Je Suis Muhammad

Hey. Muhammad here. Full name is Abū al-Qāsim Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib ibn Hāshim. But that’s a hell of a mouthful, and it makes me tired even to think about it. So you can just call me Mo.

And you don’t need to add that “peace be upon him” horseshit whenever you say my name. I never said anywhere that people needed to do that. It’s not in the Quran. Try there to find it. You won’t. And it certainly never happened while I was alive, people burbling my way “peace be upon i'm meyou” every time they invoked my name. If they had, I never would have heard anything. All the shit said to me would have been all clogged up in “peace be upon you’s,” and I would have had to just say “fuck it” and go back in the tent. It’s annoying. Cut it out. It’s like some kind of weird freaking Tourette’s syndrome. Dudes: if you find you simply must add an appellation, for Christ’s sake try a little variety. Toss in a “bees be upon him.” Or “peas be upon him.” Or “fleas be upon him.” Something. Anything.

You know what else isn’t in the Quran? Any horseshit about it being forbidden to portray me pictorially. It just ain’t in there, hoss. Try to find it. You won’t. Paint, draw, sculpt likenesses of me. I don’t give a shit. Hell, if I were down there now, I’d probably be snapping selfies, and zooming them all through the tubes. Fact is, there are millions of likenesses of me down there on the planet as we speak. They’ve been churning them out in India, for instance, for eons. The Shia version of people who think they know what I’m about, pictures of me are quite common among those folks. The idea that it’s some massive no-no to depict me is a relatively new and not at all benign brain-fart of those stone-mad stick-butt Wahhabist fucks in Saudi Arabia, who’ve gone so psychotic sniffing all that oil they’re now separating men and women even on airplanes and lashing some blogger 1000 times because he “insulted Islam.” The fuck? He didn’t insult me.

And neither did those Charlie Hebdo people. Some of those cartoons about me, they’re pretty cool. Take that one up above there. Where I’m covering my eyes, and saying “it’s hard to be loved by idiots.” That’s true. And in fact, I say that up here all the time. We all do—Lilith, Shakti, Jesus, Buddha, Zeus, Hecate, Thor, Aphrodite—all the boys and girls. All of us have to deal with people doing what it is they want to do, and then claiming it’s because we want them to do it. Well, hooorrrrsssse-shit. It’s enough to drive a man to drink. Which, yeah, I do. Every now and again. Because you know what else is not in the Quran? Any full-bore prohibition against drinking intoxicating liquors. So yeah. I take a nip. Here and there. Like when useless little shit-pieces who think they’re of me shoot up a bunch of anarchist pacifists who drew pictures of me that I nowhere prohibited and that I actually like. Take a look at the video below, of the dead people creating the cartoon reproduced above. These were good guys. They knew what it was like, to be me.

The useless little shit-pieces who killed the Hebdo people, they just wanted to kill. That’s all. They wanted to kill, needed to kill, were going to kill; when they finally did kill, they just lied like motherfuckers that they were killing for me. Take the Cherif shit-piece: originally, more than a decade ago, he wandered around everywhere with a massive Thanatos boner wanting to kill Jews. Some Jews, any Jews, so long as they were Jews, and he could kill them. But then some yeehaw who thinks he knows me told the Cherif shit-piece he’d be better off killing Americans in Iraq. So then he was going to do that. But, like a dope-ass, the Cherif shit-piece missed the plane. But his brother, the shit-piece Said, later did catch a plane to Yemen, where an American yeehaw showed him a list of people the yeehaw thought I’d want killed, and one of them was the Hebdo editor Charb. So, the Thanatos upon them—just like it had been upon that Gomer Kyle shit-piece who thought the Christian god wanted him to kill, and kill, and kill—the Cherif shit-piece, and the Said shit-piece, burst into Hebdo, and blew the boys away.

And girls. They blew the girls away. The stinking little Cherif and Said dingleberries, when they were on their would-be Bonnie and Clyde run, several times bloviated that they didn’t kill women. But they lied. Lied like dogs. Lied like dog shit. Lied like the maggots in dog shit. Because back there at Hebdo, they’d killed a woman. Elsa Cayat, psychoanalyst and Hebdo columnist. But to them, she wasn’t a woman. She was a Jew. And deadthey salivated to kill Jews. Because they were maggots in dog shit. “You dirty Jew,” Cayat had been told in anonymous phone calls in the months before her execution. “Stop working for Charlie Hebdo. If you don’t, we will kill you.”

And then, when the Cherif and Said shit-pieces were cornered in a print-shop in Dammartin-en-Goële, their little shit-piece pal, Amedy, burst into a kosher market back in Paris, killed him some Jews, then announced he was holding more Jews hostage until Cherif and Said were released. The Amedy shit-piece said he had intentionally targeted the market because he was intentionally targeting Jews. Because he was a maggot in dog shit.

Go to the Quran and find where it is written that little shit-piece maggots acting in my name should harm or hate Jews. You won’t find it. In fact, there it is written that Jews, as well as Christians, are entitled to special protection.

Sometimes we go off together, Jesus and I, and shoot up. Because we need to go on the nod. Because we just can’t take it anymore. All the Jews killed, over all the centuries, by people claiming they’re acting in our names.

Another thing that isn’t in the Quran that various fuckwads and numb-nuts who claim to speak for me take upon themselves to Command is this horseshit about women having to be veiled or even burqaed. Ain’t in there. Try to find it. You won’t.

I admit there is at one point a note that wimmins yesshould cover their bosoms.

But now, I gotta say, after spending all this time around wimmins like Aphrodite, I take that back. Now I say: women can uncover their bosoms, too. Please.

A word about this Quran. See, the way it worked, is that Allah—god, to you—spoke to Gabriel, who was an angel, and then Gabe spoke to me. I didn’t write anything down, but instead orally transmitted what I remembered to various scribes. I can’t remember who all they were now. Curly, Moe, and Larry, I think. Maybe also Shemp, and even Fake Shemp. They wrote shit down. Then I died. Then Curly, Moe, Larry, Shemp, Fake Shemp, and the rest of the crew got together and bickered over whose rendition of what I allegedly said was Most Right. Then Caliph Uthman bulled in, separated the stooges, and decreed his own personal version of the Most Right Quran. Which only mentions me directly by name four fucking times, incidentally. Which should tell you something.

But then various bigshots felt like they knew more about me than I did, and started slinging together these smelly diarrhetic strings they call hadith. It is in the hadith where much of the worst horseshit resides. But I don’t pay any attention to any hadith, and neither should you.

It should also be pointed out that, in the transmission of info from Allah through Gabriel through me through Curly, Moe, Larry, Shemp, and Fake Shemp, through Caliph Uthman . . . well, things got lost, and even fucked up. This is natural, when shit’s passing orally from one to another to another to another to another, even if some of the anothers are people like god, an angel, or me. As a result, mistakes were made. For sure. For instance, in the Quran can be found sprinkled various indications that at times it’s okay to fight and even kill. I know now that’s totally wrong. We’re all up here in agreement on that. I can’t remember where and from whom the Thanatos crept in, but it doesn’t belong in there, and I repudiate all of it. Wherever in there you might find anything that might all is forgivenlook like it says it might be okay to kill somebody, replace it with this, from the prophet Kenneth Patchen (peas be upon him): “I write along a single line: I never get off it. I said that you were never to kill anyone, and I meant it.”

The shit-pieces weren’t able to execute Hebdo cartoonist Luz (Renald Luzier) because January 7 was his birthday, and he was kinda celebrating, so he came in to work late. And so it is he who has drawn the cover for the Hebdo that will appear tomorrow. I really like it. You can yourself regard it there just above these words.

Luz, he has said:

I had the idea to draw Muhammad because he is my character. Because he exists when I draw him, because he is a character that caused our premises to be firebombed, and later to be treated as irresponsible provocateurs—while we are above all cartoonists who love to draw little guys, like when we were children.”

“The terrorists have been children, too,” Mr. Luzier continued. “They drew like all the children do, and then they lost their sense of humor.”

It’s not the front page the world wanted us to do. But it’s the front page we wanted. It’s not the front page a terrorist would have wanted us to do—there are no terrorists on there.

“There’s just a guy who’s crying. It’s Muhammad. I am sorry, we drew him again. But this Muhammad is, above everything else, a man in tears.”

In all those words, Luz speaks for me.

yours,
Abū al-Qāsim Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib ibn Hāshim

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3 Responses to “Je Suis Muhammad”


  1. 1 sally January 13, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    OMG, oh dear Buddha, oh dear Jesus, oh dear WhomEver It Is Who Holds the Power That Powers us– this is a brilliant piece of writing. Great stuff. Thank you! Namaste. xoxox

    • 2 bluenred January 13, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Thank you.

      Je Suis Charlie “is not just a slogan, you have to live it,” [Charlie Hebdo lawyer Richard] Malka said, calling on the “right to blasphemy.”

      “That’s our fight,” he said, pledging the special issue will mock everything from Charlie Hebdo to the marches to support freedom of speech. “We won’t give in, or all this would have been useless.”

      I had this idea that I was stuck on: to draw my caricature of Mohammed, the one that had started all the chatter. And to do him holding a “Je Suis Charlie” sign. It made me laugh. It was my last-ditch effort. So I drew my little drawing, and I looked at his face, and it made me laugh. I saw this character who had been used in spite of himself by nut jobs who set shit on fire, by terrorists. Humorless assholes: That’s what these terrorists are. Of course everything is forgiven, my man Mohammed. We can overcome, because I managed to draw you. I showed my drawing to Richard Malka, then to Gérard Biard, and then we cried. Because we had it, a cover that looked like us, and that didn’t look like everyone else or like the symbols that have been imposed on us over the last few days. Not a cover with bullet holes, but just a cover that makes us laugh.”

      —Luz

  2. 3 bluenred January 13, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Caroline Fourest worked at Charlie Hebdo when it re-published the cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed. Karima Bennoune interviewed her for openDemocracy on the day of the Paris attacks.

    Karima Bennoune: What is your political analysis of the attack against the Charlie Hebdo paper where you used to work? How should we understand it?

    Caroline Fourest: Charlie Hebdo has received death threats for more than ten years, since the explosion of the affair of the Mohamed cartoons almost 10 years ago. For Anglophone readers, I should explain that the paper occupies a very particular place on the French political spectrum. It is very leftwing, very anti-racist and very secular all at the same time. It represents something that we cherish in France, this balance to which we are very attached between, on the one hand, the defense of secularism and the struggle against religious fanaticisms in any religion, and on the other, the fight against racism. This is what is so unacceptable for the jihadists. In France, this is what they reject the most.

    Charlie Hebdo re-published the Danish cartoons in solidarity with the Danish cartoonists who were threatened with death in 2006. It is a paper in the skeptical tradition and it makes fun of all religions, so it decided to show these drawings that had not been shown elsewhere. They had not been published in the US for fear of attack, or because of the fear of shocking religious sensibilities. Re-publishing these drawings was our way of defending freedom of expression when faced with fanatics.

    We published a cartoon that tried to differentiate Mohamed from the fundamentalists and showed how upset he was with the stupidity of their violent response to the Danish drawings. (Interviewer’s note: The cartoon in question shows the Prophet Mohamed holding his head in his hands, crying, and saying “it is hard to be loved by idiots.” It is most relevant this week.) Since the time we published those cartoons, we have received death threats at Charlie Hebdo. We faced a court case brought by a Muslim organization which we won. Charlie continued to draw against all religions. We drew against the Pope. But there was more of a polemic when we drew Mohamed. The headquarters of the paper was burned in 2011 in a criminal arson attack. So Charlie Hebdo took refuge in another location where there was a lot of security. They did not even have the name of the newspaper displayed outside. My former colleagues and comrades who were killed on January 7th had been under police protection since 2006. Their lives were never the same since this affair. They knew they were hated by the fanatics.

    KB: What are the best ways for the international community to respond to this attack, and what are the best ways for progressives and secularists elsewhere to stand in solidarity with the victims?

    CF: Make drawings to support freedom of the press. Support the right to make fun of religions, and of extremists. Make fun of the fundamentalists. Continue to have a sense of humour. Continue to smile when they want to prohibit us even from smiling. Support the press. Journalists today are on the frontlines because they defend something which is elementary to our democracy: Our freedom to breathe and to laugh.

    Stand up to incitement on social media. Beyond the mentally ill people who committed this crime at Charlie Hebdo, there have been years of incitement against the journalists of Charlie Hebdo online. They were accused of being Islamophobic simply because they claimed the right to laugh at all religions. It must never be allowed to happen again, this way of designating someone as a target. It must never be accepted again. Such rhetoric must never again be excused.

    Racism must not excuse fundamentalism. And fundamentalism must not excuse racism. We have to unceasingly fight both at the same time.

    KB: In the Anglophone media, some are resorting to a communitarian analysis and blaming the attacks on France’s failure to integrate Muslims. How do you reply to such an analysis?

    CF: It is really the day of idiotic rhetoric. That is what the jihadists expect. The jihadists carry out terrorist attacks to make us idiots. Many countries in the world face terror attacks. We can make a sociological analysis if we want to, but it was not “the Muslims” who attacked Charlie Hebdo. It was three mentally ill people. Those fundamentalists who killed in Algeria in the 1990s, were they Muslims who were not well-integrated in Algeria? Those who resort to such an analysis do not understand that we are facing a political threat, a totalitarian Islamist threat that manifests in terrorism. This analysis is another way of falling into the trap that the extremists offer us.

    We had people born in Normandy who are blond with blue eyes who went to fight with “Islamic State”. There are Muslims who killed many other Muslims, many more Muslims than Westerners. Today there are all sorts of flags flown by fanatics that are used to rally people without humour, without hope, without spirit.

    In fact, secularism is actually working very well in France. 90% of French people are very attached to secularism, including its citizens of Muslim culture. I can tell you that for ten years at Charlie Hebdo, those who sent the most solidarity messages, those who fought on our side the most were of Maghrebin background, whether Muslim or not Muslim.

    KB: As someone who has worked with Charlie Hebdo, as someone who has courageously fought fundamentalism for many years, what are you feeling today?

    CF: I feel an even greater responsibility to continue. I keep with me the images of the faces of my colleagues who have fallen on the front lines of freedom of the press today. I have friends who have been found in their blood, and others who are in shock. The survivors said to each other that we will all meet tomorrow for an editorial meeting. We will make sure the issue will come out next week. We will not have the same sense of humor we used to have, as they killed all of the best French cartoonists in one massacre.

    But, there is no way they will make us put down our pens.


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