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Jamiatul Ulama KZN Press Statement

Porno-Like Artwork more an Expression of a Perverted Mentality.

“Most certainly, We have honoured the Children of Adam (the human race)…” (Quran-17;70)

The Messenger of God, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) wisely advised: “Treat people according to their rank, be they good or bad, and observe courteous behaviour in keeping with noble manners”. (Jaamiul Ahaadeeth)

The Jamiatul Ulama KZN (Council of Muslim Theologians KZN) condemns in the strongest possible terms the despicable manner in which a recent artwork has been used to humiliate the leadership of our country. Surely, humiliating the South African President by South Africans themselves impacts on our dignity and honour in front of other nations of the world. Every right has to be justly balanced with due responsibility.

The current controversy related to the so called ‘artwork’ depicting the President of South Africa with his genitals hanging out is a sad, but real reflection of the level to which ‘modern society’ has stooped. Respect for family values are constantly being eroded in today’s society by those who have largely lost their own humanity. The quality of modesty and shame is now a rare and scarce commodity.

If exposing the genitals of the leader of a country in artwork is considered to be an inviolable right of freedom of expression, then by extension it would mean that such a right would not be restricted even if it involved depicting one’s own parents in such a crude manner. How many people of sound mind and morals would accept their parents to be thus humiliated as an inviolable right?

Even if one does not approve of a leader or agree with his approach, yet resorting to such puerile behaviour is surely an act of a perversion. This type of artwork is more an expression of a lack of respect for ourselves by our disregard for common human decency.

It is no wonder that our Creator, The Almighty when rebuking the behaviour of man, states:

“They are like cattle, nay even more astray; Those! They are the heedless ones.” (Quran-7; 179)

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