“Three black-clad gunmen shouting “Allahu Akbar!” stormed the Paris offices of a satirical publication known for lampooning Islam Wednesday, killing 12, including its editor, three political cartoonists and a police officer whose cold-blooded murder at close range was captured on a disturbing video.” ~FOX News
Three obviously well-drilled cowards wearing masks, body armor and heavily armed with Kalashnikov automatic rifles attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine, to avenge the magazine’s depiction of their beloved prophet in a political cartoon.
That is three armed commandos attacking about a dozen, unarmed and unsuspecting citizens during a business meeting.
Cowards. Barbarians. Murderers. Any other description is inadequate.
As they fled, their final act of cowardice…
“Video footage posted to social media showed armed gunmen running through the streets of Paris, shooting with automatic weapons and shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’. According to an eye-witness, one of the gunmen shouted: ‘The Prophet is avenged.’” ~The Independent, UK
The most radical elements of Islam call for the death of anyone who offends “The Prophet.” From the website Islamqa.com…
“The scholars are unanimously agreed that a Muslim who insults the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) becomes a kaafir and an apostate who is to be executed.”
The issue doesn’t seem as clear if the offending party is not a Muslim, or want to repent for his offense:
“But they differed as to whether his repentance should be accepted in this world and whether that means he is no longer subject to the sentence of execution.
“Maalik and Ahmad were of the view that it should not be accepted, and that he should be killed even if he has repented.” ~http://islamqa.info/en/22809
It should be noted that the article I quote justifies the killing of a non-Muslim as an appropriate response to an offense against the Prophet.
This is NOT the prevailing view of leading contemporary Muslim scholars.
Just as most Christians would consider it wrong to stone a prostitute to death, it seems the recommended responses to blasphemous cartoons in our age range from ignoring the offense to taking legal action appropriate to the society in which one lives.
Anas Halayel, a leader of CAIR in Arizona, writes in MuslimMatters.org…
“In essence, the Qur’an is telling us that when it specifically comes to the issue of mocking the Prophet [SAW], which is exactly the issue that we are dealing with today. Don’t take matters in your own hands, rather, God will take care of those who mock the Prophet.” (emphasis added)
Dr. Zakir Naik, one of the world’s most popular Muslim leaders identifies 6 levels of response to an offense to the Prophet. The 6th, which includes violent force agains another person, kidnapping or murder, is, in his opinion, strictly forbidden.
According to leading Muslim scholars and the Qur’an, appropriate responses top people who insult or offend the Prophet is to ignore them, attempt to reason with them, boycott their business and seek legal or political redress…
…not to murder them.
“Be tolerant, command what’s right, pay no attention to foolish people” [7:199]
So how can anyone justify the murder of 12 human beings for their alleged insult to the Prophet Muhammad?
It’s an act of abject cowardice and murder. Period.