VIRAL: Social media for Charlie Hebdo
On social media, people across the world showed their solidarity with the publication by posting hashtag #JeSuisCharlie (I am Charlie), which trended worlwide, including versions in Arabic.
"The highest level of courage is giving your life for creative freedom. #JeSuisCharlie," tweeted @umek_1605.
Cartoons for Charlie Hebdo
Charlie Hebdo gained notoriety in February 2006 when it reprinted cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that had originally appeared in Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, causing fury across the Muslim world.
The January 7 shooting by alleged Islamist gunmen is tagged as an attack by terrorists and on freedom of speech.
The most eloquent responses to the tragedy have come from cartoonists, said "crowd tickler" @daraobriain on Twitter.
"I am a Muslim but I strongly condemn, despise and abhor this act of plain barbarianism. There is no doubt that some people did offend billions of people but that does not justify this brutal and inhuman act. Islam is religion of peace. Islam literally means peace. Islam does not allow killing of civilians, ladies, kids and the old even during war," Facebook user Waqar Ahmed commented on a Facebook post by news organization Al Jazeera.
"Loving the Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam) is a necessary requirement of Iman. Defending his honor is a sign of belief. This is done by following his teachings and practice, not by murdering in his name," posted Dr. Yasir Qadhi.
"Do those who kill others in the name of the Prophet believe that they love him more than the companions?" #NotInOurName, the Qabeelat Asad Montreal (Almaghrib Institute) posted on Facebook.
But @vernsviews questioned the need for this hashtag.
"If we don't ask every Christian if they support extremest views in their religion why do we ask every Muslim if they do? #NotAllMuslims."
"In the end, I want to request my non-muslim friends that please do not stereotype," Waqar Ahmed added.
Interesting to see the amount of people tweeting #JesusIsCharlie. Hope they're just dyslexic— Karl Steel (@Karl_Steel) January 8, 2015
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