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On Khabib Nurmagomedov and politics in r/mma.

On Khabib Nurmagomedov:

After the recent terrorist attacks in France, Khabib Nurmagomedov took to Instagram to make the following posts:


Rough translation according to The Independent:

“May the Almighty disfigure the face of this creature and all its followers, who, under the slogan of freedom of speech, offend the feelings of more than one and a half billion Muslim believers. May the Almighty humiliate them in this life, and in the next. Allah is quick in calculation and you will see it.

“We are Muslims, we love our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) more than our mothers, fathers, children, wives and all other people close to our hearts. Believe me, these provocations will come back to them, the end is always for the God-fearing.”

Khabib added verse 33:57 from the Quran, which said: “Indeed, those who revile Allah and His Messenger, Allah cursed in this world and in the Hereafter and prepared for them humiliating torments.”


He then followed up with this:



Today, under the pretext of fighting for freedom of speech the enemies of Islam and Muslims of different levels are trying to offend the feelings of hundreds of millions of believers around the world by drawing cartoons of the best of people.

Do they really believe that in this way they will be able to extinguish the light of Allah, the spread of which He promised to bring to the end in his beautiful book? Do they really think that with their low and vile deeds they can do something to harm the one who came to this earth with only one purpose – to lead people out of the darkness of ignorance and worship of idols to the light of truth and worship of Allah alone – the Creator and true Master of all things?

By this act, they not only insulted the feelings of the Muslim believers, but also challenged the Lord of the Worlds, who promised to protect his messenger from the attacks of ignorant people.

Well, they did what they did and their work with Allah, and we will just say that truly you cannot harm Muhammad and the blessed memory of him in the hearts of one and a half billion people.

May Allah bless our beloved Prophet as well as his family, companions and all those who followed them in good. And may Allah unleash his punishment on everyone who encroaches on the honour of the best of people – his prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Indeed, Allah does not break promises.

While Khabib is a big name in MMA, the situation around the attacks in France and his response to them by calling out President Macron is political. r/mma has always and will always have a “no politics” rule, this is not r/politics or r/ufc. We want to keep this as a subreddit to discuss fighting without the added bullshit politics brings. Additionally, threads of this nature always devolve into death threats, personal attacks, and calls for violence, none of which are acceptable. There are many, MANY places on the internet and on reddit itself to discuss politics. This is not one of them.

The background:

Full disclaimer: I stole a lot of this write up about the situation from r/outoftheloop:

France is a secularist country and has had some key events with the Islamic faith in the past.

In 2015 a publication in French media (Charlie Hebdo) published caricatures of the Islamic prophet Muhammad – it is against Islam to draw the prophets. Terrorists killed many people in the Charlie Hebdo building in response to the publication.

Recently a teacher showed the caricatures in class and was beheaded shortly thereafter in the streets. Some towns even projected the offending cartoon alongside caricatures of christianity and judaism onto the sides of buildings in solidarity. In response, the French president stated that he would not condemn the newspaper or cartoons, and supported free speech.

From here: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-54640194

President Macron described Samuel Paty as a “symbol of freedom” during a tribute attended by Mr Paty’s family and about 400 guests in Paris.

Mr Macron told viewers that France “will not give up our cartoons” and that Samuel Paty is a symbol of “freedom and reason”.

The history and geography teacher was attacked and beheaded close to his school near Paris, after showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to students during a class on 6 October. His killer, 18-year-old Abdullakh Anzorov, was shot dead by police.

Islamic tradition explicitly forbids images of Muhammad and Allah, and depictions can cause serious offence to Muslims.

From here: https://www.france24.com/en/france/20201029-live-three-people-killed-several-hurt-in-knife-attack-at-church-in-nice

Yesterday morning, a man wielding a knife killed three people in an attack at the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice in southern France. The suspect, a Tunisian national, has been arrested in the attack which President Emmanuel Macron has described as an Islamist terrorist attack.

President Emmanuel Macron visited the scene of the attack, which he described as an act of “Islamist terrorism”. Macron said security would be stepped up at schools and places of worship across the country.

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