We, Muslims strongly condemn Paris #CharlieHebdo terror attack. Such acts are barbaric & inhuman.
Terrorists behind Paris #CharlieHebdo attack have nothing to do with Islam nor can their actions ever be justified. However, condemning the Paris attack doesn’t mean that i agree with the works of Hebdo.
As a Muslim, I strongly denounce such violence and bloodshed in the name of my faith. The question is, as an American (or British, or French…): do you as well denounce the violence that your country have wrought across the globe?
What Muslim Scholars Say About Paris Attack.
Innocent people were killed including a Muslim cop, the cartoons you supposedly hated are now published in millions of papers, Islamophobia is now even more widely accepted, Dawah efforts set back immensely, a #KillAllMuslims hashtag, Mosques being attacked in France and elsewhere, hate crimes against innocent Muslims and even “Muslim looking” people, and of course this was all conveniently as France was debating recognizing an independent Palestine. And you extremists are proud of these actions? Good luck facing your Lord with all of the above on the Day of Judgment.
On one hand, I have never insulted anyones religion, prophet, or holy book nor do I approve of others doing so. I do not believe free speech should be used as a cover to insult the most beloved human being to me that’s ever lived or any prophet or holy figure. I do not approve of the vile racist cartoons drawn by Charlie Hedbo or any magazine (See: http://avantblargh.tumblr.com/post/107422672105). And if that means I’m not a “moderate Muslim” according to the bigot Bill Maher, then so be it.
On the other hand, I believe in principle and value life. I do not sanction vigilantes murdering people indiscriminately. I believe in responding to these evil insults against my Prophet (peace be upon him) with education and mercy. I have seen Arnoud Van Doorn change his life and say “I am sorry oh Prophet of God” and that is far more beloved to me than if someone would’ve murdered him 2 years ago.
I am not Charlie, nor am I a terrorist. I am a follower of the man who was sent as a mercy to the worlds.
We have so many people who are so full of anger and hatred, towards the rest of humanity, towards their fellow Muslims, towards students of knowledge and scholars and activists, that it appears they have wiped out their basic humanity and mercy.
We have uneducated, self-taught followers who believe they are so qualified to give religious verdicts that they can make someone else’s life permissible, without ever actually having studied with a single scholar. Googling fatwas and quoting random incidents from the Seerah is enough these days to become a faqih.
We have opened up the doors of ‘takfir’ (excommunicating other Muslims): something that even the greatest of scholars would rarely use against their most heretical opponents is now being tossed around like candy against anyone who disagrees with your position.
We have obliterated the concept of husn al-dhann (thinking the best of others), and filled ourselves with unbelievable arrogance.
We have made our religion about smearing others, hating others, killing others…. and in the process forgotten that our primary job is the worship of Allah and the embodiment of the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah, so that others love us for our good, not fear us for our evils.
We have opened up the doors of hypocrisy, blaming ‘them’ for all of our woes, whereas the fact of the matter is that the harm we cause our religion is far worse than anything they can do or have ever done.
And in all of this, we have lost so many of the core essentials of Islam: mercy, compassion, knowledge, patience, good manners, forbearance….and the list goes on and on.
So, as was completely predictable, the reaction to these shootings in Paris (which I clearly condemned) has been to re-print the said offensive cartoons over and over and over again. Thousands of newspapers, both in print and online, have shown those offensive cartoons to millions of people (whereas before, hardly a few thousand would have seen them).
Additionally, some cartoonists have now said that they would draw more and more offensive images as a result of this incident, in the name of ‘protecting free speech’ (one even claimed she would dedicate a cartoon a day for the next year to lampoon Islam and its prophet).
The newspaper in question, Charlie Hebdo, which had a circulation of around fifty thousand, will reprint its next edition, full of offensive images, in over a million copies, and it is pretty obvious that they will sell out.
(And as for the repercussions around the globe towards and against Muslims…that is a whole different topic).
Firstly, to the sympathizers of this attack: do you see what has come out of this violence? What good has it done anyone? What do you want to do next…continue killing people, and more people, so that they continue to get angrier and angrier at us?!
Secondly, to the rest of us: Can you imagine if a racist cartoon, or an anti-Semitic cartoon, caused some physical attack, that news agencies around the globe would reprint those cartoons?!
Somehow, when it comes to offensive images against Muslims, it becomes necessary to display those images continuously in order to make a point: “You had better allow us to say and do whatever we will, without the least care and concern of decency and morals!”
Again, this is NOT to justify these brutal attacks, but it is to point out the double standards that do seem to exist when it comes to mocking Islam. It will come as absolutely no surprise to us to find out that a satirist in the EXACT SAME newspaper was fired, and then put on trial, for an anti-Semitic article that he had written (See: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/4351672/French-cartoonist-Sine-on-trial-on-charges-of-anti-Semitism-over-Sarkozy-jibe.html). And previously, I had quoted a story of a similar nature regarding the Danish cartoon controversy: the same newspaper had refused to print cartoons mocking the Holocaust.
There is no doubt that killing these cartoonists is not allowed (firstly, the entire issue of blasphemy laws and its application in the modern world of nation-states is being discussed by leading scholars, and there are multiple views on this; secondly, all those who quote incidents from the Seerah: I reiterate, it is impermissible for a person to take the ‘law’ into his own hands and be judge, jury and executioner even in an Islamic land – how much more so when Muslim minorities are living in a land that is not ruled by their laws).
At the same time, it is also idiotic to continue provoking a group of people who have a long list of their own internal and external political and social grievances that stretch back for many decades (here I mean the N. African Muslim population of France), and then expect that nothing will happen.
As usual, we are stuck between a rock and a hard stone. On the one hand, we have the excesses of our own internal angry followers, who always justify every violence because of what ‘they’ have done, and on the other hand we have the arrogance, intransigence and hypocrisy of segments of the Western world, who cannot see that they as well have a huge part to play in the rising tide of anger and violence.
Charlie Hebdo: NO! NO! NO!
Contrary to what was apparently said by the killers in the bombing of Charlie Hebdo’s headquarters, it is not the Prophet who was avenged, it is our religion, our values and Islamic principles that have been betrayed and tainted. My condemnation is absolute and my anger is profound (healthy and a thousand times justified) against this horror!!!
Allow me to express my deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims.
– DR. TARIQ RAMADAN
Indeed, condemnation is not sufficient. Muslims, before anybody else, should take swift and practical action because the danger threatening Europe is a threat for Muslims too. Muslims are part and parcel of the European society; they have a role to play in protecting it and in promoting social peace in it.
It is not a valid excuse that this magazine published anti-Prophet cartoons. Insults were directed to the Prophet during his life and after his death; the Qur’an related such defamations and they will never stop. So, the appropriate response is through thought, art and opinion not murder or terror.
I hope that politicians and media will not use this incident to make wrong generalizations against Muslims. The overwhelming majority of Europe Muslims reject such wicked deeds; they did contribute to the building Europe’s civilization.
I call on Muslims to stage demonstrations that denounce this aggression. I urge Muslim Imams and leaders to take all the necessary actions to denounce the incident, to reassure the Europe community, to actively participate in protecting Europe media institutions against any threat and to denounce extremism and terror.
– DR. KHALID HANAFY
Other views on Paris attack:
1. “Attacks in Paris. A horrific act and media has gone wild again to blame ‘Muslim terrorist’. Just out a few days ago, but not on the news!…. Israeli govt plans to withold at least $127 million in funds from the Palestinian authorities.
Last month EU votes to recognize Palestine as a state and France set off a stampede when its lower house voted to recognize Palestine. Now Palestine is in the International Criminal Court, poised to take down Israel for genocide.
Suddenly “Islamic terror strikes France.” Is Paris being punished for its pro-Palestine vote?
In late 2013, Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Tribunal found Israel guilty of genocide. A few months later, Malaysian planes started falling out of the sky.
In 2011, Norway’s Labor Party’s youth wing was poised to impose a complete blockade on Israel. Suddenly the entire leadership of the Party’s youth wing was slaughtered in a professional operation falsely attributed to a lone nut, Anders Breivik
Just after demonstrations in Germany protesting about the spread of Islam this Paris terror attack occurs. How convenient and perfect timing for the anti Islam lobby to now use this to support their views.
Other points….. The gunman left his ID card in the getaway card they used!!!! ( Daily Telegraph UK ) huhhh!.
Just like Mohd Atta, who left his passport in perfect non burnt condition in the blazing WTC. After all the preparation and planning these gunmen would oppose!, left their ID in the car….. for the authorities to find!.. Hmm!…
Watch the video below, the policeman gets shot in head but…. No blood!, even after 10 seconds at the end of the video???, and why no traffic during the day on a busy central Paris road?… and how did they get a camera well placed beforehand to film the attack?.
Killed with military precision.
Dressed in military style.
Killed from a target list.
Got away clean.
When they insult our prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)…
When They Abuse Your RasoolAllah (SallAllahu Alaihe wa Aalihi Wassalam ) , here is what should you do…(MUST WATCH)
It’s a game, that they play
They insulted him when they didn’t know him.
They became his followers when they truly knew him.
It’s a game
It’s a game
It’s a game
They’re always going to play