Denmark: Imam demands apology for Mohammed cartoons - The Copenhagen Post
- Imam demands apology for Mohammed cartoons
By The Copenhagen Post
A Muslim cleric in Århus demands that daily newspaper
Jyllands-Posten apologises for publishing cartoons
featuring the prophet Mohammed
Daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten is facing accusations
that it deliberately provoked and insulted Muslims by
publishing twelve cartoons featuring the prophet
The newspaper urged cartoonists to send in drawings of
the prophet, after an author complained that nobody
dared to illustrate his book on Mohammed. The author
claimed that illustrators feared that extremist
Muslims would find it sacrilegious to break the
Islamic ban on depicting Mohammed.
Twelve illustrators heeded the newspaper's call, and
sent in cartoons of the prophet, which were published
in the newspaper one week ago.
Daily newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad said one Muslim, at
least, had taken offence.
'This type of democracy is worthless for Muslims,'
Imam Raed Hlayhel wrote in a statement. 'Muslims will
never accept this kind of humiliation. The article has
insulted every Muslim in the world. We demand an
Jyllands-Posten described the cartoons as a defence
for 'secular democracy and right to expression'.
Hlayhel, however, said the newspaper had abused
democracy with the single intention of humiliating
Lars Refn, one of the cartoonists who participated in
the newspaper's call to arms, said he actually agreed
with Hlayhel. Therefore, his cartoon did not feature
the prophet Mohammed, but a normal Danish schoolboy
Mohammed, who had written a Persian text on his
'On the blackboard it says in Persian with Arabic
letters that 'Jyllands-Posten's journalists are a
bunch of reactionary provocateurs',' Refn said. 'Of
course we shouldn't let ourselves be censored by a few
extremist Muslims, but Jyllands-Posten's only goal is
to vent the fires as soon as they get the opportunity.
There's nothing constructive in that.'
Flemming Rose, cultural editor at the newspaper,
denied that the purpose had been to provoke Muslim. It
was simply a reaction to the rising number of
situations where artists and writers censured
themselves out of fear of radical Islamists, he said.
'Religious feelings cannot demand special treatment in
a secular society,' he added. 'In a democracy one must
from time to time accept criticism or becoming a
It is not the first time Hlayhel has created headlines
in Denmark. One year ago, he became the target of
criticism from Muslims and non-Muslims alike, when he
said in a sermon during Friday prayer, that Danish
women's behaviour and dress invited rape.
We received the following email:
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Suleman Shahid" < mesuleman@...>
To: "Pics13" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2005 21:47:28 +0200
Subject: [pics_13] FW: [PakistanischeGemeinde]
GUSTAKHEE-E-RASOOL (SAW), respond it quickly
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH ,
i am student in denmark.i along with some friends
working(which i feel shame on it) with news paper
jylland posten which is main news paper of
denmark.this news paper published NAOOZ BILLAH
cartoons fo HOLY PRPHET PBUH and wrote bad comments
about HIM PBUH on 30 sep friday with a theme statement
that we can do any thing what we want and we are not
afraid of muslims and it is our freedom of press.we
left our jobs immediatly and protested as much as we
can ,but we are 9 students here from pakistan.so bad
things is that more than 40000 muslims in denmark but
no reaction at all as it should be.
we contacted to embassies including saudi and pakistan
, but no response and from pakistan we are more
disoppointed.none of the muslim country said a single
word in this regard.some protest is going on ,but we
want it to publish this matter in all the news paper
all over the world.so an it is an appeal to everone
whoever can do any thing to bring this matter in media
all over the world and what ever , please do that
.which is duty of every muslim.
http://www.jp.dk/english_news/ this is the link where
on extreme bottom to right there is link as *in
pictures* click this and then a new window will open
click on the link *muhammand ansight* on the right
side of site.
if any one can do in this regard and want scan copy of
that paper which was published can contact me.
ALLAH FORGIVE US ,1.5 BILLION MUSLIMS ARE SO SCILIENT
ABOUT THIS , OFF COURSE I REMEBER TODAY THE SAYING OF
AY ROORIAN OTEY SOOTEY ,, AY KUTEY SATHOO UTEY
WHICH MEANS DOGS ARE TAKE ENOUGH CARE OF THINGS WHICH
BELONG TO THIER OWNER AND WE????
ALLAH BLESS US ALL
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