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Karwar: Islamist all over the world have been protesting against the controversial blasphemous movie made in the US. Muslim Ummah worldwide is demanding a Ban on the anti-Islamic film as it hurt their religious sentiments, said Abdul Malik Basti, President Uttara Kannada Muslim United forum. He was talking during the protest which was held on Tuesday in Karwar. He said, this is not the first time when blasphemous act has been committed against Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), there has been a series of events, at first books were written to defame the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), then cartoons were drawn in Denmark and other European newspapers and now a malicious attempt to produce a movie has been made, film maker motive was to destabilize world peace, as for Muslims love for Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has been considered as part of the faith and the Muslims cannot tolerate anything against their beloved Prophet (PBUH), he added.
He urged the government to ban circulation and exhibition of blasphemous movie and cartoons on Prophet Muhammed (PBUH).
Later the office-bearers of the forum submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner which was addressed to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The memorandum urged the Union government to convey the feelings of Muslim community to the United States of America and France, which have been exhibiting the blasphemous movie and cartoons.
Steps should be taken to arrest the persons responsible for making profane movie and prevent such incidents in the future, the memorandum demanded.
It further stated that a conspiracy has been hatched to provoke the Muslim community members by insulting Islam and the Prophet. Freedom of expression has been misused in the guise of art and literature. India should not support the controversial writers like Salman Rushdie and Taslima Nasrin. A law should be formulated in the country to prevent misuse of freedom of expression and blasphemy of any religion, including Islam.
Forum Vice-President Imtiyaz Ahmed Sheikh, General Secretary Sheikh Ali Mohammed Saleh, Mohsin Qazi, Damudi Yahya, R A Qazi, Ansar Sheikh, Abdul Latif Nalband, Alim Basrikatti and others were also present.