A French weekly known for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to the ire of conservative Muslims said Sunday it plans to release a comic book biography of Islam’s founder that will be researched and educational.
Since the publication of the Danish cartoons of Muhammad in Charlie Hebdo in 2006, the media await the slightest hair beard of the prophet who could appear in the newspaper. They watch the scandal. Is it outrageous to represent Muhammad? Abdennour Bidar, philosopher, scholar of Islam, answers this question when tiring out the newsstand Muhammad’s life in comics.
Charlie Hebdo: When was the prohibition of depicting Muhammad Sunni Muslims and how they justify it?
Abdennour Bidar: Firstly, it should be noted that there is not in the Koran itself passing an explicit prohibition on images, unlike the Bible – in Exodus, including the second of Ten Commandments prohibits “graven image.” The reason for this prohibition is not to be found in the letter of the text, and essentially no more in this fatwa (decision jurists-theologians) at such time. The reason is metaphysical Islam wants to assert transcendence – God, the Koran, the Prophet – with such radical as any depiction of Muhammad is charged in advance to set up an “idol”, that is to say an image representation that purports to substitute a “physical”, “sensitive” to an individual who is installed by faith “beyond” everything you can imagine it … Mohammed, Mohammed or rather, is somehow too holy to be embodied in an image, which could only “devalue” its spiritual reality … The difference with Christianity, which instead represents the transcendence of the Father in the Son – “multi-represented” on the Cross throughout history.
Following the interview is to read in the 1072 Charlie Hebdo, on newsstands from Wednesday, January 2, 2013, and the Special Edition is now available on our online store .
Who owns Muhammad? At all. He is the prophet of Muslims, of course, but for others it is a historical figure or a caption. Can caricature drawing Muhammad as Jesus or Napoleon Zorro.
When Muhammad cartoon in Charlie, we caricature above is the idea that makes the extremists, or are used to oppose Muhammad Muslim radicals. In all cases, it is the vision of God’s fools that determines the way we think Muhammad. We must tell the truth you do not know Muhammad. In the West, everybody can quote episodes from the life of Jesus, but include an episode from the life of Muhammad? Is this normal in a country like France, where Islam is presented as a second religion?
We imaged the life of Muhammad as the chroniclers have told Muslims. No humor added. If the form will appear blasphemous to some, the bottom is perfectly halal …
For you to see.
Forgot to mention that the last time Charlie Hebdo featured Mohammid on a cover, those peaceful Muslims firebombed the magazine’s office building.
Update: A quick browse around to see which sites adhere to sharia law and didn’t publish the picture. Huffpo, Independent UK, France 24,…some chose to run this image:
Stumbled across Blazing Catfur who had a look inside the first comic book.