"Passion of the Christ was an absolute blockbuster here, despite the fact that it shows the on-screen representation (and torture) of a Muslim prophet; people loved it because, to quote a cousin of mine, 'It shows the Jews for what they really are.'"
I wonder what her cousin thinks of The Da Vinci Code? Does he think it's an insult to Muslims like my friend? Here's a MSN conversation (cleaned up to make sense to the reader), involving my friend, one very boring afternoon at work on the very subject of The Da Vinci Code:
My friend, A: "I think it's good The Da Vinci Code was banned by some Muslim countries."
Me: "Why so?"
A: "Because they insult the prophet Jesus, peace be upon him."
Me: "How so? In what way?"
A: "Well, they say Hazrat Isa, peace be upon him, had children. This an insult and a lie."
Me: "What?! How is saying that Hazrat Isa (as) having children an insult? It might be historically inaccurate, but an *insult*? I mean the Prophet (saw) had children. The Prophet Ibrahim (as) prayed to God for a child. The Prophet Yakoub (as) cried so much he lost his eyesight upon hearing he had lost his son, Prophet Yusuf (as). The Prophet Zakariah (as) beseeched his Lord too for a child. So how can saying that someone had children be an insult? Surely children are a gift??"
A: "Well, it's not in the Qur'an that Hazrat Isa, peace be upon him, had children. Muslims and Christians know how it feels when they're insulted and in this case DVC is an insult to us both."
Me: "But those same Muslim countries didn't ban The Passion of the Christ. In fact, some eargerly showed it I think. And before I forget, you also saw PotC didn't you?"
A: "Yes but that was different. That didn't insult anyone. It was from the Bible."
Me: "...other than contradicting the entire Qur'anic view of the Prophet Jesus (as)?"