DHAKA: After Friday prayers, Muslims across Asia came to the streets in massive protests, spurred by disparaging statements about the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) made by an official of India’s governing party last week, which engulfed the country in a diplomatic storm.
Over 20 nations have visited Indian embassies since then, and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has attempted to contain the damage by suspending the official from its members and claiming to appreciate all religions.
The largest public protests in reaction to the uproar occurred on Friday, with police estimating that over 100,000 people have organized across Bangladesh afterward Friday prayers.
- A large crowd in the city yelled anti-Modi chants and warned opponents of Islam to “be careful.”
After this Friday’s prayers in Lahore, a protest was held. According to Pakistan’s Foreign Office, the country is reaching out to the world community for a collective reaction to India’s persecution of minorities, particularly Muslims.
Demonstrations were held in numerous cities by India’s 200 million Muslim minority, with a massive throng assembled on the ruins of the 17th-century Jama Masjid in New Delhi.
Students at the prominent Jamia Millia Islamia university in the capital were shown on social media burning an effigy of Nupur Sharma, whose statements sparked the outrage.
On Friday, police faced stone-throwing mobs in two Indian towns as protests erupted throughout the country following two former governing party members’ insulting statements about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Authorities in India-controlled Kashmir suspended internet access, restricted mosque prayer gatherings, and enforced a curfew on Friday.
A gathering was held in front of the Indian ambassador in Jakarta by roughly 50 demonstrators in Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country.
“The Indian government should apologize to Muslims and pursue serious action against the legislators who made the statements,” said Ali Hasan, the demonstration organizer.
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