Fatwa About Cartoon

Q: How should we react to the cartoon that has been made of the
Prophet [sallallaahu alayhi wasallam]? What is the Sunnah way of
acting in this situation?


The honour, greatness and love for Rasulullah [sallallaahu alayhi wasallam]
is deeply entrenched in the heart of every Muslim and is the core of Islam.
Rasulullah [sallallaahu alayhi wasallam] and every Prophet of Allah is Ma’soom
(sinless). They are sent as guides for mankind and direct the people to the
Oneness of Allah and His obedience. The Prophets of Allah possess the
highest level of knowledge of Allah. They also possess the highest level
of spirituality and sound character. Every Prophet of Allah condemned
disrespect and violence. They condemned Kufr (disbelief) and Shirk
(ascribing partners to Allah) in a dignified manner. In Islam, we revere
every Prophet of Allah and we do not tolerate any disrespect to any Prophet
of Allah. If a Muslim shows any disrespect to any Prophet of Allah and hurls
disgraceful remarks against him, such a person comes out of the fold of Islam.
In fact, according to many Fuqahaa, the apology of such a person will not be accepted.
(Rasmul Mufti)
There are two angles in the printing and publishing of the cartoons of
Rasulullah [sallallaahu alayhi wasallam],
a) The image of Rasulullah [sallallaahu alayhi wasallam], and
b) Disrespect
Rasulullah [sallallaahu alayhi wasallam] prohibited making pictures of
animate objects. He even stated that the angels of mercy do not enter
a house in which there are pictures of animate objects. (Bukhari). One
of the reasons for the prohibition of making and taking pictures of
animate objects is that it leads to idolatory. The desciples of Nooh
(alayhimus salaam)were deeply revered and respected by their followers.
After their demise, they made pictures of the desciples and placed them
in their places of worship. Gradually over a period of time, the people
started worshipping the disciples. Since the background of this was
making pictures, and it has a potential of committing Shirk, Islam has
prohibited anything that has to do with Shirk directly or indirectly.
The Sahaaba [radhiallaahu anhu] should not take or draw pictures.
There is no picture of Rasulullah [sallallaahu alayhi wasallam] or any
Sahaabi [radhiallaahu anhu].
The second angle of the cartoon of Rasulullah [sallallaahu alayhi wasallam]
is the utmost disrespect shown to Rasulullah in the name of ‘freedom of _expression’.
This has caused great pain and anger to every Muslim around the world.
Every Muslim has a right to express his pain and anger. What else should
Muslims do? Just feel the pain and keep quiet? This will lead to the
enemies of Islam to continue such blasphemy. We cannot allow that.
We do take cognisance of the fact that this act is carried out by
just one or few individuals to stir up the anger of Muslims for whatever
reason. It may not be appropriate for us to give in to the hands of our
enemies and conduct ourselves as they want us to, but this issue does
not fall in that category. We will have to stand up to such mischief and stop it.
Freedom of _expression is not absolute. It has overarching principles.
If freedom of _expression is absolute, then freedom of religion in a
democratic dispensation should also be absolute. Why does freedom
of religion has overarching principles. Why are Muslims not allowed to
fully practise on every aspect of Islam without any restriction whatsoever?
The reason is obvious. The rights of others living as equal citizens must be
considered. What then about freedom of _expression and right of dignity and
religious honour?
Nevertheless, Muslims living as Muslim minorities around the world should act
in a responsible manner and the following is suggested:

1. Consult with Ulama and responsible people before doing anything.

Do not do anything by yourself. Shura and consultation is vital in such an issue.
2. Express anger and disgust within the framework of the law of the country.
Use the law of the country to its full capacity.
3. Do not be violent in any way and do not burn buildings, cars, etc.
4. Boycott all Danish products and products of anyone else who support
Denmark in this issue or even sympathise with Denmark.
5. Do not confine _expression of anger to the cartoon issue. Use the
opportunity to express the disgust on Islamophobia in general and highlight
some pertinent issues.
6. The most important in this is the issue of Da’awah. Use the opportunity to
explain to the world the great personality of Rasulullah [sallallaahu alayhi wasallam].
His lifestyle and character should be printed and published all around the world.
his will be an eye opener to many ignorant people and a means of guidance.
Take out the positive aspects from a negative one and use the situation to our advantage.
Every Muslim should say and write something about our beloved Rasul [sallallaahu alayhi wasallam].
7. It is of utmost importance that we engage in lots of du’aa and Dhikr,
Fasting and Sadaqaat. Make du’aa that Allah guide the Ummah in this trying times.
8. Do not conduct ourselves with our fellow non-Muslim citizens in a way that
offend them and look for an opportunity to get back at us. We will then be the
cause of them showing disrespect to Islam and Islamic values. Always express
good character and conduct to all.
9. The most important issue in expressing our love and honour for Rasulullah
[sallallaahu alayhi wasallam] is following his Sunnah. Expressing our anger at
the disrespect to Rasulullah [sallallaahu alayhi wasallam] is important but it
will be hypocritical if we do not emulate the outward appearance, beard,
dressing, etc. and noble character of Rasulullah [sallallaahu alayhi wasallam].
Every one should obtain a kitaab on the Sunnats of Rasulullah
[sallallaahu alayhi wasallam] and implement that in our lives and pass this over to others.

10. Forward this message as wide as possible.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
By Mufti Ebrahim Desai
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