Muslim praises craven UK media
Shaykh Noor Siddiqi, of the Muslim Action Forum, today praised the British media for not publishing Charlie Hebdo cartoons in the wake of the Paris atrocity last month, saying:
The actions of the UK media in not publishing the cartoons is highly appreciated by British Muslims and we hope that this kind of self-restraint and mutual respect will ultimately lead to a harmonious society.
According to the Telegraph, Siddiqi was one of “at least” 1,000 Muslim protesters who gathered today outside the gates of Downing Street to protest against the depictions of the “prophet” Mohammed in Charlie Hebdo.
The meeting was organised by the Muslim Action Forum, which was handing out leaflets about the demonstration on Whitehall that said:
The recent re-publishing of the cartoons, caricatures and depictions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) by Charlie Hebdo magazine and other publishers is a stark reminder that freedom of speech is regularly utilised to insult personalities that others consider sacred.
Such actions are deliberating insulting and provoking to Muslims worldwide as British citizens, we believe that these publications will continue to ‘sow the seeds of hatred’ and damage community relations.
In an apparent reference to the attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine the leaflet added that “regrettably some Muslims” had:
Taken the un-Islamic path of human destruction.
The Forum delivered a petition to 10 Downing Street signed by over 100,000 British Muslims to highlight the view that the majority of Muslims worldwide call for “Global Civility” rather than destruction of human life.
The group also expressed “deep regret” at the Paris terror attacks, which included a massacre at Charlie Hebdo, saying they were a “violation of Islamic law”.
Shaykh Tauqir Ishaq, a senior spokesman for the Forum, said:
Perpetual mistakes by extremists, either by cold-blooded killers or uncivilised expressionists, cannot be the way forward for a civilised society. The peace-loving majority of people must become vociferous in promoting global civility and responsible debate. At this time of heightened tension and emotion, it is crucial that both sides show restraint to prevent further incidents of this nature occurring.
The Telegraph ran a poll asking whether the Charlie Hebdo cartoons did indeed damage community relations. Of 1,140 voters, 78 percent said no.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn