Muslims took to the streets in mass protests across Asia after Friday prayers after an Indian ruling party official made a comment about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), a diplomatic storm in the country.
is angry captured the Islamic world Since last week, when a spokesperson of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party made derogatory remarks on the holy prophet in a TV debate show.
Since then about 20 countries have called their Indian ambassadors and the party has gone under damage control, with the officer suspended from his post and an emphasis on respecting all religions.
Friday saw the largest street rallies ever in response to the uproar, with police estimating that more than 100,000 people gathered across Bangladesh after the afternoon prayers.
Amanullah Aman, a protester in the capital Dhaka, said, “We have gathered here today to protest the insult of our prophet by the Indian government officials.”
We want death penalty for them. Crowds in the city raised slogans denouncing Modi and warned the enemies of the Muslim religion to “be careful”.
In Pakistan, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) took out a march in its stronghold Lahore after Friday prayers.
Around 5,000 supporters of the TLP – an already banned group – gathered in the city center to protest and called on the government to take strong action against India over the comments.
“The Prophet of Islam is our red line. Be it India or anyone else, they should know that the defenders of Islam will not remain silent,” said school teacher Irfan Rizvi.
Members of India’s 200 million Muslim minority demonstrated in several cities as large crowds gathered on the steps of the 17th-century Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi.
Elsewhere in the capital, social media footage showed students of the prestigious Jamia Millia Islamia University burning an effigy of Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Nupur Sharma, whose comments sparked an uproar.
Authorities in Indian-occupied Kashmir cut internet connections in the troubled region, restricted prayer meetings in mosques and imposed a curfew on Friday.
A spontaneous shutdown shut down businesses in the region’s major city, Srinagar, with protesters demanding vengeance against the prophet’s “insult”.
In Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, around 50 protesters rallied in front of the Indian embassy in Jakarta.
The protest coordinator Ali Hassan said, “The Indian government should apologize to the Muslims and take strict action against the politicians who made the remarks.” AFP,
The row follows anger across the Muslim world after French President Emmanuel Macron in 2020 defended the right of a satirical magazine to publish caricatures of the Prophet.
The French teacher was Samuel Peteau sentenced to death Cartoon after a Chechen refugee shows his class at a lesson on freedom of expression in October 2020.