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MUHAMMAD CARTOON ROW HEATS UP

By Jeremy Reynalds

Assist News
LONDON (ANS) – Newspapers across Europe have reprinted caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to show support for a Danish paper whose cartoons have sparked Muslim outrage.
The BBC reported (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4670370.stm) that seven publications in France , Germany , the Netherlands , Italy and Spain all carried some of the drawings. Their publication in Denmark led Arab nations to protest. Islamic tradition bans depictions of Muhammad.
The BBC also stated that the owner of one of the papers to reprint – France Soir – has now fired its managing editor over the matter. The cartoons have sparked diplomatic sanctions and death threats in some Arab nations, while media watchdogs have defended publication of the images in the name of press freedom.
Reporters without Borders commented, the BBC reported, that the reaction in the Arab world “betrays a lack of understanding” of press freedom as “an essential accomplishment of democracy.”
RADICAL CLERIC’S FOLLOWERS INCENSED
The actions of the Danish paper have also incensed the followers of exiled radical Islamic cleric Omar Bakri Muhammad.
A shocking news release on the group’s site (www.thesavedsect.com/articles/PressRelease/DemonstrationDanishEmbassy.htm), in addition to promoting a Friday demonstration outside the Danish embassy, says such insults carry the death penalty in Islam.
The news release encourages Muslims to “rise and defend the honor of the prophet Muhammad” and reads, “The Prophet said, ‘Whoever insults a Prophet, kill him.’”
The news release continues. It reads, “The Islamic verdict on individual or individuals who insult any Prophet needs to be passed by an Islamic court and implemented by the Islamic state, rather than individuals carrying out the verdict themselves.”
The news release continues, “Muslims take their ideology and belief very seriously and any insult to any Messengers and Prophets will never be tolerated, in fact the Messenger Muhammad … said that we must love Allah … and His Messenger more than anyone else, including our parents and even ourselves. In light of this, we will be holding a demonstration outside the Danish Embassy.”
But then the news release writer laments, “However, sadly we find that we live in an era where there is not one country in the world implementing the Sharee’ah. Rather the 55 Muslim countries in existence today all implement non-Islamic law and their insults to the Messenger Muhammad … are worse than what appears in the newspapers referred to above since they insult the Messenger Muhammad … every day by ignoring his commands.
“They ensure that Muslims are kept in subservience to the West and they do not lift a finger to defend the lives, honor and property of Muslims being violated in Iraq , Palestine , Chechnya , Afghanistan etc. Clearly were it not for the fact that they fear being overthrown by an angry Muslim population, not a word would have been mentioned about the current incident from the leaders of Saudi Arabia , Egypt , Bahrain , Pakistan , Kuwait etc.”
WHO IS BAKRI?
Bakri is a Lebanese national of Syrian origin who lived in Britain from 1986 until he was stripped of his British residency as part of London ‘s bid to rein in radical Islamic leaders.
His statements have concerned terror watchers. A threatening statement from some of Bakri Muhammad’s followers to their leader (while distancing their future activities from him), made freelance spy Glen Jenvey (www.glen-jenvey.com), whose sting operation helped hook jailed Islamic radical cleric Abu Hamza, very concerned about what Bakri Muhammad’s followers have in mind.
Jenvey said, “With this guy’s track record, and his hatred for everyone who doesn’t agree with his philosophy, else is there to think?”
The statement (www.thesavedsect.com/articles/Misc/Messages/MessageOBM.htm) reads in part, “You will be pleased to know that we will continue with our work here in order to distinguish ourselves from the disbelievers and fulfil our duties and obligations wherever we are. However, our activities here should not be linked to you in any way as we follow Islam in accordance with the understanding of the Messenger Muhammad (saw) and his Companions, and not your understanding.”
The message also reads, “We were once upon a time on the road to apostasy and Hellfire, following the British way of life and ideology, and looking to make this world our permanent place of residence. Like all other British Muslims, we never used to know the true meaning of the Kalimah (www.geocities.com/fearallaah/kalimahs.htm), and hence we used to urge our parents to become apostates by voting for man-made law and to integrate with this corrupted and non-Islamic society.”
Jenvey called that “downright scary.”
Jenvey is no stranger to the hate- filled writings of Bakri Muhammad and his followers. Recently he helped bring a video on the group’s web site to international attention.
Using a copy of the video supplied Jenvey (www.glen-jenvey.com), Britain’s Channel 4 television channel showed the exiled former spiritual leader of Al-Muhajiroun (now living in Beirut, Lebanon) making the claims in a video shot about three months before the apparent suicide bombings by four suspected Islamic extremists which killed 52 British commuters.
While Jenvey’s name was never mentioned by Britain ‘s Channel 4, he said in an e-mail interview that he contacted both Britain ‘s MI5 and British police about the video the day before he informed the police.
One of Bakri’s statements from the video warned people to “take precautions” for the possibility of terrorist attacks in Britain . He added, “It’s going to happen.”
Following the broadcast of the video, Bakri Muhammad’s followers issues an angry denouncement of the way that their leader’s words were “interpreted.”
Writing on the Saved Sect web site (www.thesavedsect.com/articles/CurrentAffairs/RefutingMetPolice.htm) they complained, “Furthermore, the Sheikh in the lecture, aired on Channel Four News, stated the need for him and his followers to be aware that if something was to happen then they would be targeted by the government and police. This was an accurate forecast by the Sheikh due to the fact that he and his followers were, and most probably are, the only radical, open and public Muslim activists in the UK willing to speak the truth without fear of the consequences and without compromise. In fact this is exactly what happened after the July 7 attacks where Al-Muhajiroun and its successor organizations were to be banned with new legislation to be introduced to curb their activities and those of the Sheikh.”
DONATIONS FOR TERROR
The Saved Sect site also trolls for donations (www.thesavedsect.com/misc/Donations.htm).
The plea for funds says that donations can be made securely on line. It continues, “Think about the reward you could be earning for every person who receives a leaflet which you helped pay for and learns something new about Islam. Allah … says in the Qur’aan, ‘Who is he that will lend to Allah a goodly loan so that He may multiply it to him many times? And it is Allah that decreases or increases (your provisions), and unto Him you shall return.’” (EMQ al-Baqarah, 2:245)
The site is registered to The Saved Sect, Asad Ullah, 472 Coventry Road, Birmingham , West Midlands B10 0UG, in Great Britain . Te
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