Charlie Hebdo or Blasphemy Laws: Fallacy of False Dilemma?

Epigraphs:

Allah likes not the uttering of unseemly speech in public, except on the part of one who is being wronged. Indeed, Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.  (Al Quran 4:149)

Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them in a way that is best. Surely, thy Lord knows best who has strayed from His way; and He knows those who are rightly guided.    (Al Quran 16:126)

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Blasphemy for one is free speech for the other: The articles below present a cumulative case against the Fallacy of False Dilemma? In our global village and social media, we have countless choices in the middle

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Prophet Muhammad’s Example Is the Key to Stopping Terrorism

Qasim Rashid, Lawyer, Speaker, Best-Selling Author of “EXTREMIST” Source: The Huffington Post It is imperative humanity remains united against all forms of extremism with education, compassion, and justice. Prophet Muhammad’s example…

Pope Francis On #CharlieHebdo: ‘You Cannot Insult The Faith Of Others’

Pope Francis called on Muslim leaders in particular to speak out against Islamic extremism ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of…

Just because you can ridicule Prophet Muhammad doesn’t mean you should

Source: The Baltimore Sun By Faheem Younus After 36 straight hours of managing sick patients, I was beat. “Last patient,” I said to myself before examining a frail lady in…

Charlie Hebdo and France’s Irreligious Tradition

Source: The American Interest By Kenneth R. Weinstein Public irreligion in France, from the 16th century to Charlie Hebdo. Charlie Hebdo has suddenly become the best-known example of a venerable French…

No, I am not Charlie …

Publication in TMT is courtesy of Munir Varaich Dear Charlie, It was a pleasant surprise to receive a message from you after ages. However, I was disappointed that there were…

Paris massacre: No, the Quran Does Not Punish Blasphemy

Source: The Daily Star, Lebanon No, the Quran Does Not Punish Blasphemy   By Fareed Zakaria Jan. 12, 2015 As they went on their rampage, the men who murdered 12…

As a Muslim, I’m Fed Up With the Hypocrisy of the Free Speech Fundamentalists

Source: Huffingtonpost.co.uk By Mehdi Hasan Political director of The Huffington Post UK Dear liberal pundit, You and I didn’t like George W Bush. Remember his puerile declaration after 9/11 that “either you…

Slandering one is a crime, slandering millions is ‘free speech,’ go figure

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times Free speech is like food, we need it badly.  If there is too little of food, we…

Laughing in the face of danger: the state of Satire in the Muslim world

Source: The Guardian.com Cartoons depicting Muhammad are unthinkable in Muslim countries. But there are plenty of homegrown satirists poking fun at reactionaries, autocrats and jihadis. Our writers in Egypt, Turkey,…

United States free speech exceptions

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Exceptions to free speech in the United States are limitations on the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech and expression as recognized by the United…

Defiant Charlie Hebdo publishes prophet cartoon on first post-attack issue

Source:france24.com The French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo will publish a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed along with the words “All is forgiven” Wednesday on the cover of its first issue…

Freedom of Speech, Not Freedom From Consequences

Source: New York Times By Yousef Munayyer is a Palestinian-American writer and analyst. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from its consequences. The ideal of freedom of speech is…

London Imam Anjem Choudary Makes a Fool of Himself on US Television

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com “You’re saying you do not believe in freedom of speech, you don’t believe in freedom of expression, you believe in Islamic fascism, that people…

Don’t worry about cartoons, watch and share the best movie about the Prophet Muhammad, the Message

Epigraph: The hypocrites say, “If we return to Medina, the one most honorable will surely drive out therefrom the one most ‘mean’ (Muhammad);” while true honor belongs to Allah and to…

Will Charlie Hebdo Satirize the Holocaust to Defend Freedom of Expression?

Written for The Muslim Times by Dr. Abdul Alim Probably not! because they could be jailed for a year in France for that offense. In fact Charlie Hebdo fired one…

Islam backs free speech: Column

Islam stands on its own merits, not by the guns and steel of extremists. Source: USA Today By Qasim Rashid (Photo: Evert Elzinga, AFP/Getty Images) Free speech is a fundamental Islamic…

Getting Real About Blasphemy and Free Speech

Source: Huffington Post By Dr. Faheem Younus, Muslim, professor, doctor and philanthropist On January 7, gunmen did not just commit the heinous murder of 12 people at theCharlie Hebdo office in Paris;…

Blasphemy in Islam: The Quran does not prescribe punishment for abusing the Prophet

Source: Times of India By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Oct 2, 2012, 12.00 AM IST In Islam, blasphemy is a subject of intellectual discussion rather than a subject of physical…

Fareed Zakaria: Blasphemy and the law of fanatics

Washington Post: As they went on their rampage, the men who killed 12 people in Paris this week yelled that they had “avenged the prophet.” They follow in the path…

The Blasphemy We Need

Source: New York Times By Ross Douthat In the wake of the vicious murders at the offices of the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo today, let me offer three tentative…

How the Prophet Muhammad Dealt with Insults – Muslims who respond to the likes of “Charlie Hebdo” with violence need to consult the Qu’ran

By Harris Zafar Wednesday’s brazen attack in the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo has left many people the world over shocked, saddened, and even infuriated. As the smoke cleared…

Eleven Christians Including A Pastor Accused Of Blasphemy In Islamabad

Christiansinpakistan.com: According to details, eleven Christians all resident of the Capital. These eleven include a pastor who have been allegedly accused of committing blasphemy by a women namely Naseem Bibi.…

Know Your Internet Etiquettes: Internet trolls face up to two years in jail under new laws in UK

In Internet slang, a troll (/’tro?l/, /’tr?l/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people,[1] by posting inflammatory,[2] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room,…

Ireland set to call referendum on blasphemy laws

Source: The Guardian By Henry McDonald in Dublin Tuesday 30 September 2014 Atheists and secular campaigners have welcomed the Irish government’s decision to hold a referendum that may abolish Ireland’s blasphemy laws.…

Freedom of Speech: A Core Islamic Value!

Epigraph: And if you are in doubt as to what We (Allah) have sent down to Our servant (Muhammad), then produce a Chapter like it, and call upon your helpers…

Book Review: Demystifying Islam: Tackling the Tough Questions

Epigraph: And He has already revealed to you in the Book that, when you hear the Signs of Allah being denied and mocked at, sit not with them until they…

Examining Both Sides: Freedom of Speech and Its Limitations?

Epigraphs: And if you are in doubt as to what We have sent down to Our servant (Muhammad), then produce a Chapter like it, and call upon your helpers beside…

Shariah and Freedom of Speech and Expression

Source: Muslim Sunrise, Winter 2013 Volume Author : Atif Mir Introduction The phrase free speech is a deceptive one. It implies that speech is always free but it is not…

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