Monday, January 30

The Petition

[Please copy the letter to your mailbox and then send it to the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs um@um.dk]


To: ّDr. Per Stig Mller, Minister of the foreign affairs of the Denmark

Your Excellency,

We have reviewed what some of the news agencies dealt with concerning the Danish news agency Jyllands-Posten had published, which I believe it to be a heinous mistake and dreadful deviation from the path of justice, reverence and equality. The said agency published 12 cartoon caricatures on the 30th of September, 2005, ridiculing The Messenger Mohammed. One of these cartoons pictures Allah's Messenger (prayers be upon him), wearing a turban that resembles a bomb wrapped around his head. What a pathetic projection! The news and the cartoons were horrifying and extremely disturbing to us.

We believe all Muslims who read, viewed or learned about this news were equally saddened, disappointed and disturbed. All criticized such work and felt awful and dismayed about it. Similarly, I do believe that all sane and wise people would feel the same about it.

The contemporary world is witnessing today great much confusion all over. Innocent blood is being shed. Innocent lives are being harvested by oppression and transgression. We are in utmost need to spread peace, justice and love all over the world. We need to call for the respect and reverence of all Divine and heavenly Messages and Scriptures. By doing so, we would be able to preserve the divine messages and demonstrate love, appreciation and reverence to the Prophets and Messengers of Allah, the Almighty to this world.
We would further help to preserve the souls, honor and belongings of all mankind all-over-the-world. We would further demonstrate the respect and honor of the human rights all over the world.

The claim of Jyllands-Posten newspaper that they allow, promote and practice freedom-of-speech, by publishing cartoons ridiculing Mohammed the Prophet of Islam, is a non-convincing claim. All worlds' constitutions and international organizations insist on and demand to respect all the Prophets and Messengers of Allah, the Almighty. Moreover, they confirm the necessity to respect the Divine Messages, respect others and do not attack the privacy, dignity and honor and principles of others.

In the International World Federation Council of media and press people, it is stated:

  • Media people must be alert of risks that may arise as a result of prejudice and discrimination implied by the media. The Council would exert every possible effort to avoid being involved in such calls, which are based on prejudice and religion, sex or other social differences discrimination.

  • A media man may commit a dangerous professional deviation such as: claiming other's work, ill-interpretation of facts, false accusations of others, condemning others for no basis, accusing others with their integrity and honor for no sound basis or accepting bribes to either publish or prevent the publishing of specific materials.

  • A noteworthy media-person should believe that it is their duty to give an honest attention to the aforementioned items and through the general framework of the law in each country.

Therefore, we also base our opinion and/or statements herein on an honest and sound media proclamation requesting the Danish newspaper to apologize for what they did. The proclamations states: "The media person would exert every possible effort to correct, modify any published information that he/she noticed that they are inaccurate and/or harmful to others."

Undoubtedly, what the Danish newspaper; Jyllands-Posten published is harmful not only for more than two hundred thousand Danish citizen, but also to more than one-billion-three-hundred-million Muslims along with others who are fair and just people. All these hurt people honor, respect and love Mohammed the Prophet. This action will continue to hurt and harm all Muslims so long we live on this earth. Denmark, if does not deal with this problem on a fair ground, will also continue to be a source of harm and convulsion to many Muslims. This is because of the mentality of some Danish individuals who are anti-prophets, messengers and divine messages.

We would like to remind also with the decree which the Human Rights Agency in the United Nations adopted on the 12th of April, 2005. This decree insisted on the ban of distortions and vicious attacks against religions and especially Islam; which had been strongly attacked during the last few years.

Finally, we would like to inform you that all Muslims will certainly stop their commercial business dealing with Denmark until the Danish Government openly and officially apologize for the shameful attack to the person of Allah's Messenger –may prayers be upon Him- by Jyllands-Posten newspaper.





سعادة وزير الخارجية الدنماركي : الدكتور بير ستج مولر

        السلام على من اتبع الهدى،

     لقد اطلعت على ما تناقلته بعض وكالات الأنباء من اقتراف الصحيفة الدنمركية (جيلاندز بوستن/Jyllands-Posten,) لخطأ شنيع وانحراف فظيع بنشرها ( 12 ) رسما ( كاريكاتيريا ) أو ساخرا يوم الجمعة 26 شعبان 1426هـ / 30 سبتمبر 2005 تصور الرسول  في أشكال مختلفة  وفي أحد الرسوم يظهر مرتديا عمامة تشبه قنبلة ملفوفة حول رأسه !!.

    ولما بلغني الخبر كدرني كثيرا وأصابني بهم كبير، وأحزنني حزنا عظيما، وقد عمدت بنفسي للنظر في موقع الصحيفة المذكورة على شبكة المعلومات العالمية (الإنترنت)، حتى وقفت على موقع الجريدة (Jyllands-Posten, ) في صفحاتها الصادرة بتاريخ (30. September 2005 ) فكان الخبر ليس كالمعاينة، حيث هالني ما رأيته، واقشعر جسمي، وبلغ بي ذلك كل مبلغ في النكير والاستهجان والامتعاض.

    وهكذا كان الشأن عند عامة أهل الإسلام ممن بلغهم الخبر، حيث كان هذا العمل محل انتقاد واستهجان لديهم، ولدى غيرهم من العقلاء في أرجاء الأرض .

    لا يخفى أن العالم اليوم يشهد اضطرابات عديدة ، أريقت فيها الدماء وأزهقت الأرواح ، بغيا وعدوانا ، بما يجعلنا أحوج ما نكون لنشر أسباب السلم والعدل ، وخاصة احترام الشرائع السماوية واحترام الأنبياء والمرسلين .

    فهذا المسلك يتحقق به حفظ ضرورات البشر في أرواحهم وأعراضهم وأموالهم ، وغير ذلك من حقوقهم ومقومات عيشهم الكريم .

إن ادعاء صحيفة ( Jyllands-Posten ) حرية التعبير في نشرها لتلك الرسوم الساخرة من محمد رسول الله  ، ادعاء غير مسلم ولا مقنع ، لأن جميع دساتير العالم ومنظماته تؤكد على احترام الرسل، وعلى احترام الشرائع السماوية ، واحترام الآخرين وعدم الطعن فيهم بلا بينة.

    وقد جاء في ميثاق شرف المجلس العالمي للفيدرالية الدولية للصحفيين ما نصه:

-                          على الصحفي التنبه للمخاطر التي قد تنجم عن التمييز والتفرقة اللذين قد يدعو إليهما الإعلام، وسيبذل كل ما بوسعه لتجنب القيام بتسهيل مثل هذه الدعوات التي قد تكون مبنية على أساس عنصري أو الجنس أو اللغة أو الدين أو المعتقدات السياسية وغيرها من المعتقدات أو الجنسية أو الأصل الاجتماعي.

-                          سيقوم الصحفي باعتبار ما سيأتي على ذكره على أنه تجاوز مهني خطير: الانتحال، التفسير بنية السوء، الافتراء، الطعن، القذف، الاتهام على غير أساس، قبول الرشوة سواء من أجل النشر أو لإخفاء المعلومات.

-                          على الصحافيين الجديرين بصفتهم هذه أن يؤمنوا أن من واجبهم المراعاة الأمينة للمبادئ التي تم ذكرها. ومن خلال الإطار العام للقانون في كل دولة .

    ولذلك حين نطالب الصحيفة والحكومة الدنماركية بالاعتذار وبمنع تلك الإساءات لاحقا فإننا نعتمد أيضا على ميثاق صحفي شريف، جاء فيه : (سيقوم الصحافي ببذل أقصى طاقته لتصحيح وتعديل معلومات نشرت ووجد بأنها غير دقيقة على نحو مسيء).

     ولا شك أن ما نشرته صحيفة (Jyllands-Posten) الدنماركية مسيء لأكثر من مائتي ألف من مواطني الدنمارك، ومسيء لأكثر من مليار وثلاثمائة مليون شخص، ومعهم غيرهم من المنصفين من أصحاب الملل الأخرى، كلهم يعظمون رسول الله محمد  .

    وسيبقى ذلك العمل مسيئا لكل المسلمين ما بقيت هذه الحياة على وجه الأرض، وستبقى الدنمارك ـ إذا لم تعالج هذه الإساءة ـ مصدر قرف واشمئزاز ، بسبب بعض العقليات التي تقطن فيها،وتعادي الرسل والشرائع السماوية وتسخر بها.

    ونذكِّر في هذا المقام بالقرار الذي تبنته لجنة حقوق الإنسان التابعة للأمم المتحدة، ( بتاريخ 3/3/1426 هـ - الموافق12/4/2005 م ) الداعي إلى محاربة تشويه الأديان، لاسيما الإسلام، الذي زادت وتيرة تشويهه في الأعوام الأخيرة وللأسف الشديد .

    وأخيرا أود إخبارك بان جميع المسلمين سيوقفون التعامل التجاري مع الدنمارك حتى يتم الاعتذار بشكل رسمي وعلني من العمل الذي أقدمت عليه الجريدة ضد الرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم .

2 comments:

d3m0n101978 said...

Hi,i would like just tell u something, sorry for my english, is not my native language,if u feel offended by the cartoons, are u thinking how i can be offended by watching a women that has a burka? a women that has to cover herself? i feel offended by lack of freedom for this person, what i should do? just start boicopting all the products that are from the musmils country?be a bit smart.. understand that we have enough of this?is not a violence?(don't tell that the women want to wear it because they want because otherwise they are criticized and put apart to the society) i feel extremly offended by the women that need to cover herself in such way, if u want to do this in your religion also the men has to do it, not just the women, i belive in party of rights.. how can u belive islam that contain so many racial fondamentalisms?do u want to chat with me? i would be courius to confront my ideas... i have msn

Majed Jarrar said...

D3m0n,

When I was in Canada, I had friends of different and mixed beliefs. Even though none of us was vegetarian, I always made sure every time I invited them for a meal that nothing of what was cooked contained beef. As much as I want to eat it and think it’s good to eat it, I respect that some people might be offended because they have certain ‘reverence’ to cows.

The point of this little short story is that it would be completely rude if I said to my friends instead “hey, I’m offended that you worship that cow, you have to eat it instead! I’m sure your people want to eat cows but you’re not letting them.”

That’s exactly what you were saying! You were saying that a creed of one person is equal to another’s opinion. This is completely irrational; there is no balance whatsoever in this equality you suggested.

If you had a problem with women dressing decently according to Islamic standards, it is your own problem! It’s not like Muslim women agree with you and are awaiting you to save their lives and set them free and so they can wear bikinis in the street.

According to Islam, a woman who covers her body (except face and hands which she may reveal if she wanted to) is a woman who have self-respect; who realizes that her body is too precious to be exhibited in public. Men too are required to dress decently. For that Muslim men are not allowed to wear revealing clothes, as well as not to wear anything that is ‘feminine’ (like silk, gold, bright-colorful clothes, etc…) Islam is not about equality, Islam is about fairness, and equality is not necessarily always fair.

Everyone is welcome to share their opinion with me, by email, phone or messenger… check my profile for details about how to contact me.