It is reported that gunmen have shot dead 12 people at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in an apparent militant Islamist attack. Four of the magazine’s well-known cartoonists, including its editor, were among those killed, as well as two police officers.
Although the actions of the magazine cartoonists and editor were hurtful for Muslims our response needs to be determined by the teachings of the Holy Quran which says : And indeed He has revealed to you in the Book that when you hear Allah’s messages disbelieved in and mocked at, sit not with them until they enter into some other discourse. (4:90)
Such attacks are against not just the spirit but also the letter of Islamic teachings. And they do immense damage to the cause of Islam. The Holy Prophet (s) was mocked and reviled throughout his time on this earth but when he conquered Makkah he forgave even those who tortured him and other Muslims.
Shahid Aziz, President of the UK branch of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Association for propagation of Islam, said:-
I am shocked and dismayed by this attack. On behalf of all members of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam I say that such acts are a blot on the holy name of Islam. They should be condemned by Muslims of all sects and nationalities.
He went on to urge the French government to repel discriminatory laws it has enacted such as the ban on the hijab.