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On the day of prophet Mohammad martyrdom: Muslims rally in Norway against Prophet’s caricatures in Norwegian daily

jos_protest_caricatures_norway-300x168About 3,000 people have marched through downtown Oslo in protest of the printing of a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) by a Norwegian newspaper. Protesters called on Friday that they wanted to show the  Norwegian media how hurtful such images are to Muslims. Islamic tradition has always opposed any depiction of the prophet, even favorable ones. The demonstrators chanted slogans such as “God is greater” in Arabic and waved placards calling for a boycott of the daily newspaper. “We have done nothing to anybody. We want to live here in peace. Norway is our home. Our children live here. Why should they (Norwegian media) hurt us like this?” said Naradim Muhammad, a 43-year-old school teacher who helped organize the demonstration. On February 3, the newspaper published a photograph showing a man in front of a computer screen with a depiction of the holy prophet as a untold picture of an animal. The picture accompanied an article about the posting of offensive materials about Muslims and Jews on the Facebook page of Norway’s security police. The Acting editor-in-chief of the daily Dagbladet, Lars Helle, was quoted by AP as saying that he doesn’t regret printing the image and that he welcomed Friday’s protest. “It was a test for Norwegian society, whether this would be a peaceful protest or not,” Helle said. He said Dagbladet has not received any direct threats since it published the caricature. A hacker attack originating from Turkey brought down the newspaper’s website for two hours Wednesday evening, though Helle said it was ‘unclear’ whether it was connected to the caricature’s publication.

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