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A Muslim Perspective: Boston’s Tragedy Must Not Generate More Hate

I also would like to strongly criticize those who express joy at the sight of horror in America.

A rally of Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA).

A rally of Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA).

First and foremost, my prayers go out to the victims and their families in Boston. Just like we have a hard time understanding psychologically unhealthy people, we cannot understand what kind of man can be at war with innocents. History has witnessed many sick people leading others to commit atrocities, but there is one thing for certain; whatever the perpetrator or perpetrators might profess as a religion, they are not believers. If someone is capable of killing innocent people without so much as blinking an eye, then they are murderers with no fear of God. That is indisputable.

However, whenever there is a bombing or a mass shooting in public places like the atrocity in Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut, or the Aurora, Colorado massacre, or the 2011 Norway massacre, and many more, the worlds’ collective gaze shifts to “Muslims,” and some begin to express hateful sentiments even before the perpetuators are announced.

Just as it has become reflexive reaction in the Western world, to associate any attacks on civilians with Muslims, Muslims also hurry up to denounce the violence and want to make clear to the whole world that it is a violation of Islam, in case the murderer happens to have a Muslim identity.

Since these are times when emotions are high and people want quick justice, they sometimes seek targets to direct their anger. But inciting hatred, raising conflict and enmity, hatemongering, engaging in one-sided, aggressive propaganda and creating a climate of hysteria, or using the internet to incite a lynch mob, are also crimes.

As we have witnessed in the latest attack, while some react with common sense, others pour out words of hate targeting all Arabs and labeling all Muslims as potential murderers. For instance, a Fox News contributor—whether seriously or as satire—had the audacity to state that Muslims “…are evil…Let’s kill them all.” And I read a good many comments suggesting the extermination of Muslims.

But even if these voices are merely the ones being highlighted, these are still the voices of a minority, and very extreme examples at that. Some act this way because of pain and fear; others lack dignity and or even humanity in their soul – they are simply psychopaths.

While I say this, I also would like to strongly criticize those who express joy at the sight of horror in America, just because they think the American government’s foreign policies are wrong. On the other hand, I watched an Egyptian “cleric” saying this attack was definitely a jihad by mujahideen, adding that their execution was amateurish, and so it could not have been an Al-Qaida operation.

This chilling mindset is as horrifying to me, as a devout Muslim, as it is to any Westerner. The use of the concept of “jihad” for acts of aggression against innocent people is a great distortion of the true meaning of the term. Jihad—meaning to strive, to show an effort—is about telling people about Islam with knowledge, culture, love, affection and compassion; and to tell people the truth kindly, to treat them warmly, to respect their ideas, not to be ruthless toward them or shed blood, kill or hurt people or kill oneself.

I gave these two extreme examples because they do not represent the majority, and those who expressed them had no right to manipulate public feelings or opinion. Hatred and anger are likely to prevent people from thinking soundly and making just decisions. People can be inclined to injustice and cannot conduct themselves rationally when they let their anger guide their actions and words. So let us not accuse innocent people of acts they have never committed, or bear false witness against them. Let us keep some common sense, maintain our balance, and let us not give people the grounds to provoke. Even if they raise their voices, let us not permit them to misuse horrific atrocities to spread their poisonous and malicious propaganda.

About the Author: Sinem Tezyapar is an executive producer on Turkish Television. She is a political and religious commentator and a peace activist. She can be reached on Facebook, and Twitter.


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142 Responses to “A Muslim Perspective: Boston’s Tragedy Must Not Generate More Hate”

  1. this SINEM person is a front for a muslim nutcase…..this person won’t even admit what is in Koran saying to kill Jews..how stupid do you think we Jews are?

  2. this SINEM person is a front for a muslim nutcase…..this person won’t even admit what is in Koran saying to kill Jews..how stupid do you think we Jews are?

  3. Nanette CohenRayman says:

    why do you keep publishing this phony? We Jews know what this nut's game is..to pretend to be on the side of Jews and others, when, in reality, IT is a shill for Islam. STOP publishing this drek.

  4. John Keytack says:

    I agree with Nanette. Are the rest of you CRAZY? You all want to be “politically correct” so much that you are BLIND to the truth!

  5. It would be interesting to know on what grounds you presume to call Sinem a “phony.” I’ll venture to guess there are none. Yet you casually slander her here, and insult the integrity of her commitment to inter-faith healing and understanding. Do you do this sort of thing often?

    For myself, I think Sinem has done much to educate Americans and Westerners in general about the true teachings of Islam, in marked contrast to the Salafists’ self-serving distortions. Her erudition, wisdom, and humanity are a compliment to this publication, and illuminating to read.

    I think it fair to say that the supposed fraud you allege to see in her work here is most likely a phantom of your own paranoia and narrow prejudice.

  6. ktshamim says:

    There are peaceful Muslims who should also be heard:
    Muslimsforlife(dot)org – successfully collected 10,000 pints of blood to honor 3,000 dead of 9/11 (by saving 30,000 lives.
    Muslimsforpeace(dot)org – condemning terrorism, promoting Islamic value of loyalty to ones nation, peace, bus-ads and flyers and leaflets to promote the same.

    These terrorists fight not for Islam but for their own personal gains. Islam is just a garb they use to hide their political agendas while Islam instructs its followers to practice patience:
    [Qur'an 2:257] “There should be no compulsion in religion. Surely, right has become distinct from wrong; … ”
    [Qur'an 3:187] “… you shall surely hear many hurtful things from those who were given the Book before you and from those who set up equals to God. But if you show fortitude and act righteously, that indeed is a matter of strong determination.”

  7. Howard Rose says:

    Extremist Muslims are the new Nazis. Even a non-radical Imam walked out before the Hatikvah at the interfaith holocaust service in Edison N.J. Rabbi dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  8. Nanette CohenRayman says:

    Robert: YOU IDIOT. Everyone with a brain KNOWS that "interfaith" means moslems tell others what to do and believe…but since you are such a nasty piece of work and want proof, let me get you some, DUDE.

  9. Nanette CohenRayman says:

    you are so blind, you don't even know that the "woman" you see is a cover for the moslem man who is trying to pull wool over Jews' eyes…i have given you some links..READ before you go off on me…do you even think or do you just spew? INTERFAITH is taquiyya…oh, excuse me, I am speaking to a moslem or an apolgist…

  10. Nanette CohenRayman says:

    I don't need a fake woman who is really a fat Turkish man who wants the world to bow down to Islam, and is trying to fool Jews, to know about Islam. Here is what I know, besides the bombing in Boston….http://www.masada2000.org/arafat-plo.html……http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/01/the_slow_motion_ethnic_cleansi.html…….HITLER and THE GRAND MUFTI – MOSLEM in cahoots,…..MOSLEMS forced Jews to wear yellow bands in 807 AD…the caliphate that ended in 1928 which gave rise to the MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD in 1929, HAMAS, HEZBELLAH, PLO, and countless savagery against Jews AND Christians for over 1400 years….Gates of Vienna, Charles Martel, barbaric attacks against Jews in France, Norway, Sweden and more…."palis" killing the Fogel family, moslems killing Ilan Halimi…I could write for the rest of the night and not get to all the barbarity of moslems, and most against Jews….they call Jews apes and monkies….READ THE KORAN, DUDE and don't be such a snot…You think I am just a stupid woman..I can take you on….shut your piehole, WERDINE.

  11. Yori Yanover says:

    Ms. Cohen Rayman, I ask that you use civilized language in posting here. You don't prove your case (which you haven't) by cursing people and calling them names. This is your final warning.

  12. Nanette CohenRayman says:

    oh sure, Yori..didn't realize..I apologize.

  13. Nanette CohenRayman says:

    I don't know what "curse" I used, but I apologize anyway.

  14. Lisa Davis says:

    This article is an outrage and is the most disgraceful article that I've ever seen printed in The Jewish Press, aside from the other articles that it's published by Sinem Tezyapar. What happened to journalistic integrity? You have a responsibility to your loyal readership. Does The Jewish Press even bother to vet it's op-ed writers for credibility? Do you know who the orchestrates Sinem from behind the scenes: Adnan Oktar of Turkish TV's Channel A9. He's an anti-Semitic Holocaust denier, and this article is dangerous. We're in an informational battle, and some of us spend hours a day in order to raise awareness about the problems we face with terrorism and Jihad, and then The Jewish Press publishes this piece that trivializes it and reduces Jihad and terrorism to an individual's "sickness."

    This is too much! First of all, who cares what Sinem thinks? Is she our new ambassador of peace. Why is she circulating this type of propaganda in Jewish publications, and why on earth is The Jewish Press allowing her to do so?

    Sinem whitewashes the ideology of Islam and blames it on individual "sickness," rather than on terrorism and Jihad. Then, to add insult to injury, she compares the Boston Marathon Bombing to Sandy Hook. This is why this woman and Adnan Oktar are so dangerous. They are attempting to disarm us, so our guard is down. Those who are unaware of the ideology might believe this!

    Sinem has made her way around all the Jewish and pro-Israel social networking groups, sites, and publications, but why isn't she posting about Muslim love of Israel and Jews on Israel- and Jew-hating networks and media. I think the answer is rather clear.

  15. Lisa Davis says:

    Nanette, obviously, Robert, as well as whoever allowed this op-ed to be released is quite a chump. Everything that comes out of Sinem's mouth and pen is orchestrated by Adnan Oktar. I would be thrilled if what she has to say was the truth, but we know that more scholarly and seasoned experts on the Koran discredit Sinem's dangerous propaganda. We in an uphill informational battle, and The Jewish Press is complicit in misleading the public by giving Sinem a platform to execute Taqiyya. Muslims are allowed to swear on the Koran and lie, although I know Sinem has distorted that doctrine to fit into her false narrative.

    I really don't even think, however, that Sinem wrote the above piece herself. I think Oktar's behind everything, perhaps even the pretty face that the men seem to be fawning over isn't even her at all. The following is a link to an excellent report on Oktar and his harem, which includes Sinem. It's a real eye-opener. When you go to the link, there's a downloadable report with footnotes. Click on the link and then on the download button. Each footnote has a link with additional information. Robert would be well advised to do the same himself, since it seems relatively clear that he's severely uninformed.

    http://standforpeace.org.uk/adnan-oktar-and-the-islamist-sex-cult/

  16. Lisa Davis says:

    The following is a link to an excellent report on Oktar and his harem, which includes Sinem. It's a real eye-opener. When you go to the link, there's a downloadable report with footnotes. Click on the link and then on the download button once the page loads. Each footnote has a link that leads to additional information and documents. The editors of The Jewish Press would be well advised to do the same before they publish another piece by Sinem and mislead their readership.

    http://standforpeace.org.uk/adnan-oktar-and-the-islamist-sex-cult/

  17. Lisa Davis says:

    Well, here's the man behind the pretty face, only he's not so pretty! MEMRI captured him live:

    http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1643.htm

  18. Lisa Davis says:

    Robert Werdine the man behind the pretty face, only he's not so pretty! MEMRI captured him live:

    http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1643.htm

  19. Lisa Davis says:

    Robert Werdine Oh, look here: Oktar saying he wants a United Turkish Union. How come he doesn't say this when speaking to an English-speaking audience? Hmm, I wonder . . .

    http://www.turkishislamicunion.com/

  20. Lisa Davis says:

    Robert Werdine And here, ironically, The Jewish Press published an article by a real expert on the Koran, and he also discredits Sinem:

    http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/analysis/islams-jew-hating-hadith-in-context/2013/04/17/

  21. Lisa Davis says:

    Robert Werdine And here, ironically, The Jewish Press published an article by a real expert on the Koran, and he also discredits Sinem:

    http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/analysis/islams-jew-hating-hadith-in-context/2013/04/17/

  22. Lisa Davis says:

    Robert Werdine And here, ironically, The Jewish Press published an article by a real expert on the Koran, and he also discredits Sinem:

    http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/analysis/islams-jew-hating-hadith-in-context/2013/04/17/

  23. Lisa Davis says:

    Did you happen to notice that Sinem's a big liar. I'll leave you with this: Sinem caught lying on Twitter:

    http://tundratabloids.com/2013/04/from-istan-bull-with-sinem-tezyapar-how-toss-free-thinking-pianist-fazil-say-under-the-bus.htm

  24. Lisa Davis says:

    How could The Jewish Press be so irresponsible:

    http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1643.htm

  25. Lisa Davis says:

    Oh, but he must be wrong, because the one lone ranger from Turkey calls it "sickness."

  26. Man Salyk says:

    There are only two terrorist at the world: 1) The Great Devil USA and 2) Small Devil Israel.

  27. Man Salyk says:

    Zionist Jews was the only nation on earth strife.

  28. Donny Kligman says:

    This is what Islam is.
    Sahih Bukhari Hadith Volume 4, Book 52, Number 176: Narrated by 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: Allah's Apostle said, "You (i.e. Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, 'O 'Abdullah (i.e. slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.'" Sahih Bukhari Hadith Volume 4, Book 52, Number 177: Narrated by Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him."

  29. Donny Kligman says:

    Sahih Bukhari Hadith Volume 4, Book 52, Number 176: Narrated by 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: Allah's Apostle said, "You (i.e. Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, 'O 'Abdullah (i.e. slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.'" Sahih Bukhari Hadith Volume 4, Book 52, Number 177: Narrated by Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him."

  30. Donny Kligman says:

    Sahih Bukhari Hadith Volume 4, Book 52, Number 176: Narrated by 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: Allah's Apostle said, "You (i.e. Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, 'O 'Abdullah (i.e. slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.'" Sahih Bukhari Hadith Volume 4, Book 52, Number 177: Narrated by Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him."

  31. Donny Kligman says:

    Educate yourselves.

  32. Donny Kligman says:

    Educate yourselves.

  33. It's amazingly clear to me that adherents to the faith are simply not up to the task of speaking the truth about itself, and I refuse to play along with it.

  34. Charles Soper says:

    Preach to the converts not the kaffirs about peace.

  35. Lisa Davis says:

    Thank you, Donny. That was very educational. It's a shame the editors of The Jewish Press failed to take their responsibility to us seriously and didn't take the time to investigate the false claims made in Sinem's article. As a result, they are complicit is perpetrating a false and dangerous narrative.

  36. Lisa Davis says:

    She can't do that, Charles. They would see right through her lies and call her an apostate.

  37. Lisa Davis says:

    Thank you, Liad! :)

  38. Lisa Davis says:

    I'll second that!

  39. Lisa Davis says:

    Can you imagine the absolute journalistic negligence to release such an offensive article as this. Can you imagine how the wounded victims and the families of loved ones who senselessly died the must feel to see their names dishonored with such lies, calling their perpetrators "psychopaths," instead of exposing the truth, so they wouldn't have died in vain? What an insult to our intelligence!

  40. I want to make a comment from my unlikely perch as being a member of a family that has lost two people to "State terrorism" and being the father of a son who just barely escaped from a terrorist attack that took the lives of his two best friends and 8 others. This article of Sinem is excellent. Especially at times of heated emotions, what is needed is what the article unveils as central – a balance and a focus on the issues to be dealt with and avoidance of indiscrimate accusations and fault finding. We don't need the harming or endangering of the innocent and we need utmost effort at concretizing and solving the true problem. The article is good and it was good to see published by the Jewish Press. In our own endeavors in what has struck our family, by restraining ourselves from indiscriminate flow over of emotional reaction, we have been able to focus on what really does matter. We have made progress because of this in what we endeavoring to do

  41. I want to make a comment from my unlikely perch as being a member of a family that has lost two people to "State terrorism" and being the father of a son who just barely escaped from a terrorist attack that took the lives of his two best friends and 8 others. This article of Sinem is excellent. Especially at times of heated emotions, what is needed is what the article unveils as central – a balance and a focus on the issues to be dealt with and avoidance of indiscrimate accusations and fault finding. We don't need the harming or endangering of the innocent and we need utmost effort at concretizing and solving the true problem. The article is good and it was good to see published by the Jewish Press. In our own endeavors in what has struck our family, by restraining ourselves from indiscriminate flow over of emotional reaction, we have been able to focus on what really does matter. We have made progress because of this in what we endeavoring to do.

  42. Scott Swanson says:

    Robert Werdine I will not be insulting to you, but I do have a few questions 1) what are you basing your suppositions about Islam on? 2) Is Islam based on the the lovely words of a beautiful women or the Life, instruction, and revelation of their Prophet Mohamed?

  43. Yori Yanover says:

    Scott Swanson — Simply put, Islam is the nearest religion to the Torah's definition of a proper gentile religion. It complies with the seven Noahide laws and it does not worship idols. This is not my own surmise, this is how the Shulchan Aruch rules. A Jew is permitted to pray inside a mosque, but is not allowed to even set foot inside a church. Our rabbis have had much worse issues with Christianity, and most opinions hold that it is plagued with idolatrous notions and serious problems with icons and symbols.

  44. Marie Bendavid says:

    SHAME ON YOU ALL! Sad…Jewess Press became now just one more Garbage disrespectful liar media that don´t deserve any credibility?

  45. Marie Bendavid says:

    WHY in heaven publishing that? what´s the REAL goal?

  46. Yori,
    Just to add – I have followed the recent writings of and reactions to Sinem Tezyapar and I have this to say, some of the reactions against her expressed here as comments to her article, are equaled or exceeded by some of the comments made against her by Muslims who are so opposed to her references to Jews having every right to be in Israel, to be right on the temple mount, that there really was a Holocaust horrific in its extent and fury, and other much pro Israel and pro jewish sentiment. She does not express this in the corner of some lounge in some Swiss Chalet, but in Turkey, which just last saw the revelation that Al Qaida terrorist attack had been thwarted in July that woud have seen the the American Embassy targeted , as well as a synagogue, and the mentor of her group assassinated – the group that had interviewed and welcomed such Jews as Chief Rabbi Meir Lau and Minister ****reet on their TV program. So M. Tezyapar could remain silent as to her views and be safe, unnoticed, and unattacked, or she could do just what she is doing. Those are her choices. I really commend you for having her articles on the Jewish Press.

  47. John Cousins says:

    Al Qaida… I love that phrase!

  48. Nanette CohenRayman says:

    The Koran says to kill Jews. Hamas, Hezbellah, Muz Bruthahood et al says to kill Jews. They do kill Jews. They also preach that we are pigs and that all Jews and Israel should be removed from the world. So why, Yori, do you continue to stick up for Islam? I bet the Fogel family, Danielle Sheffi, the victims of 9.11, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the victims of the Holocaust would disagree with you, if they could..after all, hitler and the Grand Mufti were in cahoots.

  49. Lisa Davis says:

    They've become an arm of the propaganda machine. This article is a disgrace. It minimizes the threat of terrorism and Jihad.

  50. It does not matter what YOU think Jihad means. It only matters that there is a number of people with power who think that there is a war on with the West.
    I know that the West is NOT at war with Islam.
    These men thought otherwise.

  51. Lisa Davis says:

    Yes, and do you recall how many rabbis were responsible for telling the Jews to remain before they were slaughtered in the Holocaust. This is dangerous publishing. You might have read Sinem's articles, but have you taken the time to research Adnan Oktar, the real voice behind the messenger? Her analogies are an outrage and dishonor the victims of the bombing. I did not give her my consent to be the ambassador of peace for Israel and the Jews. Peace and discourse can only be achieved when it's based on fact and truth. Sinem lies about the endemic hatred in Islamic doctrine. This does not do us a favor. It muddies the water and disarms us from very real risks!

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