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  • 9/22/2012

Analyst: Prophet Muhammad, Muslims’ Red Line

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Zafar Bangash, director of Contemporary Islamic Thought Institute from Toronto, says, “I think there is no doubt that there is a concerted effort on the part of certain segments of the population in the U.S., in Britain, as well as in the larger European continent in order to demonize Islam, Islam’s revered personalities particularly the Prophet of Islam as well as desecrate the noble Qur’an.

“In the U.S. or anywhere else, people cannot shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theater or in a shopping mall because that would lead to public disorder and chaos and yet when it comes to Islam and its revered personalities, unfortunately it appears to be a fair game and such activities and blasphemous acts are defended in the name of freedom of speech.

“In the U.S., they have this curious notion that people are free to express their opinions in whatever manner they like. This is what stated as an excuse for what these individuals have done and these excuses are obviously offered by U.S. officials. But when Muslims were to express their opinions against certain acts or policies of the U.S., then those freedoms of expression evaporate.

“So, it is clear to those of us that are following not only this but U.S. policy for decades, we find this double standard that is applied constantly in terms of targeting Muslims and I think all U.S.

Officials whether they are in the Congress or in the government or elsewhere are quite familiar and aware of the fact that the honor of the Prophet of Islam is a red line for Muslims and that insulting him is basically taking a stab at the very core belief of the Muslims and that this kind of blasphemous act should not be permitted.

By Sadroddin Musawi

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