Where is the concept of forgiveness in Islam?

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A Jordanian writer has been shot dead outside court where he was due to face charges for sharing a caricature on social media that was seen as insulting Islam.

The gunman was arrested at the scene, state news agency Petra said. A security source said he was a 39-year-old Muslim preacher in a mosque in the capital.

Writer Nahed Hattar, a Christian and an anti-Islamist activist was arrested last month after he shared a caricature that depicted a bearded man in heaven smoking in bed with women and asking God to bring him wine and cashews.

In the cartoon, the man also asks God to clear his dishes and put a door on his tent and knock before entering.

Many conservative Muslim Jordanians considered Mr Hattar’s move offensive and against their religion. The authorities said he violated the law by sharing the caricature.

The state news agency quoted a security source as saying Mr Hattar was killed by a man who fired three shots at him on the steps of the palace of justice in the Jordanian capital.

We covered this story as it came up before, and it leads to thoughts about the differences between Islam and Christianity.

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Number of deaths: 0

Number of assaults: 0

Number of burned down religious buildings: 0

Then there was a photograph of a crucified Christ inside a jar of urine, titled Piss Christ.

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Number of deaths: 0

Number of assaults: 0

Number of burned down religious buildings: 0

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I have no doubt that people, especially followers of a specific faith, will find these things deeply offensive.

But there is such a clear difference between the reactions from Christians and those from Muslims.

To be killed for sharing a cartoon with others; not even having drawn or published it yourself…

How can this be a Religion of Peace?

Where is the concept of forgiveness?  Love for all people?

 

– Reuters via Newshub


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