THE LONDON CENTRAL MOSQUE TRUST & THE ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTRE A Registered Charity.

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30.1.2006

PRESS RELEASE

Danish & Norwegian Governments must Apologise to Muslims

ICC Strongly Condemns the Danish Government’s and Media Aggression Against Muslims

The London Central Mosque Trust & the Islamic Cultural Centre (ICC) strongly condemns the insulting, humiliating and racist cartoons published in Danish and Norwegian newspapers.

"These newspapers have printed extremely offensive caricatures of the beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). We respect the beliefs and the heroes of other religions and we expect the same from the followers of the other religions or ideologies. Valued freedoms in Europe should not be allowed to be abused by those deliberately seeking to provoke hatred and division between communities, said Dr Ahmed Al Dubayan ICC Director General".

The Muslim governments have every right to find alternatives and boycott Danish and Norwegian products if the governments of these countries continue backing the racist media, and do not apologise to Muslims.

At the same time, the ICC regards the violent threats made against Danish and EU citizens by some groups in the Muslim world as completely unacceptable and displaying an utter disregard of basic Islamic injunctions on how to resolve disagreements and differences.

ENDS

Notes to the editors:

For more information please contact Dr Yunes Teinaz Advisor to the Director General, ICC Administrator on 0207 7252152, mobile 07930321053.E mail: drteinaz@iccuk.org Website: www.iccuk.org