Malawian Sheik says Muslims are being provoked

The national coordinator of the Islamic Information Bureau, Sheik Dinala Chabulika, says Muslims all over the world including Malawi are being provoked with the recent release of anti-Islam video trailer and the publishing of cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

Muslims consider any representation of Prophet Muhammad offensive.

Chabulika said Malawian Muslims would protest “peacefuly” against the YouTube video clip made by an Egyptian- American insulting the prophet Mohamed.

He told Capital Radio this week that the Malawi Muslim community will “protest but in a dignified manner.”

Sheik Chabulika: uslims are being intentionally provoked

The crude 14-minute clip went viral, triggering furious anti-American demonstrations across the Middle East and the wider Islamic world.

Sheik Chabulika accused the United States government for inaction against the “provocative” film, saying “instead of American government stopping this kind of film – they haven’t done that.”

“We hope that America and other western countries can ban this film,” he added.

But US president Barack Obama condemned  the “crude and disgusting” video, with a denunciation of the violence that it sparked.

“I have made it clear that the US government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity,” Obama said.

Obama rejected calls from Islamic leaders for the YouTube video to be somehow banned, pointed to US constitutional protections of free speech and the technical impossibility of controlling such broadcasts.

He said the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam, urging those who condemn that slander “must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied.”

Sheik Chabulika nonetheless said “although we don’t encourage [violence], you should agree that Muslims are being proved in their work.”

Recently, the Muslims have also been angered by the French satirical magazine called Charlie Hebdo which published cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

In 2005, a Danish newspaper published cartoons of Prophet Muhammad. It resulted in the deaths of about 50 people in several countries and Danish embassies were attacked.

Sheik Chabulika said the forces working against the Islam religion will not succeed.

“This should also remind all Muslims in this country as also in the worlds that whats is happening is going to make Islma ti be more stronger. These people fighting against Islam think they are going to stop Islam.  Islam is not going to stop,” he said.

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