Mus­lims are split over new ‘Charlie’ toon

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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.”

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