Ofcom fines TV channel DM Digital for broadcasting ‘duty to kill’ speech by Islamic scholar

A television channel has been hit with a hefty fine after broadcasting a speech by an Islamic scholar who said Muslims had “a duty to kill” anyone who insulted the prophet. Communications watchdog Ofcom levied the fine, totalling £105,000, after it found DM Digital had twice breached the broadcasting code. The Manchester-based channel, which says it has a worldwide audience of 30 million, describes itself as bringing “Asian and English cultures closer by integrating its people, the cultural diversity, communities and the economy”.

 

Ofcom’s report cited a programme called Rehmatul Lil Alameen which was broadcast on October 9 2011, and which featured a live lecture which it said was “likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime or to lead to disorder”. It stated some of the scholar’s comments could be seen as “a generic call to all Muslims encouraging or inciting them to criminal action or disorder, by unambiguously stating that they had a duty to kill anyone who criticises or insults the Prophet Mohammed and apostates”. The lecturer also praised the introduction of a blasphemy law in Pakistan and the murder of a prominent politician who opposed it.

 

Ofcom fined the channel £85,000 and ordered them not to repeat the broadcast.

Young Muslims and being a student: Criticism without appeal “The things he did do not have anything to do with Islam. In doing so it causes us enormous damage”

June 14, 2013

 

No one comes to mind more quickly in the cause of Islam: for both institutional and foreign students in Brescia than the case of Anas El Abboubi (a recently discovered extremist living outside of Milan)

 

Yet, the word “Islam,” today in Brescia’s city of Vobarno, as well as in Niardo a few months ago jumped out. If for no other reason than to understand what moves a twenty year old to take the lead in extremist ideas.
And, in an attempt to give an answer, the word “discomfort”, yesterday, was the most invoked. A discomfort caused by a lack of integration seen in the classroom, where Anas was showered with insults and curses by his companions. A discomfort that he would find an outlet in Islamic radicalism and jihadism, as understood by Roberto Tottoli.

“Mah .. Even I, when I worked at the factory, I was always called Taliban or Saddam Hussein: I was certainly displeased, but I never thought to kill anyone. It occurs to me that the boy has been manipulated” says Sajad Shah of the Islamic Association Muhammadiah.

“These are isolated cases, it is true, but it should give us pause. The violence must be condemned and prosecuted, but at the same time, we must take action to prevent it: It is important that Italian institutions understand that mosques are important, because it is there that young people are educated to peaceful coexistence with civil society and to channel their energies towards true and noble ideals.” Said Meghras, the former president of the Federation of Islamic Lombardy.

UK Muslims react against the provocative movie that insults the Prophet

23 September 2012

 

As the reactions against the despicable movie the Innocence of Muslims continue around the World, UK Muslims also join the condemnation of the movie. However, their reactions remain diverse; mainstream Muslim organizations such as Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) and Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) have preferred to keep a low profile due to the killing of the US Ambassador to Libya, and limited their reactions to issuing press releases that condemn the movie. They also demanded that the US ban the movie and bring the producers before justice.

Dr Omer El-Hamdoon, President of MAB which is known to be the UK branch of Muslim Brotherhood, said, “As the international community prepares to propagate messages of peace by celebrating the International Day for Peace (21/9/2012); we find that there are still evil elements who seek to offend, insult and ridicule others; and hence cause instability in the World.”

 

Further, the statements seemed to be were more focused on condemning the killing of the US Ambassador to Libya. In this regard MCB, a major UK Muslim umbrella organization that represents hundreds of UK mosques, stated that:

 

“The violence we saw is not in keeping with the teachings of the Prophet, whose honour these people wish to defend. Those who carried out these attacks are in a minority and do not speak for Muslims, or our faith. The death of the US ambassador to Libya is a deep tragedy, particularly as the country is taking its first steps towards democratic transition following the overthrow of dictatorship last year. Whilst this in no way justifies these attacks, the film-maker responsible for this defamatory video mocking Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, should be ashamed of his actions. That Pastor Terry Jones, the so-called Qu’ran burner, in Florida should also be promoting this film is deeply worrying.”

 

The Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS), the largest Muslim student body in the UK higher education system, also condemns the violent protests against the movie.

 

The attitude of mainstream Muslim organizations has prompted heavy criticism from UK Hizb ut-Tahrir. Dr Abdul Wahid, spokesperson of the organization, expressed their criticism on the reaction of the UK Muslim organizations in a video posted on Youtube.  Hizb ut-Tahrir played a leading role in the protests against the movie by organizing a demonstration in front of the US Embassy in London. Around 1000 people joined in the demonstration. Nazreen Nawaz, a spokeswoman for the group said,

 

“We’re very clear today in saying that no violence against any ambassador or civilians is accepted in Islam. We’re not calling for violent actions here. What we’re saying is that Muslims must protest, and you must understand the anger of the streets in the Muslim world.”

 

Hizb ut-Tahrir also set up a Facebook campaign called “Our Prophet, Our Honour”. The group is being supported by around 8600 people.

 

On the other hand, some organization showed a completely different reaction against the movie. Discover Islam UK, a charitable organization, dedicated to promote a better understanding of Islam and clear the common misconceptions, distributed copies of the Qur’an and other Islamic books recounting the life of the Prophet Muhammad and explaining Islamic precepts, in London and some other UK cities to raise awareness about Islam.

 

Naif Sheikh is a volunteer with Discover Islam stated that “By encouraging non-Muslims to read about Islam, we’re hoping to dispel certain false ideas, which have unfortunately been further disseminated by this awful video.”

Muslims of Spain condemn the provocations but understand as unjustifiable the excess of some answers

14 September 2012
In a statement, the UCIDE (Union of the Islamic Comunnities of Spain) condemned “the insults and provocations, made to Muslims, but also to the other religions” verified in the last days after the release of the film deemed as offensive to Islam. However at the same time, the organization condemn those who so “absolutely and unjustifiably” exceeded themselves in their answering back by “making even more serious attacks with loss of human lives.”

CFCM calls for action against racist insults in Tarascon, France

News Agencies – May 24, 2012

A leading French Muslim group says three mosques have been vandalized and is urging authorities to punish the perpetrators. The French Council of the Muslim Faith, or CFCM, said racist insults and Nazi slogans were scrawled on a mosque in the southeastern town of Tarascon and another in the eastern city of Strasbourg. It said the mosque in the southern town of Draguignan was vandalized May 17.
In a statement, the CFCM expressed concern about what it called the “multiplication of these cowardly and hateful acts” and warned against complacency. Muslim and Jewish graveyards and religious buildings around France have long suffered sporadic vandalism. The group urged authorities to track down and punish those responsible “with all the necessary severity.”

Muslim war graves attacked in Carcassone, France

News Agencies – December 27, 2011

Thirty war graves of Muslim soldiers who fought in World War I have been attacked and defaced in the southern city of Carcassonne. Racist insults and swastikas were painted on the graves, which are identified by the Islamic symbols of the star and crescent.

Slogans including “France for the French” and “Arabs out” were painted on some of the gravestones, reported daily newspaper Le Figaro.

Possible Legal Changes: “Insulting Speech/ Behaviour” No Longer A Criminal Offence

14.10.2011

Ministers in the UK are currently considering legal changes, according to which insulting speech or actions would no longer be a criminal offence. The move to consider changes to the law on “threatening, abusive or insulting” words in public, under section five of the Public Order Act 1986, was brought forward by civil liberty groups that consider restrictions on “insulting” speech to be unfair. The Daily Mail reports that religious groups “have also criticized the law because the police have used it to arrest harmless Christian protesters. The law that criminalizes insulting speech and actions was used last year to prosecute Emdadur Choudhury, a Muslim extremist and member of Muslims Against Crusades who burned two poppies during the two-minute silence on Remembrance Sunday last November, and five Muslims who shouted insults at a homecoming parade. Under the regulations of the proposal, these actions would not lead to criminal prosecutions.

Cambridge Muslim Council Prepares for March by the English Defence League

01.07.2011
The far-right English Defence League (EDL) is planning a rally in Cambridge on July 9th, for which they expect around 400 protesters. Ahead of the event, the Cambridge Muslim Council has issued a statement calling on Muslims not to participate in counter-protests organised by “Unite Against Facism” and the Trades Union Council. Furthermore, the Council urges Muslims to stay away from the march, not to resort to violence, and to ignore any insults and taunts from the protesters. At the same time, the Council says that insults against Islam will not be acceptable. While any routine affairs at the mosques in the city will be suspended for the day of the rally, the Council is concerned about the safety and security of the members of their community and their religious sites.

French insults of World Cup team seen through racial and religious prism

Impostors. Arrogant. Money-hungry idiots. The insults aimed at France’s World Cup team have
been venomous following its drama-plagued early elimination from the international tournament.
Passionate hand-wringing at the humiliating fall of the team that won the 1998 World Cup can
be expected from dismayed French fans. But some worry that the tirades against the ethnically-
and religiously-mixed team are being too often seen through a racial prism, even if that’s not the
intent.
Members of the largely black team have been compared to “gang bosses” and “hoodlums” and
said to be disrespectful of France — terms often used to slur residents of the country’s minority-
and immigrant-filled suburban ghettoes. As a result, many say that such commentary sparks
racial hatred. The current attacks against the team can “encourage prejudice,” and “liberate racist
speech,” said the general director of the advocacy group SOS Racism, Guillaume Ayne.
On French radio, philosopher Alain Finkielkraut said the players represent the “spirit of the cité,”
a term used for ghettoized housing projects, which he said are “devouring” French society.

Islamophobic attacks largely ignored in UK

According to editor of The Muslim News Ahmed Versi, Islamophobia in Britain is not given the necessary amount of attention. He claims that Islamophobic attacks in Britain will continue to rise until there is a wholesale change in attitudes, including new legislation against religious hatred.

“It will get worse unless something serious is done to curb this,” warned Versi, who has been reporting incidents of attacks and abuse against Muslims for more than 20 years and presented many papers at conferences on the issue. “Lack of legislation is the problem – we have only small number of cases of racism and anti-Semitism because they are protected by laws and are outlawed,” he said.

Recent incidents included arson attacks on mosques and other Islamic institutions such as charities. Individuals have also been harassed or violated, students on campus for example, particularly veiled women, who had their head scarves or face veils removed by attackers. Verbal abuse labeled Muslims as “Osama bin Ladin” or “Terrorists” and extended to insults such as “You Paki go home”.

Despite the scale of attacks and abuse, there are very few reports on the issue by national media.