'Hateful' billboard attacks Prophet Muhammad

Posted at 12:58 PM, Jun 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-07 12:58:55-04

INDIANAPOLIS (WRTV/CNN) - Muslim activists have been expressing outrage over a billboard they said attacks their religion.

The billboard can be seen on Interstate 465 in Indianapolis.

A spokesperson for the Muslim Alliance of Indiana said it is an attack against the Prophet Muhammed.

The billboard said plainly that he was a rapist who was a slave owner and dealer and beheaded 600 Jews in one day.

"I would actually like to know who did it, because I find it quite cowardly that they have not put their name on there," said Rima Shahid, who works with the Muslim Alliance of Indiana. "If you have something that you'd like to say, if you have a statement, endorse it. There's no name written on this."

Shahid said she would like to sit down and have a one-on-one conversation with whoever devised the billboard.

It is unclear exactly who paid for the billboard or how long it will remain up.

While those with the Muslim Alliance understand First Amendment rights, they believe this is one step beyond.

"Of course there is freedom of speech which we, of course, believe in," said one woman. "But I think that it's going to fuel bigotry because I think the message on it is very hateful. And I'm worried that that hateful message and that bigotry is going to then fuel possible hate crimes."

Congressman and Muslim Andre Carson wants to know more about the issue.

"Well I hope that the sign company and the managers of the sign company will come forward and delve more deeply into the source of this hateful sign," Carson said.

Meanwhile, the holy month of Ramadan is in full swing for those practicing Islam.

Those at the Islamic Society of North America have extended an invitation to the public to visit their mosque and learn more about Islam.

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