Mabda Report 23.09.12

{jcomments on}Turkey’s Erdogan: “Islamophobia” should be recognized as a crime against humanity

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has stated that Turkey recognizes anti-semitism as a crime, while not a single Western country recognizes Islamophobia as such.

Speaking to journalists in Sarajevo after a series of visits to Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Erdoğan commented on the 14-minute trailer for “Innocence of Muslims,” an obscure film that mocks the Prophet Muhammad, which sparked violent riots across various Muslim nations.

Erdoğan said he will talk about the movie that has angered Muslims on Sept. 25 at the UN General Assembly. He noted that the reaction against the movie in Turkey has been restrained. “In the last past 10 years, extremes [in Turkey] have been curbed. In a way, we acted like a lightning rod.”

Interfaith groups react to anti-Muslim film, condemn violence abroad

Last Saturday local interfaith religious leaders gathered at the Islamic House of Wisdom (IHW) in Dearborn Heights to condemn any form of violence in relation to the movie “Innocence of Muslims” which has garnered a fire-storm of controversy leading to protests and deaths as well as hundreds of injuries around the world including the countries of Egypt, Yemen and Libya, which saw the death of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

Sunni Islam leader calls for peace, urges Muslims to have ‘patience and wisdom’

A leading figure in the Sunni Islam world called for fellow believers to respond to recent controversial portrayals of Mohammed — which he said “spread hatred” — just like the prophet himself would, “through patience and wisdom.”

Egypt’s Grand Mufti, Shaykh Ali Gomaa, also added:

“This is not freedom of speech, this is an attack on humanity, (an) attack on religions, and (an) attack on human rights,” he said.

Bahraini Ambassador To US Commemorates Launch Of Interfaith Book At Canadian Embassy

During remarks at an event marking the release of Three Testaments: Torah, Gospel and Quran at the Canadian Embassy in Washington last week, Bahrain’s Ambassador to the United States and Non-resident Ambassador to Canada, Houda Nonoo, lauded the book as a positive harbinger for religious co-existence.

“As a member of the Jewish faith, born in a Muslim country, and educated at a Catholic convent, I believe this book is destined to be a defining spiritual landmark for the twenty first century,” she said.