Hattar, of Christian origin who personally professes non-belief, has been a respected satirist in Jordan for many years.
The cartoon was posted to his anti-Islamic State Facebook page and purported to show how jihadists “envision heaven.”
Hattar was arrested for insulting religion. His cartoon twisted Islamic vocabulary about God and paradise for comedic effect, such as changing the word “Subhanallah” (Glory be to Allah) into the second person “Subhanekh” (your gloriousness) which also prompted criticism of his cartoon as being an insensitive way to discuss God.
The cartoon is translated below by by Clarion Project Arabic Affairs Analyst Anwar el-Iraqi.
In Green: In paradise…
Allah: “May your evening be joyous, Abu Saleh, do you need anything?”
Jihadist: “Yes Lord, bring me the glass of wine from other there and tell Jibril [the Angel Gabriel] to bring me some cashews. After that send me an eternal servant to clean the floor and take the empty plates with you.”
Jihadist continues: “Don’t forget to put a door on the tent so that you knock before you enter next time, your gloriousness.”