Satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has unveiled the front-page visual for its next issue, which hits French newsstands on Wednesday (Jan. 14). The issue will be released exactly one week after gunmen attacked the magazine's Paris office on Jan. 7, killing 12 and wounding others.
The cover depicts the Prophet Muhammad, drawn in the publication's signature cartoon style, frowning with a tear in one eye. He holds a sign that reads "Je suis Charlie," or "I am Charlie" -- the same cry of solidarity that united people in France and abroad following the shooting. Over his head reads a message: "Tout est pardonné," or "All is forgiven."
With this visual, the Charlie Hebdo staff is likely communicating that they can separate the extremist ideology that fueled last week's attacks from the actual teachings of Islam. Presumably, they are also urging their French readers to do the same, in the hopes of preventing anti-Muslim violence and discrimination.
Still, as NPR notes: "Some Muslims regard any depiction -- even positive ones -- of their prophet as blasphemous."
Charlie Hebdo's past depictions of the Islamic prophet are believed to be connected to the shooting. The attackers reportedly claimed they had "avenged the Prophet Muhammad" as they fled the office building.
Two of the gunmen, brothers Chérif and Said Kouachi, were killed on Jan. 9 following a police standoff in Othis, France. The third gunman, Hamyd Mourad, surrendered to authorities shortly after the attack.