The Danish Cartoon Crisis – Declaration on behalf of Muslim Religious Leaders


In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

All praise is due to God, and may He send His blessings and
salutations upon our master, Muhammad, as well as upon his kin and

The events in Denmark concerning the Messenger of God represent an
aggressive act that has violated the highest sanctities of the Muslim
people. Moreover it is devastating to the ideal of convivial dialogue
between peoples, as enjoined in the Quranic verse which reads, ‘And We
created you as nations and tribes that you might know one another’.

In consequence, we affirm the following:

1. We hold up the hand of the nation that has come to the aid of the
Messenger of God, as this response on their part demonstrates that it
is a nation that is still very much alive. We also point out that this
“aid” should mirror the moral code of the Prophet as reflected by the
actions of his followers.

2. We call upon the Danish government and the Danish people to yield
to the large number of objective and sincere voices emanating from
within their society, by apologizing, and condemning and bringing an
end to this attack. This is to ensure that Denmark is not isolated from
the global community, a community that upholds the kind of freedom that
prevents it from attacking and desecrating religious symbols or
provoking animosity and antagonism towards any religion or race. We
also extend this call to the countries that defended this attack, as
there is no society today that advocates an unaccountable freedom
without putting in place measures of regulation so as to prevent harm
to come to others. Of course, societies differ in their levels of

3. We affirm here that freedom of ideas is a right guaranteed by the
teachings of our noble religion to those who seek clarification or
desire to engage in dialogue provided that no abuse is intended, in
consonance with the Quranic directive: ‘And argue with them in the most
courteous way’. This point has been agreed upon by all
rationally-minded people and is stated clearly and categorically in the
agreements on human rights.

4. We appeal to all Muslims to exercise self-restraint in accordance
with the teachings of Islam and we reject countering an act of
aggression by acts not sanctioned in Islam, such as breaking treaties
and breaching time-honoured agreements by attacking foreign embassies
or innocent people and other targets. Such violent reactions can lead
to a distortion of the just and balanced nature of our request or even
to our isolation from the global dialogue. The support that we give to
our Prophet will not be given by flouting his teachings.

5. We highly esteem the unprejudiced stance taken by some religious
authorities who have condemned this heinous assault. We also emphasize
not holding non-Muslims accountable, whether in Muslim countries or
elsewhere, for the crime committed by those who have insulted the
Prophet. This principle finds its roots in the Quranic verses: ‘And no
soul shall bear the burden of another’ and ‘Is the reward for good
anything but good?’

6. We call upon the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) as
well as Muslim countries and governments and the international
community to press the United Nations to issue a declaration
criminalizing any insult to Muhammad, Jesus or Moses or to any other
revered prophetic figure.

7. We also take this opportunity to remind the Muslims about the
necessity and importance of reviving their connection with the beloved
Prophet by loving him, following his example, and embodying his moral
character and noble guidance. This rising-up by the Muslims in support
of the Prophet should not constitute a mere reflex that ends when the
occasion ends. Rather, this vocation should forever remain alive within
the Muslim people.

8. We further emphasize that it is our duty and responsibility to
carry on the global dialogue and acquaint others with our Prophet by
disseminating and making known his character traits, noble qualities
and high moral standards. This dissemination should be manifested in
both oral and written form, but most importantly it should be
manifested in our conduct and interaction with others. It is also
imperative that the relevant institutions as well as people of means
fulfil their responsibility by supporting these efforts.

We ask God to enable us to successfully carry out that which He loves and that which pleases Him.

Signatories of the Declaration

Abdullah bin Bayyah – Professor in King Abdalaziz University Jeddah (Mauritania)

Abdullah Fadaq – Well Known Islamic Spokesperson (Saudi Arabia)

Abdal Hakim Murad Winter – Sh. Zayed Lecturer, Islamic Studies, College of Divinity, Cambridge University

Abla Muhammad al-Kahlawia – Dean of Islamic & Arabic Studies College at Azhar University, Port Said (Egypt)

Abu Bakr Ahmad al-Milibari – Secretary General of Ahl al-Sunna Association (India)

Abu Bakr al-Adani bin Ali al-Mashur – General Director of Islamic Tarbiya League (Yemen)

Ahmad al-Kubaysi – Well Known Islamic spokesperson (Iraq)

Ahmad Badr al-Din Hassun – General Mufti of the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria)

Ahmad bin Hamad al-Khalili – General Mufti of the Sultanate of Oman (Oman)

Ahmad Nur Sayf – Director of Islamic Sciences & Research Institute (UAE)

A’id al-Qarni – Well Known Islamic Scholar (Saudi Arabia)

Ali Jumua – Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt (Egypt)

Ali Zain al-Abidin al-Jifri – Well Known Islamic Scholar (Yemen)

Amr Khaled – Well known Islamic Spokesperson

Anzar Shah Kashmiri – Head of Ulama of Deoband (India)

Faruq Hamada – Professor of Hadith Studies, Muhammad V University (Morocco)

Haji Muhammad Shafi Huzami – Renowned Islamic Scholar of Jakarta (Indonesia)

Hamdan Muslim al-Mazrui – Assistant Undersecretary for Islamic Affairs in Ministry of Endowments (UAE)

Hamza Yusuf – Well Known Islamic Scholar, Director of Zaytuna Institute (USA)

Hasan al-Saffar – Shiite Islamic Spokesperson (Saudi Arabia)

Hiba Raouf Izzat – Lecturer in College of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University (Egypt)

Ikrimah Sabri – Mufti of Jerusalem (Palestine)

Jasim al-Mutawwaa – Head of Iqra Satellite Channel (Kuwait)

Kaya Hajji Abdullah Faqih – Head of Langitano Academy, Islamic Scholar, East Java (Indonesia)

Khalid al-Jundi – Well Known Islamic Scholar (Egypt)

Larbi Kachat – Director of Dawah Mosque and Head of the Islamic Cultural Center, Paris (France)

Muhammad Akhtar Rida al-Azhari – Head of Barelwi Ulama (India)

Muhammad al-Alwini – Head of European Academy of Islamic Culture & Sciences, Brussels (Belgium)

Muhammad Ali Taskhiri – Secretary General of the International Assembly for Understanding between the Islamic Sects (Iran)

Muhammad bin Muhammad al-Mansur – Islamic Scholar of the Zaydi branch (Yemen)

Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah – Well known Shiite Scholar (Lebanon)

Muhammad Rashid Qabbani – General Mufti of Lebanon (Lebanon)

Muhammad Saeed Ramadan al-Bouti – Department Chair of Theology, University of Damascus (Syria)

Muhammad Tahir al-Qadiri – Founder of Minhaj ul-Quran International Organization (Pakistan)

Mustafa bin Hamza – Professor of Islamic Law, Muhammad I University, (Morocco)

Nuh Ali Salman al-Qudat – Well known scholar of Jordan, former Mufti of the Jordanian Army (Jordan)

Saeed AbdalHafiz Hijjawi – General Mufti of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Jordan)

Salman al-Awda – General Supervisor of “Islam Today” Institution (Saudi Arabia)

Tariq al-Suweidan – Well Known Islamic Spokesperson (Kuwait)

Umar bin Muhammad bin Salem bin Hafeez – Dean of Dar al-Mustafa Institute, Hadramawt (Yemen)

Wahba al-Zuhayli – Department Chair of Islamic Jurisprudence, College of Islamic Law, Damascus University (Syria)

Yasmin Mahmud Khalil al-Husary – Head of Husary Islamic Foundation (Egypt)

The Declaration in Arabic