In the six days following the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine offices in Paris there have been more than 60 attacks or threats against Muslims or their property. Twenty-six Mosques were the subject of various attacks. With the publication, today, of the latest issue which carries a depiction of the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him), which is always offensive to Muslims, there is danger of extremists on both sides engaging in further needless violence, which neither the Koran or Bible promote.
In Ireland, the Islamic Mustafe Centre has issued guidelines regarding new cartoons published by various media.
In an earlier statement the Islamic Centre strongly condemned the attack unconditionally and expressed their sympathy to all the victims. Part of the statement reads: “Unfortunately there is a problem of extremism and radicalisation among a minority of Muslim Youth in Western countries. We have seen how some Muslim Youth have joined the IS in Iraq and Syria. It is the responsibility of Islamic leaders to highlight the the Peaceful and Just message of Islam in which there is no space for extremism.”
As missionaries committed to the service of Africa and peoples of African origin we note that, despite the horror of the Paris attacks of last week which can never be justified, during the same period the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, killed more than 2,000 people in Nigeria. Yet, it barely rates a mention in most world media.