Unique Counter-extremism Film Series
For decades, Islamist radicals have been propagating
their virulent ideology of hatred and violence throughout the
Muslim world—fueled by a potent combination of petrodollars
and missionary zeal. This flow of radical ideas includes a massive
effort to translate and disseminate extremist texts, and to produce
extremist programming for television, internet and DVD/VCD distribution,
which programming has become a significant part of the public
discourse in many Islamic countries, and among Muslim communities
in the West.
LibForAll’s pioneering television series—Ocean
of Revelations—represents a decisive step in addressing
this critical situation. Painstakingly designed and produced to
the highest theological and commercial television standards, this
ground-breaking film series/video curriculum promotes a theologically-grounded,
pluralistic and tolerant understanding of Islam to Muslim and
non-Muslim communities worldwide, challenges the main assumptions
and statements made by Islamist radicals who claim to speak for
all Muslims, and discredits the ideology of religious hatred that
underlies and animates Islamist terrorism.
Project supervisor K.H. Mustofa Bisri,
recording episode on “People of Faith” in a Chinese temple
Internationally-renowned Indonesian ulama closely associated
with LibForAll Foundation are supervising the entire project.
In addition to having theological authority and a following in
the tens of millions, Kyai Haji
Abdurrahman Wahid (1940 – 2009), Kyai
Haji Mustofa Bisri and Dr.
A. Syafii Maarif advocate a strongly pluralistic and tolerant
understanding of Islam, at peace with itself and the modern world.
"LibForAll Foundation is an NGO that cares deeply about Islam and
Muslims. The foundation strives to express, clarify and widely
disseminate a true understanding of Islam not only to non-Muslims,
but also to Muslims in general. LibForAll aims to present the
moderate and tolerant face of Islam, and explain the importance of
[Muslims] returning to the essence of Islamic teachings which, until
now, have been poorly understood by many groups [both in Islam and
of the oldest (est. 1875) and most widely-read newspapers in the
Arab world—reporting on LibForAll CEO C. Holland Taylor's
interview with the
Grand Shaykh of Al-Azhar, as part of filming the video series
The first six episodes of the video series, filmed in Indonesia
and Egypt, were launched in the second quarter of 2009. Ultimately,
the project will include an additional twenty episodes, extending
the breadth of this effort to further locations in the Middle
East, North Africa, Sahel/Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Turkey,
and Central-, South- and Southeast Asia.
Ishaq al-Khalifa Sharief (above)—great-granddaughter of
the 19th century Sudanese nationalist leader known as al-Mahdi—provided
LibForAll's film series with a deeply illuminating view of Islam
as rahmatan lil 'alamin (a blessing for all creation), rooted
in a pluralistic, tolerant and profoundly spiritual worldview.
"Islam is often referred to as rahmatan lil ‘alamin,
or "a blessing for all creation." Exclusivism is a betrayal
of that principle, and if a religious community gives rise to
exclusivism, it would be better if they simply abandoned this
world—Go ahead! Good riddance! Head off to some other planet!
Because exclusivism constitutes a betrayal of religious principles,
and of Islam in particular, and cannot be condoned."
~ Dr. Syafi’i Ma’arif, former Chairman of the
world’s second largest Muslim organization, the Muhammadiyah, with
30 million members. Episode 3, “Faith Communities”
Film crew arranging set for the episode on
"A pervasive misunderstanding of jihad is what’s caused
such behavior, right? In fact, it arises from a single cause:
ignorance. So we must conclude that ignorance and stupidity are
the primary cause of conflict in contemporary Muslim societies.
If we truly wish to prevent conflict, let’s study our religion
more deeply, so we can understand what to do in the event of differences
and similarities. The way I see things, it’s far better if we’re
different but share a common (enlightened) understanding, than
if we’re the same and both mired in ignorance."
~ Kyai Haji M. Tolchah Hasan, Senior Advisor to
the world's largest Muslim organization, the Nahdlatul Ulama,
with 40 million members. Episode 6, "Jihad"
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