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Adnane Ben.
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The Prophets animated by Steve Whitehouse
10:29:00 AM Friday Feb 17, 2006


Steve Whitehouse is one of my favorites in the online (Flash) animation scene. He was and still is an ever lasting inspiration. His Mr. Man character touched me in mysterious ways :) damn, one day, one of these days I'll find the time to get back to the animation world! In the meantime, Steve has a new short out, and he nicely sends me an email to go check it out (well not a personal email unfortunately, just a broadcast to his mailing list..). It's called The Prophets! I think it's beautifully done in the spirit of Mr. Man. Plus, he does hit the chords right on in light of recent events. It is a mere playfull cartoonish take on religion's characters.









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6:55 pm    April 12, 2008

junesun message
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sometimes we just need to see some things this way, (a little humor, a little light), simple, cut and dry. It is what it is. And it doesn't kill to crack a smile, it's smart, without any twisted agendas or dark selfish love/needs behind it, or 'im right you're wrong' ideals.
you have to see the respect in this a little. Just to make work about it and taking the time to animate such a subject is respect and understanding in itself (or desire to understand, question bring to light). a tiny and short animation is a very long process and tons of hard work.
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7:42 pm    March 1, 2007
tendrara
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Ok!! The premise that Steve is a great artist and is at the top of cartoon animation game, is possible one with all the intellectual merits in the world. I would not know, I would not know what \"flash\" is if it hit me in the head.But, to tell me that this stuff is funny, I am sorry I got a big bone to pick with you here. Good try steve, .. this one was pretty weak.. try again
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9:12 pm    February 28, 2007
nabilino
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not impressive...where is raioo of 2001? articles of 3antr in the space meeting robots????
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10:54 am    February 22, 2006

hudhud message
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i did not say he has a grudge. but he's not muslim, so he doesn't value the prophets the way we do. i still do say he is poking fun at the major religions and their prophets in a way that not everyone would appreciate, hence it's a sticky issue.
anyway, bottom line is that i feel as a muslim this isn't the type of humor i personally should engage in. i'd rather learn more about the prophet's life and sunnah than spend time arguing this..
peace out ;)
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10:19 am    February 22, 2006

Adnane Ben. message
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..not mocking the prophet. For want of a better word, he is merely teasing. In my interpretation he is reflecting what he understood Muslims want the rest to understand: that the prophet should not be depicted graphically, and he should be out of camera spotlight. That is what Steve did. Steve doesn't have a grudge on prophets like mounafiqin did, he probably is too busy doing what he loves most, and doesn't care too much for organized religion. The mounafiqin you refer to in my opinion are different beasts altogether.
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8:44 am    February 22, 2006

hudhud message
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because that's what the mounafiqine claimed too, that their joke was innocent and harmles.. this is sticky b/c then you have disagreements about where to draw the line. some will think certain jokes harmless and others will take offence. that's what happened with the danish cartoons too, let's not forget.

also, remember that the prophet's dearest companions never made jokes about him, nor depicted him in artwork (they were too busy dedicating their lives to the service of their community and their faith) and let's not forget that he loved them dearly, and they loved him dearly. the prophet himself described them as the best of his ummah, followed by those who came after them, then those after them, in turn until akhir azzaman.

adnane, you made a comment in another post about many muslim protestors' superficial love of the prophet. if we don't want it to be superficial, to have a sincere love of our prophet 3alayhi ssalate wassalam we should follow his footsteps and the example of his dearest companions that he praised and loved, and leave non-muslims' joking and mockery about him, and about islam in general, to the side. they could never possibly appreciate him in the way we muslims do, simply b/c they don't believe in him as a prophet and messenger to begin with.

this is of course my own understanding. personally i would rather defend the sahaba and the prophet 3alayhi ssalate wassalam than the animations of steve whitehouse, or the cartoons or jokes of anyone else. but i think we should all look up the verse in tafsir to make sure we are understanding it correctly. don't take my word for it. ask an imam or sheikh in your mosque. dig up the narrations about that situation and what exactly happened.

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7:29 pm    February 21, 2006

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you are applying the verse in the wrong context.. the isstihzae that the verse refers to could be a very serious sarcasm and belitteling.. it may be nothing near to the mildness of the above animation.

But at any rate, I think one should take things a bit easier, a little bit of harmless smile can only add spice to one's hardworking days.

Besides, if you look at the animation, it shows the character of prophet Mohammed, and suddenly he becomes faceless, and walks out of camera view confused. I don't think the artist is mocking the prophet. He is merely depicting what the Muslims have made the prophet "look" like: faceless, out of the spotlight. Sad reality for the Muslims.

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4:19 pm    February 21, 2006

hudhud message
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i just remembered a verse somewhere in quran that talks about this.. does it say "qoul abillahi wa ayaatihi wa rasoulihi kountoum tastahzi'oun? laa ta3tathirou qad kafartoum ba3da imanikoum" ya rabbi ghfirli if i'm remembering it incorrectly.. i think the verse was revealed in response to a group of mounafiqine (hypocrites) who were cracking jokes and mocking the prophet and his companions.. can't recall what exactly they said, was it something about them liking a lot of food or eating a lot or something? anyway, the prophet was not present nor aware until he received a revelation through angel Jibreel. when the hypocrites came to apologize insincerely, they were faced with this verse which condemned them for their lack of faith. their hypocrisy and kufr were revealed, and i think it is based on this verse and situation that many islamic scholars have said it is forbidden to mock the prophet, and that doing so is a sign of nifaq or even kufr...
this kinda scares me b/c i'm thinking of all the situations where i had non-muslim friends or colleagues who crack jokes about god, religion, etc, and now i'm wondering how many times did i laugh and just go with the flow?? ya rabbi toub 3liya...
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3:41 pm    February 19, 2006

hudhud message
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from the perspective of someone who doesn't seem to care for any religion at all -- tmeskhir. if i were completely secular and a-religious maybe i would laugh too, but it just so happens i do love my faith...
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