As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 9


The Distasteful Cartoons

The Muslims have every reason to find the cartoons printed in the Danish newspaper as appalling and repulsive, for they are intended to mock and ridicule our noble Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam). Apart from this, the cartoons are bland, distasteful and intended purely to offend – which is why the subject matter in them is centered around unfair stereotyping of Islam and its noble Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) as sympathetic to terrorism and oppressive towards women.

Many independent political commentators have also noted this, as Eugene Robinson of ‘The Washington Post’ says, ‘the 12 drawings published in September by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten strike me as lame and unsophisticated, crudely equating Islam's Prophet Muhammad - and thus, by clear implication, all of Islam - with terrorism and ignorance. They look like the provocation they were intended to be.’ [Eugene Robinson in, ‘The Washington Post’]

It is true that Islam forbids making images of Allah and His Messengers, but the outrage has been caused primarily because of the mockery of the Prophet and the unjust stereotyping of Muslims. This needs to be clarified as some media outlets limited the offensiveness of the cartoons to Islam’s prohibition of images, and questioned as to why the taboos of Islam were applicable to non-Muslims, effectively taking focus away from the real issue.

Taken from As-Sunnah Newsletter -


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