Muslim scholars union calls for law to ban insults against religions

The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) has called for enacting a law to ban insults against religions and sanctities.

In a statement, the Doha-based grouping said it will dispatch a delegation of Muslim scholars to Islamic countries for talks on the increasing insults against the Islamic religion.

IUMS said it will ask the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and United Nations to push for drafting legislation to ban any insults against religious sanctities.

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The move comes amid anger in the Islamic world over insults by a spokesperson for India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party against Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The insults prompted Qatar, Kuwait and Iran to summon the Indian envoys to protest the insults against the Prophet (PBUH).

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, for his part, reiterated his rejection of "any sort of hate speech" and called on India to respect all religions.

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