It will run its course. 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. Footage shows him attempting to touch her arms and thighs, which is against the venue's policy. 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. 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. My God is greater than that. "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.". Mohammed Shafiq is a fellow Lib Dem Party member and the Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation. What invited such a firestorm? All Maajid Nawaz said was that the cartoons didn't threaten his faith. My God is greater than that". 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. 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. Married father-of-one Maajid Nawaz asked for two private sessions at a strip club in east London. A stranger was stabbed trying to save him. – A supposedly then deradicalised Maajid Nawaz, Al Quds Day, London 2006. Following his tweeting of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) and Prophet Isa (as) and the massive reaction to it, Nawaz wrote a ludicrous […] https://www.quilliaminternational.com/about/staff/maajid-nawaz The original tweet and cartoon can be seen at this link. The incident is indicative of the diverse points of view amongst the British Muslim community. 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. 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. "But I recognise too that there are also Muslims, including devout ones, who take a different view.". Nawaz decided to tweet the cartoon after a BBC programme censored two audience member's shirts displaying innocuous cartoons of the prophet Muhammed. This article was originally published on CentreForum, authored by Maajid Nawaz. 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, a native Briton of Pakistani background, tells a compelling personal story of his odyssey from extremist Islam to enlightenment. 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. 28 January 2014 It will run its course. We made it easy for you to exercise your right to vote! 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. British Muslim politician Maajid Nawaz receives death threats after tweeting a picture of a t-shirt featuring a cartoon of Jesus and Mohammed. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. The furore show why the UK should never again have a blasphemy law. I see it as primarily a free speech issue. https://www.bbc.co.uk/.../cartoon-row-deselection-call-for-lib-dem-maajid-nawaz 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. I argued that just as Muslim women have the right to veil, atheists have the right to wear these T-shirts. 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." When Maajid Nawaz was 15, he was targeted by racist thugs. 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. What happened next? My intention was not to … Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapter, Associate Editor, Huffington Post Religion. If terrorism is done through intimidation and violence to achieve political or social aims, changing one’s actions in the direction of the terrorist’s desires would surely validate the criminal’s actions. The tweeting of a cartoon. There is no city, whether it be Sydney or Los Angeles or London, where you can safely cartoon about the Prophet Mohammed. Maajid Nawaz: I tweeted a cartoon of Jesus and Mo. 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’. 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. ©2021 Verizon Media. By 24 January, a petition to the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Cleggdemanding that … British Muslim politician Maajid Nawaz receives death threats after tweeting a picture of a t-shirt featuring a cartoon of Jesus and Mohammed. In The Guardian, Nawaz explains why he did so:. 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