The head of a Danish Muslim organization says that the Koran does not forbid depicting the prophet Muhammad and even if it did the ban should only apply to Muslims themselves.

The head of the Danish Islamic Center says that a "misunderstanding" is behind the belief that Islam forbids the depiction of the prophet Muhammad.

"Nowhere in the Koran does it say that one cannot portray the prophet Muhammad. The prophet has always been drawn in both Western and Muslim literature throughout the centuries," Fatih Alev told public broadcaster DR.

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