Muslims gather around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque complex in Makkah. AFP
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The preacher of the Grand Mosque, Abdullah Awad Al Juhany, appealed to the countries of the world and international organizations to criminalise insulting the prophets and messengers.
In his Friday sermon, Al-Juhany stressed that “insulting the prophets and messengers is a crime, and Muslims’ condemnation of this abuse must be dealt with the law.”
He said, “Criminal attempts to offend the Messenger, (PBUH), and the Mother of the Believers, Aisha (RA), will not harm the Islamic religion.”
He stressed, “The greatest support for the Prophet (PBUH) is to spread his virtues, publicize his biography, and broadcast the values and teachings of Islam.”
During the past few days, the statements offensive to the Prophet aroused widespread condemnation around the world, both at the official and popular levels.
On June 6, the United Nations urged “respect for and tolerance of all religions,” in statements to the spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Stephane Dujarric.