Muslims gather around the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque complex in Mecca. AFP
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The Grand Mosque preacher, Abdullah Awad Al Juhany, appealed to countries around the world and international organizations to criminalize insulting the Prophets and Messengers.
In his Friday sermon, Al-Juhany emphasized that “insulting the Prophets and Messengers is a crime and condemning this abuse by Muslims must be dealt with with the law.”
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He said: “Criminal attempts to insult the Messenger (PBUH) and the mother of the believers, Aisha (RA), will not harm the Islamic religion.”
He emphasized: “The greatest support for the Prophet (PBUH) is the propagation of his virtues, the publication of his biography and the propagation of the values and teachings of Islam.”
In the past few days, statements insulting the Prophet have drawn widespread condemnation around the world, both at official and public levels.
On June 6, in statements to UN Secretary-General Stéphane Dujarric’s spokesman, the United Nations called for “respect and tolerance for all religions.”
In the UAE, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) reiterated its firm rejection of all UAE practices and behavior contrary to moral and humane values and principles.
The Ministry stressed the need to respect and not violate religious symbols and to counter hate speech and violence.
The ministry also noted the importance of strengthening shared international responsibility for spreading the values of tolerance and human coexistence, while preventing any practices that would inflame the feelings of adherents of different religions.