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Overview of Islamic history; Interactive menus; Scene selection
Inside Islam was released in 2002 in the aftermath of 9/11 to educate non-Muslims about Islam. The documentary clearly explains which relationships exist among Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Inside Islam also highlights the key events in the life of Prophet Mohammed. Furthermore, the documentary covers the five traditional pillars of Islam, the much misunderstood Jihad, the essential contribution of Islam to the Western Renaissance, and the history of Islam from the 7th century CE until the beginning of the 21st century CE. Despite its merits in painting Islam in a generally positive light, Inside Islam does not highlight enough the multiple contradictions existing within the Qur’an. The Tanakh and Holy Bible are not exempted either from these contradictions. The Qur’an has given a small, but influential minority of Islam practitioners the rhetorical firepower to justify the most barbarous acts against other human beings. For example, Surah II, 256, mentions: “Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from error: Whoever rejects Evil and believes in God has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that never breaks.” Referring to Christians and Jews, Surah III, 113, mentions: “Of the People of the Book are a portion that stand (for the right) they rehearse the signs of God all night long, and they prostrate themselves in adoration.” Surah III, 116, continues: “Those who reject Faith neither their possessions nor their (numerous) progeny will avail them aught against God: They will be companions of the Fire, dwelling therein (for ever).” Terrorism cannot be successfully contained only through military means. Moderate Muslims have a key role to play in acknowledging these contradictions and marginalizing the minority of Muslims who cannot practice Islam peacefully.