"'My client Mr Tanveer Ahmed has specifically instructed me that today, 6 April 2016, to issue this statement to the press, the statement is in the words of my client.
'This all happened for one reason and no other issues and no other intentions.
'Asad Shah disrespected the messenger of Islam the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Mr Shah claimed to be a prophet.
'When 1400 years ago the Prophet of Islam Muhammad peace be upon him has clearly said that "I am the final messenger of Allah there is no more prophets or messengers from God Allah after me.
'I am leaving you the final Quran. There is no changes. It is the final book of Allah and this is the final completion of Islam."
'There is no more changes to it and no one has the right to claim to be a prophet or to change the Quran or change Islam.
'It is mentioned in the Quran that there is no doubt in this book no one has the right to disrespect the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him and no one has the right to disrespect the Prophet of Islam Muhammad Peace be upon him.
'If I had not done this others would and there would have been more killing and violence in the world.
'I wish to make it clear that the incident was nothing at all to do with Christianity or any other religious beliefs even although I am a follower of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him I also love and respect Jesus Christ.' "
The Daily Mail has published this on its website, the article being not open to comments. It does not take much imagination to predict the kind of comments that would be made, and what most people are thinking about the incident. The question that is beginning to arise is this. Since this holy and unchangeable book has the power to incite people to this kind of action, should even be allowed to distribute it and preach from its texts? You cannot ban the text of a whole religion. Or can you?
There is also the issue that people with beliefs like these are a danger to the public. The situation is not so different from the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, who heard voices from God telling him to kill prostitutes. If they were suffering from a mental illness, they would be detained under the mental health legislation. When there are thousands of people with these delusional beliefs at large, what is to be done?
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