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Muslims’ Mixed Response to New Mohammed Cover

A French bookshop, where staff expect to get copies of  the latest edition of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in stock to go on sale on Friday, is seen with a large "I am Charlie" sign next to the entrance in London, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015.  Charlie Hebdo's defiant new issue sold out before dawn around Paris on Wednesday, with scuffles at kiosks over dwindling copies of the paper fronting the Prophet Muhammad.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A French bookshop, where staff expect to get copies of the latest edition of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in stock to go on sale on Friday, is seen with a large “I am Charlie” sign next to the entrance in London, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Charlie Hebdo’s defiant new issue sold out before dawn around Paris on Wednesday, with scuffles at kiosks over dwindling copies of the paper fronting the Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

 

(CNN) – It is a message of defiance, but also forgiveness — and many Muslims responded with similarly mixed emotions.

It is a magazine cover depicting the Prophet Mohammed with a tear falling from his cheek, holding a sign that says, “Je suis Charlie,” the slogan that became a worldwide meme. Above Mohammed are the words “All Is Forgiven.”

On Wednesday, two Muslim extremists attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French magazine with a history of mocking Mohammed. Twelve were killed, including several top editors, by two men with terrorist connections who said they were avenging the prophet.

Many Muslims object to any depictions of Mohammed — respectful or not — saying that such images defy his teachings and lead to idolatry.

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