Indonesia, Jordan, Maldives join list of nations condemning Nupur Sharma’s derogatory remarks on Prophet

Nupur Sharma’s derogatory remarks: There have been sharp reactions from Muslim countries against controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad by (former) spokespersons of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal. Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and Jordan are some of the new countries that have officially registered their protest.

At the same time, Maldives, a country very close to India, has also lodged its protest on the controversial remarks against Prophet Mohammad. However, the ruling BJP at the Center has distanced itself from their remarks with swift action against Sharma and Jindal. In a statement, the BJP also said that it respects every religion and “strongly condemns the insult of any religious personality of any religion”.

Nupur Sharma’s derogatory remarks on Prophet

Indonesia, which has the largest Muslim population, also strongly condemned the remarks, terming it as “unacceptably derogatory remarks” against the prophet by two Indian political leaders. Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry tweeted, “This message has been conveyed to the Indian Ambassador in Jakarta.” The UAE also condemned and rejected the controversial remark that disrespected the Prophet.

Nupur Sharma’s derogatory remarks on Prophet

The Kingdom of Jordan too condemned the remarks made by the now-sacked BJP leader. Ministry spokesperson Ambassador Haitham Abu Alfoul stressed Jordan’s denunciation of such statements and firm rejection of violation against Islamic and other religious figures.

Nupur Sharma’s derogatory remarks on Prophet

Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a group of 57 Islamic nations, expressed opposition

Apart from this, India has also reacted strongly to the statement of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a group of 57 Islamic nations. India on Monday hit out at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIA) for criticizing the country over alleged controversial remarks of two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders against Prophet Mohammad. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India strongly rejects the “unnecessary and petty remarks” of the OIC Secretariat and stressed that New Delhi holds the highest respect for all religions.

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCUS) Secretary General Nayaf Falah M Al Hajraf also condemned and rejected the remarks of the BJP spokesperson against the Prophet. The council said in a brief statement that the Secretary-General categorically rejected being prejudiced against all prophets as well as figures and religious symbols. The GCC is a regional, intergovernmental, political and economic union, consisting of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Millions of Indians work in GCC countries.

Apart from Organization of Islamic Cooperation and GCus, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Bahrain and Afghanistan on Monday joined Muslim countries that condemned the controversial remarks of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader against Prophet Mohammad. and emphasized the importance of respecting all religious beliefs.

Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal apologize

Both Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal have also apologized for their comments and said that they did not intend to hurt any religious sentiments. While Sharma said that the constant insults to Lord Shiva had made him “angry”, Jindal clarified that he was only asking a question and did not mean that he was against any religion.

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