Mohammed Image Archive

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Satirical Modern Cartoons

A few contemporary cartoonists have ignored any potential threats and created satirical and/or mocking cartoons about Mohammed. (Note: this page is for cartoons created before the recent controversy. For images created since January 2006, see the "Recent Responses to the Controversy" section.)

The caption to this cartoon by Steph Bergol says, in French:
Mohammed (being carried away by devils): "It is a judicial error! I am Mohammed, the prophet!"
St. Peter (with a scimitar through his chest): "Definitely: GUILTY!"
(Several other cartoons by Bergol on a similar theme can be found here.)
(Hat tip: thierry and etienne.)

This panel is one of hundreds satirizing Mohammed in the humorous cartoon biography called Mohammed's Believe It or Else! by pseudonymous artist "Abdullah Aziz." (the images on the linked site are copyrighted, so they can't be reprinted on other Web pages.) If that site is currently unavailable, you can also download a pdf file of the entire book by right-clicking or control-clicking here (hat tip: Hodja).

The television cartoon South Park aired an episode on July 4, 2001 called Super Best Friends. In it, the founders of the world's great religions -- including Mohammed -- team up for super-hero action. Mohammed (seen here) is depicted repeatedly throughout the show. Additional screenshots of Mohammed from the same episode can be seen here. The entire episode can be viewed online here. On April 12, 2006, the South Park episode titled Cartoon Wars, Part II was supposed to once again depict Mohammed as part of a plot about him appearing on a different cartoon show, but Comedy Central caved in to intimidation and forbade to creators of South Park from actually depicting Mohammed in the episode. As a result, they just showed a black screen saying "Comedy Central has refused to broadcast an image of Mohammed on their network."
(Hat tip: Dayenu, Alouette, and Tracy.)

Spike TV created a parody advertisement for an imaginary video game called Holy War, featuring religious icons battling to the death. One of the characters is Mohammed, who is shown first defeating Joseph Smith...

...and then getting beaten by Moses, who cuts off his head with the Ten Commandments. You can view a streaming video of the Holy War ad at this site (may be temporarily overloaded).
(Hat tip: Andrew.)

In 1997, an Israeli woman named Tatiana Soskin drew this caricature of Mohammed as a pig authoring the Koran and tried to display it in public in the city of Hebron. She was arrested, tried and sentenced to jail.
(Hat tip: helloworld.)

In 2002, the French publication Charlie Hebdo ran this panel by cartoonist Cabu. The sign translates as "Election of Miss Sack-of-Potatoes, organized by Mohammed," who says "I choose the Beauty of Fontenay!" while drinking and smoking. His words contain a French pun: "Belle-de-Fontenay" is a well-known type of French potato, originally from the Parisian suburb of Fontenay-sous-Bois (which later saw unrest from Muslim immigrants during the riots of 2005). Additionally, Geneviève de Fontenay is the host of the real "Miss France" competition.
(Hat tip: etienne, karmic inquisitor, haoyuep, and François.)

A Dutch Web site called Pret Met Mohammed (loosely translated as "Fun With Mohammed") features a series of politically incorrect cartoons. Three of the Pret Met Mohammed cartoons are presented here; click on the link above for a few more and for English translations of the Dutch word balloons.

In 2002, political cartoonist Doug Marlette published this drawing of Mohammed driving a truck with a nuclear bomb.
(Hat tip: Thomas G.)

In 1973, French cartoonist Marcel Gotlib published a booklet entitled "Gods' Club" that featured not Mohammed but Allah (seen here second from the right, with a turban) along with the deities of several other cultures.
(Hat tip: Erik.)

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