Charlie Hebdo ps Islam Has No Ban on Muhammad Pics
by Karen Fish
It didn’t happen in Tehran. It didn’t happen in Damascus. It happened today in Paris, France. This morning the office of the French Magazine Charlie Hebdo was bombed for putting a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad aka the Prophet Mohammed on the cover of their magazine Charlie Hebdo.
After the 2005 world wide rioting, violence and murders over the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad anyone would think that Islam forbids the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad. After the bombing today of the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, France over the Prophet Muhammad caricature pic on the cover the whole world is going to think that obviously Islam forbids the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad.
Today’s issue of Charlie Hebdo is renamed Sharia Hebdo satirizing Sharia Law which has now come to Tunisia and Libya and is on its way to Egypt as a result of the Arab Spring. Sharia Law is a combination of the Koran, the Muslim Holy Bible and the Hadiths, the sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad. The Charlie Hebdo caricature has the Prophet Muhammad saying “100 lashes if you are not dying of laughter.”
The joke is that Islam has no ban on pictures of the Prophet Muhammad: not in the Koran and not in the Hadiths. The Hadiths actually forbid all pictures of any person or any animal, including by drawing or camera. According to the Hadiths anyone who paints pictures will be banished to Hell on Judgment Day.
The Hadiths say: “Verily the most grievously tormented people amongst the inhabitants of Hell on the day of resurrection will be the painters of pictures.” (Sahih Muslim vol 3 no. 5271 p.1161; Bukhari Vol. 9 Book 93: This one comes from Aisha, one of the Prophet Muhammad’s brides, who married the Prophet Muhammad when she was 6 years old.)