Arsalan Iftikhar, a senior editor at The Islamic Monthly, opines that there are essentially five reasons why artists draw the Prophet Muhammad:
The moral of the story is that people will continue to draw cartoons of our beloved Prophet in the future whether we like it or not.
For these reasons, it is important for global Muslims to understand the some of the top reasons that people decide to publish these inflammatory cartoons.
In summary his reasons include:
- To generate irrational violent responses
- Illustrate that Muslims are opposed to free speech
- Show the world that Muslims have no sense of humor
- Show how Islam and the West are at odds with each another
- Trying to lure and incite Muslims to respond violently to fuel Islamophobia
The one reason he doesn’t cite (but should have), is that in the Western world, the artist has the right to draw what they want – not to demonstrate Muslims being opposed to free speech but simply exercising a right one already has. I’m on record as saying, just because one has the right to do something, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do, but we cannot discount that Western artists have the RIGHT to do it, even if we disagree with it and that should be respected as well.