Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Jordan, Libya, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Pakistan and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation joined Qatar, Kuwait and Iran, which had convened Indian emissaries on Sunday, to condemn the remarks against the Prophet.
Expressing its “denunciation and rejection of the Prophet’s insults”, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), in a statement, “affirmed the UAE’s firm rejection of all practices and behaviors that contradict moral and human values and principles. He “stressed the need to respect religious symbols and not to violate them, as well as to combat hate speech and violence.”
“The ministry also noted the importance of strengthening shared international responsibility to spread the values of tolerance and human coexistence while preventing any practice that would inflame the sentiment of followers of different religions,” he said.
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— وزارة الخارجية والتعاون الدولي (@MoFAICUAE) June 6, 2022
The UAE is India’s third largest trading partner – the second largest importer and exporter last year – and home to more than 3 million NRIs.
Indonesia, the country with the world’s largest Muslim population, has “strongly” condemned “unacceptable derogatory remarks” by “two Indian politicians”. He said he passed the message on to the Indian ambassador in Jakarta.
The Maldives, where India has considerable influence, said it “unreservedly condemns any action that purports to pervert the true nature and teachings of Islam” and “attempts to belittle” the Prophet. The Maldives government said it was “deeply concerned by derogatory remarks by some BJP officials”, but welcomed the Indian government’s “denunciation” of the remarks and the “swift action taken by the BJP against those responsible.
Bahrain also commented, but appreciated the action taken by the BJP against its two leaders.
Amid the chorus of criticism, New Delhi dismissed OIC’s comments as “unwarranted and narrow-minded” and criticized “its divisive agenda pursued in the name of vested interests”.
— وزارة الخارجية وشؤون المغتربين الأردنية (@ForeignMinistry) June 6, 2022
The External Affairs Ministry also denounced Pakistan over remarks by its Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, saying “the absurdity of a serial rapist of minority rights commenting on the treatment of minorities in another country cannot escape nobody”. On Monday, Pakistan summoned the Indian charge d’affaires to express its dissatisfaction.
In a statement on Sunday, the OCI expressed its “strong condemnation and denunciation of the recent insults uttered by a ruling party official”.
“These abuses occur against the backdrop of escalating hatred and abuse of Islam in India and against the backdrop of systematic practices against and restrictions on Muslims, particularly in light of a series of decisions banning the wearing of headscarves in educational institutions in a number of Indian states and demolitions of Muslim properties, in addition to increasing violence against them,” the OIC said.
Responding to the OIC statement, Arindam Bagchi, MEA Spokesperson, said, “We have seen the statement on India from the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The Indian government categorically rejects the unwarranted and narrow-minded comments of the OIC Secretariat.
Stating that the Indian government “gives the utmost respect to all religions”, Bagchi said that “offensive tweets and comments denigrating a religious figure have been made by some individuals. They do not in any way reflect the views of the Indian government Strong measures have already been taken against these persons by the competent bodies.
He said it was “regrettable that the OIC Secretariat has once again chosen to make reasoned, misleading and malicious comments. This only exposes its divisive agenda pursued in the name of vested interests. He said the OIC Secretariat should “stop pursuing its community-based approach and show respect to all faiths and religions.”
In Islamabad, the Foreign Ministry summoned the Indian Chargé d’Affaires to express its categorical rejection and condemnation of the remarks made by two BJP leaders against the Prophet.
Responding to the statement, the MEA spokesman said “the absurdity of a serial minority rights abuser commenting on the treatment of minorities in another country is lost on no one. The world has witnessed systemic persecution of minorities including Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Ahmadis by Pakistan, he reiterated that the Indian government “gives utmost respect to all religions”, which is “quite different of Pakistan where fanatics are praised and monuments built in their honour”.
“We call on Pakistan to focus on the safety, security and well-being of its minority communities instead of indulging in fearmongering propaganda and attempting to foment communal discord in India,” Bagchi said.
Saudi Arabia, one of the most important voices in the Islamic world, also issued a statement on Sunday evening, but fell short of making a move like Qatar, Kuwait and Iran. Its foreign ministry expressed “its condemnation and denunciation of the statements of Indian party spokesperson Bharatiya Janata, which insult the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him”.
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Critics also came from Kabul. Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, in a statement, said that “the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan strongly condemns the use of derogatory language against the Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) by an official of the ruling party in India” and urged “the government of India not to allow such fanatics to insult the holy religion of Islam and provoke the feelings of Muslims.