Friday, February 17, 2006

Cleric Offers Bounty on Cartoonist

I think the above picture says it all. It is not, to my knowledge from the story I mention below, but it is from an earlier protest and shows mindset.

Friday stupidity. (link)

A quote:

In the northwestern city of Peshawar, where riots left two dead and scores injured on Wednesday, prayer leader Mohammed Yousaf Qureshi announced the bounty for killing a cartoonist to about 1,000 people outside the Mohabat Khan mosque, where worshippers burned a flag of Denmark and an effigy of the Danish prime minister.

He said the mosque and his religious school would give $25,000 and a car, while a local jewelers' association would give another $1 million. No representative of the association was available to confirm it had made the offer.

"This is a unanimous decision of by all imams (prayer leaders) of Islam that whoever insults the prophet deserves to be killed and whoever will take this insulting man to his end, will get this prize," Qureshi said.

I see, there is no God but Allah and a million dollar prize. Now, do they mean the Dutch cartoonist or the Muslims who brought the folder of cartoons to the Middle East with cartoons that were never published and were there to start trouble? You know this part of the story (link):

On the trip, the group carried a dossier with purported examples of images offensive to Islam, including photocopies of the 12 Muhammad cartoons and three additional images – two offensive drawings of the prophet and a copy of an AP photograph that was unrelated to the controversy. That photograph, showing a bearded man wearing fake pig ears and a pig nose, was from a pig-squealing contest in France in August and had no connection with Islam or the prophet caricatures.

Just want to be sure. I know it is offensive to publish these cartoons but not a problem to create false ones and bring unrelated images just to stir up trouble ahead of Denmark taking over the presidency of the security council: but I was just asking.

Back to the first article:

Qureshi did not name any cartoonist in his announcement. He did not appear aware that 12 different people had drawn the pictures — considered blasphemous by Muslims.

Oh, a pity to let facts get in the way and spoil a perfectly good riot. And here is one of the prayers from today:

"Give enough power to the Muslim countries and enable them to take revenge," said Qari Saeed Ullah, a prayer leader in Islamabad.

This was the prayer. The prayer. Not for justice or understanding, but revenge.

On a side note take a look at The Gateway Pundit Blog (link) and read the post from 2/16 about the woman Journalist who was attacked while reporting on the riots. The story is covered very well there. Here is a link to a news article on the story, but the commentary over at pundit is worth a read.


Bent El Neel said...

hang on a minute...if they have all that money to throw around as a reward for murder, why aren't they investing it into their community to better the lives of the many who are living in poverty??? Isn't it better to please God by helping His followers?

Well I guess it's easier to cultivate hate and recruit terrorists if people were too hungry to question what you tell them!

Anonymous said...

"This is a unanimous decision of by all imams (prayer leaders) of Islam that..."

Not all of them,it's just one and not another one..
If you looked to the good side-not cathing faults and mistakes-you'll hear about Conference of Doa'a in Cairo and what rest of Imams said about not harming any body who got involved in cartoons..Any way visit this website({whether English or Arabic}and will find peaceful Islamic efforts...

And who said that Islam don't invite Muslims to help others(whether Muslims or not)...a big proof is what Prophet Mohammad said exciting Muslims to help when he said on the meaning of:"The best of people is the most helpful to people"and notice that he(PBUH)said people not Muslims.

Forgive me for commenting as anonymous.

DavidNic said...

I understand that there are peaceful Islamic efforts, and I praise them.

What upsets me is that it seems that the state education in many of these countries is geared toward teaching hate.

I don't deny that Islam can be peaceful. I know Muslims who are horrified at what is happening.

But it seems to me that the governments in many of these countries are not making an attempt to end the violence because as long as people are upset about this, they don't have time to question why the government does not help those in need.

I'll be sure to go to the website you have listed and read about peaceful efforts.

I pray that the efforts of those Muslims who want peace bear fruit with the blessings of God.