘lucifer’ used like that (below) since hearing a western WW1 song …
          And I’m sure not the Pope … don’t support him either, although I think his message was much better than Nastyrallah’s.
          And I will support what I see as a good message from anyone. My choice of what that might be, of course … but I sure won’t accept the ignorance that holds the people down. And Ignoring the neighbours for too long results in those ‘good neighbour fences’ … which leads to lack of understanding when they begin to throw shit over them.¬†
          If I throw some humour out here, accept it has been twisted a little… By Life. But really, who wants to train virgins unless you’re 18 years old and have time ?? :-)))

    • saoudiAhbal

      i reciprocate that by two fatwas one on geagea and one on hariri. as far as djoumblatte is concerned he will die on his own, not worth the bullet

      • nagy_michael2

        I could careless about Geagea and Hariri.. they’re both useless anyway. they talk and do nothing.. so don’t think just because i am critical of Nassrallah that¬† I care about the leadership of March 14th. Hairi wanted conrol too financially and landwise. the only thing however he was not a killer like Hezbollah and orange tweety..ALl I want Lebanon to be free of foreign controls no matter where its originated. I want Lebanon Muslims and Christians to live in peace and be an example to middle eastern and other countries who have mixed religions like ours. Nassrallah have no right to bring in advisors and fighters from Iran so we can fight Iranian and syrian wars. its very clear that Iran has its own brigade in Lebanon. you cannot deny it and their intentions is clear to engage lebanon with war that we do no need and neither have he luxury to absorb. We know what happened before and we need to stir clear out of giving Israel execuse to attack us. If Iran and Syria intentions to help Lebanon in General they would have focused their money and training into the lebanese institutions and Army most of all.Do not tell me that the gov’t back who were under Syrian control and influence would have dared not to accept such help. so please all of you who care about Lebanon so no to all foreign sources and influence and kick them out of Lebanon. But Nassrallah and his gangs want to be armed and leave everyone defensless and keep using the resistance as prelude to keep control on everything. enougho that and throuh your weight behind he lebanese army and give up your arms to them and integrate with them. I am sure you will be still in control and to be smart you should have done it long time ago. this way you keep everyone else mouth shut about the arms of the resistance and you remain in control behind the scene as you’re doing now. but now not only other sects and parties hate hezbollah and even many Shiites who dare not to speak hate them behind the scene.

  • nagy_michael2

    I am issuing my own Fatwa against Nassrallah for killing so many Lebanese and working for foreign elmenents in the Quds Brigade. I am putting 100 Camels as reward plus 75 virgins for whoever kills him.

    • 5thDrawer

      I’d accept the camels … who in their right mind wants to train virgins?? ¬†:-))

      • daber

        i take vergins mr i goood train man mr

        • 5thDrawer

          Dab … Do you do massage ?? ūüėČ

      • saoudiAhbal

        to be honest with you i am starting to understand you. i feel sorry for it because you are blinding your eyes to the consequences of supporting geageaism and harirism even though hypocritically you will tell me you are just supporting Libnan. I believe the latter as much i believe you are the Pope. I said i am starting to understand you when i see innocent shias in this blog, and God knows how much i love them, when i see them indifferent to sunna expansionism and naively tell you; “no sunna considers us kouffar”. the sunna who does not consider them and us lol and certainly you kouffar is the one who is either claiming to be sunna in fear of social consequences or practising taquyya; i could still be wrong in the sense that some who claim to be sunnas never read ayshas books and ahadiths

        • saoudiAhbal

          i love the shias, as much as i love the christians as well as any free independant human being not trying to impose any belief on me, not out of love for their religion but out of common fate: we are sharing a common ennemy. Despite the fact some may say i am antisemite; wrong: i tried the jews and they deceived me. The jews like the salafis love only themselves and are very expansionist. The former do not hesitate to burn your house with your family inside just to spare some money on lucifers to lighten their cigars. I thought the jews will be in a position of a minority hence would need help and support especially when you see them shedding crocodile tears for peace. Nothing of that! i am glad USA is turning against israel; lets see what is next!

        • 5thDrawer

          Wow Ahbel. I hadn’t seen the word ‘lucifer’ used like that (below) since hearing a western WW1 song …
          And I’m sure not the Pope … don’t support him either, although I think his message was much better than Nastyrallah’s.
          And I will support what I see as a good message from anyone. My choice of what that might be, of course … but I sure won’t accept the ignorance that holds the people down. And Ignoring the neighbours for too long results in those ‘good neighbour fences’ … which leads to lack of understanding when they begin to throw shit over them.¬†
          If I throw some humour out here, accept it has been twisted a little… By Life. But really, who wants to train virgins unless you’re 18 years old and have time ?? :-)))

    • saoudiAhbal

      i reciprocate that by two fatwas one on geagea and one on hariri. as far as djoumblatte is concerned he will die on his own, not worth the bullet

      • nagy_michael2

        I could careless about Geagea and Hariri.. they’re both useless anyway. they talk and do nothing.. so don’t think just because i am critical of Nassrallah that¬† I care about the leadership of March 14th. Hairi wanted conrol too financially and landwise. the only thing however he was not a killer like Hezbollah and orange tweety..ALl I want Lebanon to be free of foreign controls no matter where its originated. I want Lebanon Muslims and Christians to live in peace and be an example to middle eastern and other countries who have mixed religions like ours. Nassrallah have no right to bring in advisors and fighters from Iran so we can fight Iranian and syrian wars. its very clear that Iran has its own brigade in Lebanon. you cannot deny it and their intentions is clear to engage lebanon with war that we do no need and neither have he luxury to absorb. We know what happened before and we need to stir clear out of giving Israel execuse to attack us. If Iran and Syria intentions to help Lebanon in General they would have focused their money and training into the lebanese institutions and Army most of all.Do not tell me that the gov’t back who were under Syrian control and influence would have dared not to accept such help. so please all of you who care about Lebanon so no to all foreign sources and influence and kick them out of Lebanon. But Nassrallah and his gangs want to be armed and leave everyone defensless and keep using the resistance as prelude to keep control on everything. enougho that and throuh your weight behind he lebanese army and give up your arms to them and integrate with them. I am sure you will be still in control and to be smart you should have done it long time ago. this way you keep everyone else mouth shut about the arms of the resistance and you remain in control behind the scene as you’re doing now. but now not only other sects and parties hate hezbollah and even many Shiites who dare not to speak hate them behind the scene.

  • cheap attempt to capitalize and seem relevant to a sad ¬†issue that normal and educated people would put behind them and moved on to more important issues tha affect our lives more than insults, I wish I had a dollar for every time¬† I insulted myself my friends familly and country lol, non of us qualify to judge or ¬†condem.

  • cheap attempt to capitalize and seem relevant to a sad ¬†issue that normal and educated people would put behind them and moved on to more important issues tha affect our lives more than insults, I wish I had a dollar for every time¬† I insulted myself my friends familly and country lol, non of us qualify to judge or ¬†condem.

  • cheap attempt to capitalize and seem relevant to a sad ¬†issue that normal and educated people would put behind them and moved on to more important issues tha affect our lives more than insults, I wish I had a dollar for every time¬† I insulted myself my friends familly and country lol, non of us qualify to judge or ¬†condem.

  • In_a_Mosh

    Do Muslims not see how primitive this mentality is? How can you justify killing someone for saying stuff? This is beyond barbaric, beyond stupid. This is the highest level of criminality. This is an attempt at controlling the minds of people in the free world. This will never work, nor will it help Muslims. Islam is a vile religion. The majority of its followers are deluded, the rest are evil. And the reaction to this badly made film confirms this. Muslims need to grow up, and understand that it is easy to rise above any words you don’t agree with. But this kind of fatwa only reinforces the idea that Islam is a savage religion. Most people in the civilised world feel this way.

    If you ask me to sign up to the idea that your religion is beyond criticism, then you might as well force me to pray to your god. No thanks. I AM NOT A SHEEP.

    It is good though that more people are developing the courage to speak against religion.

    • saoudiAhbal

      when i criticise israel and the yahoodis you accuse me of racism. wouldnt you say same for yourself now that you are attacking islam? btw you are not much better in terms of barbarism. The only diference is that you hide it much better and many a time you use islam for that purpose namely to exert terrorism. As far as i am concerned i prefer to deal with the idiot wahhabi who tellls me frankly that he wants to kill me than with a hypocrite yahoodi who tells me he loves me while either pointing the knife to my back while hugging me or trying to recruit me as an agent for his next mission. You want to end up with islamic barbarism and sectarism, good, start by giving the example or shut up

      • In_a_Mosh

        For the record mr ahbal, I never called you anything. I am an ex Lebanese atheist. I am critical of all religious practice. Especially the abrahamic faiths. Look mate, a simple point. If voices in your head asked you to kill your son, wouldn’t you just realise you’re a bit mad and ignore the voices? Well, not if your name is Abraham, you start a religion.

        If god asked me to kill my son, I’d tell god to kill his own… Oh… Wait… He did… He sacrificed Jesus…

        Only joking. There is no god.

        Ps: I am not racist because I am not attacking a race, I am attacking a belief system which makes me a free thinker. Besides, I cannot be racist because I like pandas, and they are black, white and asian.

        • 5thDrawer

          lol … and now we worry about those Asians and a few empty islands … crazy world.

      • In_a_Mosh

        For the record mr ahbal, I never called you anything. I am an ex Lebanese atheist. I am critical of all religious practice. Especially the abrahamic faiths. Look mate, a simple point. If voices in your head asked you to kill your son, wouldn’t you just realise you’re a bit mad and ignore the voices? Well, not if your name is Abraham, you start a religion.

        If god asked me to kill my son, I’d tell god to kill his own… Oh… Wait… He did… He sacrificed Jesus…

        Only joking. There is no god.

        Ps: I am not racist because I am not attacking a race, I am attacking a belief system which makes me a free thinker. Besides, I cannot be racist because I like pandas, and they are black, white and asian.

  • In_a_Mosh

    Do Muslims not see how primitive this mentality is? How can you justify killing someone for saying stuff? This is beyond barbaric, beyond stupid. This is the highest level of criminality. This is an attempt at controlling the minds of people in the free world. This will never work, nor will it help Muslims. Islam is a vile religion. The majority of its followers are deluded, the rest are evil. And the reaction to this badly made film confirms this. Muslims need to grow up, and understand that it is easy to rise above any words you don’t agree with. But this kind of fatwa only reinforces the idea that Islam is a savage religion. Most people in the civilised world feel this way.

    If you ask me to sign up to the idea that your religion is beyond criticism, then you might as well force me to pray to your god. No thanks. I AM NOT A SHEEP.

    It is good though that more people are developing the courage to speak against religion.

    • saoudiAhbal

      when i criticise israel and the yahoodis you accse me of racism. wouldnt you say same for yourself now that you are attacking islam. btw you are not much better in terms of barbarism. the only diference is thatyou hide it much better and many a time you use them for that purpose. as far as i am concerned i prefer to deal with the idiot wahhabi who tellls me frankly that he wants to kill me than with a hypocrite yahoodi who tells me he loves me while either pointing the knife to my back while hugging me or trying to recruit me as an agent for his next mission. you want to end up with islamic barbarism and sectarism, good, start by giving the example or shut up

      • In_a_Mosh

        For the record mr ahbal, I never called you anything. I am an ex Lebanese atheist. I am critical of all religious practice. Especially the abrahamic faiths. Look mate, a simple point. If voices in your head asked you to kill your son, wouldn’t you just realised you’re a bit mad and ignore the voices? Well, not if your name is Abraham, you start a religion.

        If god asked me to kill my son, I’d tell god to kill his own… Oh… Wait… He did… He let Jesus die…

        Only joking. There is no god.

        Ps: I am not racist because I am not attacking a race, I am attacking a belief system which makes me a free thinker. thinkerct.Besides, I cannot be racist because I like pandas, and they are black, white and asian.

        • 5thDrawer

          lol … and now we worry about those Asians and a few empty islands … crazy world.

  • In_a_Mosh

    ooof oooff ooooofff

  • In_a_Mosh

    ooof oooff ooooofff

  • In_a_Mosh

    For the record mr ahbal, I never called you anything. I am an ex Lebanese atheist. I am critical of all religious practice. Especially the abrahamic faiths. Look mate, a simple point. If voices in your head asked you to kill your son, wouldn’t you just realised you’re a bit mad and ignore the voices? Well, not if your name is Abraham, you start a religion.

    If god asked me to kill my son, I’d tell god to kill his own… Oh… Wait… He did… He let Jesus die…

    Only joking. There is no god.

    Ps: I am not racist because I am not attacking a race, I am attacking a belief system which makes me a free thinker.
    Besides, I cannot be racist because I like pandas, and they are black, white and asian.

  • Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah issued a fatwa…..
    When reading such a hipocracy, I am not sure whether to laugh, get upset or just plain say((( where¬† the *** is this man’s brain)))….¬† Is this idiot for real????

    • 5thDrawer

      Not for real … it’s his illusion … although Hezzy is a “democratically elected political faction” it wasn’t elected to run the country either.

  • Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah issued a fatwa…..
    When reading such a hipocracy, I am not sure whether to laugh, get upset or just plain say((( where¬† the *** is this man’s brain)))….¬† Is this idiot for real????

  • Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah issued a fatwa…..
    When reading such a hipocracy, I am not sure whether to laugh, get upset or just plain say((( where¬† the *** is this man’s brain)))….¬† Is this idiot for real????

    • 5thDrawer

      Not for real … it’s his illusion … although Hezzy is a “democratically elected political faction” it wasn’t elected to run the country either.

  • libnan1

    I just watched clips of this so called film for the first time, what a joke. I just can’t believe anyone takes this crap as an insult. Muslims should be proud that he banged some hot ones …:) i love the scene where the girls are chasing the so called Mohamed dude trying to spank him. I wouldn’t mind getting spanked by two smoking chicks.

    I have lots of respect for nassrallah except for this fatwa thing. Let keep our eye on the ball, we can’t let these kind of distractions make us look west instead of south. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†

  • libnan1

    I just watched clips of this so called film for the first time, what a joke. I just can’t believe anyone takes this crap as an insult. Muslims should be proud that he banged some hot ones …:) i love the scene where the girls are chasing the so called Mohamed dude trying to spank him. I wouldn’t mind getting spanked by two smoking chicks.

    I have lots of respect for nassrallah except for this fatwa thing. Let keep our eye on the ball, we can’t let these kind of distractions make us look west instead of south. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†