Another controversy and another blasphemy saga seem to have surfaced with printing of blasphemous cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). A French weekly magazine, Charlie Hebdo, has published a comic book biography of the prophet. The act is likely to invite wrath of and condemnation of Muslims from across the globe. Editor of the magazine has insisted that the new book, titled “The Life of Mohammed” was a properly researched and educational work. The book is prepared by a Franco-Tunisian sociologist. The editor also claimed that it was a biography authorized by Islam and edited by Muslims. In September last year, the magazine also ran the blasphemous caricatures of the prophet despite French government request that the act should not be done.
The reaction from the Muslim world was so severe that even French President Francois Hollande had to condemn the blasphemous caricatures published in the magazine. The illustrations in the magazine have depicted Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as naked and in pornographic poses. The caricatures were published at a time when protests were taking place in several Muslim countries over a low-budget fleeting film made in the United States, “Innocence of Muslims.” At a time when the Muslim world and West are intertwined in a number of issues, such controversial things should be avoided and peace and harmony should be promoted across the globe. Such acts usually lead to killings and hatred against European countries.
It is for sure; the Muslims feel hurt by publishing of caricatures of the prophet, whether it is done in the name of freedom of speech or learn more about life of the prophet. This draws violent protests and may take scores of precious lives. Shortly after airing of the blasphemous film made in the United States, the violent protests in Libya took lives of a US ambassador along with three other embassy officials. The violent protestors fired a rocket on the vehicle they were travelling in. “The Innocence of Muslims” was allegedly sponsored by a US pastorwho burned copies of Holy Quran back in 2010. The US officials did condemn the film and its producers for being blasphemous but they denied taking any legal action against them.
In September last year when the French weekly published the cartoons, France had to close embassies in almost 20 countries to avoid wrath of incensed protestors. Offices of the magazine were gutted by a firebomb and editor of the magazine has been living under police protection owing to life threats. Stephane Charbonnier, illustrator of the book said that idea for the comic book came to him in 2006 when a Danish newspaper published cartoons of the prophet. He also claimed that there is nothing obnoxious in publishing the book as people have the right to know about life of the prophet as they know about the life of Jesus.