LONDON: Labour MP Nawaz Shah has made a blistering speech within the British Parliament stating that the emotional hurt precipitated to billions of Muslims is insufferable when bigots and racists defame, slander, or abuse Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The Bradford Labour MP was collaborating in a debate on the subject of “Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill” which proposes a most of a 10-year sentence for these concerned in damaging or attacking statutes.
Naz Shah advised the parliament that the UK authorities was “rushing through this bill in order to recognise that statues symbolise the historical, cultural, and social feelings of our nation” and thus defending emotions linked to such sensitivities is crucial to protect civil order. It’s as a result of, because the Justice Secretary advised the Commons, this invoice “ensures our courts have sufficient sentencing powers to punish the emotional harm caused by this type of offending”, she stated.
She then requested the parliament to contemplate the sentiments of Muslims and the way they rever their Prophet (PBUH) and the worth they connect to Him (PBUH).
She stated: “We cannot pretend that a western liberal democracy like Britain does not consider feelings when it comes to such situations, whilst at the same time today passing a law through parliament giving such importance to protecting statues based upon “commemorative” feelings.
“As a Muslim, for me and millions of Muslims across this country and the quarter of the world’s population that is Muslim too, with each day and each breath, there is not a single thing in the world that we commemorate and honour more than our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
“But when bigots and racists defame, slander or abuse our Prophet PBUH, just like some people do to the likes of Winston Churchill, the emotional harm caused upon our hearts is unbearable.
“Because for two billion Muslims, he is the leader we commemorate in our hearts, honour in our lives and forms the basis of our identity and our very existence.”
Naz Shah went on to cite the famous playwright George Bernard Shaw as saying in regards to the Prophet (PBUH): “He was by far essentially the most outstanding man that ever set foot on this earth.”
She added: “To those who say it’s just a cartoon, I won’t say it’s only a statue because I understand the strength of the British feeling when it comes to our history, our culture and our identity. It’s not just a cartoon and they’re not just statues. They represent, symbolise, and mean so much more to us as human beings.”
She stated in her speech that while this legislation will now shield civil order and emotional hurt relating to secular and political figures equivalent to Oliver Cromwell and Churchill and doesn’t essentially for different figures that many individuals in trendy Britain, maintain near their coronary heart equivalent to Jesus, The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Moses, Raam, Buddha, Guru Nanak and lots of others — it does present that we recognise there’s such a factor as emotional hurt.
She stated that when somebody defames or vandalises statues of individuals like Winston Churchill in a mob-like style, who means a lot to thousands and thousands of Britons as a result of they maintain his efforts through the second world conflict so near their hearts, then that does threaten the cohesive nature of our nation.