Dar al- Iftaa invites Muslims to maintain self-control in reacting to Charlie Hebdo's new defaming cartoons.
In a lecture conducted yesterday in Martin Luther Church in New York, Dr. Ibrahim Negm, Senior Advisor to Egypt's Grand Mufti, invited Muslims to endure wisdom and self-control in reacting to Charlie Hebdo's republishing of new cartoons defaming Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). He called upon Muslims not to engage in the same bad scenario of reactions sparked after publishing Denmark's cartoons, since we still suffer from its consequences till today.
The Mufti's advisor stated that the world must listen to the wise voices from among the followers of different faiths and pay attention to the demands they repeat after each incident of offense against religious symbols and beliefs. This includes demanding the United Nations to issue a legislation that criminalizes defaming religious symbols and beliefs to avoid regrettable violent actions condemned by every person regardless of their belief or country.
In his lecture, Dr. Negm confirmed that Muslims love the noble Messenger of Islam and follow his example in everything, pointing that the love must be interpreted through abiding by his morals, values and correcting the distorted image of Islam which greatly increases nowadays. Dr. Negm added that the best way to respond to any offense against the Messenger is to ignore it and show kindness instead, just as he used to do along his lifetime.
In conclusion, the Mufti's advisor stressed the importance of blocking the means before the fanatics who seek to agitate a continuous conflict among the people of different faiths which in turn serves the interests of evil forces and terrorism.