On Drawing Muhammad

In light of the Charlie-Hebdo attacks and as a former Muslim I feel it is necessary to point out that my comics are not intended to be an exercise of spiteful and provocative irreverence for its own sake. Any cartoonist who draws Islam’s prophet for these reasons takes a profoundly weak platform from which to spread their craft. Like most meaningful endeavors this is something one grows into. My comics are not about disrespecting people, but discrediting bad ideas. For me, that bad idea is religion. More specifically, it is about Islam, which happens to be the bad idea with which I am most familiar.

I have no illusions about drawing the prophet. Before I conceived this project, a friend of mine chidingly remarked: “If you start drawing Muhammad I don’t know you—” and there it is in plain English: religious extremists are getting their way. It is taken for granted that drawing Muhammad or even satirizing Islam is an activity best left alone. In a free society, ideas should not be beyond question or ridicule. Any good idea should be able to withstand criticism and a few doodles.

Anyone can draw a stick-figure of Muhammad sodomizing a goat and offend Muslims to get attention—but this would be in poor taste and preclude meaningful dialogue. This does happen and we should on some level accept it. The First Amendment is not limited to people with something intelligent to say—imbeciles and bigots also share this right (so long as they do not harm others in its exercise).

While I am convinced that religion has outlived its usefulness, I do my best to give people the respect and compassion they deserve. I know decent Muslims—as well as those whose views are unsavory (to say the least). People are entitled to their beliefs, but I cannot tolerate being threatened into silence because I may offend the delicate sensibilities of a violent fundamentalist.

I dream of the day Islamic leaders will implement reforms that make their religion less malleable in the hands of religious fascists. In the best of worlds, Muslim theocrats would humbly renounce state powers and accept the more realistic title: professor of mythology. I aim to encourage people to renounce superstition and embrace free expression and mutual respect. We have no savior besides each other.

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6 thoughts on “On Drawing Muhammad

  1. I am a Muslim and i support Donald Trump west NEED one more HITLER

    Jews created Islamophobia for their own advantage for ISRAEL

    Name the few Zionist who spreading FEAR of Muslims and Islam, Pamela Geller, ( SAM ) Harris, Bill Maher , David Horowitz

    Donald Trump and the rise of right wing fascism in the Europe / west AGAINST the Muslims is a product of Islamophobia

    NOW Jews AFRAID of monsters they created anti-Muslim Donald Trump and the rise of right-wing fascism in the Europe / West

    Jesus said to the Jews: “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

    Is it Islamophobia good or bad for the Muslims?…. GOOD,… i know it is hard to understand,

    Islamophobia is a SHOCK therapy for the Muslims to reform themselves

    Islamophobia will forced Muslims to reform themselves

    Muslims NEED reformation NOT Islam

    I had already seen positive effect of Islamophobia on Muslims

    WE NEEDED THAT !

    Islamophobia is GOOD for the Muslims and BAD for our enemies

    Quran: ” Perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.”

    Islamophobia is BAD for our enemies, Islamophobia WILL divide white people and could bring civil war AMONG the white race

    IF civil war AMONG the white race did happened in the future, God have mercy on the Jews

    Even if Donald trump did not became president of America,

    SOON one day another Donald Trump will come to the power and he will be WORSE then this one

    Maybe this Donald Trump is not bad but you have to worry about his evil supporters who will be electing another Donald Trump in the future

    Jews created mindless zombies that they cannot control !

    SOON this zombies will eat Jews alive NOT the Muslims

    Zionists radicalizing white race against the Muslims for their OWN interest for Israel

    But it WILL back-fire

    SOON these radicalized WHITE-MALE will became violent Jihadist to save the PURITY of WHITE RACE and ( WHITE-POWER ) and Jews will be HIDING from them for their own life

    YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW

    Quran: “But they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners.”

    Please click on my name to read my other comments

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  2. Syed, your ignorance is astounding. Please, I IMPLORE you, I BEG you, read a book. If you are content to say that Muslims are the mere errand boys for Nazis and other disgusting ideologies you are tacitly agreeing that Islam is as dirty as these other groups by association. If this is your god’s plan then he is as disgusting as the Nazis etc.

    I am deleting your rambling nonsense from my page but will keep it for a bit so other people can see how ridiculous you sound.

    Again, please please, read a book besides the Quran and listen to some academics besides the naive and deranged imams (from which it seems you get your incoherent ideas).

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