The Ramadhan Foundation today
welcomes the pulling of the
Franz Kafka Big Band
which was to be broadcasted
today on BBC Scotland. This programme is deeply offending to
Muslims and all that we stand for. We are disappointed that the
BBC did not realise the hurt this would cause the Muslim
community when they commissioned the programme.
We support and defend the
right of freedom of speech but this right ends when other human
beings are offended and hurt. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is more
sacred to Muslims than anything in this world and we will defend
his honour and respect.
Has the British media not
learnt the lesson of the Danish cartoons, you cannot use freedom
of speech as an excuse to attack Islam through humour.
Mr. Mohammed Umar, the
Foundation’s Chairman comments:
“Firstly the BBC needs to be
congratulated on the right decision they have made, for once
they are listening.
However, the BBC need to
ensure that at commission stage these Islamophobic programmes
are thrown out, how many more times will they offend Muslims and
The Foundation encourages all
to study Islam and challenge what we believe in, but this must
be done on an intellectual basis rather than through pure