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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).

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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.

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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

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