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Calls for Channel 4 apology over documentary
11:40am Wednesday 29th August 2012 in United Kingdom news
There has been criticism of a Channel Four documentary which questioned the origins of Islam.
Islam: The Untold Story was aired on the channel last night. In it historian Tom Holland raises questions about the traditional history of Islam. Historial knowledge which is deemed as fact by many Muslim scholars is put into doubt.
Mr. Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation said, “I strongly condemn Channel 4's documentary which makes a mockery of impartial and objective broadcasting.
"This distorted, biased programme did not have the decency to check its facts.
" I am disappointed that an international broadcaster like Channel 4 has behaved in unbelievable way.
"There are thousands of Muslims scholars across the globe including many in locations where Tom Holland visited during the programme."
"For instance he said Mecca was never mentioned in the Holy Quran, but in reality it is mentioned two times; Al- Azhab Chapter 33 Verse 6, Al Fath Chapter 48 Verse 24. There is also a mention of the Kaaba and Sacred Mecca Mosque in the Quran in Surah Al Isra Chapter 17 verse 1.
"A simple search would have produced this but his desire to distort Islam blinded him to objectivity and honesty.
"I have asked several senior Muslims Scholars in the United Kingdom to watch the programme and identify all the inaccuracies which we will forward to relevant authorities for action as detailed in our complaints.
"The Ramadhan Foundation calls on Channel 4 to apologise for this programme, withdraw it from online viewing and also order an immediate inquiry into why this was allowed to be broadcast."