All Muslim States should Sever Relations with Denmark
In Jordan on Monday, the Jordanian associations, a powerful umbrella for some 200,000 professionals including engineers, doctors and journalists, said the video “reveals hatred toward the Prophet who came to the world with a message to enlighten the people.”
“We call on all Muslim states to sever relations with Denmark or any other country which harms Islam,” the associations said in a statement.
They said the video revealed the “nature of the struggle between Muslims and their enemies which are led by America.”
Danish Envoy Summoned to Iran’s Foreign Ministry
TEHRAN, Oct. 9–Danish Ambassador to Tehran Sqren Haslund was summoned to Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Monday in connection with Danish media’s repeated insults to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
Head of the Central and Northern Europe Affairs Department at Foreign Ministry Mohammad Reza Karshenas informed Haslund of Iran’s strong protest to repeated publication and broadcast of blasphemous articles and footages in Denmark against the Prophet of Islam, whose followers number one and a half billion all over the world, IRNA reported.
Karshenas also strongly condemned broadcast of defamatory and insulting videos against the Prophet by Danish national television.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry official stressed importance of peaceful co-existence of followers of divine religions on the basis of mutual respect.
He said the world of Islam expects the Danish government to seriously avoid such grave mistakes.
Denmark national TV network recently broadcast a video tape showing the insult to the Messenger of Islam.
This is the second time in a year that the Danish media have assaulted Islamic sanctities.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned Finnish ambassador
Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned Finnish ambassador to Tehran on Monday and expressed its deep sorrow and concern over insult against Muslim sanctities in Denmark.
According to Foreign Ministry Media Department, Deputy Foreign Minister Mehdi Mostafavi told the Finnish ambassador Heikki Puurunen, whose country is currently the rotating chairman of the European Union (EU), that the EU and Denmark government must consider the case immediately and should strongly condemn such a dangerous act, which has been planned to create conflict among followers of religions.
Referring to the background of such immoral and inhuman measure which happened in the anniversary of a Danish paper insult against Muslim sanctities, Mostafavi said it is not acceptable that a political party, inside the government, allows itself to insult more than one and half billion Muslims’ sanctities and hurt the emotions of the Islamic world.
The Iranian official explained dangers and negative consequences of such actions and added, “Lack of proper reaction to such actions would certainly bring irreversible harms to the peaceful coexistence among different societies and followers of religions.”
The Finnish ambassador to Tehran, for his part, expressed deep sorrow over the immoral and insulting action in Denmark and added he would report the case to his country and the headquarters of EU.
Organization of the Islamic Conference Denounces the Blasphemous Act
The 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference on Monday denounced a video insulting Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) produced by a far-right Danish party and screened by public television.
“The OIC spokesman deplores the act of caricaturing Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) … by the youth members of the Danish People’s Party and the same being shown regrettably on the state television,” a statement from the bloc’s secretariat said.
“The running of the footage affected the sensibilities of civilized people and the religious beliefs of one fifth of humanity.
“The OIC has always favored upholding freedom of expression.
Simultaneously it is the ethical, moral and political responsibility of public opinion leaders, governments, state and civil society institutions in the West to discourage acts of intolerance by condemning them.”
Denmark’s TV2 channel last month broadcast excerpts from a video made by members of the extreme-right Danish People’s Party insulting Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.).
The episode comes in the aftermath of an outcry across the Muslim world after the original September 2005 printing in Danish newspapers of 12 cartoons portraying Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.).
Four months later, the images were reprinted in a range of Western media, triggering massive protests from Morocco to Indonesia.
The youth wing’s leader, Kenneth Kristensen, said two of the people who figured in the video had gone into hiding.
The publication in September 2005 of 12 caricatures of Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, sparked outrage and weeks of violent protests across the Muslim world.
Yesterday, the foreign ministry in Copenhagen cautioned against travel to Gaza, the West Bank, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey.
The video were shown by two Danish television channels, DR TV and TV2.
The DPP, which advocates tighter anti-immigration controls, is allied with Mr Fogh Rasmussen’s centre-right coalition but holds no government positions.
Indonesian Muslim groups have said they were insulted by the video and Egypt’s largest Islamic group, the Muslim Brotherhood, denounced what it called “new Danish insults”.
In Iran, the president Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad commented: “If someone enjoys an iota of humanity and wisdom then he will not insult and offend the shining holy presence of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.),” according to Iranian national television.