Hebdo cartoons again is seen as a sign of defiance, but it’s deliberately offensive to Muslims

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It is disgraceful to see Prophet Mohammad being used in such a derogatory way. The Charlie Hebdo attack was a tragedy, but these terrorists are not representative of Islam. Muslims should not be scapegoated into this category. Publishing the cartoons again is being paraded as a sign of defiance to terrorists but it is deliberately insulting and offensive.

Like others, we as Muslims respect freedom of speech, but not when it incites hatred. There are other ways to show solidarity and unity against the 2015 attack. As an imam, I am urging everyone to work together to counter this false narrative and not give rise to those that seek to exploit it. Extremists look to divide us, but we must not play into hateful rhetoric.

Imam Qari Asim
Islamophobia adviser to the UK government

University students in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu hold placards during a demonstration against satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo. PHOTO: REUTERS

8 replies

  1. That is really disrespectfull.
    These kind of acts should be stopped and not be promoted. May Allah almighty guide them to the right path. Aameen

  2. It’s not acceptable at all .The world need only peace and harmony at this time and these kinds of acts promote nothing but hate.

  3. It is necessary for people to understand that this is not right. It is very hurtful and does not provide any goodness or peace to the world.

  4. “… and you shall surely hear many hurtful things from those who were given the Book before you and from those who set up equals [to God]. But if you show fortitude and act righteously, that indeed is [a matter] of strong determination. (Surah Al-e-Imran, Ch.3: V.187)

  5. Hateful acts like this only seek to strengthen the “us versus them” mentality, but in an inaccurate way. We need to remember that the terrorists – and only them – are to be categorized as “them.” However, by engaging in racist acts against Islamic beliefs as a whole, every Muslim is labeled the enemy. If we as a society only focus on fortifying the divide amongst its people, we’re inadvertently doing part of the terrorists’ work for them.

    We must stand together against the common enemy of extremism and terrorism.

  6. If we want a peaceful and a comfortable atmosphere for our next generation where they can live with safe and secure feelings, then these hateful and hurtful acts must should be stopped .

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