Every philosopher, prophet, scientist and great political and social reformer of their day has started as a heretic. 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. This panel discussion explores the issues quite well. 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. No! A Minhaj-ul-Quran UK spokesman said "We call on Maajid Nawaz to apologise for his mistake of tweeting the cartoon. 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. Footage shows him attempting to touch her arms and thighs, which is against the venue's policy. Maajid Nawaz and cartoon politics. All rights reserved. Maajid Nawaz: I tweeted a cartoon of Jesus and Mo. Nawaz decided to tweet the cartoon after a BBC programme censored two audience member's shirts displaying innocuous cartoons of the prophet Muhammed. The furore show why the UK should never again have a blasphemy law. British Muslim politician Maajid Nawaz receives death threats after tweeting a picture of a t-shirt featuring a cartoon of Jesus and Mohammed. 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. It will run its course. Maajid Nawaz tweeting out a cartoon is a completely different context. He commented on a picture, saying nothing more than he wasn’t offended by it! "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. Nawaz, a former member of the radical Hizb ut-Tahrir who became an anti-extremism activist, is … So tweeted Maajid Nawaz, prospective Liberal Democratic parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn, last night. Following the beheading of a teacher in Paris by an Islamic extremist, Last December Bastani had responded to Nawaz's criticism of Jeremy Corbyn by tweeting that Nawaz was "literally a former terrorist". By 24 January, a petition to the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Cleggdemanding that … Maajid Nawaz defends decision to tweet controversial cartoon Lib Dem candidate says he aimed to defend his religion 'against those who have hijacked … There is no city, whether it be Sydney or Los Angeles or London, where you can safely cartoon about the Prophet Mohammed. "This is not about freedom of speech, this is about the behavior of a parliamentary candidate," he said. 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. An open letter to Maajid Nawaz: on Islamism, Charlie Hebdo and free speech. Murders in France over cartoons of Mohammed conjure up images of Europe in centuries past when people were put to death for blasphemy. "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.". 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. ©2021 Verizon Media. Married father-of-one Maajid Nawaz asked for two private sessions at a strip club in east London. Part of HuffPost Religion. 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. 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. By Khadija Khan . Maajid Nawaz has had death threats on Twitter. 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." The original tweet and cartoon can be seen at this link. What happened next? Maajid Nawaz believes in the right to offend. 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. The Maajid Nawaz "Jesus and Mo" cartoon tweet furore raises many questions. A stranger was stabbed trying to save him. Mohammed Shafiq is a fellow Lib Dem Party member and the Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation. The Telegraph Updated Apr. In recent years Nawaz has become highly critical of the hard left and has called for a national inquiry into Muslim grooming gangs. British Muslim politician Maajid Nawaz receives death threats after tweeting a picture of a t-shirt featuring a cartoon of Jesus and Mohammed. The Telegraph Updated Apr. 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. 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. 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. You may be familiar with Maajid Nawaz from his weekend slot on LBC Radio or regular appearances on Sky's The Pledge. Maajid Nawaz, a native Briton of Pakistani background, tells a compelling personal story of his odyssey from extremist Islam to enlightenment. 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. The incident is indicative of the diverse points of view amongst the British Muslim community. 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.". 28 January 2014 My intention was not to … https://www.bbc.co.uk/.../cartoon-row-deselection-call-for-lib-dem-maajid-nawaz ... A few years ago, you faced death threats after tweeting a cartoon of Muhammad and Jesus. 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. He had every right to be incandescent. And that’s why today I’m calling him a donkey (apologies in advance to all donkeys). "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 God is greater than that". When Maajid Nawaz was 15, he was targeted by racist thugs. A lot of the hostility towards Maajid Nawaz from muslims I would speculate comes from his behaviour appearing inconsistent and Machiavellian. 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. This article was originally published on CentreForum, authored by Maajid Nawaz. 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. An explanation of the background, the religious issues and the policy implications. Photograph: Linda Nylind/The Guardian Sun 9 Aug 2015 15.00 EDT Maajid Nawaz received threats of violence – including beheading - and an online petition was started against his bid to become MP in 2015. It will run its course. 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. Having turned his back on Islamism he went on to form Quilliam, a think tank opposed to Islamist ideology. The tweeting of a cartoon. 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. 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." The tweet has sparked a raging debate about what constitutes as offensive, journalistic integrity, and freedom of expression. He didn't advocate that muslims should draw pictures of Muhammed or anything else that actually challenges orthodoxy. Maajid Nawaz, a native Briton of Pakistani background, tells a compelling personal story of his odyssey from extremist Islam to enlightenment. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. You did so because of your desire to defend freedom of speech and to challenge Islamic blasphemy laws. On January 12, Maajid Nawaz tweeted an image of a cartoon that he said need not offend anyone. 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. 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. 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. 27th October 2016 1st July 2019 admin. Photograph: David Levene, Why I'm speaking up for Islam against the loudmouths who have hijacked it. 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. Parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz has received violent threats after posting a cartoon to Twitter featuring Jesus and the Prophet Mohammed. 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". Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapter, Associate Editor, Huffington Post Religion. What invited such a firestorm? 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. Tag: Maajid Nawaz cartoon The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Demand for Anti-Muslim Bigotry. The Muslim candidate for the UK Parliament tweeted an utterly innocuous cartoon of Jesus and Mohammad. All Maajid Nawaz said was that the cartoons didn't threaten his faith. The matter of drawing or painting pictures of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, is not even … When Maajid Nawaz was 15, he was targeted by racist thugs. An open letter to Maajid Nawaz: on Islamism, Charlie Hebdo and free speech. 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. ", 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'?". Today is National Voter Registration Day! Petitions from both sides of the divide have sprung up, demanding action by party leadership. Maajid also attached a picture of the cartoon. Some Muslims, having just argued for their own right to veil, took issue with the students. Others are threatening his murder. 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. 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 … An explanation of the background, the religious issues and the policy implications. 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. 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