The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) has condemned Wednesday’s attack on a satirical magazine in the French capital of Paris. President Maulana Ighsaan Hendricks said there can be no form of explanation to justify what he labels a ‘terrorist’ attack on French citizens.
The attack was directed at French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which recently depicted a caricature of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi. The publication has also made headlines for a series of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).
He said despite several publications around the world using imagery of several of Islam’s prophets, using violence to retaliate was not the avenue to take in solving these issues.
“We as Muslims have a responsibility to clearly come out with our position that it is not prudent to use the violence displayed in this attack, that stands clearly against the values and principles of Islam.”
“Muslims in South Africa set a precedent a few years back when we expressed our anger and disappointment, by demonstrating against the caricatures of the Holy Prophet Mohammad,” Hendricks said.
He went on to say that no person anywhere in the world can condone the method in which the men complicit in the attack took the lives of twelve French citizens. VOC (Andriques Che Petersen)