The Ultimate sacrifice in the name of free speech, thousands were crying and paying their respects to a dead Muslim officer, Ahmed Merabet, in a rally with one phrase, ‘JeSuisAhmed’, after the martyred officer was shot down in Paris yesterday during the attack.
Source: Twitter – Police officer Ahmed Merabet (identified on Twitter, above) was killed while working in the area Charlie Hebdo’s offices are located.
42 year old Ahmed along with his 49 year old fellow policeman, Franck Brinsolaro, were the officers who were performing their duty to protect Charlie Hebdo and his staff. Ahmed’s death was captured on film and spread like a wildfire across the French television and the social media.
— Bruce Vuyani Nadin (@brucenadin) January 9, 2015
— Sarwat Ayub (@sashayub) January 9, 2015
— Darinstrauss (@Darinstrauss) January 9, 2015
I identify more with the hero who died defending the rights of those who satirised his father's faith. #JeSuisAhmed
— Mark Fitzpatrick (@FitzpatrickIISS) January 9, 2015
I am not Charlie, I am Ahmed the dead cop. Charlie ridiculed my faith and culture and I died defending his right to do so. #JesuisAhmed
— Dyab Abou Jahjah (@Aboujahjah) January 8, 2015
— TangataWhenua.com (@DigitalMaori) January 9, 2015
#JeSuisAhmed, the policeman who died defending a magazine's right to insult his religion and culture
— haroon moghul (@hsmoghul) January 8, 2015
But who was Ahmed? After the public demanded the information about their hero the French authorities responded by saying that he worked at a police station in Paris (11th Arrondissement), near Hebdos office. Reports also state that he was, himself, a Muslim. He gave his life to protect Charlie Hebdos right to practice his religion – a powerhouse that is trending on twitter.
Every person that went into God’s Grace yesterday should be remembered & respected equally. But with the radical racist-Islam-hating mindsets, several mosques were vandalized that very night.
Instead of surmising that everyone who keeps a beard, wears a turban or practices Islam is an extremists, It would do well to everyone to remember that a big majority of Muslims are like Ahmed Merabet.