Addressing the Friday congregation at Mansoora mosque here, he said that if President Zardari and the federal cabinet had come on roads in protest against the blasphemous film, the people would not have gone out of control. The cowardice of the rulers and their slavery of the west was the prime reason of the public wrath in this respect, he added.
Syed Munawar Hasan said that the west had already been defeated by Islam in the fields of academics and culture and was left with no argument. Therefore, it was trying to thrust its satanic civilization on the world by force and all those who challenged it were being attacked on frivolous charges.
He said, the indifference of the Muslim rulers in the present situation was most shameful.
Slating the west ‘s inaction against the blasphemers on the plea of freedom of expression, the JI Ameer said the west had double standards. He said that if any one dared to question the validity of holocaust, he was handed down death sentence of life term but the blasphemy of the Prophet of Islam was permitted on the ground of freedom of expression.
He demanded of the government to summon the US envoy and press for the arrest of pastor Terry Jones and the Zionist film maker and a deterrent action against them. In case the US did not oblige, the US envoy be expelled from the country.
Syed Munawar Hasan said that the government announcement to observe the Youm e Ishqe Rasul was a welcome sign but this was not enough as the US envoy had not been summoned as yet.
The western world, he said, had distanced itself from religion and the prophets. It was labeling the call for the supremacy of Islam as terrorism and extremism, terming the Quran, the last ad final divine guidance for thee humanity as the promoter of terrorism and holding its trial on that account thereby hurting the sentiments of the Muslims in the world, but there was none to check them.
Syed Munawar Hasan also condemned the so called intellectuals appearing in different TV channels terming those protesting against blasphemy of the Holy Prophet as extremists and enemies of peace. These pseudo intellectuals were in fact conspiring against the country’s Islamic culture and promoting obscenity and immorality, he added.