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Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Monday, October 10, 2005

Someone pinch me..quick

There is a syrian TV-show, being broadcasted on a Saudi-owned TV network, during Ramadan, that attacks terrorism and Jihadis. I must be dreaming. A new television series being broadcast around the Middle East tells the story of Arabs living in residential compounds in Saudi Arabia and the militant Islamists who want to blow them up so they can collect their rewards in heaven — 72 beautiful virgins. The show's message: terrorism is giving Islam a bad name, and Muslims are suffering because of the actions of a few. Amazing. And was it embraced? The programs, which began last Tuesday on the first day of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, have come under a blistering attack on the Internet in Arabic language chat rooms. Oh.. The critics are demanding the Saudi-owned and Dubai-based Middle East Broadcasting Corporation, a popular Arabic satellite television station that bought the show and broadcasts it across the region, cancel it. Others lambasted its Syrian Muslim director and producer, Najdat Anzour, as an infidel for tarnishing the image of Islam. It's not all bad, however... But still others have praised the groundbreaking series. [...] "The series is aimed at those who have not made up their minds about terrorism yet," he said, puffing on a cigarette in his studio in Damascus. "We want to tell them that Islam is a religion of tolerance, peace and dialogue," he added. "It's not a religion of violence." An advertisement for the show aired on different Middle East television stations before it debuted made clear its anti-terrorist theme. It said the show was dedicated to "all innocent victims of terrorism." [...] Anzour said he wanted to focus on the victims of such bombings through the story of five families from Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco and Jordan who, like tens of thousands of Arabs, went to oil-rich Saudi Arabia to make a living. Anzour also focused on the influence of underground clergymen luring young men from the more moderate message of other clerics and brainwashing them into becoming suicide bombers. Bjad, the former militant, said the show's "provocative" title was just one reason it has come under attack. He said it has incensed militants because it touches on the violent actions of al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia and on Islamists whose radical mind-set offers justification for those who want to commit terrorism. Bjad, 35, said he decided to work on the show because it offered a way to counter such radical views. "In the serial, we refute every militant argument by referring to the Quran," Bjad told The Associated Press from Dubai. Not bad. Not bad at all. Baby steps people. We will hopefully get there one day.


At 10/10/2005 08:04:00 AM, Anonymous Andrew Brehm said...

"Others lambasted its Syrian Muslim director and producer, Najdat Anzour, as an infidel for tarnishing the image of Islam."

The terrorists do not tarnish the image of Islam, but a Muslim making a TV show about them does.

Interesting distinction.

At 10/10/2005 11:26:00 AM, Blogger Highlander said...

Oh Najdat Anzour's series are ALWAYS great he is a genius .

I started by posting a reply here inspired by your post then found myself monopolising the whole spot ..tooooooo long people will just skip it so I took the comment to my blog ;)

At 10/11/2005 10:03:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who wants to bet this producer already has a fatwa made against him? I'll take any bets.
Going once....



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