The Saudi Council of Senior Scholars: Insulting the Prophets has nothing to do with freedom of expression and free service for extremists

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Saudi Council of Senior Scholars confirmed, on Sunday, that insulting the prophets “has nothing to do with freedom of expression,” considering it a “free service for those with extremist ideas”, amid a wave of anger in the Islamic world over the president’s statements French Emmanuel Macron on Islam and his support for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

The General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars said, in a statement, that “insulting the shrines of the prophets and messengers, may God’s prayers and peace be upon them, will not harm God’s prophets and messengers, but rather serve those who call extremists who want to spread an atmosphere of hatred among human societies.”

She added, “It is the duty of the wise in all parts of the world, institutions and individuals, to condemn these abuses that are not related to the freedom of expression and thinking, but are pure fanaticism and a free service for those with extremist ideas,” according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

The Council of Senior Scholars affirmed that “the Islam sent by Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, prohibits any denigration or denial of any of God’s prophets, and forbids any exposure to religious symbols.” And she said, “Islam is a command to turn away from the ignorant, and the biography of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, speaks so, so his sanctuary, peace be upon him, and the shrines of his brothers among the prophets and messengers are reserved and sublime.”

The Council of Senior Scholars concluded its statement, saying, “It is the duty of Muslims and every lover of truth and tolerance to spread the biography of the Prophet, peace be upon him, including mercy, justice, tolerance, fairness and striving for the good of all humanity.”





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