Published in October 29, 2020 11:04 am
The prime minister shared his views after blasphemous caricatures in France.
ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday took to Twitter and shared one of his favorite quotes about the beloved Prophet Muhammad by French writer, poet and politician Alphonse de Lamartine.
“If greatness of purpose, small means of means, and astonishing results are the three criteria for human genius, who would dare to compare the great man in history with Muhammad? The most famous people created only weapons, laws and kingdoms. They discovered, if anything, was nothing more than material strength that had often collapsed before their eyes. This person not only transferred armies, statutes, kingdoms, peoples, dynasties, but millions of people in the third inhabited world; and more than that, he moved altars, gods, religions, ideas, beliefs, and souls. “
One of my favorite quotes about our beloved Prophet SAW. pic.twitter.com/ro8pYJbQn5
– Imran Khan (mImranKhanPTI) 29 October 2020
The prime minister shared his views after blasphemous caricatures in France and French President Emmanuel Macron’s statements that hurt the sentiments of millions of Muslims in Europe and around the world.
PM Imran has also written a letter on Wednesday to leaders of all Muslim countries, urging them to act collectively to fight Islamophobia that is growing in non-Muslim countries especially Western countries.
He wrote, “Today, we face a growing worry and restlessness among our Ummah as they see an increasing wave of Islamophobia and attacks, through ridicule and mockery of our beloved Prophet in the Western world, especially Europe. The recent statements at the leadership level and incidents of desecration of the Koran are a reflection of the increasing Islamophobia spreading in European countries where sizeable Muslim populations live.
“In addition, in Europe mosques are closed, Muslim women are denied the right to wear the clothes of their choice in public places even as nuns and priests continue to display their religious attire and covert and open discrimination is widespread against Muslims living in these countries. I believe the leadership in these countries, often acting out of a lack of understanding of the passion, love and deep devotion that Muslims around the world have for the Prophet (pbuh) and their holy book the Koran.
“As a result, a dangerous cycle of action and reaction starts to move. The painful act resulted in a reaction from Muslims as they saw their faith and their beloved Prophet targeted which resulted in further discriminatory action by the government against the Muslim population in their state, resulting in the marginalization of Muslims and the creation of space for radical, right-wing groups to take advantage of the situation. On the other hand, the resulting marginalization has led to radicalization and this vicious circle continues to create ever wider space for extremists on all sides.
“In this environment, it is our duty as leaders of the Muslim world to take the lead in breaking the cycle of hatred and extremism, which drives violence and even death. We, as Muslim political leaders, must take the initiative to call for an end to this cycle of hatred and violence. I urge all our Muslim leaders as a collectivity, to speak out and explain to non-Muslim leaders, especially Western countries, the deep respect and love that all Muslims feel for their holy book, the Koran, and for our Prophet (PBUH). It is time to reach out to “the other” and end the cycle of violence that breeds ignorance and hatred.
“We have to explain to the Western world that the value system is different for different social and religious groups and ethnicities in the world. For Europeans and Jews, the Holocaust, which was the pinnacle of Nazi pogroms, has caused many Western countries, especially European countries, to criminalize any act of criticism or questions about the Holocaust. We understand and respect that.
“However, there has to be an understanding by the Western world to pay the same respect to Muslims, who have also seen their people killed in mass numbers from Bosnia to Iraq to Afghanistan, to India’s Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir, but for whom do you think? The pain and heartache are greatest when we see attacks on our faith and our beloved Prophet (PBUH) through ridicule, ridicule and even abuse. In fact, blasphemy against any prophet of Islam, Christianity or Judaism is unacceptable in our faith.
“The time has come for the leaders of the Muslim world to carry this message with clarity and unity to the entire world, especially the Western world so as to end Islamophobia and attacks on Islam and our Prophet (PBUH). The world cannot continue this spiral of hatred, which only favors the extremist agenda on all sides and produces a polarized and violent society. Our beliefs are guided by peace and tolerance as practiced in Riyasat-i-Madinah and according to Misaq-i-Madina (Agreement concluded by our Prophet between Muslims and Jews). It is our responsibility to inform the world about this spirit and the core of our Islamic beliefs. ”