So, whose face is that on the mask? What the significance of it? Actually, the face and its significance are 2 seperate and different entities.
There is no actual or physical evidence on how the conspirators were going to blow up the Parliament, but 36 barrels of gunpowder were stored by Fawkes in a house rented by him near the Parliament building. According to Prosecution documents, Fawkes admitted that they were tunneling their way from the rented house to the Parliament, but no tunnel has ever been found. Understandably, the admission was made under torture.
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On 5 November 1605 Londoners were encouraged to celebrate the King's escape from assassination by lighting bonfires. An Act of Parliament designated each 5 November as a day of thanksgiving for "the joyful day of deliverance", and remained in force until 1859. Although he was only one of 13 conspirators, Fawkes is today the individual most associated with the failed Plot. In Britain, this date has been known as Guy Fawkes Night, Guy Fawkes Day, Plot Night and Bonfire Night, today accompanied by fireworks and burning of effigy, normally of Guy Fawkes. Nowadays, they include other political figures that is most mistrusted, such as Margaret Thatcher.
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It must be noted with irony that, in the movie, as it differs from the novel, England is ruled by a Fascist party, and permanently a police-state, Muslims were the target for persecution,and the character V fights the totalitarian government through his overly-theatrical methods.
Here's the irony in this: Guy Fawkes, despite his horrendous plot for massacre, will always be known as either a religious zealot, or as in popular history, a conspirator. If the conspirator is, let's say, Ahamd Ali Al-Ansari, then he will be branded, and preserved in history as a terrorist. The twist in here is, the much loathed character of terrorist has today, by the magic touch of Hollywood, became a symbol of "freedom" fighter or a fight against tyranny. In short, nobody really knew who Guy Fawkes is, but most of them knew his face and his movie-persona or theatrical representation. In their fight, the face will symbolize the oneness and faceless spirit...of a man who tried to commit massmurder and then commit suicide to escape punishment?
If we stop and ask any of the twits on this staged Guling-guling rally on 31st December 2013 and ask them what they know about Guy Fawkes and what they know about the mask, I think we can safely guess what their answer will be. Will the blinded Malay rioters realize that they are using a symbol without knowing anything about it? What is it about these glitzy western style that the Muslims seem to have their fasicantion on? Perhaps the Prophet was right when he said, "You will surely follow the ways, steps, or traditions of those who came before you, span by span and yard by yard (very closely) even if they entered into a lizard's hole you will enter it."
The companions asked, "O prophet, you mean the Jews and Christians?" He replied, "Who else!?" [Imaam Bukhaari]
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They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah . But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.
Surah An-Nisa, Verse 89
Why do we need or even desire to be like them? Again and again, we had been warned:
"If one imitates another nation or people, he will be from them." [Imaam Abu-Daawud]
Will they ever realize the mask they wear is just a mask of deceit that eats away their faith and who they are? Or will it be too late for them when they finally take off their masks and find out that they have intended is the destruction of their own people and religion?