Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer and former lawmaker Professor Mujibur Rahman on Thursday said Bangladesh should officially condemn the insults of Prophet Muhammad and Islam in France.
Earlier France President Emmanuel Macron criticised Islamists and vowed not to “give up cartoons” depicting the Prophet Mohammed.
Professor Mujib said “Bangladesh government should show solidarity with the faith of Islam-loving people of the country in the wake of insulting the Prophet (PBUH) and depicting caricatures of him in France”.
He called on the United Nations, the OIC and other world bodies to take action against such heinous acts in France.
He was speaking at a protest rally in the capital organized by Jamaat Dhaka City South on Thursday in protest against depicting Prophet Muhammad in France.
The protest rally was led by advocate Helal Uddin, assistant secretary of Jamaat Dhaka City South.
Jamaat Dhaka City South assistant secretaries Delwer Hossain and Abdul Jabber, among others, were present at the programme.
At the same time, he called on all Muslims to boycott French products as a matter of faith.
He also urged on Muslim countries to impose economic sanctions on France and not to import French goods.
Strongly condemning the matter, he lamented that the audacity shown by France in displaying caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) under state patronage had struck the hearts of two billion Muslims around the world.
These barbaric acts must be stopped and President Emmanuel Macron must immediately apologize, otherwise the French and Macron government around the world would be boycotted by the rulers of Muslim countries.
Professor Mujib said that insulting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and hurting the religious feelings of Muslims is an extreme audacity.
Insulting the Prophet (peace be upon him) is not a new phenomenon for France, they have been committing such heinous crimes continuously since the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid II of the Ottoman Caliphate, he added.
The 2015 Charlie Hebdo caricatures have once again come under the limelight after a French teacher, Samuel Paty, was killed last week by a Chechen-origin teenager after he displayed the cartoons in his class on free speech. The attacker was shot dead by police.
Last Wednesday, Macron said he will not prevent the publishing of the cartoons under the pretext of freedom of speech sparking outrage among the Muslim world.