Muslim Scholars on Charlie Hebdo

“Our Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was verbally abused and physically harassed multiple times in Makkah. Never ONCE did any of the Companions go and murder those who did such deeds. And even for those who believe that the penalty for blasphemy should be death: by unanimous consensus of ALL the scholars of Islam, this must take place after a legitimate trial, by a qualified judge, appointed by a legitimate Islamic state. Under NO circumstances does Islam allow vigilante justice, for to open this door leads to chaos, confusion and bloodshed.”

~Shaykh Yasir Qadhi


“What is more insulting to the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) than satirical cartoons are those who murder innocent people in his name.”

“‘And We have sent you not (Oh Muhammad) but as a mercy to all the worlds’ [Quran 21:107].  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.”

~Shaykh Omar Suleiman

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“It is indeed the harshness and obstinacy of some overly zealous Muslims, combined with the absence of mercy in their hearts, which is driving people out of Islam and deterring others from considering or even respecting it. They are conducting themselves based upon some misguided adherence to their understanding of Islam. They are uncertain in themselves, and so they feel threatened by anyone who might differ with them; through fanaticism, they attempt to protect themselves from doubt but result in only obscuring their view. Fanatics are blinded by the light of God as opposed to guided by it. The Prophet, God’s peace and blessings be upon him, warned of these people when he said, ‘Perish they who go to extremes.’ We should try our utmost not to be one of them”

~Shaykh Hamza Yusuf


“Someone might ask, ‘They kill and attack innocent Muslims, so why can’t we retaliate the same way?’ The answer is because we’re Muslims. We have been given the gift of the Quran and the Sunnah and that comes with responsibility. We don’t get to respond to ignorance with ignorance. We must rise above. We have to set the standard. We have to raise the bar of what people expect of us and themselves.”

~Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda


“What happened in ‪#‎France at ‪#‎CharlieHebdo was Barbaric, criminal, sinful, Haram, murder, inhumane, disgusting, disturbing, unconscionable & a perversion of the teachings of the ‪#‎Quran & ‪#‎Islam ‪#‎NOTinMYName

~Shaykh Yahya Ibrahim


#CharlieHebdo might have tried to mock the Prophet, but the killers have mocked the entire religion of Islam.”

Br. Amad Shaikh


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Summary: The ‘freedom of speech is sacred’ narrative only applies to speech against Islam/Muslims.

Summary: It isn’t always what it appears to be.

Summary: Tweeting #IamCharlie doesn’t solve anything.

Summary: Know your enemies and the hypocrites among you.

Summary: It is almost never religion, but other factors that motivate extremism.

Summary: Setting up this narrative is not only unhelpful, but also dangerous.

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4 responses to “Muslim Scholars on Charlie Hebdo”

  1. Avatar O H says:

    “Our Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was verbally abused and physically harassed multiple times in Mecca. Never ONCE did any of the Companions go and murder those who did such deeds.

    This is a misleading statement trying to distract from the main ruling & comprehensive nature of this issue. Since when were rulings restricted to what happened or did not happen in Makkah. In that case why don’t the Muslims pay Zakah the way it was done before the Medinan period (various different Zakah legislations were introduced in Madina). Similarly why don’t we follow the ruling regarding alcoholic/intoxicating drinks which was in place in Makkah. I urge any sincere truth seeker to read the Seerah of the Prophet (peace be upon him) & not to make spurious claims regarding what happened during his lifetime & the actions/attitude of the sahabas.

    By the way I am not condoning or condemning the Paris incident & its context but what I condemn is the misleading statements by shuyookh on this issue which can be mis-interpreted by the masses due to the clever wording & semantics involved in the statements. It’s clearly hiding many facts & incidents which happened in Madina. The comment on vigilante justice by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi is a red herring in this context of insulting the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) & the bold claim of consensus being mentioned has to be investigated

    Please read up on the fates of Ka’ab bin Ashraf, Abu Rafi, Ibn Khatal from the Seerah of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and don’t just blindly listen to youtube shaykhs & daees. By the way the names mentioned in this article are of shuyookh who would not be known as scholars in the traditional Islamic sense so that is misleading as well, with all due respect.

    Read Ibn Taymiyyah’s al-Saarim al-Maslool ‘ala Shaatim al-Rasool for a comprehensive understanding of this issue with evidences, not soundbites.

    Also read Safiur Rahman Mubarakpuri’s famous Biography of Prophet titled “The Sealed Nectar”, especially pages 151-152.

  2. Avatar Salim says:

    Assalamu alaikum,

    Thank you for your intelligent and factual comment brother O H.

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