Apparently one can discredit the prophet of Islam and tarnish his image simply by reporting what the Muslim sources say about him. For that is all I did in The Truth About Muhammad. –˜Muslims should deal with anti-Islam media campaigns rationally,– by P. K. Abdul Ghafour for Arab News, June 14:
JEDDAH: Muslim intellectuals must be well prepared to confront any smear campaign against Islam and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on the Internet and in other public media, said a prominent Keralite editor.
“Although there is nothing new in most of the criticisms leveled against Islam and its Prophet, we can observe that some of them have assumed academic standard and we should deal with them in the same way, conducting necessary research,” said M. M. Akbar, chief editor of Sneha Samwadam monthly that aims to propagate the message of Islam in Kerala.
He was addressing a press conference in Jeddah.
He denounced the move by enemies to project Muslims as terrorists and extremists. “We have to face these criticisms in a rational manner instead of getting provoked and reacting emotionally,” he said and cited the example of a college professor whose hand was cut off for publishing a question paper denigrating the Prophet.
“Some non-Muslim intellectuals are thinking that we Muslims react emotionally to smear campaigns because we don’t have the knowledge to confront the critiques rationally,” Akbar said while describing his organization’s plan to hold a seven-month campaign to highlight the life and teachings of the Prophet.
Forget “smear campaigns.” In my experience, Muslim spokesmen don’t have the knowledge, or the guts, to confront even reasoned and documented critiques rationally.
He disclosed plans to organize a variety of programs in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries during the campaign period, targeting Indian expatriates from the state of Kerala.
A mega quiz program involving Malayalis all over the world would be held in the end and a number of fabulous prizes would be distributed among the winners. Non-Muslim participants will be given special prizes.
Akbar, who is author of several books, emphasized the importance of the campaign. “There are deliberate efforts by enemies to discredit the Prophet and tarnish his image,” he said, referring to a book written by Robert Spencer. K. P. Ramanunni, a well-known Indian writer, opened the campaign by launching the website www.muhammadnabi.info.
Note that Muhammad Atta and Osama bin Laden don’t discredit the Prophet and tarnish his image. Only Spencer does.
“This website offers an opportunity for Muslims to challenge the criticisms leveled against their beloved Prophet. Once the Malayalam content of the website is completed, we”ll publish the same in English and other languages,” Akbar said. Despite the smear campaign, Islam is spreading fast all over the world….