Day of Muslim Fury Over Cartoons

The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) has called worldwide Muslim protests Friday, February 3, in protest of the blasphemous cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) published by several European newspapers.

Day of Muslim Fury Over Cartoons

"Let us make Friday, February 3, a day for worldwide Muslim protests over the insulting campaigns against Allah and His Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), all messengers and religious sanctities," IUMS said in a statement e-mailed to Thursday, February 2.

"Let all Muslim scholars and preachers in all mosques make their sermons focus on the issue," said the IUMS, headed by prominent Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi.

Last September, Denmark's Jyllands-Posten published twelve drawings that included portrayals of a man assumed to be the Prophet wearing a time-bomb shaped turban and showed him as a knife-wielding nomad flanked by shrouded women.

"Let us make Friday, February 3, a day for worldwide Muslim protests," said the IUMS, headed by Qaradawi.

Several European newspapers, in the name of freedom of the press, reprinted some or all of the blasphemous cartoons, including the French daily France-Soir and Germany's Die Welt.

Day of Anger

The French Council of Muslim Faith (CFCM) echoed similar calls for world protests over the insulting drawings.

"The CFCM has called for making Friday a day to highlight the merciful traditions and biography of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and to protest the provocative anti-Prophet allegations," the CFCM leader Zuhair Breik told IOL.

The Muslim anger over the insulting caricatures also continued to rage on in many Muslim countries.

Pakistan's Islamic parties urged a second day of protests over the drawings, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported.

"We have given a call for nationwide protests after Friday prayers to condemn the publication of the cartoons," said Shahid Shamsi, spokesman for Pakistan's main alliance of Islamic parties, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA).

The alliance said the demonstrations would call for the Pakistani government and all Islamic countries to withdraw their diplomats from France, Norway and Denmark until Copenhagen apologizes.

Massive protests were also expected in Afghanistan, where President Hamid Karzai late Thursday branded the cartoons an insult to more than one billion Muslims across the world.

At least 15 people were killed in Afghanistan in May, 2004, in protests erupted after US magazine Newsweek reported that the Noble Qur'an had been mistreated by US jailers in the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


In Malaysia, the oppositio

Indonesian Muslims set the Danish flag on fire in protest of the blasphemous cartoons (Reuters).

n Islamic party (PAS) said it would present a protest letter to the Danish embassy in Kuala Lumpur after Friday prayers.

Jyllands-Posten editor-in-chief Carsten Juste said Thursday that he would not have published the cartoons if he had known the consequences.


The firestorm of reaction over the cartoons also spread throughout the Middle East and other Asian countries.

In the occupied Palestinian territories, a German national was briefly seized by two masked gunmen from a hotel in the West Bank town of Nablus "thinking he was French or Danish, and handed him over to police after realizing their mistake," said a source from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.

In Jakarta, around 100 demonstrators forced their way into the building where the Danish mission is located, pelting the embassy's external coat of arms with eggs.

The demonstrators were quickly ejected by police and their own leaders.

Maksuni, the leader of the protesters, said the Danish ambassador met with representatives of the group and promised to issue an apology.

"If they don't apologize as they promised we will kick them out of the country, and we will ask the government to withdraw its ambassador from Denmark," he added.

Iraqis step on the Danish flag. (Reuters).

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned Thursday that the insistence of European newspapers on printing the cartoons risked provoking what he termed as "a terrorist backlash".


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