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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. Cory Burgess says:

    I have been following Ms. Tezyapar’s writing for the last few months. She is a voice for moderation in the Muslim world and she speaks to the groups who need to hear that voice. I represent two of those groups and, as an American Jew, I can tell you hers is a voice that is welcome. She referenced Sandy Hook, that event personally hit me very hard. The perpetrator was homegrown. A terrorist who targeted children. The instant it happened, out came the conspiracy theory nuts. The same was true with this event. When it happened it didn’t need to be said, it was implied that Muslims were behind it. Hearing a voice that says this is a fringe action and not representative of an entire faith is combating hate. Some may believe that combating hate with more hate is productive. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

  2. Yori Yanover says:

    Marie Bendavid — in a time of upheaval, civilized Jews, by which I mean halachic Jews, are responsible to teach the rest of humanity good from bad. In that context, we find that Islam, despite having been on the ropes politically due to the insane behavior of many of its coreligionists, is still the best existing gentile religion as prescribed by our teachers. And so, when we become aware of a message of hope and a love of the true God emanating from among the Muslim civilization, we are obligated to promote it.

    That is the entire purpose. I wish you and yours only the best.

  3. Yori Yanover says:

    Bert Schlossberg — I agree, and I happen to know that the life of her group is under constant threat in Turkey. At the same time, they also reach millions of readers and listeners in the Turkish realm, reaching all the way out to Mongolia. They're gutsy folks.

  4. Yori Yanover says:

    Hartley Macklin — The West is one confused sheep, unable to discern friend from foe, and stepping on its own feet in an attempt to please wicked Muslims while incinerating innocent ones. If the West had the courage of its own convictions we would not be in this mess.

    Mind you, it was the West that encouraged and supported the fledgling Al Qaida in the early 1980s, providing them with CIA training and with weapons. They learned fast, from the best.

  5. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    The obama compliant media is falling all over itself to continue to condemn the use of such terms as jihadist as "islamophobia." Today, all the media is attacking those that are demanding an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood funded mosque the two terrorists attended which is well known for the radical Anti Jew comments by its "imam." But what is really telling is that obamamedia is all in a tither against "retribution against the Muslim community" when history in the US proves that never happens – even after jihadi terror like Boston and Ft Hood.

    What I see though is that there is no "moderate" part of the community that has come out and condemned this terrorism and that there is no organized move within the community to stop it. Time to **** or get off the pot: If you truly oppose jihadi terrorism then organize within the community against the terror. Instead, the so called moderates only condemn those that attack jihad.

    It is the actions that speak louder then the false words.

  6. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    The obama compliant media is falling all over itself to continue to condemn the use of such terms as jihadist as "islamophobia." Today, all the media is attacking those that are demanding an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood funded mosque the two terrorists attended which is well known for the radical Anti Jew comments by its "imam." But what is really telling is that obamamedia is all in a tither against "retribution against the Muslim community" when history in the US proves that never happens – even after jihadi terror like Boston and Ft Hood.

    What I see though is that there is no "moderate" part of the community that has come out and condemned this terrorism and that there is no organized move within the community to stop it. Time to **** or get off the pot: If you truly oppose jihadi terrorism then organize within the community against the terror. Instead, the so called moderates only condemn those that attack jihad.

    It is the actions that speak louder then the false words.

  7. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Curious: Is the hallal goat up your arse as you're typing?

  8. Lisa Davis says:

    Says who: her?

  9. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Yori Yanover Civilized Jews are also taught to defend ourselves against the enemy. And jihad is our enemy. I would be more impressed if the Muslim community cam out en masse to condemn the jihadists and start teaching their children against it not just reacting after a mass murder more concerned about perceived retribution (never happens) the about changing the radical elements and eliminating them

  10. Lisa Davis says:

    And that doesn't exonerate her from spreading lies and diminishing the risks of terrorism and Jihad as she does in this piece. The fact that she compares it to Sandy Hook is an utter disgrace!

  11. we know what jihad is and do not need or want this phoney muslim "explanation".

  12. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    "the worlds’ collective gaze shifts to “Muslims,” and some begin to express hateful sentiments even before the perpetuators are announced."

    Totally incorrect! Obama compliant media in the US and most of the left wing Anti-Jew media in Europe very quickly moved to declare the Boston Massacre an attack carried out by "old right wing gun nuts." Go to CNN, NBC, Huff Po, NPR and so on – all media that routinely demonizes Jews and declares any critique of terrorism "islamophobia." (Itself a term invented by CAIR – a group that four separate US Federal Court judges defined as a terror front for hamas).

    After the terrorists were identified as jihadists, the same press rushed to demand we not "pre-judge."

    When the leadership in the Muslim community starts to legitimately organize against jihadists we will see a perception change. Yet, after Boston as after the Ft Hood terror attack, the only reaction from the Muslim community was a "fear" of retribution and revenge (neither materialized) rather then abhorrence and speaking out against it.

    Time for the Muslim community to decide: Will there be a continued acceptance of the genocide (and silence denotes acceptance) or will there finally be a proper response. To date, there has never been a proper response.

  13. Dear Sinem
    The following are only a few verses taken from different chapters of Muhammad’s Quran not one of which is OUT of CONTEXT.

    What most Muslims do not recognize is the DOGMA of Abrogation whereby the later verses allegedly revealed to Muhammad in Medina Abrogate/ Unsikhoo (made Null & Void) the earlier conciliatory verses of Mecca.

    Al Tauba 9:29 “Fight [qatiloo] those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His apostle [Muhammad] nor acknowledge the religion of truth [ISLAM] (even if they are) of the People of the Book [Christians & Jews] until they pay the Jizya [onerous Tax for not being a Muslim] with willing submission and feel themselves humiliated”.

    Al Anfal 8:55 “For the worst of beasts in the sight of Allah are those who reject Him: They will not believe” [la you^minoona].

    Al Mai’da 5: 51 “O yes who believe (Muslims)! take not the Jews [Yahood] and the Christians [Nasara] for your friends and protectors: they are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them…”.

    Al Imran 3:85 “ If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah) never will it be accepted of him…”.

    Anyone who does not believe my assertions just Google ‘alrassooli’ and take up over one million dollars’ worth of challenges to disprove me.

    IQ al Rassooli.

  14. Muslims must come to the realization that it is responsibility that engenders respect. Islamic terrorism IS a Muslim problem. It is the house of Islam that is poisoned. It is the responsibility of Muslims to combat these evil forces and cleanse their house and their reputation. No one else can do this. Only then will they be respected and not treated with suspicion and fear. Only then.

  15. Tim Upham says:

    The only way this fits into Islam, is that these two guys were lonely, confused, and angry. They periodically attended a local mosque, but what local mosques should now start providing is counseling services. Because that man in Portland, Oregon was tipped off to the authorities by his family, which he was estranged from. How many more lonely, confused, and angry men out there are going to resort to terrorism, and claim they are doing so in the name of Islam? Now they have suicide prevention services in the phone book, and they should have a Muslim hotline services listed in the phone book too. Because both are destructive behaviors, and both need to be counseled. Also, local law enforcement agencies should have sociologists on their staffs. Because this is a major sociological problem.

  16. Les Le Gear says:

    Didn't mo murder (behead) 900 captured Jews? This is a man of God?

  17. Les Le Gear says:

    Didn't mo murder (behead) 900 captured Jews? This is a man of God?

  18. Yori, yes, I've followed that aspect of it myself. gutsy and courageous. It couldn't be if she wasn't sincere. I don't think that the people who are so against her articles, are aware of the opposition, not just verbal against her and her and her pro Israel thoughts openly expressed. an example I just now saw, on the verbal level, "what???? what the hell with jews and Zionist? shame on u…. that this lady is ur friend". So she gets it on both sides.to me it is commendable that she carries on.

  19. Yori, yes, I've followed that aspect of it myself. gutsy and courageous. It couldn't be if she wasn't sincere. I don't think that the people who are so against her articles, are aware of the opposition, not just verbal against her and her and her pro Israel thoughts openly expressed. an example I just now saw, on the verbal level, "what???? what the hell with jews and Zionist? shame on u…. that this lady is ur friend". So she gets it on both sides.to me it is commendable that she carries on.

  20. Like all Moslem spokesmen, the author is either ignorant about his own religion, or he is a liar. He is concerned only about polishing Islam's image in the minds of non-Moslems, and not at all about the ideology which motivates the Moslem terrorists. The author even lies about the meaning of the word "jihad". The most popular manual of sharia law, Umdat al-Salik, approved by the highest Islamic authorities of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Egypt (Al Azhar University) and the United States defines "jihad" this way: "Jihad means to war against non-Muslims". Well, you cannot get plainer than that! This ideology of Islamic supremacy, based on jihad in the way of Allah, is based on the Koran and on the sacred sayings of Muhammad. Who is Sinem Tezyapar to say that Allah is wrong, Muhammad is wrong and the most respected Islamic religious authorities are wrong about Islam?

  21. Robert Werdine And just what do you actually know about the true teachings of Islam? Have you even read the Koran?

  22. This saying by Muhammad is considered sacred by all religious Moslems. It is also part of the Hamas Charter, and Hamas is part of the Muslim Brotherhood which Obama is supporting.

  23. Edward Lobel says:

    Arie, for once we are on the same wave lenght! I agree with you 100%

  24. You consider M. Tezyapar to be a messenger of Adnan Oktar whom you view as an avirulent anti semite and a Holocaust denier. I first want to comment about Adnan Oktar. I believe this is accurate – Adnan Oktar, to whom Ms. Tezyapar looks to as a guide and influence on her thinking, himself, had evolved in his thinking about Jews and Israel. Reputed to be a 'Holocaust denier', though he had in court fought that claim as it was based on a book he has denied authorship of, he had, over the years, come to clearly affirm the actuality of the holocaust in all its horrors for the Jewish people. In 2004, the Stephen Roth Institute of Tel Aviv University, reversing its findings of 2001, expressed the opinion that Oktar had increased his tolerance toward others, asserting that "he now works towards promoting inter-religious dialogue" and calling upon all Muslims to have "a tolerant and friendly attitude toward other religions". In 2006, BAV published a book strongly affirming the Holocaust. The Holocaust Violence states "The Nazis subjected European Jews to indisputable and unforgivable cruelty during World War II. They humiliated, insulted and degraded millions of Jewish civilians, forcing them from their homes and enslaving them in concentration camps under inhuman conditions… Certainly the Jewish people, of whom 5.5 million died in concentration camps, were the worst victims of the Nazi barbarity."

    Ms. Tezyapar, has likewise been consistent, clear, and vocal about the rights of Jews to live in their own land, the Land of Israel, to have freedom to be and to pray on the "Temple Mount" – the Al Aksa mosque – Dome of the Rock area, and to defend their country from agression. One may dispute her interpretation of the Koran or the Hadith or the meaning of the word "Muslim", but that is very different form considering her insincere, or anti- semitic herself, or any of the other accusations. I think that she has stuck her neck out very far in the context of a Muslim culture with radical Muslims readily accessible. And I dont know how her following publshed words could ever be construed as anything but Pro- Israel and Pro Jewish:

    "…For hundreds of years, Jews have known suffering, pain, and have never been at ease. Since the Diaspora, they have been expelled from almost every place they ever went for centuries. And now there are some who say they want the Jews to leave Israel also. The question arises, "Where are they supposed to go?" The Jews, the people of Israel, have the right to live in the Holy Land, in peace and security; indeed, it is so commanded by God Himself in the Qur'an: "And thereafter We said to the Children of Israel: 'Dwell securely in the Promised Land.'" (Surah Al-Isra, 104)

    "Therefore, no one who professes submission to God and heeds the Word of God can oppose their existence in the Holy Land. And as Turks, as Muslims as much as we want the welfare of humanity, we should want Jews to live in peace as well. We must always make our best efforts to ensure this goal…"

  25. Excuse me Marwan, I didn't mean you, when I posted. I am still not adept at using this online way of discussing. Sorry will try here – M. Tezyapar is considered tobe by some as a messenger of Adnan Oktar who is viewed as an a virulent anti semite and a Holocaust denier. I first want to comment about Adnan Oktar. I believe this is accurate – Adnan Oktar, to whom Ms. Tezyapar looks to as a guide and influence on her thinking, himself, had evolved in his thinking about Jews and Israel. Reputed to be a 'Holocaust denier', though he had in court fought that claim as it was based on a book he has denied authorship of, he had, over the years, come to clearly affirm the actuality of the holocaust in all its horrors for the Jewish people. In 2004, the Stephen Roth Institute of Tel Aviv University, reversing its findings of 2001, expressed the opinion that Oktar had increased his tolerance toward others, asserting that "he now works towards promoting inter-religious dialogue" and calling upon all Muslims to have "a tolerant and friendly attitude toward other religions". In 2006, BAV published a book strongly affirming the Holocaust. The Holocaust Violence states "The Nazis subjected European Jews to indisputable and unforgivable cruelty during World War II. They humiliated, insulted and degraded millions of Jewish civilians, forcing them from their homes and enslaving them in concentration camps under inhuman conditions… Certainly the Jewish people, of whom 5.5 million died in concentration camps, were the worst victims of the Nazi barbarity."

    Ms. Tezyapar, has likewise been consistent, clear, and vocal about the rights of Jews to live in their own land, the Land of Israel, to have freedom to be and to pray on the "Temple Mount" – the Al Aksa mosque – Dome of the Rock area, and to defend their country from agression. One may dispute her interpretation of the Koran or the Hadith or the meaning of the word "Muslim", but that is very different form considering her insincere, or anti- semitic herself, or any of the other accusations. I think that she has stuck her neck out very far in the context of a Muslim culture with radical Muslims readily accessible. And I don't know how her following publshed words could ever be construed as anything but Pro- Israel and Pro Jewish:

    "…For hundreds of years, Jews have known suffering, pain, and have never been at ease. Since the Diaspora, they have been expelled from almost every place they ever went for centuries. And now there are some who say they want the Jews to leave Israel also. The question arises, "Where are they supposed to go?" The Jews, the people of Israel, have the right to live in the Holy Land, in peace and security; indeed, it is so commanded by God Himself in the Qur'an: "And thereafter We said to the Children of Israel: 'Dwell securely in the Promised Land.'" (Surah Al-Isra, 104).

    "Therefore, no one who professes submission to God and heeds the Word of God can oppose their existence in the Holy Land. And as Turks, as Muslims as much as we want the welfare of humanity, we should want Jews to live in peace as well. We must always make our best efforts to ensure this goal…"

  26. This is an article published by the right wing Israeli "settler"organ Arutz Sheva which which is about the recent attacks by Muslims against Adnan Oktar.

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/159168#.UWeAehk1ge0. And I draw attention to the following – It is now made public that in July of 2012, an Al Qaida ring had been smashed in Turkey's two main cities Istanbul and Ankara, and also in the smaller Corlu district, with weapon storage and explosives. Police seized 700 kilos (1,500 pounds) of explosives, along with assault rifles, ammunition, bomb-making instructions and detailed maps of Ankara and the floor plans of the attack targets. Computers had been found. Forensic analysis of the computers’ contents and other documents revealed preparations for bomb attacks on the American embassy, the private Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and a synagogue in the Balat district of Istanbul. Found also was an assassination plan (along with the floor plan of his home) with the name of its intended target – Adnan Oktar. The Al Queda planned assassination attempt most likely was inreponse to Oktars welcoming of Jewish and Israeli high level personages to be interviewed on TV with him – such as Israeli Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Meir Lau and Minister ****reet.

  27. This is an article published by the right wing Israeli "settler"organ Arutz Sheva which which is about the recent attacks by Muslims against Adnan Oktar.

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/159168#.UWeAehk1ge0. And I draw attention to the following – It is now made public that in July of 2012, an Al Qaida ring had been smashed in Turkey's two main cities Istanbul and Ankara, and also in the smaller Corlu district, with weapon storage and explosives. Police seized 700 kilos (1,500 pounds) of explosives, along with assault rifles, ammunition, bomb-making instructions and detailed maps of Ankara and the floor plans of the attack targets. Computers had been found. Forensic analysis of the computers’ contents and other documents revealed preparations for bomb attacks on the American embassy, the private Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and a synagogue in the Balat district of Istanbul. Found also was an assassination plan (along with the floor plan of his home) with the name of its intended target – Adnan Oktar. The Al Queda planned assassination attempt most likely was inreponse to Oktars welcoming of Jewish and Israeli high level personages to be interviewed on TV with him – such as Israeli Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Meir Lau and Minister ****reet.

  28. I agree with you Nanette. Interfaith are very bad and show a false Islam. Islam is not a religion of peace and the interfaith groups pretend it is are ligion of peace.

  29. The Steve Roth Institute of Tel Aviv, which in 2004 reversed its 2001 assessment of Oktar, is the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism http://humanities.tau.ac.il/roth/

  30. Maurice Libner says:

    wow, a very convincing argument — for someone living 2,000 years ago.

  31. Lisa Davis says:

    This is an ideological problem, plain and simple. Stop convoluting the issues.

  32. Lisa Davis says:

    This is an ideological problem, plain and simple. Stop convoluting the issues.

  33. Lisa Davis says:

    Bert Schlossberg Did you take the time to read any of the documents at the links I posted above? Obviously, you'd rather take Sinem's word for it than take the time to investigate it yourself.

  34. Lisa Davis says:

    Bert Schlossberg Did you take the time to read any of the documents at the links I posted above? Obviously, you'd rather take Sinem's word for it than take the time to investigate it yourself.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Well, since a kippah wearing Jew was nearly killed on the train yesterday, by a peaceful yet somehow screaming anti-semitic Black Muslim, and the presumed rest of the American Black commuters did NOT attack the racist Muslim, but instead tried to kill the NYPD who responded, I say PHOOEY on the speeches. People will stop labelling when YOU start behaving. That minding his own business Jewish commuter is NOT responsible for the world's problems.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Well, since a kippah wearing Jew was nearly killed on the train yesterday, by a peaceful yet somehow screaming anti-semitic Black Muslim, and the presumed rest of the American Black commuters did NOT attack the racist Muslim, but instead tried to kill the NYPD who responded, I say PHOOEY on the speeches. People will stop labelling when YOU start behaving. That minding his own business Jewish commuter is NOT responsible for the world's problems.

  37. Tim Upham says:

    Are gang memberships an ideological problem? So all the gang members getting shot and going to prison, is happening because of ideology? I wonder who founded this Karl "Big Boy" Marx.

  38. Lisa Davis says:

    And, just to add my two cents, whitewashing the harsh realities doesn't achieve this end.

  39. Lisa Davis says:

    And, just to add my two cents, whitewashing the harsh realities doesn't achieve this end.

  40. Lisa Davis says:

    Which makes it all the more peculiar that Sinem places all her efforts preaching to Jewish and pro-Israel circles.

  41. They should both rot in H. Wake up America. This is pre-Nazi Germany and the extremists are the Nazis. Have no mercy for they want to murder us. Remember the innocent child and young people and those who died and who are without limbs. Remember 911. Have no mercy for they seek a heaven with virgins that do not exist while we want to live only in peace. Rabbi DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG P.S. I AM a clergyman who who will never forgive or forget what the Nazis did when THEY MURDERED MY FAMILY, innocent babies and men and women. I have no mercy on villains.

  42. Daniel 11 , 40 through 43 Dan 2 , 44 Daniel 12 , 1 and 2 Isaiah 65 , 17 through 25 Proverbs 30 , verse 4 ? Jer , 23 , 26

  43. Judy Kava says:

    a agree with all those whose comments state that this is RUBBISH! I will be unsubscribing from this site as a result.

  44. Yori Yanover says:

    Arie's Pragmatic Politics – That's not the point. Any criminal activity by any Muslim, individual or group, must be met sternly, and punishingly. I don't care if they color it "Jihad" or any other slogan, crime is crime, and we send our police and military forces to stop and punish it. That's not the point.

    The point is that when a gentile person, who used to be quite the anti-Semite, has undergone an obvious evolution, and is now dedicating his writing and his television appearances to talk of peace, and expressing his admiration of Judaism and the Jews, we should embrace him. Not because he's a holy man and not because he's some kind of righteous man — he is neither. He is simply a gentile person who used to think and talk one way and over the years, after becoming more familiar with us, has changed his mind. That's a good thing, and we should encourage it.

    And Islam, as a way of life, is the recommended way for a gentile who wishes to live a moral life. Much more so, by far so, than Christianity, which is rife with idolatry and bizarre God-woman lovemaking stories, repugnant to ant monotheistic person. So, as Jews, we should encourage gentiles to become Muslim, despite the fact that so many are using this religion as a weapon and a tool of hate.

  45. Yori Yanover says:

    But do come back for the toons!

  46. Bilal says:

    First of all, thank you Sinem Tezyapar for this article.
    What i don’t understand that a lot of people ask why you Muslims who don’t believe in these barbaric acts reply and oppose them publicly. And when we do, we are called different names, one of them the word “Phony”.
    Mrs. CohenRayman, with all due respect, what do u want more in order to be pleased? Renounce our faith? Well that will never happen! Leave our countries? Whether in the US or Canada we are as much citizens as those who were here 500 years ago, so that also will never happen!
    On the other hand, the editor and the owners of this respectable paper must be thanked for their efforts to make the world a better place and not threatened, and by whom? By their own people! What a perspective of democracy and we’re called phony!
    Mr. Al-Rassouli, I am sorry to tell you that you are wrong. All the historical context of what you posted is correct however your allusion that it is meant to be applied in all times is not correct. These verses belong to an era that is 1500 years old! It doesn’t apply here anymore. I know that you may say that those terrorists acts are committed based on them. Well, it is all related to that historical conflict between the moderates and the extremists of every religion. And history is full of such events.
    You need to know also that, likewise the Bible and the Torah that have to be read in a specific way in order to understand them, the same thing applies to the Koran. You have to read the verses in their proper context and with correlations to others whether revealed in Mekkah or Medina, so all this abrogation issue doesn’t apply to the proper situation. Yes what is related to the personal “Halal” or “Haram” changed over the time within the time frame of the Koran, like drinking alcohol, but this is an exception and it was meant from the beginning to be banned but God did it progressively as it was part of the traditions at the time. But as to relations with people regarding tolerance, forgiveness and the 10 commandments, the greatest sin of killing innocent people, they apply in all times and places and not limited to any specific time.
    As for the Jihad issue, one of the gentlemen here said that regardless of the true meaning of the word Jihad, those terrorists are using it to justify their acts. This is 100% true and it’s here where the whole issue lies. The Koran states clearly that there are 2 kinds of Jihad the greater and the lessor one. As for the latter, the physical Jihad, it applies in a very strict context, like for ex the whole world declares war on Muslims because they are Muslims, in that most unlikely rather impossible situation, then we Muslims are obliged to defend ourselves, and not only the Koran states that, the whole world legislations state that, in other words, we would be in another Holocaust. But i believe that we’re far far far far far from such a situation. The world and humanity is at war with terrorism regardless of their faith, and all of us, as citizens of the world we have to participate in any form in that war. As for the greater Jihad, the soul one, it always applies, we have to be in a continuous struggle with our souls in order to become better humans and useful to God and the society. As one ancient philosopher said: True victory is self victory. So this aspect has to be taught to all Muslims in order to change their understanding of that term.
    Finally, i hope that all of you, especially those who are sceptic of our honest intentions, to help us fight those animals, they are our enemies as much as they’re yours.
    God bless you all!

  47. Grace Acosta says:

    Nanette CohenRayman you called Robert an "idiot", which is obviously an insult to idiots everywhere!

  48. Grace Acosta says:

    Yori Yanover with "cousins" like that, who needs enemies?

  49. Grace Acosta says:

    Um, that's not even a complete sentence. If you are any example of what Oxford is putting out these days, then I weep for the future of academia.

    Oh, unless you're just the janitor there. In that case, carry on.

  50. Grace Acosta says:

    In other words, "Pay not attention to the man behind the curtain! I am the great and powerful Oz!".

    Smoke and mirror, people. WAKE UP! IT'S A TRAP!

  51. Grace Acosta says:

    Yori Yanover I thought this WAS one of the cartoons!

  52. Grace Acosta says:

    Yori, when are you going to realize that your readers DO NOT WANT to see Taqiyya Barbie on their newsfeed!

  53. Grace Acosta says:

    Nanette, I'll tell you why. Because it generates clicks and comments. It's all sensationalism to get us riled up. Advertisers love that. I mean, hey, it works for Rush Limbaugh, right?

    Really, we need to just quit taking the bait and ignore her (and Yori).
    It's a shame, because otherwise the Jewish Press is a really good media outlet.

  54. Here is an article from the Israeli right wing "settler" oriented news media Arutz Sheva which, of course, shares neither in the Islamic religion nor World view of Mr. Oktar, but relates the growing attacks on from Muslims who think who are opposed to contacts with Jews and Israelis. The believe he is not a Muslim, or in the hire of the Mossad or something of this order. It is hard for me to see that Oktar is using pro Israel to further his ends when it seems that his organization's openness is doing much to alienate him from Muslims. In any case, here is the Arutz Sheve article http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/159168#.UWeAehk1ge0.

  55. Here is the site for Mr. Adnan Oktar's rcent live TV conversation in Turkey with Rabbi Yeshayahu Hollander, Rabbi Ben Abrahamson, and Mr. Samuel Sokol from Jerusalem Post (A9 TV, April 14th, 2013). These are prominent religous, governmental , and media, Israel individuals. One may dispute the world view of Mr. Oktar as well as distance himself from his religious Islamic orientation, but I can see no hesitation to engage in free questioning and discussion. Though the Mr. Sokol and the Mrl Oktar seem to be the main participants, it seems to be that the Rabbis are totally engaged. I don't see any reason to doubt the sincerity of the Israeli's or their Muslim host. It is also this type of thing that brings Mr. Oktar in the eyes of his co-relionists to increasing disdain and opposition. http://en.a9.com.tr/watch/161696/Harun-Yahyas-Interviews-and-Conversations/Mr-Adnan-Oktars-Live-Conversation-with-Rabbi-Yeshayahu-Hollander-Rabbi-Ben-Abrahamson-and-Mr-Samuel-Sokol-from-Jerusalem-Post-(A9-TV-April-14th-2013)#.UXT2MCKiS-h.facebook

  56. Abbie Applestein says:

    Les Le Gear Mo murdered many more than 900 Jews, he murdered 800 just at Banu Qurayza alone. He beheaded thousands and took an uncountable number of Jews as slaves, for sex and work.

    Just the idea that Mohamed can be idolized by Muslims show that they will never love others, the koran hardly has the word "love" except for who not to love, how not to love, and other negatives.

    They hate all non-believers and this attack should be a wake up call to the naive Americans who think their Muslims neighbors are so kind and sweet (as were these two terrorists)

  57. Abbie Applestein says:

    Yori Yanover What a load of BS. There is no place in the bible that says to kill Jews or all non-believers, to take over the world, to admire and try to be like a pedophile, mass murderer. The Muslims kill others all over the world every day in the name of religion.
    The best way to determine future behavior is look at past behavior, and doing that shows that the infidels are not the root of the hatred and terror, but Islam itself.

    Wake up and smell the coffee, you are clearly one of those Jews who would have worked for Hitler, like Soros did.

  58. Sinem Tezyapar is a member of the Adnan Oktar's community which praises a Turkish Islamic Union in the Middle East. They say that ''Turkey will conquer Israel and the Arab States and then peace will come.'' Beware of Taqiyya, she pretends like she is a peace activist. Here is their official website: http://www.turkishislamicunion.com.

  59. Lisa Michelle says:

    No one is condoning hate here, but this comparison is obscene, and it wasn't the time and the place to promote her religion of "peace" and false message. It's exploitative of the victims and their families. It's our responsibility as Jews to spread the light of the Torah and the knowledge of G-d, not the teachings of Muhammad. This was the height of insensitivity. How dare she use this tragedy for her own agenda! How dare The Jewish Press give her a platform do to so!

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