Scorning the Prophet goes beyond free speech – it’s an act of violence ~ Prof. Tim Winters, (Abdal Hakim Murad), 17 Jan 2015.
The Paris murders aside, the law has a duty to protect us all from insult and abuse!
Muslims believe in every jot and tittle of the Second Commandment. We are to make no graven images of any living thing, irrespective of whether such images might or might not lure the unwary into idolatry. Orthodox Judaism and many Protestant churches have been similarly direct in following this biblical injunction.
And yet, for such a major item of the Ten Commandments, and for all of Islamic art’s historic capacity to thrive without making pictures, image-making does not carry a statutory penalty in Islamic law. It is for a Muslim judge to determine the exact nature of the offence, and to decide what ought to be done.
Unlike some other commandments…
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