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UK Islamic group condemns website featuring cartoons of Prophet Mohamed and Jesus

The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) publishes statement against 'potentially inflammatory' nature of cartoons, suggesting they are as 'insulting' as Danish cartoons from 2005

Amer Sultan, London, Tuesday 21 Jan 2014
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The Muslim Association of Britain (Photo courtesy of MAB)
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One of the most influential Islamic organisations in the UK has slammed a website that publishes cartoons featuring Prophet Mohamed and Jesus.

The website, Jesus and Mo, features a weekly comic strip in which the two prophets debate and joke about the central tenets of Islam and Christianity.

The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) published a statement saying that the images were "extremely offensive to believers" of the two faiths and "potentially inflammatory," and urged the website's operators to take down the comics at once.

The MAB added that the depiction of the two prophets was “as insulting as those published in Denmark," referring to the 12 editorial cartoons depicting Prophet Mohamed that were printed in a Danish newspaper in 2005, sparking widespread anger and protests.

Insisting that it respects freedom of speech and artistic expression, the MAB however questioned "the wisdom of any individual or organization that places at risk the dignity and values of anyone else, even if they might not hold those values."

The site's most-recent comic, from 15 January, shows Prophet Mohamed and Jesus in bed together, with Prophet Mohamed reading the Bible and grilling Jesus over the believability of the resurrection.

The website's operators have refused to remove the cartoons.

The UK Islamic group also attacked British politician Maajid Naawaz for posting the cartoons to his Twitter account.

Naawaz, a Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate in the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency in Greater London, is aiming to be the party's first Muslim member of UK Parliament.

In response to Naawaz posting the cartoons, the MAB called on the Lib Dem party to drop him as a candidate, and urged Muslims in his constituency not to vote for him.

Formerly a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamic group with aims of establishing a global caliphate and Sharia law, Nawaz has since broken with the group and made a name for himself as a progressive Muslim. In 2008 he co-founded the Quilliam Foundation, an anti-extremism think tank advocating pluralism and cross-cultural acceptance between Muslims and other faiths.

Ahram Online was unable to reach Nawaz for comment.

However, in response to the outcry, Nawaz defended the cartoon on his Facebook page, saying that it was not offensive.

"Even if it was," Nawaz said, "I'm sure God is greater than to feel threatened by it."

 

 

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David
14-02-2014 06:11pm
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Not Offensive
It's only offensive because Islamists make it offensive and demand that everyone else see it that way.
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Graham Martin-Royle
29-01-2014 12:31pm
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Don't Look
If you don't like looking at images of mohamed, don't go on the internet looking for them. Not drawing images of mohamed is a restriction placed on muslims, don't try enforcing islamic rules onto non muslims.
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Dr Musab
21-01-2014 05:53pm
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Correction: Maajid Nawaz will not be the first Muslim MP, there are plenty already, he will be the first apostated ex Muslim MP. He hates Islam, and tweeted promoting that comic srip which shows the prophet Muhammad asking Jesus to perform homosexual acts on him.
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gabon
22-01-2014 10:37pm
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A lie as you well know
I've read my way through all of the comics. There's not a single one that shows such a sexual act or any other that I can recall, dobtless you can post a link?
Terry Collmann
22-01-2014 12:01pm
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That's a lie
"hat comic srip which shows the prophet Muhammad asking Jesus to perform homosexual acts on him. " - that's a complete lie. You made that up. The comic strip does nothing of the sort and never has.
Jonathan Hartley
22-01-2014 02:48am
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Jonathan Hartley
Blimey, I missed that one. Do share the link (so we'll all know you've not just made that up).
Lunar Monkey
22-01-2014 02:20am
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Correction? With added BS.
You are correct that there are already many Muslim MP's in the UK, but the rest of your statement is complete tosh. Maajid considers himself to be a Muslim, who are you to say that he isn't? Just because he isn't offended by a simple cartoon doesn't make him an apostate. You also state that the Jesus & Mo cartoons show Muhammad asking Jesus to perform sex acts on him. I am in no doubt that you can't back up that claim because it's simply not true. No doubt you've never looked at them yourself because you would probably be "offended" so please don't tell lies about something you know nothing about.
Lunar Monkey
22-01-2014 02:10am
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Get it right....
You are correct in that there are already Muslim MP's in the UK, but the rest of your statement is complete Tosh. Maajid considers himself to be a Muslim, who are you to state he's an apostate?
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Mark
22-01-2014 01:54am
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Jesus & Mo misinformation
The Jesus & Mo comic strip does not depict sex between the two. They share a bed, and this is in the comic tradition of Laurel and Hardy and Morcambe and Wise. Beds do have another function other than sex you know.
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Farid
21-01-2014 05:44pm
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Lawyers of God
I do agree with Mr. Nawaz, God don't need lawyers, he is greater than that, and those people should be ashamed just thinking of to try to speak in the name of God.
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Peter Smith
21-01-2014 09:25am
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Big error
There's a big mistake in this article. There have been many Muslim MPs- including a number in Parliament right now. Needless to say, Nawaz would not be the first if elected.....
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