Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP)-The French president’s vow to protect the prophet Muhammad’s continued ownership of comics continues to erode the Muslim world. On Friday, thousands of Pakistani Muslims withdrew from prayer services and participated in protests against the law.
Approximately 2,000 followers of the Mawlid, who celebrated the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, walked to the streets of the eastern city of Lahore. The crowd led by the Islamic party chanted anti-French slogans and held high banners, blocking the main road to the Sufi Shrine. Dozens of people stepped on the French flag frantically, crying for boycotting French products. In Multan, a city in the Punjab province of eastern Pakistan, thousands of people burned a statue of French President Emmanuel Macron and demanded that Pakistan sever relations with France.
More rallies are planned to be held in Pakistan later on Friday, including the capital Islamabad, where the police are deployed to prevent possible demonstrations outside the French embassy. The police placed the shipping container in a place blocking the road, and the atmosphere was very tense.
In Jerusalem, hundreds of Palestinians protested Macron outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, shouting: “We sacrifice our souls and blood for the Prophet Muhammad.” When some young people left the holy place and entered the old city At that time, they scoffed with the Israeli police.
Other protests in the region, including Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, are expected to be mainly organized by Islamists.
In Afghanistan, Hezb-i-Islami members lit the French flag. Its leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar (Gulbuddin Hekmatyar) warned Macron that if he does not “control the situation, we will have a third world war, and Europe will be responsible for it.”
The protests took place amid increasing tensions between France and most Muslim countries. At the beginning of this month, tensions intensified when young Muslims beheaded a French school teacher who showed the Prophet Muhammad’s cartoons in class.
The images were republished by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to mark the beginning of the trial for the 2015 deadly attack on the publication. These images aroused the outrage of Muslims all over the world, who thought it was a blasphemous depiction of the prophet.
The French authorities subsequently attributed a series of attacks to Muslim extremism. On Thursday, a Tunisian man with a knife armed with a Tunisian man killed three people in a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice. On the same day, a Saudi man stabbed a security guard at the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and slightly injured the security guard, prompting France to urge its citizens to maintain “high alert”.
In the past week, protests and appeals to boycott French products quickly spread from Bangladesh to Pakistan to Kuwait. Social media has been using anti-French hashtags. Muslim leaders, especially Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, criticized France loudly because they considered the French government’s provocative and anti-Muslim stance.
The attack in Nice on Thursday was also condemned by leaders of countries such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Egypt that protested against cartoons.
In a live sermon on Egyptian state television on Friday, the country’s minister of religious donations appeared to condemn any acts of violent revenge against these cartoons.
Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa (Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa), speaking to dozens of believers in a mosque in Daqahleya, in the Delta of Egypt, said: “The love of the prophet cannot be killed, destroyed or wicked. Evil to express.
Associated Press writers Asim Tanveer in Multan, Pakistan; Tameem Akhgar in Kabul, Afghanistan; Noha ElHennawy in Cairo and Joseph Joseph Krauss in Jerusalem contributed to this report.