Charlie-Hebdo: Crossing the Red Line
ACADEMIC FORUM OF THE ISLAMIC MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA (AFIMN)
We seek refuge with Allah from the cursed Shaitan
The French satirical magazine, Charlie-Hebdo, published three (3)
million copies of their absurdity yet again, just a week after some
gunmen murdered eight journalists at the magazine and four others at
another location in France. This new issue further injured the
personality of our Holy Prophet (S) as was previously done by the
paper. This perfidious bunkum indeed crossed the red line. An absurd
response to a glitch and extremism in stupidity carried too far in the
name of free speech.
Undoubtedly, Charlie Hebdo is expecting some equally illogical
reactions from the Muslim community Worldwide, which would then be
used against us as has been done countless times before. We refuse to
fall cheaply to this ill-conceived blackmail. As students and lovers
of intellectualism from the school of the Holy Prophet (S), we will
never play to the gallery. History should have taught you what the
consequences of your treacherous plots are.
The publication and indeed the whole stage show was clearly an act of
provocation planned to coincide with the birth month of the Holy
Prophet (S), when Muslims and even non-Muslims alike come out to
demonstrate love to the Holy Prophet (S). Unfortunately for the
publishers, sponsors and supporters of Charlie Hebdo, their
blasphemous treachery will only increase the numbers of lovers of the
Holy Prophet (S) in geometric proportions.
For us and the many more that would consequently get to know the Holy
Prophet (S) following your farcicality, Muhammad (S) is an important
personality, beloved by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. This is so
because he came and met the World in darkness and he gave it light; he
met ignorance and hopelessness, but left knowledge and hope; he saw
barbarism and savagery, and he gave peace, direction, love and
compassion. Muhammad (S) saw disrespect and killing of children and
women, but he set them free and gave those rights and privileges; he
met people without faith in True God, he changed their situation by
giving them a religion that has withstood centuries of conspiracy and
sabotage, based on the belief in one true God. He is an epitome of
spirituality and morality. No amount of irresponsible cartoons would
change all these and more.
We completely condemn this ridiculous disrespect to the person of
Muhammad (S). We consider this insult as a gross act of provocation,
in the name of journalism and free speech.
We pray that Allah, who is the best protector of the personality of
the Holy Prophet (S), punish the publishers and the promoters of those
who make fun of the Prophet (S). May the wrath of Allah be on the
cartoonists and all those who feel pleased with what they contrived to
insult, provoke and deride our faith and its symbols.
Finally, we renew our faith in Islam and the love of Muhammad (S),
the embodiment of the highest moral standard. We are ever ready to
sacrifice our souls in his defense.