January 21, 2015 A leading Islamic organisation has called on the United Nations to make ‘contempt of religions’ illegal and urged the West to protect Muslim communities following the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
The Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars, headed by influential preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi, appealed to Muslims to continue peaceful protests against images of the Prophet Mohammed but ‘not to resort to any violence’.
In a statement released Tuesday, the union said there should be protection for ‘prophets’ and urged Islamic countries to submit a draft law to the UN calling for defamation of religions to be outlawed.
The union said the UN should then issue a ‘law criminalising contempt of religions and the prophets and all the holy sites’.
It also called for the West ‘to protect Muslim communities from attacks, whether they are citizens or residents or visitors’.
The union has condemned the publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed holding a ‘Je suis Charlie’ sign under the headline ‘All is forgiven’ in the first Charlie Hebdo edition since Islamist gunmen killed 12 people in an attack on its offices.
It said that the new drawing would give ‘credibility’ to the idea that ‘the West is against Islam’ and warned the image would incite further hatred.
In January 2012, the GMBDW reported that the Qatari Justice Minister, with help of of the IUMS, was designing a law that would ban attacks on or offenses to religion that was to be presented to the United Nations.
The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) was launched on July 11, 2004 in conjunction with a visit by leader Youssef Qaradawi to London for a meeting of the European Council for Fatwa and Research. Qaradawi is the IUMS President while many prominent individuals tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood and/or Hamas serve as IUMS Trustees. The GMBDW reported in December of last year that the (IUMS) was being expelled from an international Islamic council, likely the Cairo-based International Islamic Council for Da’wa and Relief, (IICDR), an umbrella group for 86 Islamic organizations, many of which had known for being associated with the Global Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas fundraising, or support for Al Qaeda. According to an Ahram Online report, the IUMS and ten other unidentified groups were being dropped from the Council because they mix preaching with politics, and support terrorist groups although the IICDR website does not as of yet show any changes to its list of affiliated organizations and does not include the IUMS.