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Asad Umar condemns insults of Islam, Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H)

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

25th Oct, 2020. 12:30 pm
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Asad Umar

Federal Minister for Planning, Development, Reforms, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar has strongly condemned incitement against the Islamic religion and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H).

Taking to his official Twitter handle, Asad Umar said:

“Freedom of expression is not without limits. 16 european countries criminalize denial of holocaust. Treason felony act criminalizes calling for abolition of monarchy. UK criminal code article 490 & 491 criminalizes insult to king/queen & even their ancestors or descendants.”

He went on to say:

“Allowing people free reign to insult the prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) under the garb of freedom of expression while protecting institutions and history sacrosanct to other religious beliefs & national symbols is pure hypocrisy and condemnable.”

Let it be known that in recent weeks, French President Emmanuel Macron attacked Islam and the Muslim community, accusing Muslims of “separatism”. He described Islam as “a religion in crisis all over the world”.

This coincided with a provocative move by Charlie Hebdo, a left-wing French magazine infamous for publishing anti-Islamic caricatures, which have drawn widespread anger and outrage across the Muslim world.

The caricatures were first published in 2006 by a Danish newspaper Jylllands Posten, sparking a wave of protests. Several Arab countries have condemned the French incitement.

In a statement, the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Nayef al-Hajraf described Macron’s statements against Islam as “irresponsible” and “cause to spread the culture of hatred among the peoples”.

“Such French statements come out at a time when efforts are underway to enhance tolerance and dialogue between cultures and religions,” al-Hajraf said in a statement.

Dhaifallah Fayez, a spokesman for Jordan’s Foreign Ministry, also voiced his country’s condemnation of republishing the offensive cartoons of the prophet by Charlie Hebdo on claims of freedom of expression.

“Such practices hurt the sentiments of around 2 billion Muslims and amount to an assault on religious symbols, beliefs and sanctities,” he said, going on to warn that such practices cause to fuel the culture of extremism and violence.

Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry also expressed resentment at the French republication of the anti-prophet cartoons. A ministry statement warned that these insults will “ignite the spirit of hatred, violence and enmity, and jeopardize the international community’s efforts to spread the culture of tolerance and peace among peoples of the world”.

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