Defend Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) Against the Danish News Agency Jyllands-Posten's Heinous Aggression
HIS EXCELLENCY, Dr. Per Stig Mшller the minister of the foreign affairs of the Denmark
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I have reviewed some of the news agencies' reports concerning what the Danish news agency Jyllands-Posten had published, which I believe to be a heinous mistake and dreadful deviation from the path of justice, reverence and equality. The said agency published 12 cartoon caricatures on the 30th of September 2005, ridiculing Mohammad, the Messenger of Islam peace be upon him (PBUH). One of these cartoons pictures Allah's Messenger PBUH wearing a turban that resembles a bomb wrapped around his head. What a pathetic projection!
I was extremely saddened to read such news, so I personally visited the site of the agency on the Internet to examine the size of the blundering scandal. On the 29th of Sept 2005's issue of Jyllands-Posten, I saw and read dreadful news and cartoons. The news and the cartoons were horrifying and extremely disturbing to me.
I believe all Muslims who read, viewed or learned about this news were equally saddened, disappointed and disturbed. All criticized such work and felt awful and dismayed about it. Similarly, I do believe that all sane and wise people, I believe, would feel the same about it.
The contemporary world is witnessing today much great confusion all over. Innocent blood is being shed. Innocent lives are being harvested by oppression and transgression. We are in utmost need to spread peace, justice and love all over the world. We need to call for the respect and reverence of all divine and heavenly Messages and Scriptures. By doing so, we would be able to preserve the divine messages and demonstrate love, appreciation and reverence to the Prophets and Messengers of Allah, the Almighty, to this world. We would further help to preserve the souls, honour and belongings of all mankind all over the world. We would moreover demonstrate the respect and honour of human rights all over the world.
The claim of Jyllands-Posten newspaper that they allow, promote and practice freedom of speech, by publishing cartoons ridiculing Mohammad the Prophet of Islam PBUH, is a non-convincing claim. All worlds' constitutions and international organisations insist on and demand to respect all the Prophets and Messengers of Allah, the Almighty. Moreover, they confirm the necessity to respect the Divine Messages, respect others and do not attack the privacy, dignity, honour and principles of others.
In the International World Federation Council of media and press people, it is stated:
1. Media people must be alert of risks that may arise as a result of prejudice and discrimination implied by the media. The Council would exert every possible effort to avoid being involved in such calls, which are based on prejudice and religion, sex or other social differences discrimination.
2. A media man may commit a dangerous professional deviation such as: claiming other's work, ill-interpretation of facts, false accusations of others, condemning others for no basis, accusing others with their integrity and honour for no sound basis or accepting bribes to either publish or prevent the publishing of specific materials.
3. A noteworthy media-person should believe that it is their duty to give an honest attention to the aforementioned items and through the general framework of the law in each country.
Therefore, we also base our opinion and/or statements herein on an honest and sound media proclamation requesting the Danish newspaper to apologise for what they did. The proclamations states: "The media person would exert every possible effort to correct, modify any published information that he/she noticed that they are inaccurate and/or harmful to others."
Undoubtedly, what the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published is harmful not only for more than two hundred thousand Danish citizen, but also to more than one-billion-three-hundred-million Muslims along with others who are fair and just people. All these agonised people honour, respect and love Mohammad, the Prophet PBUH. This action will continue to hurt and harm all Muslims so long we live on the face of this earth. Denmark, if does not deal with this problem on a fair ground, will also continue to be a source of harm and convulsion to many Muslims. This is because of the mentality of some Danish individuals who are anti Prophets, Messengers and divine Messages.
We would like to remind also with the decree which the Human Rights Agency in the United Nations adopted on the 12th of April 2005. This decree insisted on the ban of distortions and vicious attacks against religions and especially Islam; which had been strongly attacked in the last few years.
Finally, I would like to inform you that all Muslims will certainly refrain from commercial business dealings with Denmark until they openly and officially apologise for the shameful attack to the person of Allah's Messenger PBUH by Jyllands-Posten newspaper.