Jakim: Don’t act above the law in response to French caricatures

KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims in Malaysia are advised not to act above the law and religious boundaries in response to the publication of caricatures depicting Prophet Muhammad.

Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) deputy director-general (Operations) Datuk Abdul Aziz Jusoh said this was because such action could create disharmony among the country’s multi-religious society.

“Islam rejects any extremist movement that uses violence, murder and war that threaten the peace of the country and the world, ” he said in a statement in conjunction with the Maulidur Rasul celebration yesterday.

A teacher was beheaded on the outskirts of Paris on Oct 16 after showing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad published in Charlie Hebdo to his students.

Commenting further, Abdul Aziz said Jakim condemned the provocative action of the republication of the caricature by the French weekly satirical magazine.

“This issue should not be raised, let alone when Muslims around the world are now celebrating the month of Rabiulawal, the birth month of Prophet Muhammad, ” he said. — Bernama

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