Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Muslim cleric who trashed Christianity in Easter address named
The Muslim cleric who made the address in the controversial Easter Sunday video that FBC News was forced to apologise for has been named as Shaykh Anwar Sahib AlMadani.
In the video posted on Youtube, Almadani is said to be Senior Lecturer of Islamic Online University, but an examination of the website reveal no further information and the suggestion his details have been taken down.
Inquiries to the university prompted the information that students can contact him via another teacher who forwards queries to him.
We have sent him an email with a list of questions including how he came to be making the address.
In the 25 minute long video, AlMadani addresses everyone as 'respected audience and brothers and sisters' and asks people to listen with an open mind but goes on to openly rubbish the Christian faith and Jesus Christ.
He was neither named and nor was the denomination he was representing revealed in the program.
AlMadani's address has been seen as a wider conspiracy by the station's CEO Riaz Khaiyum and his brother, the illegal attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, to destroy the Christian faith in Fiji and promote radical Islamic agenda.
FBC apologised for airing the broadcast saying: “This was a paid programme and the views expressed in it are not those of FBC’s.
"FBC adheres to strictly scrutinise all programmes that it airs to avoid the issue of causing any particular person or community any offence.
"We apologise sincerely for any sensitive material that was broadcast on the day that we failed to scrutinise”.
Apology aside, the broadcast shows FBC not only insulted the Christian faith but considers itself above Fiji laws.
Contrary to requirements in the Fiji Media Industry Development Decree, the FBC TV program also failed to inform the viewers if the program was paid for, and if yes, then by who.
And despite a number of viewers complaining, just one Letter to the Editor was printed in the Fiji Times with the Fiji Sun running a small apology from FBC TV.
FBC could also be accused of promoting disharmony and inciting religious hatred. And ultimately, the question can be asked: Would Christians be allowed to call Muslims 'Talibans' openly in public and in a paid ad, just as the AlMadani denounced Christianty as a pagan faith?
We are reminded of the regime decision to punish the Fiji Times editor and publisher with a $300,000 fine and suspended six month jail term (and $10,000 for its publisher) for carrying a report from a New Zealand newspaper that noted the absence of the rule of law in Fiji.
There is also the more recent decision to bury the investigation into the nine minute video that exposed army, police and Corrections Officers beating and torturing an escaped prisoner and a second man accused of harbouring him.
Read the excerpt below from the broadcast or listen to the video and decide if Fiji authorities like the Media Industry Development Authority or the Catholic Church in Fiji should be taking this matter further.
“Easter celebrations did not begin when Christianity began. The Bible does not command Easter observance. Easter was celebrated by pagans in their worship of evil spirits thousands on years before Jesus was born. God condemns the practices of Easter type worship and calls it an abomination. Many of the Christian leaders know the truth about pagan Easter but refuse to repent. Muslims believe Jesus was a wonderful and humble messenger of Allah who came down and revealed the Gods’ word to his people. Muslims do not believe that Jesus is God nor they believe that God ever chose to come down to earth in a form of a man to die for your sins. According to Islam, Jesus never died on the cross nor ever wanted to die on the cross, nor ever was born to die on the cross. He never died for anyone's sins.”