India: Muslim cleric says it’s fine to kill actor, but insults to Muhammad will not be tolerated


“Shah Rukh Khan not a Muslim, go and kill him, but don’t use objectionable words against Prophet Muhammad: Raza Academy cleric Khalil-Ur-Rehman,” OpIndia, January 28, 2023 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Pathaan starring Shah Rukh Khan was released in theatres on January 25. Prior to its release, the film was met with fierce opposition in several parts of the country. During the widespread protests, a Muslim cleric from Mumbai’s Raza Academy stirred controversy by calling on the protesting groups to kill the actor.

According to Raza Academy cleric Khalil-Ur-Rehman, the film has nothing to do with Muslims, and neither Bollywood is Muslim. He stated that if the Hindu outfits like Bajrang Dal and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) truly want to protest against the film, they should go to the Bollywood megastar’s home and shoot him dead. However, he warned them against using objectionable words against Prophet Muhammad.

“You do whatever you want to do with Shah Rukh Khan, but if you utter objectionable words against our Prophet Muhammad, then we will not tolerate it,” the Raza Acadamy cleric reportedly told Times Now.

“Former BJP leader Nupur Sharma was responsible for all of this and had she was arrested, there should not have been such an environment of tension,” Khalil-Ur-Rehman added, over reports of ‘Sar Tan Se Juda’ slogans chanted in Indore against alleged derogatory words uttered against Islamic Prophet.

It has been alleged that during protests against the movie in Indore in Madhya Pradesh by Bajrang Dal, some protestors had raised objectionable slogans against Prophet Muhammad. Following these protests, many Islamists had gathered outside the Badwali Chowki and the Khajrana Police Station in Indore and raised the contentious Islamist slogan ‘Sar Tan Se Juda’.

On Wednesday, January 25, Vishwa Hindu Parishad national spokesperson Vinod Bansal took to Twitter to share two videos wherein Muslim men, including young children, were heard shouting “Gustakh-e-Rasool ki Ek hi saza, sar tan se Juda, sar tan se Juda” (call for the beheading of those who allegedly disrespect Prophet Muhammad) and “Allah ho Akbar” slogans….

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