UK Muslims condemn move to host blasphemous exhibit

2015-07-06 06:01:39 | Al Muslim News
UK Muslims condemn move to host blasphemous exhibit
UK-based anti-Sharia campaign group will host an exhibition featuring drawings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in September.

 

Muslim organisations in the UK have condemned a move by an anti-Sharia campaign group to host an exhibition featuring cartoons of Prophet Muhammad in London in September.

Chairman of Muslim Safety Forum, Azad Ali said, the proposed "Muhammad Cartoon Exhibit" by UK-based Sharia Watch was an attempt to taunt the tolerance levels of British Muslims, and described the move as a cheap attempt to create disharmony in the UK,  Al Jazeera reported.

"They keep on pushing the boundary, testing the levels and always upping the ante ... this is what this is about: getting a reaction from Muslims and looking for a justification to demonise us," Ali said.

"We are looking to find ways for a positive discussion to come out of this, but no one thinks the planned event is anything but racist," he said.

Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who is known to be vehemently anti-Islam, will feature in the exhibit as a speaker.

Earlier in June, Geert Wilders said he wanted to showcase drawings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) on Dutch national television on airtime usually reserved for political parties.

 Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the proposed event illustrated that Islamophobia had now become socially acceptable in Britain.  “It [Islamophobia] has become mainstream, and acceptable, and this has provided a platform for more extreme views to surface,” Versi added.

Depictions of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) are banned in Islam and Muslims say they are being continuously provoked and taunted with demeaning depictions of the prophet that are often seen as 'vile and racist'.

In 2006, violent protests erupted in parts of the Arab world and South Asia as Muslims took to the streets to demonstrate against the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by the Jyllands-Posten newspaper in Denmark.

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