Controversial article about prophet Muhammad provokes Mauritania uproar

Mohamed al-Sheikh Ould Mohamed stirred up uproar in Mauritania when he wrote an article deemed critical of Islam's prophet Muhammad and posted it on his Facebook page.

Controversial article about prophet Muhammad provokes Mauritania uproar

A Mauritanian family has "disowned" a member for writing a controversial article about Islam's prophet Muhammad, amid uproar in the North African country.

"He should repent, lest he should fall down in a world of sin," the family said in a statement sent to local media.

The family called for creating "special tribunals for those making fun of Islam and other heavenly religions".

Mohamed al-Sheikh Ould Mohamed stirred up uproar in Mauritania when he wrote an article deemed critical of Islam's prophet Muhammad and posted it on his Facebook page.

The article was republished by a leftist newspaper, provoking the ire of several parties in the country, leading to his arrest by security forces.

The ruling Union for the Republic Party warned against abusing freedom of speech in Mauritania "to insult Islamic sanctities and harm national unity".

It went on to call on Mauritanian parents "to watch over the actions of their children and shield them against practices that lead to the destruction of society".

The National Assembly for Reform and Development Party, the political arm of Mauritania's Muslim Brotherhood movement, also denounced the article, calling on the people of this predominantly Muslim country "to stand firm" against people involved in similar practices.

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