Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - The Nepalese Muslim community protests against the
anti-Islamic film produced in the U.S., but also calls on all Muslims
to dialogue with Christians and other faiths. Organized
last September 23 in
Kathmandu, the event was attended by 16 Islamic
associations and groups. Local
sources point out that the demonstration took place peacefully. The
crowd shouted slogans only against the film, asking the U.S. authorities to investigate the
other countries, no one launched accusations against Christians, often
identified with Western culture.
In a letter sent to the U.S. embassy in Nepal, Gulam Rasul Mya, leader of the Islamic Association of Nepal, said that "Muslims have never blamed Christians for this movie. There is a deep mutual respect between the two religions. Both faiths are victims of those who through their actions are trying to spark an inter-religious conflict. " The Islamic leader appeals for authorities to isolate these elements. "We - he adds - believe that the film Innocence of Muslims is a product of this drift. We want to live in harmony with all faiths, those who offend the religion of others must be brought to justice."
Nepalese Christians and Muslims have always lived in an atmosphere of harmony and mutual respect. To date there are no cases of violence or clashes between the two communities. For several years, the leaders of the two religions have wored together to protect the rights of minorities, often violated in the Hindu-majority country.
In September 2011, an armed commando, maybe Hindu extremists, killed Faizan Ahamed, Secretary of the Islamic Federation of Nepal. Along with leaders of other faiths, the man fought for the recognition of minority rights in the future secular constitution of Nepal. His death has caused concern and pain among the Muslims, but also among Catholics, Protestants, Hindus, Buddhists and Baha'is, who have expressed their solidarity and condemned the act.
Muslims account for about 4% of the Nepalese population. The most important communities are located in the Terai region (southern Nepal).