Muslim leaders, Republican Senator Todd, condemn miscreants behind the billboard; call them ‘cowards’ for staying anonymousMuslims in Indianapolis were shocked by a billboard insulting Prophet Muhammad , the newest incident in a recent spike of anti-Islamic attacks in the U.S. The billboard has “The Perfect Man” written on it, indicating the Prophet as that is how he is referred to in Islam, followed by a list of six points:
- Married six-year-old
- Slave owner and dealer
- Beheaded 600 Jews in one day
- 13 wives, 11 at one time
- Tortured & killed unbelievers
Muslim leaders of the area came out heavily against the billboard insulting their holiest leader in a public place. Rima Shahid, executive director of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana, said she was horrified, outraged and saddened by the billboard. She hoped to find out who was behind setting up the board. “It seems very cowardly to me. If you have some kind of stance, you should want to stand up next to your statement. I didn’t think there was any room for hate in our city. This billboard tells me otherwise,” she added. Shahid also said she hoped people would read the points and try to learn the truth, thereby discovering the reality of Islam, which is different from what is generally portrayed.
Muslim leaders of Indianapolis challenged them to come forward and face them directly. Shahid believes that the lack of a name of any organization or group indicates the billboard is privately owned. She was very upset about the billboard especially because she says until now there has been almost no instance of anti-Muslim crime in Indianapolis. She believes the lack of sound knowledge of Islam, and the lack of actually knowing a Muslim is the prime factor behind anti-Islamic feelings.
Although it is known a Virginia-based outdoor advertising agency had set up the billboard, it is still unknown who actually funded it. The firm itself has not given any names, choosing instead to refer to them as “patriotic Americans.”
Republican Senator Todd Young too has condemned the billboard, calling it “disturbing and divisive,” adding “Displays like this incite and offend rather than educate.”
Who is this billboard talking about? Who is the "perfect man"? There's no designation, religion, race or personality there?
— Akan C. E (@akaneb) June 8, 2017