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Blasphemy not politics

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Muslim nations across the world condemned in the strongest possible terms the recent derogatory reference by the India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party members to Mohammad (PBUH) the holy Prophet of Islam.
The insulting remarks were made by the top BJP officials Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal, both members of the party led by the incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that caused international outcries from both Muslim and some non-Muslim nations.
Muslim nations slammed India over insulting remarks about the holy Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that faced India with major diplomatic outrages.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan reacted strongly to the comments made by the two top BJP party spokespeople.
At least five Arab Muslim nations lodged official protests against India.
The unwise remarks drew accusations of blasphemy across the world, mostly Muslim nations, that is strongly leaving New Delhi straggling to contain the damaging fallout.
The party led by Modi took no action against them until Sunday, when a sudden reaction of diplomatic outrage began, with some Muslims countries summoning Indian ambassadors to protest.
However, the Modi-led party suspended Sharma and expelled Jindal and issued a statement strongly denouncing insult of any religious personalities, a move that was welcomed by some Muslim countries.
Likewise, Saudi Arabia and Iran also lodged complaints with India and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) stated: “The remarks came in a context of intensifying hatred and abuse toward Islam in India and systematic practices against Muslims.”
Also, on social media, anger poured out calling for a boycott of Indian goods surfacing in some Muslim countries.
Inside India, the desecration led to protests against the governing party led by Narendra Modi.
This is not the first time that some certain Indian officials are committing blasphemy and desecration over the years against Indian Muslims that comprises over 14% of 1.4 billion of the country’s people, have often been targeted for everything including their food and clothing-style to inter-religious marriages.
The incumbent party should not keep silent as it did when similar controversial remarks targeting India’s Muslim minority were carried out by Hindu nationalists who have been emboldened since Modi’s election as prime minister in 2014.
The government of India should not be waiting for what would happen next following the hate speech against Muslims. But should do its best to prevent such desecrations prior to be stated, as such vicious comments not only hurt Muslim nations but also causes diplomatic fallout with all Islamic countries, particularly those in its neighborhood.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, once again, asks India which has done much for the Afghans over the last long years, for preventing such heinous assertions against Islam that will lead to the deterioration of relations with Muslim nations.

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