Moderate Muslim Watch: CAIR: U.S. Muslim Group to React to New Charlie Hebdo Cover

WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/13/15) — On Wednesday, January 14, representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a media availability at the Muslim civil rights organization’s Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C., to offer reaction to the publication Wednesday of Charlie Hebdo magazine in France featuring a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad on the cover.

“Just as Charlie Hebdo has the right to publish, we have the right to peacefully challenge negative portrayals of our religious figures,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “The answer to speech one disagrees with should not be violence, but should instead be more speech promoting tolerance and mutual understanding.”

Awad noted that the issue is not about religion, because Islam protects freedom of speech and respectful interactions with others, even when there is disagreement…

…Awad noted that after years of being insulted, defamed, attacked, mistreated, and having his followers tortured and killed by the people of Mecca, the Prophet Muhammad returned victorious to that city and forgave its people, then said, “Go your way, for you are all free”…

  • winniec

    What does Sharia law say about BLASPHEMY?

    From Islamic Commentaries:

    -“Insulting the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is one of the worst of forbidden actions… whether done seriously or in jest. The one who does that is to be EXECUTED even if he repents and whether he is a Muslim or a kaafir.” – Al-Saarim al-Maslool, 2/438

    -as-Suyuti writes: “(If they break their oaths…) This ayah (K. 9:11-12) is used as a proof by those who say that if a dhimmi attacks Islam or the Qur’an or mentions the Prophet in a bad manner, HE IS KILLED, whether he has broken a treaty or not. Those who say that his repentance is accepted use as a proof, “hopefully they will stop.”” …(after being killed)

    -“(And if they) the people of Mecca (break their pledges) which are between you and them (after their treaty (has been made with you) and assail your religion) and DEFAME the Religion of Islam, (then FIGHT the heads of disbelief) FIGHT (q-t-l) the leaders of disbelief: Abu Sufyan and his host. (Lo! they have no binding oaths in order that they may desist) from breaking their pledges.” -Tanwîr al-Miqbâs min Tafsîr Ibn ‘Abbâs

    -“It is related that a man forged lies against the Prophet and he sent ‘Ali and az-Zubayr to kill him. Ibn Qani’ related that a man came to the Prophet and said, “Messenger of Allah, I heard my father say something ugly about you, so I killed him,” and that did not distress the Prophet. – Hadith

    Koranic Verses Censoring Criticism of Islam:

    -K.2:193. “And FIGHT (q-t-l) them until there is no more Fitnah” (disagreeing with Mohammed), i.e. fight and kill disbelievers until no one expresses disagreement with Mohammed.

    -K.9:11-12 “But if they violate their oaths after their covenant, and TAUNT YOU for your Faith, – FIGHT ye the chiefs of Unfaith, for their oaths are nothing to them, that thus they may be restrained.”

    -K.11.173 “Believers, retaliation is decreed for you in BLOODSHED.”

    -K.58:5 “Those who oppose Allah and His Messenger will be laid low”…with violence.

    Approval of Vigilantism by Top Islamic Religious Authorities

    In 1993, top Sunni religious authorities from Al Azhar University confirmed that vigilantes may commit murder in the enforcement of Sharia law if the state does not do it. This means every single Muslim has implicit authorization from Islam’s top authorities to commit vigilante killing to defend Islam.

  • roccolore

    Ku Klux Kair is more offended by a cartoon than murder of cartoonists.

    • Frau Katze

      They’re creeps. “Moderate” is not mean seriously.

  • Minicapt

    “… his followers tortured and killed by the people of Mecca,” remembering that Mecca was the hometown of Mohammed, and that those accused of torture and killing were his family and tribe.