Don't use phrase 'all but God's messenger': scholars

Scholars reacting to recent protests in Pakistan and other countries. (Supplied)

Muslim protesters carrying placards saying “all but God’s messenger” during demonstrations against Western media’s insult of Islam should stop doing so because the phrase is wrong, according to Saudi scholars.

The scholars were reacting to recent protests in Pakistan and other countries in response to the publication of fresh anti-Islam images by a French magazine.

“We know that those who write these words mean that the Prophet (PBUH) is a red line and should not be offended in any way, but if we take a closer look at this phrase we find that it could mean that ‘you can insult anyone except the Prophet (PBUH). Of course, this is not right,” Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al Barrak said on a Saudi Islamic website, according to the Arabic language daily ‘Sabq’.

Another scholar, Sheikh Abdul Mohsen Al Abbad agreed saying: “There is no doubt that insulting God the Almighty is more serious than insulting the Prophet (PBUH). This means that the phrase is not right and should not be used anymore.”

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