An Islamic TV station in the U.K. has been fined for inciting violence after a program host told his audience Muslims are duty-bound to kill anyone who insults the Prophet Muhammad.
According to a report issued by the Religious News Service on Aug. 22, Britain’s broadcasting watchdog has fined an Islamic TV channel 85,000 pounds ($132,490) for inciting violence after a program host said it was acceptable, and even a duty, for Muslims “to kill a blasphemer,” and murder anyone who insults the Prophet Muhammad.
Last May, television host Allama Muhammad Farooq Nizami, appearing on the program, “Paigham-e-Mustafa,” which means “Message from Mustafa,” answered questions from viewers about a wide range of issues relating to Islam. When asked by a caller what punishment was due for anyone showing disrespect to the Prophet Muhammad, Nizami replied:
One has to choose one’s own method. Our way is the peaceful way but when someone crosses the limits, faith-based emotions are instigated. The mission of our life is to protect the sanctity of our beloved Lord. May Allah accept us wherever there is a need to kill a blasphemer. We are ready, and should be ready at all times, to kill a blasphemer.
The BBC reports Nizami also tried to justify the assassination of the Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer in 2011, on the grounds that he objected to Mr Taseer's calls to amend the country's controversial blasphemy law.
Last July, another British TV channel was fined after it broadcast a speech by another Islamic scholar claiming Muslims had “a duty to kill" anyone who insults the Prophet Muhammad.