HYDERABAD, India: A video has emerged showing a Muslim cleric in India leading a funeral prayer for the Kouachi Brothers, where he praises and endorses the mass murder of cartoonists and satirists of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
According to Bharat Press, the video was shot in Hyderabad, the common capital of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and the cleric is Maulana Mohammed Naseeruddin, who is a well known and respected cleric and Khateeb in the old city.
In the video, Maulana Naseeruddin is seen describing the Charlie Hebdo terrorists as “martyrs” and making prayers to Allah for their afterlife. He says, “Our lives are of no meaning if someone, who has insulted the prophet, is still alive.”
The Mullah is also heard condemning the Unity Rally that took place in Paris on Sunday.
Later, talking to the reporter Abuaimal Akram, who uploaded the video on YouTube, Maulana Naseeruddin justified the act of terror at Charlie Hebdo’s office as a deed sanctioned by Islamic traditions.
In fact, he goes on to say (at 3:26 minutes onward in the video above) that Prophet Muhammad himself had ordered the executions of people who had mocked or insulted the Prophet of Islam and Allah.
The Islamic cleric further says, as per the Islamic traditions, those insulting the faith and the Prophet should not be forgiven, but killed. He adds that since there is no global leadership of Muslims, it become the responsibility of every individual Muslim to make sure that such offenders don’t go unpunished.
“What they (the terrorists) did was completely legitimate as per sharia laws,” he asserts. Concluding his interview, Maulana says that he endorses what was done by the terrorists in the French magazine office and that’s why he decided to lead this special prayer.