I realize that it’s already too late to send this message, but I hope that I can get things straight.
Ardian Syaf was not a radical or extremist muslim, his subliminal messages in Marvel comic were not about hatred, to the contrary it was actually about love and peace.
The first person who reported the artist with false accusation, he said that the subliminal messages contain bigotry and hatred.
If you ask to yourself when see that subliminal messages ; does it really about anti-jews and hatred ?
Most of muslims in Jakarta don’t want to choose the non-muslim leader (Ahok) as governor, so Ahok tried to persuade the muslims by saying that we should choose him because the Holy Quran had lied to us.
His statement caused uproar in our society, and then millions of muslims gathered together in peace rallies, the first is called “411” (4th november 2017) and the second one is “212” (2nd december 2017)
and that was the number that Ardian Syaf put in the Marvel comic.
The peace rallies were the same like rallies in US, we have the same message : we want to have a trustworthy leader who has ethical virtues and respect for differences in society
And also I’d like to remind everyone that Islam has beautiful messages of peace and love, we want to live together with our fellows non-muslims in harmony, we want to be close with them, just like best friends, and we want to protect them if something bad happen to them,
Quran said that God had told us to dealing with non-muslims with kind and just, because God loves who act justly.
And our beloved Prophet said that the Christians are generous companions, so he wanted us to treat them with generosity
once our beloved Prophet stood up with respect when a funeral of a Jew went by, and how come they accused us never want to pray to the funeral of our brothers and sisters in faith ?
I noticed that Marvel always stands for diversity and included minorities in the characters, and I believe that we muslims always stand for diversity and against hatred towards minorities.
To conclude, I really don’t know Ardian Syaf, I never meet him in person, but what this accusation of Ardian Syaf has taken it toll on both sides, and I have to call a spade a spade that we are not the radical and extremist people…..
we are the humble people who love peace and we want to do just and act kindly to all of humanity.