Muslims are split over new ‘Charlie’ toon
MUSLIM commentators were divided in their responses to the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo with its front cover depicting a cartoon of Mohammed.
Radical preacher Anjem Choudary, arrested in September as part of a probe into Islamist terrorism, described it as an “act of war” and Omer El-Hamdoon, from the Muslim Association of Britain, said a majority of Muslims would find it offensive.
But Sughra Ahmed ( below), president of the Islamic Society of Britain, said: “We need to de-escalate the tension around all this. Those Muslims who feel offended may have a right, but in the scheme of things we should be far more offended by injustice, economic exploitation, anti-Semitism, murder, homophobia, etc.”
The latest cover depicts Mohammed with a tear falling down his cheek, holding a sign reading Je Suis Charlie, the phrase used as a show of unity in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
Mr Choudary said to depict Mohammed in this way “attacked the honour of the Prophet.”