DERIAN: FREEDOM OF OPINION AND EXPRESSION DOES NOT MEAN INSULTING THE BELIEFS AND SYMBOLS OF OTHERS

Mufti of the Lebanese Republic, Sheikh Abdul-Latif Derian, affirmed that “insulting the Prophet of Islam Muhammad from time to time by individuals who exploit the concept of freedom in their country, constitutes a continuous assault on all Muslims in the world and provokes their feelings, which requires officials in these countries to put a final end to this issue in order to avoid negative repercussions. ”

 

The Mufti stressed in a statement that “the freedom of opinion, speech and expression through its various means does not entail insulting the beliefs and symbols of others, and this requires a reconsideration of the concept of absolute freedom that has no limits, and a return to the true concepts of freedom of expression that stand on respecting others and without prejudice to their beliefs and symbols.”

 

He expressed his fear that “the matter will escalate and negatively affect the peaceful coexistence of the peoples of the world, with their sects and affiliations, while Islam is keen on respecting others and not being drawn into actions that undermine security, and destabilize and harm relations between countries.”

 

“Muslims in the world will continue to cling to their love for the Prophet Muhammad” the Mufti concluded.

 

Source: National News Agency

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