Two armed suspects and one police officer have been shot on Monday in a parking lot outside an exhibition center in Texas, where a “Draw Muhammad” contest had been held, featured Dutch politician Geert Wilders.
Police said the two suspects who may have had explosives were shot dead outside the the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas and they were still examining a suspicious vehicle.
The contest, described as a “free speech” event, offered a $12.500 top prize for the “best drawing” of Prophet Muhammad, and featured by Greert Wilders, who is known for his anti-Muslim views.
The event was heavily protected with up to 40 extra officers assigned at a cost of $10.000 to the organizers due to the danger of possible violent reaction to the depiction of Prophet Muhammad which is very offensive in Islam religion.
According to Islam, the Prophet Muhammad is not God but just a man, and depicting him can cause people to idolize a human being in lieu of Allah. Offences and insults to his memory are seen as an offence against God and the religion itself.
These two factors - that within Islam it is considered idolatrous to depict the Prophet, and it is forbidden to insult him - help to explain the strong reaction from the Muslim community against offensive images of him