Muslims gather around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque complex in Makkah. AFP
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The preacher of the Grand Mosque, Abdullah Awad Al Juhany, appealed to the countries of the world and international organizations to criminalise insulting the prophets and messengers.
In his Friday sermon, Al-Juhany stressed that “insulting the prophets and messengers is a crime, and Muslims’ condemnation of this abuse must be dealt with the law.”
He said, “Criminal attempts to offend the Messenger, (PBUH), and the Mother of the Believers, Aisha (RA), will not harm the Islamic religion.”
He stressed, "The greatest support for the Prophet (PBUH) is to spread his virtues, publicize his biography, and broadcast the values and teachings of Islam."
During the past few days, the statements offensive to the Prophet aroused widespread condemnation around the world, both at the official and popular levels.
On June 6, the United Nations urged "respect for and tolerance of all religions," in statements to the spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Stephane Dujarric.
In the UAE, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) affirmed the UAE's firm rejection of all practices and behaviors that contradict moral and human values and principles.
The Ministry underscored the need to respect religious symbols and not violate them, as well as confront hate speech and violence.
The Ministry also noted the importance of strengthening the shared international responsibility to spread the values of tolerance and human coexistence while preventing any practices that would inflame the sentiment of followers of different religions.
The decision to exclude pilgrims arriving from outside Saudi Arabia, a first in the kingdom's modern history, sparked disappointment among Muslims worldwide even as many accepted it was necessary due to the health risks involved.
Visitors from abroad will be permitted from November 1, when capacity will be raised to 20,000 pilgrims, with 60,000 people allowed into the mosque.
The prime minister reached Makkah along with his wife and members of the Pakistani delegation to perform the ritual in one of the holiest sites of Islam.
Community members of all age groups and backgrounds in the UAE celebrated Pakistan’s 75th Independence Day with national zeal. Like every year, the major flag-hoisting ceremony was held in the premises of the Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi which was led by Imtiaz Feroz Gondal, Charge d’Affaires.
Under the patronage of Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the 11th annual edition of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) will take place on Sept.28 and 29, 2022, at Expo Centre Sharjah. Vibrant discussions centred around this year’s theme “Challenges and Solutions,” will be led by senior public officials, thought leaders and government communication experts.
The patriotic zest was all too evident in the diplomatic missions of Pakistan in the country. The celebratory spirit gripped the Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Pakistan Consulate in Dubai, where Consul General Hassan Afzal Khan graced the events.