While many around the world are condemning the attacks on satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, scores of Muslims are expressing support for the murders.
The magazine and its staff appear to have become targets because of another round of cartoons and jokes about Islam and the Prophet Muhammed. The magazine was attacked in 2011 and 2012 for similar cartoons.
Among the 12 killed are reportedly four cartoonists who had worked at the magazine for decades.
Some supporters of the masked gunmen, who shouted “Allah Akbar” (God is great in Arabic), have cropped up online.
Some of them took to Twitter to express their views on the attack.
May Allah swt reward our brothers in France who are real men, fear & love Allah swt, who have gheera and took revenge for the Ummah. #IS
— Abu Dujana (@AbuHeadshot) January 7, 2015
— Al Muwahideen Media (@muwahideenmedia) January 7, 2015
Sh. Al-Awlaki “Insulting the Prophet is like the one who looks up at the sun & spits at it: the spit falls back on his face.” #CharlieHebdo
— DMIS (@Dutch_Mujaahid) January 7, 2015
pic.twitter.com/tidUYr9YfP 11 person or pigs killed by unknowns in France during the attack de newapaper wich made fun of prophet muhammad pboh
— لنا مرهفات الفلوجة 3 (@abuabdu387) January 7, 2015
However, other Muslims took to Twitter to condemn the attacks.
— R.K. Al-Amin (@rkalamin) January 7, 2015
Being a Muslim, it always hurts when our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SM) is mocked. BUT it still doesn’t justify any kind of killing.
— Ahad Farhan (@aahadrulz) January 7, 2015
Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) forgave and prayed for his worst enemies. He taught us to tolerate, love and forgive. #CharlieHebdo
— Patakha Guddi (@filmyjoyo) January 7, 2015