First published in Caribbean Net News here
ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada: The Grenada Islamic Foundation said it will join Muslims worldwide in protesting the publication of cartoons in newspapers in Europe intended to portray images of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
According to the General Secretary of the Foundation, Zaid Azam Rahaman, these cartoons are an affront to the Islamic faith and are a provocation to the 1.5 billion Muslims on this earth. He said freedom of speech does not give any person or media the right to insult, denigrate and disrespect the beliefs that are held sacred to others.
The Prophet Muhammad has taught all Muslims to respect all Prophets and Messengers of God including Moses, David and Jesus, said Mr. Rahaman. He told Caribbean Net News that no Muslim can demonize any other religious faith or Prophet of God in the manner that these cartoons have done.
The Foundation stated that they are calling for the retraction of these cartoons from the media publishing them and for the dialogue on the need to safe-guard the principles and beliefs held sacred to all God fearing people against insulting and disrespectful activity carried out in the name of freedom of expression.
Mr. Rahaman also told Caribbean Net News that the Islamic Foundation of Grenada will protest peacefully.
The Foundation has also received support from the Central Islamic Foundation Organization of Guyana (CIOG). In a release sent from the CIOG it was said that this move will not be tolerated for the Muslims’ love and veneration of Holy Prophet Muhammed are second to the love of Allah, the Most High Himself.
The CIOG in its release took the opportunity to remind Muslims that it is their duty to do whatever they can in their power to defend the honour of there beloved Prophet ﷺ.
Grenada Islamic Foundation was registered by the Act of Parliament of Grenada in 1994. Islam is the only other recognized religion after Christianity. There are approximately 300+ resident Muslims in Grenada, including about 100 Indian Gujrati immigrants and 120+ medical students coming originally from US, Canada, UK and other countries.