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

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  1. Bobby

    Should we brace for more Times Square attacks now?
    The current nutjob is the son of Pakistan Airforce Vice Marshal (ie a elite filthy rich family)
    If such an elite family cant keep its kids from going the Jihad way, what happens to the less endowed??

    May 19, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  2. freedom 101

    Question for muslims viewing these posts. Is death a justifiable punishment for drawing muhammed? If not, who do you hold the most contempt for, the cartoonist or the one wanting to kill the cartoonist? And what are you doing to speek out and take action against these murderers?

    May 19, 2010 at 10:39 am |
    • ELITE

      Drawing a cartoon is fine.. drawing with intent to mock is another story.
      “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter;” [Surah Al-Maidah 5:33].

      If you are made to believe that these cartoons = waging war against Allah's messenger then death is one of the possible punishments. The mullah's in Pakistan have a lot of power and can easily make ordinary people believe that.

      Bible on the other hand says " 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]"

      If there were any true christians, family guy producers would be in a lot of trouble. 🙂

      May 19, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  3. Noooob

    Hi, I'm a Muslim. Maybe if I bully people they'll stop doing stuff that I disagree with. Or, if I pretend that something doesn't exist, that's good enough for me.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  4. AnotherUser

    Freedom allows you to be wrong, not DO wrong. Since when it is it right to offend anyone, ANYONE. Freedom of speech is a right so people can talk against tyranny, not to offend others, however unfounded you may think their beliefs are.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:36 am |
    • Morgan

      Actually, freedom of speech is so I can say what I please. There is no constitutional right to live without being offended. If you don't want to be offended, stay off the internet, don't watch TV, movies, listen to the radio or otherwise communicate with the outside world.

      May 20, 2010 at 8:10 pm |
  5. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Wow, this might actually get me to join Facebook.

    Support freedom! Draw Muhammed today!

    May 19, 2010 at 10:33 am |
    • A Jew

      This is the prophet Muhammad. Please note his pointy beard and squiggly-bracket-turban. His mouth is open because he's prostrated and prepared to take allah's holy load.


      May 19, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  6. The Righteous One

    "Muhammad was a man, not someone to worship, so Muslims don't want later generations to treat him as more than that through using pictures, idols, etc. of him. I think it's sad how little respect we have for religions other than our own."

    This makes absolutely no sense. While I could never understand taking a person's life for creating some silly drawing, how do you then justify the overreaction of the Muslim world directed at someone for creating a depiction of a "man". How much worse would the overreaction be if the drawing were of Allah? What does their interpretation of the Koran say about these drawings? What a bunch of hogwash.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:28 am |
    • ELITE

      No hope for you guys here ... I'll just discuss this where people actually have a brain..
      May peace be upon you all..

      May 19, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  7. Anwar

    Muslims, please do not get offended by the acts of these non believers. How about not responding to any of their comments and increase your "DUA" and DURROOD" on the Prophet of Islam (PBOH) and the ones who came before them. Also pray for these mentally sick people who will not hasitate from doing anything to get your attention. Remember, Allah has clearly mentioned in the holy Quran that many of the non believers are reasonably good too but they are not aware of the truth. THINK......Allah Humma Sallay ala Muhamaddin.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:27 am |
    • A Jew

      First we destroyed Christianity in Europe and replaced it with Atheism, and now we're coming for YOUUU, Anwar! Islam will be wiped out next. Hahaha.

      May 19, 2010 at 10:33 am |
    • Jay

      Humm, wondering who's mentally sick, PAKISTANI who blew innocent people or people who draw Muhammad.
      this is tough one guys, i need help...

      May 19, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  8. Mark

    Drawing of muhammad:


    May 19, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  9. Will

    Hey guys look it's a graphical depiction of Muhammad (see below):

    8===D~~ <O-:}}

    May 19, 2010 at 10:24 am |
    • Will

      (That's him taking a full load from a giant ding dong in his mouth.)

      May 19, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  10. Jessica

    Im sure glad that religion is all about love and peace and happiness and doesnt divide the worlds people into fighting factions (end sarcasm). Really, is there a useful purpose to religion, other than othering us?

    May 19, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  11. freedom 101

    It's hard to think of a way to depict muhammed on a post like this. you can't emotican a piece of sh**.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  12. freedom 101

    That's fine. Don't want to look at that militant megalomaniacs face anyway. Islam = violence, bigotry, intollerence.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  13. Jay


    May 19, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  14. Jay


    May 19, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  15. Jay

    :O) Muhammed

    May 19, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  16. Noble

    To the muslims whining about some drawings: is your religion so fragile that it can't take any criticism? Grow up, you're acting like babies. Who cares what someone else says about your god if you know in your heart that they're wrong?

    May 19, 2010 at 10:14 am |
    • ELITE

      These muslims are being told by the mulllahs that these dumb cartoons equal to Blasphemy .. Which like most other major religions have severe punishments.

      "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]"

      May 19, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  17. ELITE

    @ Bilal : this is not a war between muslims and non-muslims .. Just because a silly group is created by someone doesnt mean it represents the vast majority. Being a muslim you should be tolerable..
    If Blasphemy is such a big deal then there should be equal amount of anger for cartoons\movies that depict god or other prophets

    May 19, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  18. freedom 101

    ('.') <- Muhammed

    May 19, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  19. Jay

    wow!! she made straight A's!! what's the use she would end you as a SUICIDE BOMBER 😉
    even Faisal Shahzad, Time-square bomber was MBA. Dude even if they go to Harvard or Oxford they see everything thru their religion.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  20. Me

    T.T <~~ look! my rendition of Mohammed. i guess i'll be banned from Pakistan now? c'mon people! People draw their depiction of Jesus and the Virgin Mary all the time. Are we offended? No. Do we care? Not really. Will it affect the way we worship or pray? probably not. Those who are devout Christians wouldn't let a silly drawing affect their faith. So why, pray tell, is a drawing of Mohammed so detrimental to a society where bombing their own sites of worship is ok? I don't get it.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:09 am |
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