Protesters march in Canton against anti-Islam film
Concern over an anti-Islam film that sparked protests around the world continues to build in metro Detroit with hundreds attending four rallies held this month -- and more expected to show up for a future protest in October.
The latest protest was Saturday night, with about 300 metro Detroit Muslims rallying in Canton against the film, "Innocence of Muslims," which denigrates the prophet Muhammad. Observant Muslims regard Muhammad as a perfect role model; any depiction of him, especially one that is negative, is forbidden in Islam.
"We love our religion," said Faisal Saeed, 43, of Canton, who helped organize Saturday's event. "And we want everyone to respect our religion."
The protesters gathered at Canton's public library, then walked on Canton Center Road carrying signs that said "My prophet is my honor" and "We love our prophet." Some cars honked in support. The group then walked to nearby Heritage Park where Sheikh Ali Suleman Ali, the religious leader of Muslim Community of Western Suburbs, a mosque in Canton, spoke against the film, saying it "defames our beloved prophet."
He and others also condemned the violence from some Muslims around the world in reaction to the film. Some protests in foreign countries led to injuries and deaths.
"This film is wrong," said Aisha Rehman, 19, of Canton. But "we should be protesting peacefully. I want to show other Muslims, this is the way we should show our disapproval." (continue reading...)