Source: Press Release, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat says that anger of Muslims is fully justified, but violent reaction must be condemned
The World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Fifth Khalifa, has called on Muslims across the world to peacefully unite in their opposition to the film ‘The Innocence of Muslims’ which has stirred up great resentment and anger amongst Muslims worldwide. He has also called for limits to free speech so that the religious sentiments of all people are protected.
During his weekly Friday Sermon, delivered from the Baitul Futuh Mosque in South-West London on 21 September 2012, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said that Muslims across the world had been aggrieved and hurt by the film and also by the decision of a well-known French magazine to once again print vile caricatures depicting the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Media outlets including BBC National News, BBC Newsnight, Sky News, Sky Arabic, Reuters, the Press Association and various other organisations were in attendance and met with Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad immediately after his address.
During his sermon, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said it was an inherent fear of Islam that was the main motivation behind the anti-Islam video and other similar attacks on the religion. He said:
“It is their inability to defeat Islam that is causing its opponents to resort to such vile acts which they try to justify on the basis of freedom of speech or expression.”
Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad was clear in his condemnation of the violent response witnessed in a number of countries by extremist Muslims. He said that the killings of innocent people including ambassadors and diplomats was completely contrary to the teachings of Islam; he said that damaging property or burning buildings was completely wrong and benefited no party, except those who wished to defame Islam.