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Every Muslim loves Muhammad (peace be upon him) more than himself and more than everything in his life.

كل مسلم يحب محمد صل الله عليه وسلم أكثر من نفسه وأكثر من كل شئ

German tabloid firebombed after running Charlie Hebdo cartoons; No injuries reported

Here we go again. More violence in Europe against a newspaper who dared to publish a picture that violated the rights of no one.

From Reuters:

A German tabloid that reprinted cartoons from the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo lampooning the Prophet Mohammed was targeted in firebombing Sunday, police said.

With security services on high alert after a killing spree in Paris by Islamic extremists, police in the northern German port city of Hamburg said no one was injured in the blaze at the headquarters of the regional daily Hamburger Morgenpost, which caused only slight damage.

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"He said something mean about someone that I like, therefore I will kill him." Really?

It’s like we’re in fifth grade, only the bullies have bombs and guns.

I am NOT Bil Keane, I am NOT A Wyatt Mann, and I am NOT Charlie Hebdo. I am mike is Posers.

I Am NOT Charlie Hebdo

As a “cartoonist” I suppose I should weigh in on current events:

From what I’ve seen of Hebdo’s Muhammad cartoons, they often rely on the taboo of depicting what one is not supposed to depict. Like many racist, sexist, domestic abuse, or “rape” jokes, a poorly crafted joke that is solely dependent on shock value, is usually pretty fucking weak.

I find that most political cartoons are not crafted to get a good laugh, they exist so that some 9-5 bozo sipping a morning coffee, can adjust their tie while thinking to themselves: “That’s so true. It’s about time somebody said it.”

In my opinion, Hebdo inspires more Islamophobia than laughs.

Usually our culture praises violent responses to racism. A couple of years ago I was on stage working for DKM when a skinhead fan got on stage and started throwing nazi salutes. DKM’s frontman Ken Casey, dropped his bass and walked over to punch the skinhead. A fight broke out and several members of the entourage, including two professional boxers fought the skinhead and removed him from the show. I have to assume that this guy got exactly what he wanted. He got the attention and violence he was seeking. The whole thing was caught on video and soon everyone from TMZ to the hippy dippy Brooklyn Vegan .com were praising Casey for his heroic act- violence against a racist.

Obviously, there would’ve been a different reaction if Casey had walked up and shot the guy in the head. But there would still be plenty of people out there singing his praises. Who hasn’t heard the slogan “The only good nazi is a dead nazi.”

There are some significant differences between your average racist foot soldier and the published cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo. Most “nazi” skinheads are just confused, troubled, and misguided outcasts. Most embrace and welcome violence. What they all have in common is a willingness to face intense hatred and disgust from almost every person they encounter. The racism that came from Charlie Hebdo, is far more insidious. These cartoons provoked anti-muslim sentiment that permeated throughout French culture. These comics were popularized in a country with a Muslim minority. Unlike your average neo-nazi, the racists behind these cartoons were both praised for their defiance, and rewarded with salaries.

I acknowledge that there are a lot of backwards ideologies in the Muslim world, but the Western world has a long way to go before we can comfortably judge the rest of humanity. We use the lesser behavior of others as a crutch and an excuse to neglect our own self improvement.

If you are not offended by racist caricatures which mock the value system of an entire culture, you are entitled to your opinion. The question is, where do you draw the line? Do you embrace artistic camaraderie with artists who draw racist caricatures of Jews and Blacks? I do not believe in this bogus community of cartoonists. What we have in common is that we all express ourselves through doodles. While there are tons of cartoonists that I admire, there’s also cartoonists like the guy who draws Family Circus. Worse than that, there are cartoonists like A Wyatt Mann, champion of the White Aryan Resistance. If you ARE Charlie Hebdo, prepare yourself to also BE A Wyatt Mann when he gets gunned down by the New Black Panther Party.

I will not be drawing any cartoons of Muhammad. This isn’t only because I have no interest, it wouldn’t be relevant to my style, and I have yet to see a good opportunity for a joke… It is because people are willing to kill over this. Think about that. If you can prove that you are willing to murder me if I draw a cartoon that you don’t like, you fuckin’ win! I give credit where credit’s due.

To be clear to all of my readers and potential NSA spies. I think that all religious extremists are despicable fools. I would never align myself with any organized religion, extreme or otherwise.

To my fellow artists: Be safe out there, but don’t confuse my sentiment. Draw whatever you want to draw. Say whatever you want to say. I would no sooner tell you what not to draw than I would tell a punk not to wear death skulls or swastikas. It’s your choice to do what you want to do, but you better own it, and you better brace yourself for the impact.

Unless you are gagged and bound, there is no such thing as suppression of free speech. Even if the things you say get you killed, you still got to say them. And there’s only fear to stop the next person from saying those same things.

شعر تراثي رائع لقيس بن الملوح - لما تلاقينا على سفح رامة

و لمَّا تَلاقينا على ســـــــفحِ رامَةٍ ** وجدتُ بنان الـــــــعامريَّةِ أحمرا
فقلتُ خضبتِ الكفَّ على فراقنا؟! ** فقالت : معاذ الله , ذلك ما جرى
ولكنَّنِــــــي لـــــــما وجدتُكَ راحلاً ** بكيتُ دماً حتى بللــت به الثرى
مسحت بأطراف البنانِ مدامعي ** فصار خضاباً في اليدين كــما ترى
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شرح الأبيات !!
وهي أن قيس ابن الملوح كان يريد أن يسافر فسألته ليلى الى أين انت ذاهب؟ فقال:اريد ان أسافر لأنشر شعري وأبحث عن رزق لي واعود . ثم سألته متى ستعود فأجابها بأنه لايدري.
ومرت السنون والاعوام ثم عاد ولما عاد وجد أطراف أصابع حبيبته ليلى أصبح لونها أحمر ..وكان في زمنهم ان من حنت(خضبت كفوفها) مخطوبه اي يفهم انها مخطوبه ..
فقال لها:هل خضبتي كفك ياليلى بعد فراقي وانخطبتي؟؟
قالت : لا ولكنني منذ رحيلك وانا ابكي حتى ابتل الثرى( الارض او التراب)
وكل يوم امسح دموعي بيدي حتى دمت (سال منها الدم) يداي.

الأغنية مصورة في الأستوديو :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNltnEU8t0ow

غناء و الحان الغناء و عزف بيانو:
عبدالرحمن محمد
عزف موسيقى الجيتار وتوزيع و الحان الموسيقى :
مهاب عمر

تصوير : أحمد فؤاد
مساعد مصور : محمود مرزوق
إنتاج فيديو : MONOCHROME Films

بلاي ليست لأغاني عبدالرحمن محمد كلها
https://soundcloud.com/ahmed-hamdy-2-1/sets/abdulrahman-mohammed-relaxawy

Charlie Hebdo's Wednesday edition will include mockery of Mohammed

You have to admire this kind of bold defiance in the face of evil. 

from Reuters:

The Charlie Hebdo attackers, two French-born brothers of Algerian origin, singled out the weekly for its publication of cartoons depicting and ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad.

Charlie Hebdo’s remaining members are working on an eight page issue due to come out on Wednesday with a one-million copy print run. Its lawyer, Richard Malka, told France Info radio there would be caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.

"We will not give in. The spirit of ‘I am Charlie’ means the right to blaspheme ," he said, adding that the front page would be released Monday evening.

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Muslims around the world should pay attention: you can disagree with things a person says but still support that person’s right to say it.  I believe the Charlie Hebdo massacre will prove to be a turning point for the West.  We will no longer bow down to those who try to squelch the freedom of speech.  

Most of the western world’s governments have provisions protecting the free and peaceful practice of one’s religion, including Islam.  That is as it should be.  However, that freedom is a two-way street that must include the freedom of others to disagree and criticize.  

It is frequently said that “Islam is a religion of peace.”  To those who would say so, I challenge you: prove it.  Stand with Charlie Hebdo. Stand up for the liberties of those who disagree with you.  After all, it’s easy to live in “peace” if nobody ever says anything to offend you. However, true peace means loving your enemies as well as your friends.