A Jordanian court will try Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard over a controversial caricature of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. Zakarya Sheikh, spokesman for a group of local media outlets that sued Westergaard in 2008 for depicting Mohammed with a bomb in his turban, said the artist and others have been summoned by a magistrates' court in Amman to stand trial on April 25. The subpoena states Westergaard "is accused of the crime of blasphemy." "These legal measures seek to prevent attempts to insult Islam and incite racial hatred against Muslims worldwide, particularly in Europe," Sheikh said.
Just below is the modern depiction of the Muslim prophet Muhammad by of one of Islam's most important contemporary "spiritual" leaders, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, for whom the (Orwellian-monikered) "Qaradawi Center for Islamic Moderation" in Qatar was named. Hailed by Muslims and non-Muslims alike for his "progressive modernism," Qaradawi delivered this sermon, "The Prophet Muhammad as a Jihad Model" whose words (and many more like them across the length and breadth of Islamdom) inspired Westergaard's apt cartoon image of the turban-bomb Muhammad:
Allah has also made the prophet Muhammad into an epitome for religious warriors [Mujahideen] since he ordered Muhammed to fight for religion... the first assignment is to prepare the hero who is willing to put his life in his own hands for Allah's sake, and he who does not care whether he encounters death or death encounters him...He [i.e., a self-immolating bomber] kills the enemy while taking self-risk, similarly to what Muslims did in the past... He wants to scare his enemies, and the religious authorities have permitted this. They said that if he causes the enemy both sorrow and fear of Muslims... he is permitted to risk himself and even get killed.