An article about the Prophet Muhammad in the English-language Wikipedia has become the subject of an online protest in the last few weeks because of its representations of Muhammad, taken from medieval manuscripts.In addition to numerous e-mail messages sent to Wikipedia.org, an online petition cites a prohibition in Islam on images of people.
The petition has more than 80,000 â€œsignatures,â€ though many who submitted them to ThePetitionSite.com, remained anonymous.
â€œWe have been noticing a lot more similar sounding, similar looking e-mails beginning mid-January,â€ said Jay Walsh, a spokesman for the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco, which administers the various online encyclopedias in more than 250 languages.
A Frequently Asked Questions page explains the siteâ€™s polite but firm refusal to remove the images: â€œSince Wikipedia is an encyclopedia with the goal of representing all topics from a neutral point of view, Wikipedia is not censored for the benefit of any particular group.â€
The notes left on the petition site come from all over the world. â€œItâ€™s totally unacceptable to print the Prophetâ€™s picture,â€ Saadia Bukhari from Pakistan wrote in a message. â€œIt shows insensitivity towards Muslim feelings and should be removed immediately.â€
And I wonder what the people of the above stated faith will think about this website in 328 days.