Expert Warnings About Cartoons Unheeded

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Recent revelations show that the Danish Jyllands Posten newspaper consulted experts before publishing the caricatures that caused conflict between Denmark and the Islamic world.

Professor Tim Jensen, a prominent Danish theologian, said the caricatures should not be published, warning the newspaper "It will offend Muslims and only cause pointless provocation." A lecturer at South Denmark University, Mr. Jensen summarized his answer to a reporter from Zaman regarding the Jyllands Posten newspaper: "Surely, Denmark has freedom of press, but pictures of the Prophet Mohammed have never existed throughout history. Any picture or caricature to be published will offend Muslims deeply. It would be provocation in a climate where Islam and Muslims are already in the limelight. It's like pouring gas on the fire." 

Another point Professor Jensen, a leading expert on religious history and the author of 'Religion Guide' to Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, noted is the depiction of the Prophet Mohammed as a terrorist. "In a climate where Islam is associated with terrorism, depicting the Prophet Mohammed with a bomb on his head is both offensive and insulting" said Jensen, underlining the involved caricatures go beyond normal caricatures or pictures. Jensen added he requested the newspaper evaluate thoroughly its responsibilities and avoid any publications that would rupture up Denmark's relationship with Muslims. 

Leading ecclesiastics of Denmark called for moderation of tensions. Copenhagen Bishop Erik Norman Svendsen condemned both the burning of a Danish flag and insulting the Prophet Mohammed via caricatures. Svendsen, calling on Danish citizens to take a cool look, said, "We should not cut dialogue with Muslims." The Viborg Bishop said, "It is difficult for certain people among Danish citizens who do not pay enough attention to religion to realize how far they go when talking about Islam and Muslims." Loland Faster Bishop Steen Skovsgaard said the wound caused by the caricatures will take long time to heal, adding, the dialogue should go on.


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AMIN FROM UK said:
I would like to add comments,to all the brothers,prepare your self for worse,since our leaders are behind the sionist,ALLAH will protect his most be-loveed prophete peace be upon him ,and no one will ever be able to change our values nor our conviction,we will survive without fat milk ...
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HUDD FROM CANADA said:
I can appreciate your justification for the D. gov. not to appologize. However, I still have doubts about the validity of what you say. I'm sorry. To make things easier to be understood from the Muslims side I give you an example. Suppose you have an unruling son, who is an adult but lives with you. If this son of yours ran over my cat I want you to apologize as well as make him apologize and make it up to me! In the end I don't really care who'd make it up for my loss you or your son, but I want you both to apologize. You can tell me,'well he's out of my hand, my son is an adult and thus independent, ask him to apologize and make up for your loss, what the heck are you bothering me for?' If you disagree, let's agree to disagree, my friend, but in the end either or both the government and or the newspaper should concoct something very smartly to apease the raging Muslims, because this makes not only the Danes look bad but so much so the rioting Muslims. I think the Muslims would like a form of official apology along with the certitude that such blasphemies won't happen again. Is that to much to ask or give" The alternative is hate,riots,chaos and God knows what else.

Over all I enjoy your sensible comments and wish you well.

Peace!
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DICK JENKINS FROM US said:
I think it is indicative of what Muslims really feel when you see the angry mobs shouting such things as death to Denmark after these cartoons were published. Muslims are ready to kill because their prophet was pictured. That seems to be the answer they have whenever they are "offended". However Christians have heard Jesus called a homosexual and insulted in almost every way. But we don't shout "kill the infidels". We believe that Jesus is God who took on flesh. We don't need to protect His image. God is well able to do that Himself.

Why are so many Muslims so extremely violent. Thousands of them Kill people in the name of Allah. The people that do that are extremely religous Muslims, so they must get these killing instructions from their leaders, who must get it from the Quoran. Sure, there are murderous westerners who do violent things to inoccent people. But you never hear of a Christian blowing up innocent people and then hear other Christians say praise be to Jesus. After hearing new reports showing how many so people in the Muslim countries thought that blowing up the towers in New York was great, I came to believe that Islam is our enemy. Violence seems to be what so many Muslims believe in
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SIRIUS FROM FINLAND said:
It is possible, Hudd, that we don't find agreement on this. I still think that the only ones primarily responsible for this furor are those newspapers that went publishing those pictures. THEY should apologize and give a promise not to do it again. There's no precensure of newspapers in Denmark, cause they are not in the leash of the state. That's why demanding Danish state to apologize sounds like the whole nation is considered to be guilty. Sure, there's a lot that Danish government can do. Passing the same kind of anti-hate laws that you say you have in Canada might be very good idea. Indeed, that kind of law would be needed all around the globe, not only on western hemisphere. I'm also delighted to see most muslims support non-violent ways to protest. In the long run, that is very,very wise.
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KASSIM FROM SINGAPORE said:
salam to all my fellow muslims.We as good muslim should not react badly by burning their consulates and embassy but instead we should follow our prophet Muhammad way of non violence.
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BAH FROM US said:
Some people who has no eyes, heart and ear to see the light of islam will just go on blabering none-sense!
You and your parients and your grnad parients are in a deep lost.

Try to know what ISLAM is? And the wholy prophet (SAWS)

Allah (GOD) forgive the people that did this to your beloved prophet MOHAMMAD (SAWS) they no not what they are doing.
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BAH FROM UNITED STATES said:
The people that involved in the act should be punished publiclly. The prophet is better than the whole world and what is in it.
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LYES FROM BRAZIL said:
That's the problem with you western people. No respect to other people's faith and beliefs and worst of all lack of gratefulness !!!.

When Europe got destroyed after second world war, Muslims were good for buiding your lives and now they are worth shit. Instead of insulting muslims maybe you should thank them.
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FAHAD FROM USA said:
Peabe Be Upon you all:

I believe that the Muslims should not take this insult in such a manner as they have since if you take time to read a bit about the religion, even the Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) him self was insulted truly and vigorously by oppressors in his time and he stayed quite ignoring their manners and praying for them. He used to pray for his enemies and that is the quality of the messengers of God. Therefore, when someone cursed at the Prophet (Pbuh) or hurt the Propet (Pbuh), he would straighten out his companions to excercise patience and forgiveness, and if the Muslims practiced these aspects, the whole aspect of this insulting cartoon could have backfired...however Muslims fail to read and learn their religion properly, thus, resulting themeselves in the dilemma they are in now.
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ROMESH CHANDER FROM US said:
Salaman Rushdie was an unknown author having little or no money. Then Ayotallah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him. That made Rushdie famous and very rich. His new novels are eagerly awaited and he makes tons of money. And that gave plenty of ideas to others to write anti-islamic novels.

What if Khomeini had not issued any fatwa against him? Issue of 'insult' to Islam would never have arisen.

Now some crazy dane publishes some cartoons. If muslims had not paid any attention to it, the issue of 'insult' to Prophet and Islam would never have arisen.

Now plenty of kooks are going to get all kinds of anti-islamic ideas, and are going to have a field day in satirizing and carricaturing Islam, Prophet and muslims. You thought the crazy dane was nasty; wait what you will see from others over the next few years. Internet is a media which is uncontrollable. Just ask the UK government; they asked Craig Murray not to publish the 'secret' documents; he did it any how; and now UK government finds itself defending 'torture'.

One must learn to ignore things if one wants to have any semblance of peace of mind, otherwise you are going to go crazy (and lot of people would love to incite muslims to go crazy, so that they can implement anti-islamic agends).
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ROMESH CHANDER FROM US said:
I wonder how Muslims will protest if somebody sitting in Amazon jungle got on the internet and put all these cartoons on the internet, so that anybody and everybody can read them freely and without charge. Who would you protest? Who would you demonstrate against? Would you shut down the internet? Why prey on poor Danes and Norwegians?

Come on fellows, get hold of yourself; like it or not, the world has changed. Nobody knows what can be and will be offensive to anybody and everybody; if we worried about not offending anybody, we will never be able to say anything at all.

In Europe, Christ has been carricatured as a Homosexual, and nobody paid any attention to it.

If muslims took these cartoons in stride, the issue would have died right away. Now, these cartoons are available to everybody in the world on the internet and people will be making new ones and circulating them widely on the internet.
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SYED FROM CANADA said:
Hey concerned, look like you are another product of your so called free speech media, except the ignorant American, who in the world believe your media. You guys are leading my liers from top to bottom. Go and find WMD first.
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HASSAN FROM SAUDI ARABIA said:
Allah says in the Quraan:

21:107 We sent thee not, but as a Mercy for all creatures.

9:33 It is He Who hath sent His Messenger with guidance and the Religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religion, even though the Pagans may detest (it).

48:28 It is He Who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and the Religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religion: and enough is Allah for a Witness.

61:9 It is He Who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and the Religion of Truth, that he may proclaim it over all religion, even though the Pagans may detest (it).
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PEACE LOVING GIRL said:
THANK TO THE GREAT PEOPLE WHO WERE AGAINST THIS CARTOONS WHO UNDERSTOOD THE FEELINGS OF MUSLIMS.MAY ALLAH BLESS U!!!

DEAR LANCE BOYLE..U SAY 'MERE CARTOONS'!!!ITS NOT A MERE CARTOON..ITS LIFE N FAITH OF MUSLIMS. JUST THINK IF IT WERE ABT YOUR RELIGION U WUD SAY IT A 'MERE CARTOON'? NO U WONT THEN U'LL E AGAINST IT.THATS MEANS IF IT WAS TO YOU U FEEL BAD N WEN ITIS DONE TO OTHERS U HAVE NO PRBLEM..IS THIS YOUR CHARACTER? JUST ANSWER ME IF IT WERE SOMETHING INSULTING THE POPE OR BISHOPS? N JUST THINK WHY ISLAM IS THE FASTEST GROWING RELIGION...YOU CAN NEVER PREDICT WHETHER YOU'LL ACCEPT ISLAM ONCE OR NOT..LIFE N HUMAN MID ARE BEYOND PREDICTABE..THEN WE'LL SEE WAT U FEEL.

MR.CONCERNED..U POINTED OUT SOME INCIDENTS THAT DIDNT RAISE OUTRAGE AMONG MUSLIMS..HAE U EVR RIED TO LEARN THE REASONS BEHIND IT? THIS IS NOT ABOUT COMMON MUSLIMS..THIS IS ABOUT THE PERSON MOST LOVABLE N LOVED BY THE MIUSLIM GOD THE ALLAH ALMIGHTY. NO ORDINARY MUSLIM IS EQUALL TO ANY PROPHET...ABRAHAM,MOSES, JESUS,OR MOHAMMED(PBU THEM).SO NEVER COMPARE A PERSON TO PROPHET. INSULTING A PROPHET,A GREAT PIOUS PERSONALITY THE WORLD HAVE EVER SEEN IS BEYOND ANY LIMIT. HE WAS A PERSON WHO PRAYED FOR THE WELL BEING OF THE PEOPLE WHO TORTURED N INSULTED HIM..CAN U SHOW SUCH A PERSON AMONG UR SELVES?
THIS IS NOT A MERE CARTOON BUT AN INTENDED ATTACK ON MUSLIM FAITH N FEELINGS.FROM THE ARTICLE ITS CLEAR THAT THERE NEWSPAPERS HAVE BEEN WARNED BY SOME GREAT PERSONS(REMEMBER THEY R FROM UR RELIGION) BEFORE THESE THINGS WERE PUBLISHED..SO IT IS DONE INTENTIONALLY.
SO THINK TWICE BEFORE DISAGREEING ANYTHING. JUST SAYWAT WUD U DO IF THIS WERE ABT UR RELIGION? I'LL TELL U. THEN U WILL BE AGAINST THE PUBLISHERS.AS LONG AS ITS NOT ABT UR RELIGION,FAITH N FEELINGS U PEOPLE WONT HAVE ANY PROBLEM..N THATS WAT REALLY CALLED AS HIPOCRACY!!! MAY ALLAH THE ALMIGHTY FORGIVE U N UR PEOPLE WHO RAISE THEIR VOICE AGAINST 'HIS' PROPHET AND RELIGION AND SAVE U ALL FROM HIS FURY WHICH IS BEYOND UR IMAGINATION POWER...
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JAVED ZIA FROM USA said:
I am unable to understand the logic of making of a carricature of anyone, who had passed away a long time ago. Making a carricature of anyone who cannot defend himself or herself is beyond decency. In the present situation, please make the carricature of anyone who is around and at least defend himself or herself.Would the newspaper like to make something really nauseating about the founding father of Denmark? Making a carricature of Prophet Moses or Jesus or Muhammad is not aservice to the humanity but a try to escalate the tension between the civilizations. How succesful they are, time will tell.
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HUDD FROM CANADA said:
Concerned ... How can you compare local incidents with an insult on all Muslims. What you mentioned is nothing. If you want theatrical effect mention US & Israeli attrocities they are unmatched by no one but maybe Nazi Germany: Abu Ghraib, the Ghaza killing fields, the genocide in Afghanistan,Jenin,Iraq...should I still mention? You called whom hypocrite? Yourself? That's right, you are a big one! Three Christians were killed in Indonesia by Muslims? Although it might be wrong, how much wronger is to kill half a million Muslim children in Iraq? If you shout for the three, wouldn't you shout for the 1/2 million Muslim children? Of course not, because you think they were subhuman and they diserved to die! Well, in my opinion you deserve to die. Not any innocent child be that of any faith, according to Islam a child before puberty is a Muslim. Watch what the freak comes out of your mouth! You don't want to bring the anger of the Muslims on yourself and "pray for your 'success'", let the anger be with the right generator, the Danish newspaper and the Danes that tolerated it! It's on Denmark to fix what they spoiled. It's always easier to throw a wrench in the cogs then to fix the conveyer belt afterwards.

Peace!
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HUDD FROM CANADA said:
Quite right,Sirius,however there are aspects of your comment that don't jibe with the issues in Denmark. you said:"Why on earth should Danish government apologize? This matter has nothing to do with them. Should Indonesian government apologize Bali bombings also?"Sirius, my friend, how could you compare the two?The Danish trick was done by a reputable newspaper, the Bali job on the other hand was done by notorious terrorists.The newspaper was legal, the Bali thingy was illegal.It is like comparing Abu Ghraib to some sex shops in Bangkok. One was done by the US army, the other by some twist-brained mobsters. Indonesia has no control on terrorists as well as nobody in this world. How could Indonesia assume responsibility for what the terrorists did in Bali. It would be like asking USA to apologize for the 9/11! Please, Sirius, you are brighter than to let yourself swept by the waves of the Islamophobic media. The newspaper in question is a licensed Danish newspaper, legal and representative of the Danish people. The government of Denmark represents the people so they are the one entitled to apologize and sanction the newspaper. Nobody is going to kill randomly or purposely any Danish citizen only because he was Danish. I wouldn't bet on the life of those responsible for either the cartoons or their puplishing. Remember the Dutch movie-maker. I don't say this is an approved action, it's downright anti-Islamic, but there are people out there that take their religion literally "dead serious" and you have to acount for that when you adventure yourself on realms of fanatism. Because it was a fanatic act to publish those cartoons.
The way out of the dilemma? Simple.The Danish government should apologize that such an embarrassing act escaped their "security watch" and put the newspaper to officially retract and apologize for their carelessness and insensitivity. Let's not continue to confuse the Muslims with the terrorists!
My heart is misgiving me on your comment.
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AJMAL TAHIR FROM CANADA said:
I know from the beginning when i started going to school that whenever someone passes an idea based on his understanding, he or she should use facts to support it. Therefore, what is the fact which proves that holy prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was a person who used to possess bombs whith him to kill others? (as was portrayed in one of the nonesense cartoons). Ideas based on someone's imaginations can never take the place of reality.
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OSMANLI FROM CANADA said:
.. Concerned:

Your vile propanada underscores the war you low life morons are waging against the religion of 1 billion people, with misinformation, 1/2 truths etc....

Where is the outrage when israelis whoot palestinians in the head? when Dubya murders 200,000 iraqis? Spread DU which kills people long term?




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JAMEELA HIGGINS FROM UK said:
Concerned - Or Ignorant ? Are you in fact an ostrich ? Did you have your head in the sand?

Christians:

1. Massacred millions of Japanese by dropping Atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
2. Massacred 800,000 Vietnamese by nepalm bombs, poisioning their villages, burning, raping, looting and plundering helpless villagers just because they could
3. Massacred almost 60% of the Jewish race in Germany. Gassed millions. Burned their remains in giant human born fires. Used their skins as canvas to paint pictures and make trinkets.
3. Massacred millions of Muslims in the baltic states under the Russia's Christian rulers.
4. Massacred and dispossessed 450,000 Chechnyan Muslims.
5. Christian Serbs and Croats massacred 1.5 million Muslim men, women and children in Bosnia and Albania. Women were raped. A 2 year old boy was beheaded in front of his parents. Girls as young as 4 were raped and murdered. Muslims were forced to dig their own graves and shot. In shallow graves revealed mases of Muslim men, women and children burned to death. Read this Einstein: http://www.mediaclub.cg.yu/eng/articles/2000/april/05.htm
6. Christian Hutus cut to pieces 820,000 Christian and Muslim Tutsis, egged on by Christian priests and nuns. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4615171
7. Christian Inquisition of Muslims and Jews. Hundreds of thousands tortured, chopped up or forced to convert.

The List goes on and on. Interesting hw the Jews have learnt well from teh Christians and now together they aim to rob, kill, loot and essentially destroy Muslims and Islam. I thought after the Holocaust you Christians would feel some shame, but you Christians repeated your filthy slaughter yet again in Bosnia and Albania.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4670379.stm
The world does have reason to fear you lunatics. Especially American Christians who sow hatred and use their special weapons of mass slaughter on weaker nations. God is watching. God is all pow
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CONCERNED FROM U.S.A. said:
Muslim officials block the exit where school girls are trying to escape a burning building because their faces were exposed. No Muslim outrage.

Muslims cut off the heads of three teenaged girls on their way to school in Indonesia. A Christian school. No Muslim outrage.

Muslims murder teachers trying to teach Muslim children in Iraq. No Muslim outrage.

Muslims slaughter hundreds of children and teachers in Beslan, Russia. Muslims shoot children in the back. No Muslim outrage.

A stupid cartoon and muslims are ready to kidnap and murder innocent people. There are riots in the streets. You are condemning an entire nation over the actions of ONE MAN, yet muslims are offended when they are targeted because of the actions of a few fanatics.

The hypocracy is disgusting to the entire world.
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MUJEEB AHMED FROM USA said:
The inane question "why do they hate us?" should never be asked again. Muslim-bashers start the volley of hate through their insensitivity and outright humiliation to Islam and Muslims. The cultural terrorism -- under the banner of western-style democracy and 'free speech -- is being rebutted with boycotts and demands for a public apology for espousing hate speech. The story here is that Christians are showing their true colors...hate.
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UMAR FROM AMERICA said:
FREEDOM?! This is such as absurd excuse for insulting an entire religion. I mean we should have the freedom to respect people and not offend them or insult them. THese newpapers are going beyond where they should go. Defnitly they must apologize, but it dosnt matter anyway. Damage has been done, they cant change that. BUt their opinions dont matter. This newspaper was arrogant and selfish. THey should see how they feel if this happened to them. They and everyone actually will be judged in thye hereafter. Inshallah
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UMER SAGEFIELD FROM UK said:
Now I can see why I left Christianity. What did the "Intellectuals" think they would gain by insulting and demonising Muslims. They were overtly racist, lacked any tolerance or understanding, heniously indifferent and ignorant about the fastest growing religion in the World. I must say, Europe is still in the dark ages. Muslims may be materially behind and Westerners may gloat at their prosperity, but they think their prosperity and affluence comes from their own intellectual achievements and the "luck" of inheriting rich resources. What they forget is that all these blessinmgs come from Allah, call Him God if you wish. Muslims unlike the West have a strong belief and sense of the transitory nature of all these worldly possessions. Our very hands and feet, our food, the air we breathe, our families, our happiness and our smiles and our laughter all that we cherish and associate with this world come from Allah Subhanotala. By His Grace. By His Mercy. By His Permission. We, and everything that is or was or will be is utterly dependent on Him. He is Allah. The Lord. The Master. The Creator. The Giver of Life. The Taker of Life. To Him is our return. His good prophet Mohammed was the last of all the prophets. We respect and adore them all. But prophet Mohammed (Peace be on him) was the last prophet, and by Allah's Command, the one man closest to Allah, even though he was only mortal. But his message is immortal. If we so choose, this message can raise us out of the bottomless pit of our selfish and useless existence. He was insulted and assaulted before, and though his prayer to Allah Subhanotala would have put an end to those who would harm him, he never wished them ill or evil. In fact he prayed for them, that Allah may give them guidance. And sure enough in time those who hated him, loved him more than they loved their parents or themselves. They would die for him a thousand times. This love for the prophet transcends time and ages and is just as alive today.
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SYED FROM CANADA said:
To Ahmed, So you think common Muslim is as ignorant as you are about what is free speech, I live in west and I know where the limits are. For your reminder, the recent comments by Iranian president about Holocaust bring on him lot of anger from all the Europeans and some of those Europeans heads who now talking about free speech was the same calling for his resignation. Where was the free speech and western standards then ? The Jew lobby even calls to nuke Iran. Do you know the difference between gunmen and nuke ?

Go update your knowledge.
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MUSA PAPANDROUS FROM GREECE said:
I think what is lost on the 'liberated' Western media and indeed many Christians and Jews is that for Muslims the dignity of all prophets is sacred. We Muslims will fight to defend the good name of Prophet Moses and Prophet Jesus or Prophet Abraham or Prophet Issac or any of the other prophets of God. Jesus is not Christian private property, but even if he were, what we Muslims do not understand is how could Christians stand by and allow some peverted and sicko to 'Express his Art' by floating a cross in his own urine ? Or have a painting of Mother Mary and splatter it with cow dung. We Muslims were outraged. We held protests in every country, even in Greece, but why were the Christians silent ? Because to them religion means and remains confined to worshipping images and statues and when they leave the church each Sunday they leave their religion behind them. If they loved Jesus a prophet of God as we Muslims love him, they would not have tolerated some moron spewing filth in the name of artistic expression. The fact that Freedom of Speech is used as an excuse to insult, ridicule, intimidate and provoke Muslims or anyone of any faith for the matter is deeply reprehensible and virulently racist in intent. Muslims have never and will never, insult any of God's prophet, as they are all dear to us. All Muslims, as one nation, worshipping one God, following one prophet. Thsi insult is not just on Shia or Sunni, its on all Muslims. If any of these lazy, menatlly vapid, ignorant cavemen in Denmark or Norway or the other European countries that joined in the lynching of Muslims, had taken the time to study the life of Prophet Mohammed Peace be upon him, they would have never stooped to a level lower than the scum that floats in human sewage. I thank Allah for opening up my heart to Islam. Neither Yusuf Islam, (Cat Stevens) who was a great inspiration for me, nor any of the other famous Islamic scholars, had ever said one negative word about Jesus or any other prophet.
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AN AMERICAN CHRISTIAN FROM USA said:
Christian beliefs are constantly abused by the liberal non-believers in the media and by so-called artists. Many Christians I know are disgusted with the sick, anti-Christian activities of the atheist/agnostic "elite" in our free society. Though we would like to see people not do these things, we understand that it is their sin and therefore their problem. They have to answer to God for their actions.

This is a fundamental difference between Islam and Christianity. In the Islamic world, it seems that you seek temporal justice (i.e, the calls by some Islamic clerics to behead those who have done this). Christ teaches forgiveness and that ultimate justice comes from God, not from us. In fact, it is sinful for us to seek revenge.

Though we are supposed to stand up for the persecuted, help the victims of tyrants, intervene when someone is being murdered--being insulted personally, or hearing someone insult God does not give us cause to kill or injure that offending person. God can stand up for himself. Our job is to represent His love in this world, not His vengeance. That day will come and is reserved for Him alone.

Jesus said "But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you."

Even if you don't believe that Jesus is God, Muslims say that they believe in the words of Jesus. I pray that Muslims will listen to the words of Christ and forgive their enemies, not seek to behead them. If you believe in God, trust in God, not your own swords.
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HAFIZ MD FROM INDIA said:
brothers there is no doubt that shatan{devil}'s friends alias Jyllands Posten newspaper tried to insult holy name prophet mohammed (saws} its unforgivible crime; illfated they think they did? No they cant ,only they increased thier punishment shortly Allah will give them,they have not witnessed somany friends of devil died,they too going to die in very ugly manner so far world has not seen such terrified death,note it down disbelievers every thing belongs to Allah your henous act called Allah's mighty chestisement{very painful you cannot imagine} shortly come unto you,you breath Allah's wind if He deny what you will do ,your every organ obeys His command if He wish he can make them to punish you ,
by the way Allah will take revange ,what about us {muslim} sons of shatan is playing with the holy name prophet we his followers with his grace we got right path, we still living ,shame on us!!!
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IAN HOSEIN FROM CANADA said:
The fact that they did not heed the warnings says something. They knew what they were publishing, and I believe what has happened was intended and expected. I mean come on, what response would you expect from the muslims from these cartoons?

What angers me is the way the media is handling this. They are addressing the issue as simply being the cartoons of the prophet (pbuh), and ignoring the most important part. If it was just cartoon depictions of the prophet(pbuh), I don't think you'd get outrage were seeing. The really issue is the CONTENT of the cartoons, which is very insulting and disrespectful.

If people don't address the content of the cartoons, than people won't see the problem with a few drawings.

They have tried to justify these cartoons by using the "free speech" arguement. Free speech is not an excuse to be insulting and disrespectful.
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LANCE BOYLE FROM USA said:
If you don't like the content ,don't read the message.
Freedom of thought seems to be absent from Islamic
teachings. Maybe it is true that there are more radical
fanatics than Muslims care to admit. Burying one's head
in the sand and saying Islam teaches peace seems to
always be the standard. But evidenced by the reaction
to mere cartoons, Violence is the Muslim's first reaction.
A relegion is defined not by it's teachings, but how it is
practiced.
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TYPICAL FROM USA said:
There should be little light put on the European laws against anti-semitism and Holocaust denying that protect speech against Jews. It should be protected as what they have done to Jews in Europe in recent past. I guess european freedom of speech is little selective in nature. And can easily be classfied as hyprocrisy. If europe was going monkeys when Iranian president made his 5 minutes of freedom of speech only against jews to gain little attention in the world.
yes violence is not answer to this butI don't mind peaceful protest in shape of european product ban and recalling ambassdors that will continue to remind their hyprocrisy. All religion should be protected and respected. No one is special.
Again respect is the only thing that can save the moment. My protest to all disfigurements of any religion and all should be respected.
Every action has reaction so damage is done so enjoy the heat that it is causing if you like it or not.
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RIZWAN FROM UK said:
Freedom of speech does not mean insulting the most revered person by one billion Muslims on earth.

It is not "just a cartoon", the holy prophet (PBUH)is the central figure in the religion of Islam and to depict him in an insulting way is more than a personal offence.The Western media has no idea about the person.

I, however, do not believe in a violent response. I believe in creating a modern muslim state and society where all muslims and non-muslims would live their lives following the social model of islam, free of such hatred, free of the mindless freedoms of ailing western societies.An "alternative" reality to the current religion of "supreme human will and pleasure." I believe once we get there,all the islamic nations together,a true muslim Ummah without current boundries,in the true spirit of Islam, we will not be plundered, pushed, bombed, ridiculed, humiliated. No one will ridicule Mohammed or Jesus or Moses.

All we need is faith in Allah and look to Mecca rather than Washington/London/Moscow.

That my brothers and sisters should be the Muslim response-not killing/bombing/burning.

So far I am 1. Anyone else shares that dream?
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NAFISA FROM USA said:
We must recognize that we are in the last days and that Danish and European ignorance and stupidity are the least of our problems. Prophet Muhammed, upon Whom be peace, told us to fight the Greater Jihad, the jihad for our own souls. To take time from that to spend on the cartoons of fools is foolish, itself. Of course we want to defend our Prophet and our Faith, but this is hardly the front lines of that defense. The greatest defense of Islam is the defense against our own failings. Peace be upon you and upon all who struggle in the fight to remain pure in an impure world.
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HAROON ZAKARIYA FROM PAKISTAN said:
Freedom of speech doesn't mean insulting and offending. If someone start making jokes and cartoons on 9/11 or London bombings would the western media allow such content to be published? If someone start making jokes on the victims of Tsunami or earth quake victims; would any sensible publisher allow them to go print? NO. Why? Simple because people are sensitive to it and we should understand the difference we should realize where we can put jokes and where not.

I beleive there are experts in every publishing house; the danish newspaper staff definately know before publishing that muslims are sensitive to this but they deliberately published it. It seems somone is saying to us "We know you love your prophet more then your life; we know your values; but we are going to joke them; do whatever the hell you can do"

This western attitute makes the blood boil; and there is a very strong thinking in muslim youths that west is never going to realize it until "It happen to them". It is only then we see "sucide bombers" who blow up and themselves to make it happen to them.

How long and how much it takes for them to realize it?

Haroon Zakariya
http://insightislam.blogspot.com
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BASHAR SALEH FROM UK said:
Freedom of press or expression does not mean one can do anything to create law and order problem in the world. Islam forbids criticising any religion. No muslim will tolerate any aspersion againt prophet, come what may.The root cause has to be found out who is the real person behind this.

bashar saleh
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ALI AZIZ FROM AUSTRALIA said:
Freedom of speech has got limit. This is limit when you hurt feelings of more than 1 billion muslims. I support freedom of speech in every media but at the same time the is a vast differene between hurting someone and expressing your thoughts. May allah guide us all.
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NISAA FROM ENGLAND said:
Assalaamu alaykum,
Our Prophet sws is, up until this day, an honourable and well loved man. He did for this world what no other has been able to. Unfortunately, Muslims do not follow his example of patience and kindness in the face of hypocrasy and ridicule. Instead of warring and bringing more violence we should use our intelligence and the example of graciousness we were shown by the Prophet sws to bring a better understanding of Islam to the world. Think about it...If the Prophet sws had threatened war and been violent towards all those who ridiculed him, would Islam be what it is today??
Ya Allah, help the muslims and guide us to the way of your beloved...Aameen
Ma'Salaam
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DAN FROM NIGERA said:
This is not just a cartoon,it its an insult to the believe of muslims worldwide.the west will all come out to condemn any negative depiction of jews or holocaust:remenber the young prince of england t-shirt at a party?however they will call this freedom of expression.
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MUNIRA FROM UZBEKISTAN said:
The news about the caricatures made me angry also. The editors are proving themselves by having freedom of speech, but freedom of speech is not smth that allows to offend a religion. Religion is smth that must not be touched. It is the one which cannot be laughed at either.
Allah is Great, Muhammad Mustafa S.A.W. is always respected. If Allah does not punish those who are included in printing, it means that Allah will punish them with greater and never ending punishments in the next world. Allah is Great for all of us, Muhammad Mustafa S.A.W. is worth wishing "Peace and blessings be upon Him".
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ADEEL FROM US said:
The Supreme Court in the US ruled that one can't yell fire in a populated theatre which shows that there are limits on freedom of speech if that speech will endanger lives. The Danish newspaper showed irresponsibility by being ignorant of muslims' beliefs and putting Danish citizens in danger BECAUSE OF A CARTOON. And by the way for those who were crying about the lack of freedom of speech, where were you when Cindy Sheehan was arrested for wearing a tee shirt, showing the number of dead in Iraq, to President Bush's state of the union address.
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SIRIUS FROM FINLAND said:
Publishing those pictures was very stupid in the first place. Why didn't they show their "courage", for example, by playing russian roulette? Then they'd have harmed only themshelves. On the other hand some reactions have been stupid too. Why on earth should Danish government apologize? This matter has nothing to do with them. Should Indonesian government apologize Bali bombings also? No. By asking governments to apologize the demanders have made a demand that are impossible to fulfill, so what is the way out of this dilemma? And why should random Danes to be killed for this? Is it their fault? I would like to hear solid suggestions how this mess could be cleaned up. Thanks.
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SUSHMA FROM INDIA said:
Assalam Walaikum. Everyone has the freedom to express their views, but to insult an entire Islamic community without knowing or understanding the reasons why any prophet's face has not been shown is not at all acceptable. Anyone who insults another religion will face his dues. Khuda Hafiz
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KHADIJAH FROM MALAYSIA said:
We should see this insultation as an issue that will make us a stronger community. Not by an inappropriate violent behaviour but by improving ourselves to become better Muslims by unity and every other aspects. I supposed they have already expected such response from the Islamic world and yet they still went for it. Now that's the insultation behind the insultation. Be strong as once we have been, not through violence but through the beauty of Islam.
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DOIN PHINE said:
To Ahmed, you probably don't really want my agreement with you, but you have it right. Fight speech with speech, that is how we will all advance. Thank-you.
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AHMED FROM USA said:
Fight speech with speech, not violence. Yes, they were insulting cartoons. But the Muslim ummah needs to get used to the fact that the West has different values from Muslims. One of them is freedom of speech. The most important function of this right is not to protect speech that everyone likes, but rather speech that most people don't like (wether it be blasphemous or not). These bomb threats against Denmark, and Palestinians threatening the European Union office in the Gaza Strip, and Saudi Arabia recalling its ambassadors from Denmark... all these show how Muslims inappropriately react, expecially to a cartoon.
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MOHAMED FROM EGYPT said:
Peace be upon those who follow the guidance revealed by Allah, The Almighty.

Firstly, I'd like to thank the wise bishops who were mentioned in the article and who were consulted by the newspaper and who have warned the paper's staff before publishing those caricatures.

Secondly, i want all those living on this planet to live in peace and harmony, respect each other because we didn't come to this world to hate each other for 'God is love' or to destroy but to build and establish bridges of friendship and respect between souls and hearts of the others.

Thirdly,we should know that freedom is a big responsibility. We are free unless we harm others.I wonder why there is a law that bans smoking in public places because smoking will harm the others and at the same time the same law not only gives those journalists the right to harm our feeligs, insult the one who brought humanity out of the darkness of worshiping idols and worshipping man-created false gods to worshipping The Creator of everything,but also protects them. Those who insulted the one who brought people out from a society where the strong exploited and enslaved the weak to a society where the strong helps and gives a hand to the weak and sustains the poor and the orphans, from a spciety full of crimes, vice and aggression into a society full of virtue and peace, the one who was illiterate but kept the Quran by heart and taught,explained it to his companions.

Finally, what have the Danes got out of all that? You should know the limits of freedom. Should you kill me because you don't like me because you are free? Why don't we live and let others live beside us? Why don't we do as we'd like to be done by? This is the true freedom and the responsibility of the freedom we would like you to understand and live to. We should not be like Orwell's sheep in Animal Farm and be affected of that cunning wave of accusing Islam and Muslims of terrorism which is a mere reaction to the double standards.Know
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