Islamic TV channel fined for inciting violence against those who disrespect Prophet Muhammad

(By BBC) The broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has fined an Islamic TV channel £85,000, for inciting violence.images (83)

It ruled in December that Noor TV had breached broadcasting codes after a host said it was acceptable or even the duty of a Muslim to murder anyone who disrespected the Prophet Mohammed.

Ofcom said the fine imposed today was so large due to the serious nature of the breaches.

But it stopped short of revoking the channel’s licence.

Noor TV, which is owned by Al Ehya Digital Television, broadcasts both in the UK and internationally on Sky.

The programme in question, Paigham-e-Mustafa, was broadcast on 3 May 2012.

Presenter Allama Muhammad Farooq Nizami answered questions from viewers around the world about a wide range of issues relating to Islam.

One caller asked what the punishment was for anyone showing disrespect for Prophet Muhammad.

Nizami answered that “there is no disagreement about this. There is absolutely no doubt about it that the punishment for the person who shows disrespect for the Prophet is death.” (This is real Islam, and Islamic tolerance towards those who criticize their unholy Prophet and devilish God) 

He also justified the actions of Mumtaz Qadri – the bodyguard who assassinated the Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer in 2011, on the grounds that he objected to Mr Taseer’s calls to amend the country’s controversial blasphemy law.

As well as the fine, the channel was ordered to broadcast a statement of Ofcom’s findings and must not repeat the programme.

In its defence, the channel had said rather than inciting viewers to commit murder, the presenter was asking them “to take responsibility to become involved where they see disrespect to the Prophet”.

They said, after five years of presenting on Noor TV, the presenter’s comments were “totally unforeseen and could not be anticipated”

They also explained that the channel as a whole follows Sufism and aimed to promote peace and understanding around the world.

Al Ehya dismissed Nizami in May for promoting personal political opinion and supporting a violent act during the programme.

In July, Ofcom fined the TV channel DM Digital £85,000, after it broadcast a speech by an Islamic scholar who said Muslims had “a duty to kill” anyone who insulted the Prophet Muhammad.

2 thoughts on “Islamic TV channel fined for inciting violence against those who disrespect Prophet Muhammad

  1. Hi Raj, not a single verse in the Quran states that a person should be executed for insulting the Prophet, none!

    6:108 Pickthall: Revile not those unto whom they pray beside Allah lest they wrongfully revile Allah through ignorance. Thus unto every nation have We made their deed seem fair. Then unto their Lord is their return, and He will tell them what they used to do.

    Yet, Muslims will not sit on a fence and allow their beloved Prophet to be ridiculed, insulted, profaned or blasphemed and some may come to the extreme of taking the matter in their own hands although that would be against the Quran. But why hurt others’ feelings??

    36:30 Sahih International: “How regretful for the servants. There did not come to them any messenger except that they used to ridicule him”.
    16 :101 Pickthall: .”…..- they say: Lo! thou art but inventing. Most of them know not”.
    7;66 Pickthall: The chieftains of his people, who were disbelieving, said: Lo! we surely see thee in foolishness, and lo! we deem thee of the liars.

    Inspite of all the ridicule the Messenger of Allah faced still the Quran implicitly states in 6:108 “Revile not those unto whom they pray beside Allah….”

    The right to freedom of religion is a fundamental right guaranteed under Article 25 of the Constitution of India. Note what the Section 295A of the IPC states: “Whoever, with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of any class of citizens of India, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise, insults or attempts to insult the religion or the religious beliefs of that class, shall be punished with imprisonment…which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.”
    Note the word “guaranteed”…in the Indian Constitution

    Yet, Nizami would be against the Quran if your alleges are correct and no Muslim would ever condone with his personal statement/s…as that would be against the Quran!!!



  2. Hey, you unholy and devilish anti-Muslim! If anyone disrespects anyone’s religious personalities then he’s a criminal. It doesn’t matter whether you insult Krishna or Muhammad, Pope or Ayatollah. If you insult someone or hurt someone’s feelings then you should be punished. I’m not asking anyone to kill someone but the criminal should be jailed or fined.

    Moreover, such limitations and prohibitions are everywhere. You can’t insult the Queen/Royal Family in UK. Look, freedom of speech is allowed in Islam but to insult someone is a crime and you’re a criminal.

    If you wanna criticize then you’re welcome. But if you wanna mock at someone then you’re a terrorist yourself.

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