Maajid Nawaz Yesterday at 8:26 AM As the Charlie Hebdo magazine attack trial begins in Paris, remember ... that 12 innocent people were murdered by jihadists, over cartoons. Nick Clegg responded to the uproar by sending a letter to Mohammed Shafiq which acknowledged the tweet's offensive nature for many Muslims, while still upholding Nawaz's right to express himself in accordance with the principals of the Liberal Democrat party. There is no city, whether it be Sydney or Los Angeles or London, where you can safely cartoon about the Prophet Mohammed. Part of HuffPost Religion. The politician, who is founder of the Quilliam Foundation, an anti-extremist think-tank, tweeted what he believes is a "bland" image and stated that "as a Muslim, I did not feel threatened by it. Aaron Bastani and Maajid Nawaz Commie journalist Aaron Bastani was forced into a humiliating apology last weekend over a tweet in which he labelled radio presenter Maajid Nawaz a 'former terrorist'. As Trump and Netanyahu double-tapped the two-state solution with all the cruelty and clinicism of the IDF commando who murdered the defenseless human-rights activist Furkan Dogan aboard the Mavi Marmara, the supposed two-states advocate Maajid Nawaz was silent. Others have risen to his defense, arguing that such a strong and virulent response to a piece of media is unwarranted. An open letter to Maajid Nawaz: on Islamism, Charlie Hebdo and free speech. This panel discussion explores the issues quite well. ... A few years ago, you faced death threats after tweeting a cartoon of Muhammad and Jesus. When Maajid Nawaz was 15, he was targeted by racist thugs. Every philosopher, prophet, scientist and great political and social reformer of their day has started as a heretic. On January 12, Maajid Nawaz tweeted an image of a cartoon that he said need not offend anyone. The original tweet and cartoon can be seen at this link. Married father-of-one Maajid Nawaz asked for two private sessions at a strip club in east London. Parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz has received violent threats after posting a cartoon to Twitter featuring Jesus and the Prophet Mohammed. My God is greater than that. Maajid Nawaz, a native Briton of Pakistani background, tells a compelling personal story of his odyssey from extremist Islam to enlightenment. It also raises questions about how political parties engage with Muslim voters. The Telegraph Updated Apr. Maajid Nawaz and cartoon politics. Today is National Voter Registration Day! You may be familiar with Maajid Nawaz from his weekend slot on LBC Radio or regular appearances on Sky's The Pledge. Maajid Nawaz, who is running to be an MP in Hampstead and Kilburn, said he tweeted the image and stated he did not feel it threatened him in order to defend his religion "against those who have hijacked it because they shout the loudest". In keeping with mainstream Islamic tradition 5Pillarz will not re-publish the cartoon but you can see what Maajid Nawaz has done and said by accessing his Twitter feed @MaajidNawaz. "But I recognise too that there are also Muslims, including devout ones, who take a different view.". Two students were wearing T-shirts depicting a stick figure of Jesus saying "Hi" to a stick figure called Mo, who replied: "How you doin'?" British Muslim politician Maajid Nawaz receives death threats after tweeting a picture of a t-shirt featuring a cartoon of Jesus and Mohammed. I see it as primarily a free speech issue. By 24 January, a petition to the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Cleggdemanding that … A former Islamic extremist, he spent five years in an Egyptian prison for trying to topple the Mubarak government and establish a caliphate. The events that are still unfolding from that innocuous act deserve attention, and I can’t phrase it any better than did Kenan Malik: on the importance of the right to offend ‘Thank you @Channel4News you just pushed us liberal Muslims further into a ditch’. There have been calls from Ramadhan Foundation's Mohammed Shafiq, Muslim commentator Mo Ansar, and Bradford Respect MP George Galloway for the Liberal Democrats to drop Nawaz as a parliamentary candidate. 27th October 2016 1st July 2019 admin. He explained why he posted the image in a blog on The Guardian: On 12 January I participated in a BBC debate on human rights and religious rights. Following the beheading of a teacher in Paris by an Islamic extremist, Maajid Nawaz branded the actions 'incredibly stupid' and called on Muslims across the globe to condemn the attack. He appeared on Channel 4 to argue that Nawaz's action was inappropriate behavior for a parliamentary candidate and was damaging to the party at large. It will run its course. British Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz caused an uproar on Twitter after sharing a cartoon of Jesus and Muhammad greeting each other, along with the caption, "This is not offensive and I’m sure God is greater than to feel threatened by it." – A supposedly then deradicalised Maajid Nawaz, Al Quds Day, London 2006. He commented on a picture, saying nothing more than he wasn’t offended by it! And if you want to complain about his actions to the Lib Dems you can reach them on the following e-mail J.Tarrant@libdems.org.uk or by ringing 020 7227 7999. My intention was to demonstrate that Muslims are able to see things we don't like, yet remain calm and pluralist, and to demonstrate that there are Muslims who care more about the thousands of deaths in Iraq, Pakistan and Syria than we do about what a student is wearing. A lot of the hostility towards Maajid Nawaz from muslims I would speculate comes from his behaviour appearing inconsistent and Machiavellian. A Minhaj-ul-Quran UK spokesman said "We call on Maajid Nawaz to apologise for his mistake of tweeting the cartoon. "My intention was to carve out a space to be heard without constantly fearing the blasphemy charge, on pain of death," he wrote. Photograph: Linda Nylind/The Guardian Sun 9 Aug 2015 15.00 EDT Last week, Nick Clegg, the Lib Dem leader, intervened to say he strongly supported Nawaz's right to express his views and condemned death threats as "totally unacceptable". An explanation of the background, the religious issues and the policy implications. Maajid Nawaz, a native Briton of Pakistani background, tells a compelling personal story of his odyssey from extremist Islam to enlightenment. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. British Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz caused an uproar on Twitter after sharing a cartoon of Jesus and Muhammad greeting each other, along with the caption, “This is not offensive and I’m sure God is greater than to feel threatened by it.” I am acutely aware of the populist sentiment in Britain that derides Muslims who seek special treatment for their sensibilities, so I tweeted the bland image and stated that, as a Muslim, I did not feel threatened by it. All Maajid Nawaz said was that the cartoons didn't threaten his faith. Writing in the Guardian, the politician said his intention was "not to speak for any Muslim but myself" but he hoped it would send a message that Muslims are able to see things they dislike and remain calm and pluralist. The furore show why the UK should never again have a blasphemy law. After the American cartoon series The Simpsons announced it would stop using white actors to voice non-white characters, Maajid argued that this could lead to actors being "cast" as a specific thing for their whole career, but in terms of the cartoon he was torn. In recent years Nawaz has become highly critical of the hard left and has called for a national inquiry into Muslim grooming gangs. Petitions from both sides of the divide have sprung up, demanding action by party leadership. Parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz has received violent threats after posting a cartoon to Twitter featuring Jesus and the Prophet Mohammed. Others are threatening his murder. The incident is indicative of the diverse points of view amongst the British Muslim community. An open letter to Maajid Nawaz: on Islamism, Charlie Hebdo and free speech. All rights reserved. Murders in France over cartoons of Mohammed conjure up images of Europe in centuries past when people were put to death for blasphemy. Maajid Nawaz's Cartoon Tweet Of Jesus And Muhammad Sparks Death Threats, Conversation, H.M. King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, King of Saudi Arabia & Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, BBC debate on human rights and religious rights, considered taboo in the Islamic tradition, Remove Maajid Nawaz as PPC for Hampstead & Kilburn, Give full support to LibDem PPC Maajid Nawaz and take disciplinary action against party member Mohammed Shafiq, Nick Clegg responded to the uproar by sending a letter, Why I'm speaking up for Islam against the loudmouths who have hijacked it. Lib Dem candidate says he aimed to defend his religion 'against those who have hijacked it because they shout the loudest', Maajid Nawaz, who is running to be an MP in Hampstead and Kilburn, said his intention was 'not to speak for any Muslim but myself'. By Paul Salahuddin Armstrong Following a studio appearance on an episode of BBC Big Questions, Maajid Nawaz, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn, reposted a cartoon via his Twitter account that (allegedly) depicts the prophets Jesus and Muhammad, peace be upon them, saying 'Hey' and 'How ya doin'. Nawaz, a former member of the radical Hizb ut-Tahrir who became an anti-extremism activist, is … And that’s why today I’m calling him a donkey (apologies in advance to all donkeys). Mohammad blasphemed against the polytheist social order of Mecca, Jesus against the monotheistic legalese of the Temple, and Moses before them against the idols of the Children of Israel. Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz has received death threats after tweeting a cartoon. A stranger was stabbed trying to save him. Even I did not understand how he could make such a suggestion. My God is greater than that". "I did it for Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Punjab who was assassinated by his bodyguard for calling for a review of Pakistan's colonial-era blasphemy laws; for Malala Yusufzai, the schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban for wanting an education; and for Muhammad Asghar, a mentally ill British man sentenced to death for 'blasphemy' last week in Pakistan. My intention was to highlight that Muslims can engage in politics without insisting that our own religious values must trump all others' concerns, and to stand before the mob so that other liberal Muslim voices that are seldom heard, women's and men's, could come to the fore. He had every right to be incandescent. The Maajid Nawaz "Jesus and Mo" cartoon tweet furore raises many questions. The matter of drawing or painting pictures of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, is not even … Yesterday Nawaz published a piece in the Guardian about the kerfuffle titled, "Why I'm speaking up for Islam against the loudmouths who have hijacked it." Maajid Nawaz, founder of the anti-extremist organisation the Quilliam Foundation, ... Mr Nawaz posted the cartoon on Twitter in an effort to show that some Muslims were not offended by such images. Whether this action infringes on Parliamentary Candidacy rules within the Liberal Democrats is a different issue, yet knowing the Liberal Democrats, there will be no change to Maajid’s candidacy. Maajid Nawaz tweeting out a cartoon is a completely different context. When Maajid Nawaz was 15, he was targeted by racist thugs. It will run its course. Yesterday, Nawaz and Shafiq released a joint statement saying: "We now call on those on both sides of this argument to return to moderate debate, free of insult and threat and we do so because we believe this is in the interests of our party, of the wider Muslim community in Britain and of the principles of peace to which Islam is committed.". Maajid Nawaz tweeting out a cartoon is a completely different context. In 2014, Nawaz received death threats after tweeting a Jesus and Mo cartoon alluding to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Maajid Nawaz Yesterday at 8:26 AM As the Charlie Hebdo magazine attack trial begins in Paris, remember ... that 12 innocent people were murdered by jihadists, over cartoons. Maajid also attached a picture of the cartoon. Maajid Nawaz believes in the right to offend. They wrote, “We now call on those on both sides of this argument to return to moderate debate, free of insult and threat and we do so because we believe this is in the interests of our Party, of the wider Muslim community in Britain and of the principles of peace to which Islam is committed.”. Muslim politician Maajid Nawaz tweeted a picture of a t-shirt with a crudely-drawn cartoon entitled 'Jesus and Mo' which he describes as an "innocuous" and … A Muslim Liberal Democrat candidate has revealed he tweeted a cartoon of Muhammad and Jesus because of his desire to speak freely without fearing a charge of blasphemy, even though it prompted death threats and calls for him to stand down. The Muslim candidate for the UK Parliament tweeted an utterly innocuous cartoon of Jesus and Mohammad. Tag: Maajid Nawaz cartoon The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Demand for Anti-Muslim Bigotry. Mohammad blasphemed against the polytheist social order of Mecca, Jesus against the monotheistic legalese of the Temple, and Moses before them against the idols of the Children of Israel. I argued that just as Muslim women have the right to veil, atheists have the right to wear these T-shirts. This sparked a petition to have him dismissed as a parliamentary candidate, including by Mohammed Shafiq, a Lib Dem activist, and a series of death threats. He didn't advocate that muslims should draw pictures of Muhammed or anything else that actually challenges orthodoxy. Channel 4 News had just held a debate about the Jesus and Mo cartoons and about the campaign to deselect Nawaz for tweeting one of the cartoons, not finding them offensive. Some Muslims, having just argued for their own right to veil, took issue with the students. Summary. "I very much recognise and respect that the visual depiction of the Prophet Muhammad is regarded as deeply offensive and distressing to you and many other Muslims in the UK and beyond," Clegg wrote. Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapter, Associate Editor, Huffington Post Religion. My intention was not to … The furore show why the UK should never again have a … Photograph: David Levene, Why I'm speaking up for Islam against the loudmouths who have hijacked it. Maajid Nawaz, co-founder of the Quilliam Foundation, complained on social media that a Guardian interview was a ‘hatchet job’. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. 27th October 2020 28th October 2020 admin. Maajid Nawaz has had death threats on Twitter. Well so do I, writes Roshan Muhammed Salih. There have been calls from Ramadhan Foundation's Mohammed Shafiq, Muslim commentator Mo Ansar, and Bradford Respect MP George Galloway for the Liberal Democrats to drop Nawaz as a parliamentary candidate. Even if Maajid had drawn a cartoon, which he didn’t, issuing death threats is most certainly not the way to protest against that… The image Maajid Nawaz commented on. A stranger was stabbed trying to save him. Dear Maajid, First of all, I would like to acknowledge that you have long been an inspiration to many people from Muslim backgrounds, who were keen to reconcile their religious beliefs with human rights. So tweeted Maajid Nawaz, prospective Liberal Democratic parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn, last night. Last December Bastani had responded to Nawaz's criticism of Jeremy Corbyn by tweeting that Nawaz was "literally a former terrorist". After tweeting this, Maajid Nawaz was quickly met with a barrage of disagreement and shock from loyal friends and followers. Maajid Nawaz received threats of violence – including beheading - and an online petition was started against his bid to become MP in 2015. One in particular read as follows: “This Jesus & Mo @JandMo cartoon is not offensive & I’m sure God is greater than to feel threatened by it.” Maajid also attached a picture of the cartoon. This article was originally published on CentreForum, authored by Maajid Nawaz Every philosopher, prophet, scientist and great political and social reformer of their day has started as a heretic. The tweeting of a cartoon. An explanation of the background, the religious issues and the policy implications. This article was originally published on CentreForum, authored by Maajid Nawaz. "This is not about freedom of speech, this is about the behavior of a parliamentary candidate," he said. https://www.bbc.co.uk/.../cartoon-row-deselection-call-for-lib-dem-maajid-nawaz Following his tweeting of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) and Prophet Isa (as) and the massive reaction to it, Nawaz wrote a ludicrous […] Currently on my nightstand is Sam’s newest book, Islam and the Future of Tolerance, a short dialogue with Maajid Nawaz. "That's why 60 Muslim organizations and individuals wrote to the leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg, that's why a number of us will be meeting the leadership tomorrow.". Shafiq, who is chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, later said on Twitter that he continues to think Nawaz's position as a parliamentary candidate is untenable and strongly objects to his tweeting of the cartoon. Whether this action infringes on Parliamentary Candidacy rules within the Liberal Democrats is a different issue, yet knowing the Liberal Democrats, there will be no change to Maajid’s candidacy. Footage shows him attempting to touch her arms and thighs, which is against the venue's policy. ", The row blew up after Nawaz took part in a BBC debate where two students were wearing t-shirts depicting a stick figures of stick figure of Jesus saying "Hi" to a stick figure called Mo, who replied: "How you doin'?". Did Maajid Nawaz draw any cartoons? By Amjad Khan The well-known British political commentator Douglas Murray once observed that sections of the political left, known as the regressive left, have a supply and demand problem with bigotry. The ”deradicalisation” of Maajid Nawaz from Islamist propagandist to ”friend of Israel” can be explained by amorality and by the pandering to the vested interests whose donations are keeping the Quilliam Foundation in existence and Maajid Nawaz in three-piece-suits. Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz has received death threats after tweeting a cartoon. A petition has been set up on Change.org in support of Maajid Nawaz, the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn, who posted an innocuous 'Jesus and Mo' cartoon on his Twitter timeline and stated that he, as a Muslim, was not offended by the content. ©2021 Verizon Media. You did so because of your desire to defend freedom of speech and to challenge Islamic blasphemy laws. In The Guardian, Nawaz explains why he did so:. 28 January 2014 https://www.quilliaminternational.com/about/staff/maajid-nawaz Maajid Nawaz argued that "it is indeed more blasphemous in Islamic theology to think that God is that weak," than it is to draw a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammed. Mohammed Shafiq is a fellow Lib Dem Party member and the Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation. British Muslim politician Maajid Nawaz receives death threats after tweeting a picture of a t-shirt featuring a cartoon of Jesus and Mohammed. Maajid Nawaz is a counter-extremist, author, columnist, broadcaster and Founding Chairman of Quilliam – a globally active organisation focusing on matters of integration, citizenship & identity, religious freedom, immigration, extremism and terrorism. Nawaz and Shafiq released a joint statement yesterday as well, which acknowledged the differences of opinion within the British Muslim community on the issue while urging a more civilized debate. No! What happened next? Maajid Nawaz: I tweeted a cartoon of Jesus and Mo. My aim was to carve out a space where Muslims can be heard without fearing the blasphemy charge Having turned his back on Islamism he went on to form Quilliam, a think tank opposed to Islamist ideology. One petitioning Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg to "Remove Maajid Nawaz as PPC for Hampstead & Kilburn" has drawn over 21,000 signatures, while the counter-petition "Give full support to LibDem PPC Maajid Nawaz and take disciplinary action against party member Mohammed Shafiq" has garnered over 7,000 signatures. Respect Party politician George Galloway called on Muslims, via a tweet, not to vote for the Liberal Democrats while Nawaz is one of their candidates. He wrote. The Telegraph Updated Apr. By Khadija Khan . Maajid Nawaz defends decision to tweet controversial cartoon Lib Dem candidate says he aimed to defend his religion 'against those who have hijacked … The tweet has sparked a raging debate about what constitutes as offensive, journalistic integrity, and freedom of expression. Maajid Nawaz received threats of violence – including beheading ... drew the ire of critics by publishing a cartoon of the prophet of Islam on his Twitter timeline. We made it easy for you to exercise your right to vote! As visual depictions of the Prophet Muhammad are considered taboo in the Islamic tradition, Nawaz has received death threats from some offended Muslims, despite the fact that he didn't draw the cartoon or wear the t-shirt that featured it. What invited such a firestorm? Thousands are demanding Maajid Nawaz’s deselection as a candidate for office. Following the beheading of a teacher in Paris by an Islamic extremist, Nawaz is one of the truly compelling contemporary public figures. 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