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In the Name of God, the Benevolent, the Merciful
Declaration on behalf of Muslim Religious Leaders
All praise is due to God, and may He send His blessings and
salutations upon our master, Muhammad, as well as upon his kin and
The events in Denmark concerning the Messenger of God represent an
entirely unacceptable crime of aggression that has violated the highest
sanctities of the Muslim people. Moreover it is devastating to the ideal of
convivial dialogue between peoples, as enjoined in the Quranic verse, which
reads, ‘And We created you as nations and tribes that you might know one
In consequence, we affirm the following:
1. We hold up the hand of the nation that has come to the aid of the
Messenger of God, as this response on their part demonstrates that it is a
nation that is still very much alive. We also point out that this “aid”
should mirror the moral code of the Prophet as reflected by the actions of
his followers.
2. We call upon the Danish government and the Danish people
to yield to the large number of objective and sincere voices emanating
from within their society, by apologizing, and condemning and bringing
an end to this attack. This is to ensure that Denmark is not isolated from
the global community, a community that upholds the kind of freedom
that prevents it from attacking and desecrating religious symbols or
provoking animosity and antagonism towards any religion or race. We
also extend this call to the countries that defended this attack, as there is
no society today that advocates an unaccountable freedom without
putting in place measures of regulation so as to prevent harm to come to
others. Of course, societies differ in their levels of regulation.
3. We affirm here that freedom of ideas is a right guaranteed by the
teachings of our noble religion to those who seek clarification or desire to
engage in dialogue provided that no abuse is intended, in consonance
with the Quranic directive: ‘And argue with them in the most courteous
way’. This point has been agreed upon by all rationally-minded people
and is stated clearly and categorically in the agreements on human rights.
4. We appeal to all Muslims to exercise self-restraint in accordance with the
teachings of Islam and we reject countering an act of aggression by acts
not sanctioned in Islam, such as breaking treaties and breaching timehonoured
agreements by attacking foreign embassies or innocent people
and other targets. Such violent reactions can lead to a distortion of the
just and balanced nature of our request or even to our isolation from the
global dialogue. The support that we give to our Prophet will not be
given by flouting his teachings.
5. We highly esteem the unprejudiced stance taken by some religious
authorities who have condemned this heinous assault. We also emphasize
not holding non-Muslims accountable, whether in Muslim countries or
elsewhere, for the crime committed by those who have insulted the
Prophet. This principle finds its roots in the Quranic verses: ‘And no soul
shall bear the burden of another’ and ‘Is the reward for good anything but
6. We call upon the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) as well
as Muslim countries and governments and the international community to
press the United Nations to issue a declaration criminalizing any insult to
Muhammad, Jesus or Moses or to any other revered prophetic figure.
7. We also take this opportunity to remind the Muslims about the necessity
and importance of reviving their connection with the beloved Prophet by
loving him, following his example, and embodying his moral character
and noble guidance. This rising-up by the Muslims in support of the
Prophet should not constitute a mere reflex that ends when the occasion
ends. Rather, this vocation should forever remain alive within the Muslim
8. We further emphasize that it is our duty and responsibility to teach others
about our Prophet by disseminating and making known his character
traits, noble qualities and high moral standards. This dissemination
should be manifested in both oral and written form, but most importantly
it should be manifested in our conduct and interaction with others. It is
also imperative that the relevant institutions as well as people of means
fulfill their responsibility by supporting these efforts.
We ask God to enable us to successfully carry out that which He loves
and that which pleases Him.
Signatories of the Declaration
Abdullah bin Bayyah Professor in King Abdalaziz University Jeddah (Mauritania)
Abdullah Fadaq Renowned Islamic Spokesperson (Saudi Arabia)
Abla Muhammad al-Kahlawi Dean of Islamic & Arabic Studies College at Azhar
University, Port Said (Egypt)
Abu Bakr Ahmad al-Milibari Secretary General of Ahl al-Sunna Association (India)
Abu Bakr al-Adani bin Ali al-Mashur General Director of Islamic Tarbiya League (Yemen)
Ahmad al-Kubaysi Renowned Islamic spokesperson (Iraq)
Ahmad Badr al-Din Hassun General Mufti of the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria)
Ahmad bin Hamad al-Khalili General Mufti of the Sultanate of Oman (Oman)
Ahmad Nur Sayf Director of Islamic Sciences & Research Institute (UAE)
A’id al-Qarni Renowned Islamic Scholar (Saudi Arabia)
Ali Jumua Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt (Egypt)
Ali Zain al-Abidin al-Jifri Renowned Islamic Scholar (Yemen)
Amr Khaled Renowned Islamic Spokesperson
Anzar Shah Kashmiri Head of Ulama of Deoband (India)
Faruq Hamada Professor of Hadith Studies, Muhammad V University
Haji Muhammad Shafi Huzami Renowned Islamic Scholar of Jakarta (Indonesia)
Hamdan Muslim al-Mazrui Assistant Undersecretary for Islamic Affairs in Ministry of
Endowments (UAE)
Hamza Yusuf Renowned Islamic Scholar, Director of Zaytuna Institute
Hasan al-Saffar Shiite Islamic Spokesperson (Saudi Arabia)
Hiba Raouf Izzat Lecturer in College of Economics and Political Science,
Cairo University (Egypt)
Ikrimah Sabri Mufti of Jerusalem (Palestine)
Jasim al-Mutawwaa Head of Iqra Satellite Channel (Kuwait)
Kaya Hajji Abdullah Faqih Head of Langitano Academy, Islamic Scholar, East Java
Khalid al-Jundi Renowned Islamic Scholar (Egypt)
Larbi Kachat Director of Dawah Mosque and Head of the Islamic Cultural
Center, Paris (France)
Muhammad Akhtar Rida al-Azhari Head of Barelwi Ulama (India)
Muhammad al-Alwini Head of European Academy of Islamic Culture & Sciences,
Brussels (Belgium)
Muhammad Ali Taskhiri Secretary General of the International Assembly for
Understanding between the Islamic Sects (Iran)
Muhammad bin Muhammad al-
Mansur Islamic Scholar of the Zaydi branch (Yemen)
Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah Renowned Shiite Scholar (Lebanon)
Muhammad Rashid Qabbani General Mufti of Lebanon (Lebanon)
Muhammad Saeed Ramadan al-Bouti Department Chair of Theology, University of Damascus
Muhammad Tahir al-Qadiri Founder of Minhaj ul-Quran International Organization
Mustafa bin Hamza Professor of Islamic Law, Muhammad I University,
Nuh Ali Salman al-Qudat Renowned scholar of Jordan, former Mufti of the Jordanian
Army (Jordan)
Saeed AbdalHafiz Hijjawi General Mufti of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Salman al-Awda General Supervisor of “Islam Today” Institution (Saudi
Tariq al-Suweidan Renowned Islamic Spokesperson (Kuwait)
Umar bin Muhammad bin Salem bin
Hafeez Dean of Dar al-Mustafa Institute, Hadramawt (Yemen)
Wahba al-Zuhayli Department Chair of Islamic Jurisprudence, College of
Islamic Law, Damascus University (Syria)
Yasmin Mahmud Khalil al-Husary Head of Husary Islamic Foundation (Egypt)



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