Only a few days after moslems around the world celebrating the birth of prophet Mohammed called “Maulid Nabi”, Paris was shocked by a dramatic attack on Charlie Hebdo, a left-leaning French weekly satirical magazine, on Wednesday 7 January 2015. Twelve people were shot dead, 10 of which were the staffs of Hebdo including four prominent cartoonists.
Saïd Kouachi and Chérif Kouachi are believed as the the assailants of this bloody incident. These two brothers adressed themselves as a part of Al Qaeda and yelled out “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) during the incident. This action is suspected as a revenge attack for over years the derogration on prophet Mohammed through printing cartoons.
Charlie Hebdo is popular for its provocative and anti religious position. At least 3 times it satired prophet Mohammed; in 2006 with a headline “Mohammed overwhelmed by the fundamentalists” and reprinted Mohammed carricatures by a Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, along with a fresh one of its own; in 2011 with a special edition showing a cartoon of the Prophet as the front cover titled “A thousand lashes if you don’t die laughing”; in 2013 with a turbaned naked image of Mohammed in a wheelchair pushed by an orthodox Jew.
The biggest question for us, is the assault and murder being justified as a comparable reply over any humiliation on the greatness of prophet Mohammed? If we read the book of “Sirah Nabawiyah (Biography of Mohammed), we can find a lot of stories insulting Mohammed which are not only demeaning but also the murder conspiracy. Mekkah’s nobles scared people by labelling him as “the madman and the witch”.
After getting hard refusals in Mekkah, Mohammed tried to preach Islam to Thaif, a rural area 80 kilometers from Mekkah. He had stayed there for 10 days. Instead of getting a warn welcome, Mohammed and his friend (Zaid bin Haritsah) were stoned by most of Thaif dwellers. At that time they got some injured. In a hadith shahih (realible words of Mohammed), Aisyah, one of Mohammed wives, mentioned that the Thaif event is the hardest moment in his life after Uhud war.
While hidding in the garden of ‘Utbah bin Rabi’ah (one of Mohammed friends), Gabriel came to him and delivered God’s offering that Mohammed could command the guard mountain angels to destroy Thaif people by drowning them with Akhsyabin mountain.
In the midst of sadness and anger, Mohammed gave an awesome answer, “I don’t like it. I only pray that God deigns to issuing from them the offspring generations who worship God alone, not ascribing partners to God.” We can see how fortitude, composure, and remission of Mohammed even though he could choose to demolish Thaif since he realized that the rejection of his da’wah was caused by ignorance and stupidity of Thaif people which perhaps had been influenced by negative campaigns over Mohammed from Mekkah.
Raising controversial issues have been used by a lot of medias to get popularity and attract many leaders. The more daring you publish sensitive things, the greater your chance to sell it. Undeniable, anything about the prophet is considered seriously by the believers. When a media publishs “unusual” or “deviation” about Mohammed, it will evoke outrage of muslims around the world.
Many muslims are still confusing how to respon any disparagement from the people having “a hobby” harassing religion. From Mohammed life story, muslims actually can learn the best reaction to face the cases like Charlie Hebdo. Bloody backlash is not a solution to guard the prophet’s dignity.
One thing that extremists like Saïd Kouachi and Chérif Kouachi ignored mainly about the correct way to keep sacredness of the prophet. During his life, Mohammed strictly prohibited everyone drawing and painting his face and his body. Putting Mohammed’s picture in the mosques is not a part of devotion and worship. Muslims are just ordered to follow his behavior and his teaching. Yet, not everything he had done must be immitated by muslims. There are some exclusivity only owned by him such as having more than 4 wives and not eating alms.
Therefore, every cartoon propped to Mohammed is not the real of him, neither representing him. By thingking like this, muslims do not need to get angry or perform a counterattack. If some still feel that tight-lipped is not a good respond, they can choose what Mohammed did on Thaif experience.
Eventually, a good understanding between unbelievers and believers must be strengthened. Althought Charlie Hebdo quibbles the Mohammed cartoons just a joke or a kind of “creative marketing”, they have to respect to muslims. On the other side, muslims should not be too quick to take reaction and use a violence path on responding some cases like Charlie Hebdo.