The French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo is due to publish another cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammed (SAW) on the cover of its first issue since assailants killed 12 people at its offices in Paris.
In response, lecturer at UNISA, Dr Auwaise Rafudeen said there is a need to educate the public about crossing certain lines when it comes to religion.
“Quite clearly there is a lot of condemnation regarding the recent killing but at the same time we see the hypocrisy of the West and this latest development has definitely hurt the Muslim community,” Rafudeen said.
In addition to this, Rafudeen encouraged the Muslim public to ignore these acts, which is considered blasphemous amongst most Muslims.
A number of writers have already pointed out the systematic approach Charlie Hebdo has taken in its drawings and depictions of Islam. However, Rafudeen’s view is that the latest drawing does not have the same impact as the previous.
“They have purposely set out to hurt the Muslims. However with this particular cover, that does not seem to have the same impact. The reaction of the mainstream Muslims should be to keep to the principle teachings of Islam.” Rafudeen added. VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)