Islam scholar: Club anthem which mentions Muhammad not offensive

August 6, 2009 16:40


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A scholar of Islam asked by Schalke to assess a club anthem that mentions the Prophet Muhammad has concluded that the decades-old song is not insulting. The Bundesliga club commissioned the study by Bulent Ucar, a professor at the University of Osnabrueck, following complaints by Muslims angered by what they saw as lampooning of the prophet in a verse of the anthem, whose current wording dates back to the 1960s. The verse - which also caused short-lived protests in 1997 - says the prophet knew nothing about football but picked the colors blue and white, the Schalke colors. In his report, posted on Schalke's Web site Thursday, Ucar said that "the assertion is objectively correct, because there simply was no football in the 7th century," when the prophet lived.

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