As salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu.
First, I do not condone what happened in Paris. I will go as far as to say the men who did this should burn in the hell fire. The purpose of Charlie Hebdo is disseminate hate, racism and bigotry. In other words they care about no one, they are constantly publishing satirical depictions not only of Islam, but also of Christianity and Judaism. So why are we so offended by such stupidity, ignorance and criticism? Are Muslims the only ones targeted in this magazine? No we are not.
How can we advocate peace when what these men are doing is totally the contrary? How can we come back from this terrible incident? Even in Islam exists freedom of speech, so why are we condemning reporters, news casters and journalism as a whole? We need to stand strong and intelligently against these situations, we need not a group of few sociopath to define Islam. We need not as Muslims be define by this single incident, but what we need to do is re-group and take back our lives, lives not defined by a few.
How can we survive the incident in Paris this past week? “Jihadists” that throw Islam back 100 years by the killing of 12 reporters. Is other ways of fighting, and one of them is the pen. Write, criticize let your voice be heard. In times of oppression what our Prophet would have done? Did he go on a rampage killing everyone? If we want be the Muslims that follow the example of the Salaf, we should start acting like them. Denounce the wrong and live to respect life. If we create hate that is exactly what we will reciprocate.
In the Qur’an says: “Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.” Surah Ma’idah ayat 32.