The leader of the PVV Party in Holland, Mr Geert Wilders, has up the ante 'in a highly disturbing and provocative act' against Islam, the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has charged.
According to Dutch News, the politician has placed a sticker on his parliamentary office door which reads, in Arabic, ‘Islam is a lie, Mohammed is a criminal, the Koran is poison.’ The insulting sticker, the news outlet said, "is a deliberate take-off of the Saudi Arabian flag."
This latest attack on Islam, widely publicized by Geert Wilders himself, has been condemned by many leaders in the government in Holland, saying the politician is playing into the hands of extremists.
Foreign minister Frans Timmermans condemned the sticker saying this sort of action is counterproductive.
'Insulting their religion is not the way to combat extremism but plays into extremists' hands,' minister Timmermans was quoted by Dutch News as saying. 'The Dutch government is distancing itself from this.'
The sticker is ‘disgusting’ and its only aim is to hurt people, deputy prime minister Lodewijk Asscher told Nos television.
Foreign minister Frans Timmermans also condemned the sticker and said this sort of action is counterproductive.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim community, a vocal critic of Mr Wilders' anti-Islam antics also condemned the act immediately "in the strongest possible terms."
"Mr Geert Wilders, recently escalated his campaign against Islam by placing a crude and grotesque sticker on the door of his parliamentary office," a press release issued by the community has stated.
"Such a move can only hurt the sentiments of millions of innocent and peace loving Muslims across the world," the Ahmadiyya press statement read. "It is held that no sane person could ever countenance conducting such a sustained and unjust campaign of abuse as Mr Wilders has over the past few years and as such the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat leaves the case of Geert Wilders in the Hands of God."
Noting the sensitive state of the world's religio-political environment, the Khalifa of Islam and the worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat (His Holiness), Mirza Masroor Ahmad denounced the Wilders action saying the politician's "provocative acts can only further destabilize the world and destroy its peace and harmony."
“The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat utterly condemns this latest attack on Islam by the Dutch politician Mr Geert Wilders," His Holiness was quoted as saying. “We Ahmadi Muslims constantly call for peace, justice and tolerance at all levels of society and as such I reiterate that today’s world is in grave danger and so all people should work towards fostering a society based on love, compassion and mutual respect.
"All parties should work towards ending all forms of hatred and should openly condemn any statements or acts that can cause pain and suffering.”
The statement issued by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community expressed gratitude to the leaders in the Government of Holland, including the Deputy Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister, for publicly expressing their condemnation of Mr Wilders’ latest act.
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