The Indonesian branch of the Islamic fundamentalist group, Hizb al-Tahrir, issued a statement on their website on Saturday, February 4, 2006, condemning caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad appearing in the Danish newspaper Jylland Posten, and Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen?s defense of the pictures as free speech, in addition to the publication in Norwegian and French periodicals. The group highlights past insults of Islam and the Prophet, including The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie and Theo Van Gogh?s film, and avers that this particular instance of desecration was published in September 2005, to allegedly connect people?s mind to the memory of the September 11th attacks.
Hizb al-Tahrir Indonesia charges Denmark with an intention to insult Islam and repeatedly did so, using freedom of expression as a cover; however, the group states: ?When the Muslims point out the tyranny and injustice of the major powers, they are charged with glorifying extremism.? According to the message, the penalty for this act is execution, ?unless they repent and enter Islam,? and further, calls upon the Muslim people to defend the Prophet, and struggle to establish Pan-Islamism, which will ?really protect the honor of Islam and its Ummah.?
A translation of the statement is provided to our Intel Service members.