Thursday, 15 January 2015

Dr Yasir Qadhi and Nouman Ali Khan on Charlie Hebdo Killings

Dr Qadhi speaks about the Charlie Hebdo attack

Sheikh Dr Yasir Qadhi begins by mentioning the lofty status of the Prophet Muhammad (p) and the love Muslims have for him.

We learn that the Prophet (p) never took revenge for a personal reason.

Attackers were "over-zealous and under-educated"

The perpetrators of the Charlie Hebdo attack were unlearned in matters of religion and Dr Yasir Qadhi clearly states that Islam is against the Charlie Hebdo attack. Dr Yasir points out that he has never come across a single scholar who believes a lone Muslim is allowed to carry out executions such as those of Charlie Hebdo.

Dr Yasir Qadhi does touch on the socioeconomic conditions, power dynamics and the false pretext of freedom of speech. In his view, there are other factors in play here - not merely offensive cartoons.

Dr Yasir Qadhi highlights the double standard where certain types of expressions are not allowed while others are.

The purpose of the images was to intentionally insult. The Charlie Hebdo publication of relatively unknown (less than 50,000 subscribers) and now it's world famous and others are following in the same suit as this magazine. Dr Yasir Qadhi asks people not to insult the Prophet (p).

The way to defend the Prophet (p) is to exhibit the characteristics of the Prophet (p) of kindness, love and compassion.

Nouman Ali Khan gives advice to Muslims in the Charlie Hebdo aftermath

Nouman Ali Khan: There's nothing Islamic about the Charlie Hebdo attacks. These attackers had no justification for their actions.

Criminals are criminals - regardless of what faith they are from.

The perpetrators of these crimes are an embarrassment.

As Muslims we need to take collective responsibility. We have a responsibility to do our part to make things better. Nouman Ali Khan also advises Muslims not to view the cartoons.

As for hateful speech is offensive, Muslims have a right to be offended by it. As Muslims we are against unjust killings but at the same time we are offended by the ignorant and hateful speech against our religion and our Prophet (p). The issues is, how do we react?

Nouman Ali Khan explores why there is so much hate speech and propaganda against Muslims nowadays. Nouman Ali Khan calls for introspection and points out the failings within our community. We need to change ourselves.

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1 comment:

Faraash said...

Two of my great heroes - may Allah swt protect them!