Muslims took to the streets in big protests round Asia after Friday prayers, sparked by remarks concerning the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by an Indian ruling occasion official that embroiled the nation in a diplomatic storm.
Anger has engulfed the Islamic world since final week, when a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling occasion made a disrespectful touch upon the Holy Prophet on a TV debate present.
Round 20 international locations have since known as of their Indian ambassadors and the occasion has gone into injury management, suspending the official from its ranks and insisting it revered all religions.
Friday noticed the largest road rallies but in response to the furore, with police estimating greater than 100,000 folks mobilised throughout Bangladesh after noon prayers.
“We collect right here immediately to protest the insult of our Prophet by Indian authorities officers,” mentioned Amanullah Aman, a protester within the capital Dhaka.
“We would like dying penalties for them. Crowds within the metropolis chanted slogans denouncing Modi and warning enemies of the Muslim religion to “watch out”.
In Pakistan, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) held a march in its stronghold of Lahore after Friday prayers.
Round 5,000 supporters of the TLP — a beforehand banned group — gathered to protest within the metropolis centre calling on the federal government to take stronger motion towards India over the feedback.
“The Prophet of Islam is our pink line. Be it India… or anybody else, they need to know that defenders of Islam won’t stay silent,” mentioned faculty trainer Irfan Rizvi.
Members of India’s 200 million-strong Muslim minority neighborhood staged demonstrations in a number of cities, with a big crowd gathered on the steps of the Seventeenth-century Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi.
Elsewhere within the capital, social media footage confirmed college students of the distinguished Jamia Millia Islamia college burning an effigy of Nupur Sharma — the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering spokeswoman whose feedback set off the furore.
Authorities in Indian-occupied Kashmir lower the restive territory’s web connections, restricted prayer congregations at mosques and imposed a curfew on Friday.
A spontaneous shutdown noticed companies shut throughout Srinagar, the area’s main metropolis, with protesters calling for retribution towards “disrespect” to the Prophet.
In Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, about 50 protesters staged a rally in entrance of the Indian embassy in Jakarta.
“The Indian authorities should apologise to Muslims and so they should take strict motion towards the politicians who made the remarks,” protest coordinator Ali Hasan instructed AFP.
The row follows anger throughout the Muslim world in 2020 after French President Emmanuel Macron defended the correct of a satirical journal to publish caricatures of the Prophet.
French trainer Samuel Paty was beheaded in October 2020 by a Chechen refugee after exhibiting the cartoons to his class in a lesson on free speech.