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Jan-16-2015 | 0 Comments


MUMBAI: While Muslim community leaders and intellectuals condemn the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine, they are upset over reprinting of Prophet Muhammad's cartoon on its cover.

They said the killing of the magazine's staff, including its editor, was barbaric but the move to be back with the Prophet's cartoon is provocative and may inflame the Muslim world and fuel Islamophobia in Europe.

"We have no sympathy for the murderers who carried out the heinous crime in Paris. But by publishing the Prophet's cartoon again on its cover and printing three million copies, the magazine has shown it has no respect for people's religious sentiments. To safeguard the Prophet's honour is Muslims' religious duty," said Abdul Qadir Chaudhry, general secretary of Samajwadi Party. Community leaders maintain that the freedom of expression must be respected, but there has to be a limit on liberties. "Charlie Hebdo is misusing freedom of expression. Cartoons make you laugh as long as they are not offensive, hateful and repugnant," said Zainuddin Bandukwala, president of Indo-Arab Society, a city-based think tank.

Many clerics, who were among the first to denounce the attack on Charlie Hebdo, are distressed with the reprint. "A violent attack cannot be justified. But the magazine should have shown respect to sentiments of millions," said Maulana Moin Ashraf Qadri, head of Madrassa Jamia Ashrafia Qadriya in Grant Road.

Meesam Ali Khan, who owns the Urdu daily Aag, said that freedom of speech and expression doesn't include the freedom to provoke people and insult a religious head.

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