Canadian Ali Zafar: As a Muslim journalist, I’m not OK with the Charlie cover

But my condemnation goes deeper than that. As a person of faith, and a person of colour, it baffles me that the right to freedom of speech is being used as a right to be racist and bigoted toward Muslims, which is made clear by the obscene cartoons in editions of Charlie.

…The Prophet himself faced violence and verbal ridicule from individuals, but never used harsh words or physical force in return. It’s his example that I’ll continue to follow.

h/t Weasel Zippers

  • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

    “The Prophet himself faced violence and verbal ridicule from individuals, but never used harsh words or physical force in return.” Author sounds confused. I think Ali Zafar is getting his prophets mixed up. This statement sounds more like a description of Jesus Christ.

    • Pity they aren’t allowing comments.

      • When you print blatant outright lies “but never used harsh words or physical force in return”, expect to have the comments turned off.

        The “Metro News” is a taqqia spewing worthless piece of garbage. When they print this type of outright lies they only prove they are complete fools or brainwashed Muslims on a mission.

  • Xavier

    I tire of these Moslems who whine about symptoms but ignore the cause.

    • Frau Katze

      Your morning whine!

  • simus1

    If ali wishes to follow something more useful, he could try following the “International Flights Departure Area” directional signs at the airport.

    • Frau Katze

      You beat me to it.

  • Solo712

    It is amazing how some Muslims are ignorant of the history of Mohammed and their own faith. Khomeini’s fatwa against Salman Rushdie was followed by his defense of the death sentence by pointing to the prophet himself as the source of the “jurisprudence”. The al-Azhar scholars who criticized the Rushdie fatwa were “owned” by Khomeini, of course. If Mohammed himself ordered the killing of those who mocked him how could any Muslim object ?

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Well, uh…yas, muzzle’ems HAVE been getting a bit of extra attention lately, only because they seem to be acting up quite a bit, lately, just about everywhere.

  • Kinneddar

    Muhammad did, of course, use “harsh words” and “physical force” against anyone who didn’t comply with his new religion. How anyone could state that he didn’t shows either an attempt to deceive or an abject ignorance of early Islam. Muhammad was extremely averse to satirical works. The poets Asma bint Marwan and
    Abu Afak (and others) were both killed on his direct order.

    • Frau Katze

      He’s either deluded or lying.

  • tom_billesley

    He’s not OK with the Charlie Hebdo cover? He doesn’t have to buy the magazine, and he can say that he doesn’t like it. That’s as far as his rights extend.

    • Observer

      I am sure he is very supportive of Charlie Hebdo when they print anti-christian and anti-semitic cartoons, but when it comes to anything anti-Islam, well then it is

  • Gaylord Ponce

    Does anyone really give a flying f**k what Ali Zafar thinks?

  • Jim Horne

    The Headline Should Read:

    As a Muslim Apologist, I’m Not OK With The Charlie Cover

    Wonder if Ali got any tips from Dr. Ingrid Mattson at Huron College? You know, the course that Moray Watson got the booted out off, The Muslim Voice: Islamic Preaching, Public Speaking and Worship

  • Frau Katze

    Plus, poor us!

    I can’t help but feel that publishing the satirical Muhammad cartoons does nothing more than allow a select few to flaunt their privilege to laugh at images that further antagonize an already marginalized group, especially in France.

    These cartoons play into people’s fears of Muslims and are used to justify increased surveillance on a national scale. They also fuel the rampant Islamophobia that is now raging in France, with at least 60 reported anti-Muslim incidents since the Charlie attack, from firebombs and pig heads thrown into mosques, to veiled women subjected to insults on the street. At the same time, I understand that Islam forbids violently censoring free speech, as the gunman did in the Charlie Hebdo attack.

    • pdxnag

      Claiming that the perp is the victim. This is what ropes in our sappy youth to their cause. They misidentify the enemy as themselves and their parents and neighbors, everyone but the perp.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I don’t care what you think. You are free to broadcast your displeasure but not a single person on the planet should have to worry about it or care. Now bang your head on the floor.

  • Georgina

    “The Prophet himself faced violence and verbal ridicule from individuals, but never used harsh words or physical force in return.”
    Just as with the edited quotations of Sura 5:32 by muslims, this ‘fact’ is Incorrect.
    Mo himself ordered the death by torture of the poet ʻAṣmāʼ bint Marwān for her ridicule of him.

  • pdxnag

    Islam is not a race any more than murder is a race.

  • Denis George Miller

    Mr. Zafar, you may hate the satire directed at Mohammed, I hate the islamic hatred directed at me as a Christian. I will not give up my right of free speech just to stop offending you. I have enough faith in my religion that I do not feel the need to massacre anyone who offends it. Grow up and act like a civilized person. Your insecurities are laughable if they weren’t so deadly!