News ID: 273992
Published: 0509 GMT September 10, 2020
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Iranian MP slams French magazine sacrilege of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

Iranian MP slams French magazine sacrilege of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

Chairman of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament criticized insulting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) or other prophets, noting that making such moves on the pretext of freedom of speech hurts Muslims’ feelings.

Mojtaba Zolnouri made the remarks in a meeting on Wednesday with French Ambassador to Iran Philippe Thiébaud, while reacting to reprinting of blasphemous cartoons of Prophet of Islam last week by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, IRNA reported.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s refused to condemn the weekly’s insulting caricatures in the name of freedom of expression.

Charlie Hebdo’s heinous move has drawn strong criticism from Muslim countries who call it an Islamophobic act.

The French weekly reprinted the blasphemous caricatures on the eve of the trial of suspects in a deadly gun rampage on its office in early 2015.

In January 2015, two men barged into the newspaper’s Paris offices, killing 12 people, many of whom worked for the publication.

Leader of Iran's Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei also reacted to reprinting of the blasphemous cartoons releasing a statement on Tuesday in English-language in which he referred to the move as “unforgivable" and an act that Zionists were behind it.

Such offensive cartoons are rooted in “the deeply anti-Islamic policies of the Zionists and arrogant powers” that are behind “these hostile moves”, said the Leader.

In another development, Iranian protestors gathered in front of French embassy in Tehran on Wednesday to show their anger at the recirculating of blasphemous cartoons by the French weekly.

Releasing a statement at the end of the rally, the protestors said the heinous move of the French weekly has violated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

“The move not only proved the false nature of the threadbare slogans of Western circles regarding freedom of expression, but it also explicitly revealed the complicity of the Zionist lobby in France ,” read the statement.

Earlier in the day, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also in a Twitter message slammed the offensive moves against Muslims’ Holy Book and Prophet in the western countries noting, "Freedom of Expression? Or Institutionalized Hypocrisy? Instigate violence and hatred against 1.8 Billion Muslims by stereotypical defamation and desecration of their Holy Book and Prophet."

He continued, “Touch party line about events in recent history—repugnant as they are. Enough already.”


Resource: IRNA
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