Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al al-Sheikh, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam, denounced the wave of violence that has engulfed many Muslim nations in reaction to the film "The Innocence of Muslims." At the same time he called upon governments and international bodies to criminalize insults against prophets.
reported al-Sheikh spoke of criminalizing abuse of prophets including Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.
Al-Sheikh issued a statement
saying the criminal and "blasphemous movie will not harm the Prophet." The Grand Mufti appealed to Muslims to adhere to the Prophet's values if they must show reaction to attempts to denigrate him. The statement added:
"Condemnation of the attempts to abuse the Prophet (pbuh) should be within the Law of Allah and Sunnah of the Prophet. The Muslims should not shed the blood of innocent people, or vandalize properties or of public institutions.”
Al-Sheikh's calls to criminalize insults to prophets followed a similar plea from Iraq's highest Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, on Friday. Al Arabiya
reported the cleric denounced the violence, saying “these repeated abuses could threaten peaceful life, especially among (religiously) mixed peoples.”
He also called on the United Nations to criminalize any insults against Prophet Mohammed