By Amy Glass
Bahrainis take to the streets over reprint of cartoon of Prophet Mohammed.
Hundreds of Bahrainis took to the streets of Budaiya on Saturday to protest against the Danish media’s reprinting of controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
The protest was organised by the kingdom's Islamic Scholars Council, Bahrain’s Gulf Daily News reported on Sunday.
At least 17 Danish newspapers reprinted a controversial cartoon of Prophet Mohammed on February 13, vowing to defend freedom of expression, after police foiled a murder plot against the cartoonist.
Three of the country's biggest dailies were among those that published the cartoon, which depicts the founder of Islam with a bomb in his turban, a move which has infuriated Muslims across the world.
Sayed Mohammed, spokesperson for the protest, said the citizens of Bahrain were expressing their anger at the West’s “uncivilised behaviour towards the continuous insult of Prophet Mohammed”, quoted the newspaper.
Mohammed said the protest also aimed to express disapproval of the Islamic governments, who allowed such atrocities and did not defend their prophet.
The protest follows a condemnation by the Bahraini government of the drawing's publication on Thursday.
Bahraini MP’s formed a committee to discuss their response to the actions of the Danish media, and said they would fight those who mock Islam.
The publication of the cartoon has also sparked protests in Pakistan, Gaza, Iran and Denmark, which witnessed a week of riots by Danish Muslim youths.
Three men were arrested on February 12 in Denmark for planning to murder Kurt Westergaard, 73, a cartoonist at Jyllands-Posten, the paper that originally ran the controversial drawings in September 2005.
A number of Danish embassies were attacked and more than 50 people were killed in rioting across the Middle East, Africa and Asia following the original publication of the cartoons, first in the Danish press and subsequently by numerous media outlets around the world.
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), said on February 16 that the re-printing of the cartoons was ‘a blatant act of incitement to hatred’ and offensive to the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims.
Muslims were the organizers of the Jewish Holocaust Cartoon Conference last year in Iran, which was sponsored by the Iranian government. The Arab League had not one word of criticism.
What a pity to find foolhardy people blinded in their egos to come out again with such stupid acts. The publishers should focus on bigger issues that would do more for humanity than this act of fanning hatred among religions.
Some individual made a carton and published. Will that actually change anything? "For Muslims" what Prophet Mohammed is, he is (PBUH). This is not going .to change because someone, somewhere, drew a cartoon. So let's stop all this politics and start living as human beings. No man in this world had authority to take any individual's life. If Kurt Westergaard was at fault god will punish him. No activist/fanatics has the authority to take a life.
I have only two things to say... One: Danish papers could have "upheld" freedom of speech without having to reprint and re-ignite such sensitive religious issues... totally uncalled for. Period. Two: There will always be disagreements and other opinions in the world about religion. Muslims should show more intelligence, graciousness and tolerance towards those ignorant of Islam, lest they be seen as being ignorant themselves. Imagine what God would say or what Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) will do in such a situation? Other people can laugh and insult (Muslims/Islam) for all they want, SO WHAT? Let God be the judge of their deeds! Let Muslims prove these people wrong by living the true (not reactionary and radical) Islamic way.
Jane, do not compare our Prophet with the holocaust which to millions of people is a vague issue anyway. Iran did not publish cartoons, but depictions of what might have happened in WW-II. The Arab league is firstly Muslim, THEN Arab. We are bound by our belief in Allah, NOT by nationalism. Why did the UN not condemn Israel for slaughtering the Palestinians for 60 years? You compare Iran's conference with the bloodshed of hundreds of thousands of people? Set your priorities straight.
How would you feel if someone insulted your family in front of you? The Prophet is dearer to us than our families. We should stop acting like sheep, and start protesting against everyone who insults or hurts us.
Deep down they know Islam is the truth, they will try everything they can to insult Islam, but indeed they will never succeed.