From the point of view of Muslims, one of Geert Wilders’ many crimes has been to slander Islam.
But what does Islam mean by “slander”? The word does not carry the same connotations to a Muslim that it does to a European or an American.
One of the most widely respected manuals of Islamic jurisprudence is Reliance of the Traveller, or ‘Umdat al-Salik, by Ahmad ibn Naqib Al-Misri. It represents the Shafiite school — one of the four major schools of Islamic law — and was written in the 14th century.
Here’s what al-Misri has to say about slander (quoting the al-Azhar approved official English translation by Nuh Ha Mim Keller):
r2.0 Slander (Ghiba)
r2.1 (Nawawi:) Slander and talebearing are two of the ugliest and most frequently met with qualities among men, few people being safe from them. I have begun with them because of the widespread need to warn people of them.
r2.2 Slander (ghiba) means to mention anything concerning a person that he would dislike…
So “slander” does not have to be untrue, or damaging, or financially harmful. It simply has to be disliked by the person on the receiving end.
In other words, it offends the person it refers to.
r2.3 As for talebearing (namima), it consists of quoting someone’s words to another in a way that worsens relations between them.
The Evidence That Slander and Talebearing Are Unlawful
r2.4 The above define slander and talebearing. As for the ruling on them, it is that they are unlawful, by the consensus (def:b7) of Muslims…
r2.6 The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:
(1) “The talebearer will not enter paradise.”
You’re on notice, all you slanderers and talebearers: you’re going to Hell!
But… what if the “slander” simply states the truth? What if the offended person is exactly as described?
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(2) “Do you know what slander is?” They answered, “Allah and His messenger know best.” He said, “It is to mention of your brother that which he would dislike.” Someone asked, “what if he is as I say?” And he replied, “If he is as you say, you have slandered him, and if not, you have calumniated him.” [emphasis added]
So if Abdul doesn’t like what you say, but it’s true, then it’s still slander. If it’s false, then it’s calumny.
In either case, you have violated Islamic law and therefore will not enter Paradise.
In other words: the truth is no defense.
So, as you can see, Geert Wilders is actually being tried under Islamic law.
Sharia is already the law of the land in the Netherlands.