AlJumuah Magazine Condemns Paris Terrorist Attacks

All of us at AlJumuah Magazine strongly condemn the terrorist attacks that were perpetrated against innocent civilians in Paris, France. What has occurred in Paris is a bestial crime masterminded and carried out by people who do not understand Islam, do not represent Islam, and are pursuing an agenda that has nothing to do with Islam or the just causes of Muslims.

Some may ask, and it is a valid question, why are we speaking out only on this attack while attacks with greater civilian casualties occur regularly in the Muslim world both from within and without.  Our response is twofold – one, that two wrongs do not make a right – one does not correct injustice by perpetrating more injustice.  And two, we are clarifying these are not representatives of our faith or ourselves.

We at AlJumuah extend our sympathy to all victims of this barbaric attack and pray for a world of peace, justice, and understanding.

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  • Dear editor, please explain the following comment.
    Suzanna Arundhati Roy, an Indian author and best known for her novel The God of Small Things, which won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997, said in a conference in India, “When a victim does not want to be more victimized, we label him terrorist”.

    • I do not know about Arundhati Roys’s statement, but when a victim protests his victimization by committing unjustified act of terror against people who have not wronged him in any shape or form then he deserves to be labelled a terrorist.

  • Editor,
    Sorry, perhaps you have misunderstood me. I did not testify that I supported the Paris attackers. As a Muslim believing in the Quran, I can not and should not support killing of innocent people. Allah commands us not to kill innocent people:

    “If any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.” ( Surat al-Maidah 5:32)”

    “If a man kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell, to abide therein (For ever): And the wrath and the curse of Allah are upon him, and a dreadful penalty is prepared for him.” (Surat an-Nisa 4:93)

    I have just referred the much-talked statement of Arundhati Roy who
    delivered this a decade ago and wanted to show that there has also another side of a coin. It is not my view. The statement was delivered on the issue of Indian Maoist guerillas, not the Paris attack. (It is quoted from the lecture titled “Is Terrorism A Muslim Monopoly – Dr.Zakir Naik” on which Mr. Justice Suresh Hosbet quoted Roy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEb2nRYQa44, the time of quotation is at 30:22- “when victims refuse to be victims they are called terrorists”)
    Actually, I wanted to have said that when a so-called Muslim wants to take revenge, why do we, Muslims, show reaction in the way as if we were responsible for his work? If a Christian do the same, can we blame all christens as some one-eyed media and politicians do against the Muslims?

    Do you have seen any media-action and trail against other religious terrorists like Christian terrorists (Central Africa), Hindu terrorists, shikh terrorists (India) and Buddhist terrorists (Myanmar).
    Alas! We have no media like BBC, CNN. Al-jazeera Alone is a drop in an ocean.
    The editor condemned the pairs attack and attackers. It is right. But, why did he not condemn the behind mastermind of the attack? Did France with his allies not fuel the ISIS to be born? Did the editor forget to mention the mafia-states? Is it not partial or biased?
    When we condemn a terrorist, we should have to condemn the creator and mastermind of the terrorist.
    When we make a Frankenstein to destroy others, we should have to bear in mind that the Frankenstein would not hesitate to destroy us including our innocent child. It is a very natural law. So, in this context, our emotion and sympathy are valueless and then we have nothing to do.
    Therefore, if we want to really root out terrorism, we should concentrate on its mastermind and opportunist politicians (both Muslims and Non-Muslims). We must unveil their ugly faces.
    The ISIS is a seductive group. Although they believe in the holy Quran, offer pray, keep fast etc., they are blackening Islamic image by killing innocent Muslims alike non-Muslims. They are far away Islamic beauty and spirit.
    Islam is a brand of Marcy. Did the Messenger (SW) kill any innocent in the Makkah victory or elsewhere? No. did he kill any captive in his whole life? No. (Some says two was sentenced to death for their particular offenses.) So, there is no reason to support the ISIS and innocent killer.
    We believe Islam is the next future of the west. It is fact that if an innocent non-Muslim is killed by a Muslim, his people may hate Islam. So, we have to condemn killing of innocent.
    Only condemnation can not stop such atrocious activity. You must listen to those being oppressed.

    I humbly ask you when a state which buys its weapons with the tax-money of the innocent citizens wages a war against another state and start bombing there; can the people of the attacked state consider the people of the invader as enemy instead of innocent? Is it injustice for them?
    If a group kills innocent people, it is certainly a terrorist act. But if a state does the same, what is it?
    When a guy wears a suicide-bombing belt to annihilate something, it is certainly a terrorist act. But if a state does the same by switching on the remote control sitting in an air-conditioned room, what is it?
    It is said a crime produces more crimes. So we have to condemn all. We should not be coward to express the truth. Because, we are Muslims (who do only surrender to Allah, not tagut).
    I hope you have understood what I wanted to say.

  • Br. Aataai, I did not say you support Paris attackers, did I? As for condemning France for its crimes in the Islamic world, I don’t see any obligation upon us to do this in our statement against Paris attacks. We acknowledge the fact that the French people and the French government are two different things. However, we at Aljumuah welcome objective, fact-based treatment of the French governments behavior in the Islamic world from anyone who can give the topic its due justice. But ‘we should not be coward to’ condemn Paris terrorist attacks absolutely and without coupling our condemnation of them with criticism of the French government’s acts in the Islamic world, for this, I’m afraid, will give the impression that we are somehow justifying the horrible crime perpetrated against innocent civilians in Paris.

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