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May 19th, 2010
09:32 AM ET

Pakistan shuts down Facebook over 'Draw Mohammed Day'

Pakistan is blocking access to Facebook in response to an online group calling on people to draw the Prophet Mohammed, officials said Wednesday.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority issued the order a day before "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day," scheduled by a Facebook group with the same name.

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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Islam • Uncategorized

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  1. Lilac31

    I'm a pakistani american and never have i ever made fun of anyone for their beliefs. Its just wrong to do that. Just cuz one guy turned out to be a terrorist doesnt mean the whole nation is. Most pakistanis in america are well-educated and respected by their communities. our own president was fathered by a muslim guy for godsakes! i dunno why u guys voted for him if ur so against muslims. He wrote in one of his books that he will always stand by muslims..
    go do some research u losers. u dont even know abt ur own country. this country is a result of many nations.
    get a life ppl or an education..

    May 23, 2010 at 1:36 am |
  2. Lilac317

    you guys are really immature and insensitive.
    When you lower yourself to the point of making fun of anyones prophet, you are a looser in the world...I dont care what faith you belong too...
    the difference between some faiths and islam is, that muslims are never to degrade anyone elses prophet.. We cannot do this... its not our place.. Cause God told us that he sent prophets to all corners of the earth, some named, some not..

    Its really low to disrespect our religion and poke fun at it. we dont make fun of christians or jews or any other race

    May 23, 2010 at 1:00 am |
  3. Lilac317

    To all the ignorant people on here: Islam forbids anyone to depict images of Mohammad PBUH, and all the other prophets.
    The reasons Muslims get offended with iconic representations of human prophets (including Muhammad) is because we believe such actions could even lead to veneration/associations of divinity to these humans. And in a strictly monotheistic religion like Islam, that's a big no-no.
    In the USA, I know people have the right to express themselves however they want. But do they really have to disrespect muslims? what did they get out of it? I dont understand how you people are so ignorant and acting illiterate.
    Shouldnt people respect other ppl's beliefs?
    Under the sharia, the punishment for someone who insults the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is death. There might be some exceptions but that's the general rule. I'm not sure whether this rule applies in Non-Muslim countries as we Muslims can't take the law into our own hands here. So we must stand up and defend our Prophet (pbuh) in other ways (e.g. protests etc.). and this is exactly what we're doing. we are just standing up for what we believe in

    May 23, 2010 at 12:59 am |
  4. Lilac317

    Why are you people not publishing my comments on here?

    May 23, 2010 at 12:58 am |
  5. gfhuj

    f$uck all nonmuslims

    May 21, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  6. azam nizam alhaushabi

    facebook com

    May 21, 2010 at 8:10 am |
  7. Lance

    When yu find yourself frantically tring to protect your god and your savior prophet from anything, you are lost. Shouldnt it be the other way round? An inferior god, or a god invented by man must surely be protected by man...some kind of bondage.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:19 pm |
  8. Christian

    Just for clarification on the "Then Christians should be killing blasphemers" based on "And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: [Book of Leviticus 24:16]"... Leviticus is part of the Law. Jesus came and fulfilled the Law to set us free from the Law. Jesus was God in the flesh & I'm pretty sure that killing God is blasphemy. Yet Jesus prayed for their forgiveness in the moment of their greatest sin. Judgement for blasphemy is back in the hands of God now. So no, Christians have no place to be hunting people down for drawing pictures of Jesus (South Park creators are safe!). If people could crucify Jesus & He forgave them... I think we can do the same.

    May 20, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  9. saad ali khan

    Islam is the religion of peace and we MUSLIMS submits our will to the GOD ALMIGHTY.our beloved PROPHET MUHAMMAD PBUH was sent as a MERCY FOR HUMANITY.we love HIM more than our lives so is the case that WE love all the PROPHETS including JEWS AND MOSES and the rest of them.in our religion ISLAM it is highly unethical to even disgrace any of the PROPHET and REVEALED BOOKS.if we Muslims are giving respect to other religions other should also make their effort.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:44 am |
    • Ceri

      Muslims need to man up and realize there are different beliefs in the world and some people will not respect your religious sensitivities. If you don't want to draw mohammed and accidently start worshipping him then YOU don't but governments shouldnt be censoring the web because of it, there shouldnt be riots and murders because of it. That is an immature and disgusting way to respond. Particularly when you want to label yourself the religion of peace.

      May 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  10. KAMI

    Pakistan People R very educated dear guyz.....n i think in KARACHI everyone use facebook..but now Pakistani goverment Has Block facebook...bcoz The some people make draw Muhammad Skect Day....Thats why ...we dont like facebook..otherwise facebook is gud .....i know u all people are very educated & better than pakistani people so you plz you understand our problem....i also live in PAKISTAN guyz plzzzzz All brothers understand our problem...ISlam Is Our religion....

    May 20, 2010 at 4:00 am |
  11. pakistani

    pakistan shut down the face book .pakistan done good step.i am muslim but i respect other religion.shame you all.and col down muslim brothers..and say lahoolo wala qoova.

    May 20, 2010 at 3:59 am |
  12. Nick McLogic

    I think this is a GREAT idea. I also find one commenter's thought that we have little respect for religions other than our own ridiculous. I have no religion, and I have no respect for any religion. I am not a superstitious person, and I believe everyone should disrespect all religions. Why? Because none of them can be proven to be correct. Very simple, isn't it?

    May 20, 2010 at 2:13 am |
  13. DMD

    Whether or not one understand the reasons and the explanations behind Mulsims taking offense to such drawings, one must RESPECT the boundaries set out by their religion and one must ACCEPT the fact that the The ISLAMIC Republic Of Pakistan is a sovereign state and has full right to ban any website they feel necessary.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  14. 2 cents

    I am neither a muslim, nor a cartoonist. But I am shocked by the over-reaction on both sides on this post. I think Pakistan government took the decision to keep the protestors, and subsequent violence, off their streets and to keep the debate on posts like this. Whether there is a healthy debate here or not, I am all for keeping the streets safe all around the world. Mobs on streets do not think and innocent get killed.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:54 am |
    • ELITE

      Thank you.. for your 2c :)

      May 19, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  15. Mak Kim Ju

    Are graphical depictions of the 6 year old girl that Muhammad slept with "haraam" too?

    May 19, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  16. tim

    If something someone does offends you and they do not use universally offensive language, it is because of you and not them. The argument that you don't have the right to offend muslims like this is an argument for banning Islam, not for stopping people from drawing.

    Being a Muslim is a choice and so you CHOOSE to be offended.

    By your reasoning you don't have the right to be a Muslim because it creates offense.

    Think more next time.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:43 am |
    • ELITE

      and who decides whats "universally offensive" ? To someone drawing people falling out of twin towers may seem funny but to you it might be offensive.. why push buttons that you know will cause a stir among some groups..

      May 19, 2010 at 10:52 am |
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