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I am not Charlie, I am not the gunner either

By Mujahid I Mughal

At the outset, let me proclaim that I am not Charlie Hebdo. I am not Charlie as I don’t support mischief. I don’t endorse the immeasurable hurt the insane Charlie has caused to 1.5 billion humans across the globe. I don’t support the freedom of speech which snatches away the freedom of respect and dignity. I am not Charlie as I am not uneducated. I am not Charlie, as I know Muhammad was the Prophet of Peace (PBUH). History has told me that Muhammad (PBUH) prayed for even those who cursed him, abused him and physically hurt him. His staunchest enemies like Abu Sufian revealed to the world that he was trustworthy and honest. I am not Charlie, as I am not blind. As I see many of the greatest human beings who visited the earth revered Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) with salutations.  

Michael Hart believes Muhammad (PBUH) is the only man in the history who was supremely successful in both secular and religious dramas.  I am not Charlie as I am not ignorant of the Peace Treaty of Hudaibiya. An unparalleled treaty so far, aimed at upholding the ideals of peace and tolerance. I know of the Prophet (PBUH) who preferred not to kiss his own children in front of an orphan. A Prophet (PBUH) who preferred word over sword. A man who preferred peace over violence and easier over difficult.

I am not insane Charlie as I know that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was the only man in the history of mankind who brought a social, economic and moral revolution within a span of only twenty three years. I know that his was the most peaceful revolution aimed at establishment of a peaceful and just society. The most successful revolution so far. I am not Charlie as I am not a bigot. I can’t validate drawing a lie. I can’t preach a lie. I am not Charlie as I consider slander a sin. A heinous crime.

I am not Charlie as I am not an Islamophobe, Francophobe, or a Hinduophobe. Despite the mischievous acts of Charlie I still don’t believe all French are Ill-behaved. I, henceforth, won’t approve of making a cartoon wherein the French parliament is shown as a brothel. I am not Charlie as I can make a distinction between freedom of speech and freedom to slander. So, I am not a Charlie at all.

Let me also say that I am not those misguided gunners, too.I can't approve of the Paris killings at all. Not in the least bit. I condemn them. I don’t support the men who retaliated for a prophet (PBUH) who never favoured retaliation. A prophet (PBUH) who didn’t kill people who used to say he was insane. He didn’t kill Abu Sufian. Neither did he kill the woman who used to throw garbage on him. Nor did he curse the people of Taif who cursed and stoned him. Nor did he curse anyone else. I am not that ignorant gunner as I know Muhammad (PBUH) forgave a woman who chewed on his slain uncle’s heart. I am not one of the gunners as I am not ignorant and misguided. I know of my Prophet (pbuh) who, on the day of his greatest conquest over his evil enemies said, “Today is the day of mercy”. I am not the ignorant gunner who Killed the wrong man, and not the wrong idea. As I know killing wrong men never kills wrong ideas. Killing is never a solution. Not at all. Not in the least bit. But killing the wrong ideas indeed is a solution. Killing the idea meant, showing, preaching and practising the ideals that the Prophet of Peace taught and practised. The ideals of reason and logic. The ideals of love and harmony.  The ideals of, “To me my religion, and to you yours” and “no compulsions in religion.” Unlike France which imposes its majoritarian whims on the minorities.

The writer is a research scholar
in the Department of Geography, Aligarh Muslim University

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 February 2015 on page no. 2

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