Swedish Muslims are planning a demonstration in Stockholm tomorrow afternoon to show their displeasure with the Mohammed movie, which they consider blasphemous and insulting to the world’s 4.77 quintillion Muslims.
Our Swedish correspondent has sent a translation of a letter from a Muslim group to
Prime Minister Reinfeldt Foreign Minister Bildt. The translator includes this note:
Tomorrow, Saturday, September 22 the ‘Imam Ali Islamic Center’ is organizing a “peaceful” demonstration in Stockholm.
It begins at 1400 on Östermalmstorg. According to their spokesman the current video insulting the Prophet Muhammad is worse than the Holocaust.
In a letter the ‘Imam Ali Islamic Center’ exposes the Swedish Foreign Minister to light extortion:
We believe that these forces intend to increase hostility to Islam, which in turn paves the way for hostile counter-action, which politicians have a major responsibility to stop.
Below is the Center’s letter, as published in FriaTider and translated by LN:
In God’s Name
Respected Foreign Minister Mr. Carl Bildt
Once again, and against all the principles of freedom, the last Prophet, who announced the final revelation for all mankind, is insulted by a group of shameless people.
We strongly condemn the production and distribution of such films which aim to spread hatred and strife among different ethnic groups. The latest shameful movie against the Prophet Muhammad is contrary to the given principles that should apply to peaceful coexistence among different groups within a society.
‘Imam Ali Islamic Center’, which is one of the largest Islamic congregations in Scandinavia, therefore wants to draw your attention to the following:
1. One of the main principles of peaceful coexistence is that different religious faiths and ideologies are respected. The shameful movie in question is an insult to all Muslims, who make up a quarter of the Earth’s inhabitants. It is therefore an affront to the principle of peaceful coexistence and respect for dissents. 2. The Quran teaches us to accept criticism and to discuss with the dissidents, but not to insult prophets, saints and respected personalities of different religions including Islam, Christianity and Judaism. This is a disgusting Act intended to DEVASTATE peaceful coexistence and should be condemned by those who want to keep or promote peace. 3. Many of the hostile actions against Muslims, especially after September 11, are due to ignorance about Islam and its divine principles. Producing shameful movies and disparaging caricatures, in our opinion, stems from ignorance about Islam. But the most recent film, as the producer himself admits in an interview with Israeli and American media, is driven deliberately and against the policy objectives. We believe that these forces intend to increase hostility to Islam, which in turn paves the way for hostile counter-action, which politicians have a major responsibility to stop.
4. We believe that the recent shameful picture is included in part of a systematic effort sponsored by groups whose purpose is to create strife between Muslims and other groups. 5. Although the film has offended Muslims’ feelings, this must not lead to attacking U.S. and other embassies worldwide. We therefore condemn such attacks because we know that Islam is a peaceful message. 6. We expect the Swedish Foreign Ministry to convey our complaints to the international community and wish that both the Swedish Foreign Ministry and the international community would condemn the shameful film and all similar actions. 7. Finally, we suggest, on behalf of all Swedish Muslims , that a law be passed in the country that criminalises insults to all religions. This is to ensure peaceful coexistence in our society. We hope that Sweden will be a pioneer in enacting such a law guaranteeing the given human rights.
Imam Ali Islamic Center Stockholm
As of this writing, more than 600 people signed up for the demonstration tomorrow Saturday, 22 Sept 2012.
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