MTN Irancell Accused of Insulting Umar Ibn Al Khattab
MTN Irancell, the second largest mobile operator of Islamic Republic, has been accused of insulting the Muslim Caliph Umar Ibn Al Khattab. At this time 90% of Iranians are Shia mainly disliking Umar, who had extremist position against Shia community during his administration.
“Religious leaders, Ayatollah, Moftis and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have repeatedly urged Muslims to respect each other regardless of what sect they are following. At the same time, MTN Irancell has insulted the second caliph of Muslims, Umar Ibn Al Khattab, in an SMS contest.” Mohammad Ghasim Osmani, a member of the Majlis planning and budgetary commission, said on Monday.
“Iranian Sunnis condemn this movement, and I kindly ask Iranian officials to reprimand MTN Irancell for pursuing anti-Sunni policies. Unfortunately, these types of actions are against Islamic guidelines and nobody approves them.” Mohammad Ghasim Osmani declared. The Member of Parliament also asked Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani to monitor this case closely.
“As MTN Irancell has violated Islamic Republic of Iran’s Constitution, the IT Ministry and Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance are responsible for reviewing this movement immediately.” Ghasim Osmani concluded.
On Monday, Irancell published a statement offering its sincere apologizes for the blatant blunder. The managers of MTN Irancell promised that company will increase its measure of control over SMS contest being held between subscribers.
Currently, Irancell serves 40 million subscribers inside the country. The network is 49% owned by the South Africa-based MTN Group.
Umar was one of the most powerful and influential Muslim caliphs in history. He was a companion of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. He succeeded Caliph Abu Bakr (632–634) as the second Caliph of Rashidun Caliphate on 23 August 634.