Riyadh: Riyadh will host on Monday a major meet on the life of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in the light of the blasphemous cartoons.
Several prominent figures and Islamic scholars, including the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Shaikh Abdul Aziz Ali Al Shaikh, Shura Council President and Imam of the Al Haram Al Sharif Mosque Shaikh Saleh Bin Humaid and the Supreme Judiciary Council Chairman Shaikh Saleh Al Laheedan will address the meet titled "Biography of the Last Messenger (of God)."
There will be live transmission of the meeting to some major mosques in Canada, Britain and Kuwait.
The meet, which will be organised by Riyadh's Charitable Propagation Foundation, is aimed at shedding light on the Prophet's life, elucidating the right position to be taken by Muslims with regard to the offensive cartoons depicting the Prophet published by some European newspapers and the need to rely on the opinion of Islamic scholars while reacting to such issues like insulting the Prophet.
The forum will enlighten Muslims on the need to adhere to the spirit of Islam and the principles of the Islamic Sharia while protesting those who have insulted the sanctity of their religion and the Prophet.
The meet will discuss topics such as the position to be taken by Muslims with regard to the blasphemous cartoons, biography of Mohammad before prophethood, major features of his life in Makkah and Madinah as a Prophet, rights of the Prophet, disproving false claims and foolishness of the Western propaganda against the Prophet.
The scholars attending the meet will also include members of the Supreme Judiciary Council such as Shaikh Saleh Al Fouzan, Shaikh Abdullah Al Ghudyan, Shaikh Abdullah Bin Khunain and Shaikh Ahmad Al Mubaraki.
The programmes and activities of the meet will be available live at some major mosques in the Canadian city of Toronto, British cities of Birmingham and Lorton as well as at the headquarters of the Society for the Revival of Islamic Heritage and the Court of Hamoud Al Salem Al Sabah in Kuwait.
A number of leading Saudi foodstuff importers such as Abdullah bin Saleh Al Othaim, director general of Al Othaim Trading Company, told Gulf News that the boycott call of Danish products resulted in complete boycott of the products from the super markets, and that no force can restore the old position in the current scenario.
On the other hand, officials of Danish companies say that their products have lost their stake in the Saudi market.
Meanwhile, several thousand British Muslims rallied in London on Saturday to protest the publication in other countries of cartoons depicting the Prophet, and to condemn the violence that has flared around the world as a result.
A diverse crowd that ranged from teenagers in jeans and T-shirts to women in head scarves and senior citizens gathered in Trafalgar Square. Many carried placards reading "United Against Islamophobia."
The demonstrators also wanted to send the message that "the clash of civilizations is only promoted by fringe minorities. We see the future as one of dialogue between practices, cultures, faiths and ideologies," an organiser of the rally said.
Published Feburary 12, 2006, Gulf News