Insulting Prophet Muhammad insult to all Muslims

2020-10-28 15:18:29
Insulting Prophet Muhammad insult to all Muslims

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has decried the Islamophobic remarks made by French and other Western officials, stating that disrespecting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) is like insulting all Muslims as well as human values.

“It is surprising that those who claim [to be advocating] culture and democracy somehow encourage others, albeit unintentionally, to [commit] violence and bloodshed,” he said at a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.

Respect for others, morality and freedom are among the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBHU), he added, stressing that vilification, insults and drawing offensive caricatures are not indicative of democracy and humanity.

“It is surprising that the countries, which claim [to be promoters of] freedom, rights and law encourage people to insult each other and those loved by [other] people,” he remarked.

The president also said, “The Westerners should understand that the great Prophet of Islam is loved by all Muslims and freedom-seeking people in the world. Insulting the Prophet is a violation of morality and an insult to all Muslims, divine prophets and human values.”

Earlier this month, French history teacher Samuel Paty caused outrage by showing his students the blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) earlier published by the notorious satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

He was killed outside his school in a Paris suburb on October 16 by an 18-year-old assailant, who was identified as Chechen Abdullakh Anzorov. He was shot dead by police soon after the killing.

French President Emmanuel Macron described the incident as an “Islamist terrorist attack.”

Macron claimed Islam in its entirety was in a state of “crisis” and defended the offensive cartoons, which have hurt the feelings of Muslims in France and elsewhere.

The comments triggered anti-France sentiment in the Muslim world, prompting calls for the boycott of French goods and an official apology.

Elsewhere in his address, the Iranian chief executive encouraged the Western countries not to meddle in the affairs of Muslims states.

“If the West, Europe and France are sincere about their efforts for peace and security, they should stop interfering in the affairs of Muslims,” he added.

An obvious manifestation of the Western interventionism is war-torn Yemen, where impoverished people have been falling victim to the bombs supplied by the Westerners to the Saudi-led coalition of aggressors, Rouhani said.

He also hailed “the appropriate and decisive reaction” of the Muslim world to Western officials’ false statements, expressing hope that “those who have made a mistake would soon make up for it and return to the path of morality, justice and respect for all divine religions.”

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