JAKARTA – A video lampooning the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) broadcast in Denmark has angered groups in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.
Denmark’s national TV2 channel on Friday broadcast excerpts from the video showing Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as a beer-drinking camel and as a drunken terrorist attacking Copenhagen.
The video, filmed in August, was made by members of the far-right Danish People’s Party.
It shows the Prophet being mocked during a summer party, with some portraying Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as dressed in a turban and wearing a belt with explosives, as others look on and laugh.
“˜In Islam, death is the penalty for insulting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), visually through a caricature or verbally, except if the doer regrets his deed and promises not to repeat it,” said Fausan Al Ansori, a spokesman for the hardline Indonesian Muhajehdin Council.
He added: “˜Danish authorities should think seriously, are they going to defend, in the name of human rights, one or two of its citizens who clearly insulted the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and sacrifice its relations with the Islamic world?”…
“˜I remind the Danish government, do not provoke (us). If the government of Denmark cannot maintain harmony, it will have to bear the risks,” said Tifatul Sembiring, the head of the Prosperous Justice Party, in a Detikcom online report.
“˜A state system should be able to control its citizens. It is very regretful that provocation is repeating itself without the (Danish) government doing anything,” Sembiring said.
Amidhan, the chairman of the Indonesian Council of Ulema, the country”s highest authority on Islam, criticised the caricature of the Prophet.
“˜I cannot accept this. Denmark should give attention to this because no matter what, the country also bears responsibility over the actions of its citizens,” he told ElShinta radio.
In other words, pass blasphemy laws and enforce them, or else.