The Power of the Pen, Solidarity and Silence

Cartoonists from around the globe are using their pens to construct powerful drawings and messages as a show of solidarity and support for the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, after the attack in Paris yesterday.

France’s Islamic groups called upon Muslims across the country to observe a minute of silence along with the rest of the nation today.  Imams were called to condemn the terrorism at their weekly religious services on Friday.  Muslims are also organizing “in massive numbers” to join a national day of solidarity on Sunday when demonstrators will show up in their towns across the country.

The show of solidarity from leaders across the world were joined by The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)  who condemned the attack.

“We condemn this barbaric attack which was seemingly done to undermine freedom of speech. Speech, even when it is offensive to our religious traditions and sensibilities, can never be a justification to kill,” said ISNA president Azhar Azeez.


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