Published On: Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013

Islamic TV host fined in Britain for it’s ‘acceptable’ and a ‘duty’ to murder anyone who insults Muhammad

Britain’s broadcasting watchdog has fined an Islamic TV channel $132,490 for inciting violence after a program host said it was acceptable, and even a duty, for Muslims to murder anyone who insults the Prophet Muhammad.

In a statement, the regulator known as Ofcom (short for Office of Communications) said the fine was imposed due to the serious nature of statements made by a presenter on May 3 last year.

Muhammad cartoon

Factions of Islam still preach violence in response to “insulting” their prophet
photo: Charlie Hebdo Muhammad insult which provoked riots and protests previously

On the program in question, “Paigham-e-Mustafa,” which means “Message from Mustafa,” presenter Allama Muhammad Farooq Nizami answered questions from viewers about a wide range of issues relating to Islam.

One caller asked in Urdu what punishment was due for anyone showing disrespect to the Prophet Muhammad.

Sitting alone in the studio, Nizami looked straight into the camera and replied: “One has to choose one’s own method. Our way is the peaceful way but when someone crosses the limits, faith-based emotions are instigated. The mission of our life is to protect the sanctity of our beloved Lord. May Allah accept us wherever there is a need to kill a blasphemer. We are ready, and should be ready at all times, to kill a blasphemer.”

Immediately, several viewers contacted Ofcom and complained. In addition to imposing a fine, Ofcom ordered the TV station not to repeat the segment and to broadcast a statement of its findings.

Al Ehya Digital fired Nizami in May this year for promoting personal political opinions and supporting a violent act.

In its statement, Ofcom said Al Ehya Digital has not yet broadcast an apology or condemnation of Nizami’s remarks and appears not to have recognized the gravity of the comments made by Nizami.

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