The Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Tentoila) - Credit: The Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Tentoila)
Friday, 26 June 2015 - 08:54
Muslim Institute: Ignore Wilders' Mohammed cartoon short film
Al-Azhar, a prominent religious institution in Sunni Islam located in Egypt, has called on Muslims to ignore the PVV's video featuring cartoons of the prophet Mohammed, which was broadcast on Dutch television on Wednesday. In a statement, Al-Azhar called the video a "hateful act of terrorism" and said that there is a "sick imagination" behind the cartoons, the Volkskrant reports. "The appearance of the Prophet of mercy and humanity is too great and honorable to be harmed b drawings that have no respect for moral or decent standards." Before the video was broadcast Al-Azhar said that PVV leader Geert Wilders' only motive was to anger Muslims worldwide. The institute warned that such anger would only lead to terrorism. In the video Wilders said that the goal of showing these cartoons is not to provoke anyone, but to defend freedom of expression. "Freedom of expression should always win out over violence and terror." Wilders made the video after the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, refused to display the cartoons in parliamentary buildings. These cartoons were first shown at a Mohammed-cartoon competition in Garland, Texas, where Wilders was a guest speaker. Two men attacked the building shortly after Wilders' speech. They were both killed by the police and only managed to injure on security guard.