Arab media is reporting that the leader of the Muslim World League (MWL) has called on Muslims to refrain from violence in connection with the film at the center of recent events but also urged international organizations to “take legal action in order to prevent the display of the offensive film.” According to an Arab News report:
MENAFN – Arab News – 19/09/2012 (MENAFN – Arab News) The Makkah-based Muslim World League has strongly condemned the anti-Islam film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ and called on Muslims across the world to refrain from resorting to violence to address the issue. MWL Secretary-General Abdullah bin Abdulmohsen Al-Turki said such a film should not have been made in the name of freedom of expression, as it had destroyed world peace and harmony. He urged international organizations to take legal action in order to prevent the display of the offensive film. ‘Freedom of opinion should not be allowed to take such a disastrous turn. It should be exercised in a cultured manner without causing harm to others. ‘We strongly denounce the movie. It is an unacceptable act,’ he said after attending the International Seminar on Religion and Peace-building Process in Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) in Bangkok on Monday. Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit opened the seminar. ‘The international community, organizations and human rights bodies should issue resolutions incriminating abuse of religions and their symbols and preventing misuse of cultural and media freedom,’ Al-Turki said. Protests over the film have spread to more than 20 countries and claimed many lives. In his attempt to cool down the current tension, Al-Turki said Islam rejects violence and killing of innocent people.
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The Muslim World League was established in 1962 as a means for the propagation of Saudi “Wahabbi” Islam. Muslim Brothers played an important role in its founding and, to date, the League has been strongly associated with the Brotherhood.