Muslim scholars urge United Nations to outlaw contempt of religions
DOHA: A leading Islamic organisation has called on the United Nations to make “contempt of religions” illegal and urged the West to protect Muslim communities.
The Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars, headed by influential preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi, appealed to Muslims to continue peaceful protests against blasphemous caricatures but “not to resort to any violence”.
In a statement released Tuesday, the union said there should be protection for “prophets” and urged Islamic countries to submit a draft law to the UN calling for defamation of religions to be outlawed.
The union said the UN should then issue a “law criminalising contempt of religions and the prophets and all the holy sites”.
It also called for the West “to protect Muslim communities from attacks, whether they are citizens or residents or visitors”.