Saudi Arabia And Other Arab Countries Outraged By Indian Official’s Remarks Against Prophet Muhammed

Nupur Sharma

Saudi Arabia Saudi ArabiaThe Arab world is angry with India over the Bharatiya Janata Party leader’s remark on Prophet Muhammad. #ArrestNupurSharma and #Stopinsulting_ProphetMuhammad hashtags are trending on Twitter in Saudi Arabia. #BoycottIndia is also trending in Arab countries on Twitter.

How did the chaos start?

The entire controversy started when BJP leader Nupur Sharma made inflammatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad during a TV debate on an Indian channel last week. Subsequently, protests against India started in Arab countries. The entire Muslim community was fuelled with anger after this statement, including Indian Muslims.

Indian Muslims also started blaming Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his BJP party for spreading propaganda against Muslims. Subsequently, BJP had issued a circular saying that this was Sharma’s personal statement and that BJP has nothing to do with it. BJP also removed Nupur Sharma from the party.

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Gulf countries angry with India

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries slammed India. The Grand Mufti of Oman also slammed India on Twitter. Some Arab leaders also demanded an action to end Islamophobia in the world. BJP again issued a circular saying that the party does not support such ideology or Islamophobia.

Saudi Arabia described Sharma’s comments as “insulting” and called for “respect for beliefs and religions.” However, Saudi Arabia welcomed the action taken by the BJP to suspend Sharma. She was suspended on Sunday as anger spread to the Arab countries.

India’s ambassador in Doha, Deepak Mittal, was handed an official protest letter, where Qatar demanded that India apologise for the “Islamophobic” comments.

The secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) also issued a statement condemning Sharma’s remarks. In Egypt, Al-Azhar Al-Sharif denounced the BJP official’s behaviour and called her a real terrorist.

In her defence, Sharma said on Twitter that her comments had been in response to “insults” made against the Hindu lord Shiva by Indian Muslims.

The entire controversy can affect India’s relationship with Arab countries. It can also affect India’s total bilateral trade with the Arab world.



Roshan Amiri is an advocate for the truth. He believes that it's important to speak out and fight for what's right, no matter what the cost. Amiri has dedicated his life to fighting for social justice and creating a better future for all.

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