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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. 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/

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