Prophet Mohammad might be laughing at human stupidity. Charlie Hebdo challenged the attackers in last week’s bloodbath by putting a cartoon of a weeping Prophet Mohammad on its next cover, as the government on Monday announced the deployment of 10,000 soldiers to boost security. The no-holds-barred publication released the front page of what is called the “survivors’ issue”, due out on Wednesday, featuring Mohammad in a white turban and holding a sign that reads “Je Suis Charlie” under the words: “All is forgiven.”
I’m just asking, why to provoke other’s beliefs? I’m not justifying what has happened last week, but provocation is also not right either. Problems are not with the religions; but problems are in people and their lack of respect for others’. I wonder, why Muslims started believing that the Prophet Mohammad looks like the cartoon on #CharlieHebdo? Have you ever seen him? The western powers will never allow Islam to get reformed. The biggest threat to Christianity will come from moderate, reformed, peace loving Islam rather than the present form. So, western countries will try their best to keep engaging them in the present format. First, they wiped out Red Indians then Jews and now they are targeting Muslims.
Charlie Hebdo has fired its own journalists for hurting Jewish sentiments. Many European countries have anti-Semitism law. I think, if they are tolerant and lovers of freedom of speech, then why they have those laws. Nowadays, freedom and liberty are used to express Islamophobia in different ways. And this is nothing new. Many have written on French Revolution that it was more a product of jealousy and envy of others than to establish liberty, equality and fraternity. And that was reflected after the revolution. French have a history of using high sounding principles to vent and express their primal instinct of hate and violence against others. The situation seems to take complex levels of vengeance and vendetta into a new level. Let us hope that saner sense would soon prevail, so that the human mind wins over emotions and becomes more concerned with the day to day problems. Billions of people are poor and do not have even one-hundredth the earning capacities of the richer class. Still, religion is dearer to every human being.
Charlie Hebdo made fun of everyone but never touched Jews or their own God. They never touched the issue related to Synagogues, Shuls, Temples or Yahweh? If they can make fun of every religion then why can’t Jews? There are lots of topics to talk, but still Charlie Hebdo somewhere gone biased and cannot represent freedom of speech in my views.
In India, some personages are encouraging freedom of expression with a red line. However, our constitution has not put any red line as far as freedom of expression is concerned. The killing of the cartoonists is a terrible crime, and response to it is also wrong. I personally don’t find anything wrong in cartoons of Mohammad or any other Prophet. However, many do get offended, and every action calls for a reaction. We should learn to look at ourselves and our beliefs. If the purpose of such a cartoon were only to entertain, it would be fine. However, it seems that the aim of this publication is to insult all Muslims: that’s not fair. There should be a limit on the freedom of expression. While practicing this freedom, one should not ignore and hurt the religious sentiments of others. It is really a sin and a crime. No law or religion has permitted to insult others’.
Nobody has the right to attack or insult the religion of others in the name of freedom of expression. This can be done by the miscreants and ill minded persons only. Some misguided people are acting irresponsibly in the name of freedom of expression and creating destructive air, which is certainly not good at all.
Muslims need to understand that Prophet Mohammad cannot be imagined by the non-believer. Mohammad started preaching, proclaiming that “God is one and he was a prophet and messenger of God, similar to other Islamic prophets. They are supreme powers and different sects believe in different prophets. No one really insults them and whosoever are doing so are not to be considered as their devotee. Critic has his own vision to look at them and followers have their own way of seeing it. We human need lots of tolerance and understanding towards our beliefs. Hate breeds hate, somewhere this has to be stopped.