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Berliner Zeitung - Germany | 16/02/2006

The cartoon row: freedom of opinion and Blasphemy

Iraqi author Hussain al-Mozany, who lives in Germany, points out that the Prophet Muhammad did not take action against blasphemy: "Of course, the Koran strictly forbids insults of God, the Book of Revelations or the Prophet. He who does so is accused of blasphemy and punished according to Muslim law. However, Muhammad did not set fire to the house of Abu Lahab, but instead called on God to punish him. In this respect, the Prophet behaved very differently to the raging mob that has attacked and torched the buildings of European diplomatic missions... However, the greatest insults to the Muslim religion and its prophet are the cruel beheadings of Western hostages and the blood-drenched terrorist attacks on marketplaces, schools, mosques, churches, hotels, public transport and hospitals which are carried out in the name of Islam and tolerated by high-ranking religious authorities."

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