RICHARDSON(CBSDFW.COM) – Depicting the prophet Muhammad is very insulting to anyone of the Islamic faith. North Texas Muslims say while not an instruction in the Koran, Mohammad nonetheless was worried followers would worship him. Therefore, “any depiction of The Prophet, in our faith is inappropriate,” says Khaled Hamida, an attorney for area mosques.
“It’s kind of an admonishment by the Prophet Mohammed that he said, ‘I’m just a human being like you, I’m only a messenger of God,” says Suhail Kauser, rthe Ahmaidiyya Muslim Community President.
And thus a tradition was born, hundreds of years ago.
“You should only pray to The God, you should not pray to me. And I think this sketching of the Prophet Mohammed is not allowed,” explains Syed Ammar Bin Talha, Ahmaidiyya Community Youth Leader.
All three men feel like Sunday’s event was designed to offend. But they say most American Muslims grudgingly accept it was also completely legal under America’s Bill of Rights. Most, but not all.
“And they get offended and there are a lot of, like I said these knucklehead, which would then be driven by this ideology,” says Bin Talha.
Religious leaders point out the tradition also extends to other prophets the Muslims honor, like Moses. But it’s more scrupulously followed when dealing with the Prophet Mohammad.
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