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Muslim Leaders Condemn Christmas Day Bombings

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We at Loonwatch unequivocally condemn the Christmas Day bombings in Nigeria. We condemn all acts of terrorism and the killing of innocent civilians, no matter who is responsible.

Today whenever Muslims anywhere commit an act of violence, it seems that all Muslims are indicted and considered guilty until proven innocent. If each and every act is not expressly condemned, the assumption is that Muslims are giving their tacit approval.

When Muslims do expressly condemn terrorism, either carte blanche or in response to a specific incident, they are still asked by many, “Why don’t you condemn terrorism?” Muslim voices condemning terrorism seem to be drowned out in the major media by more sensational headlines.

Terrorism committed by Muslims is not only morally reprehensible and horrifying, but a disaster for the entire Muslim community. In the current climate, Muslims who mourn the innocent victims of violence must also face a backlash.

When non-Muslims commit acts of violence, it seems a different set of standards is applied. In the case of Nigeria, sectarian violence cuts both ways. Last August, Christian youth in Nigeria attacked and killed innocent Muslims gathering to celebrate Ramadan. The incident received relatively light media coverage, and there were few demands for Christians worldwide voice their condemnation.

Portraying only one side of a conflict is misleading and counterproductive. All Nigerians, and all people everywhere, deserve to live in peace and security, and to celebrate their holidays without the threat of violence.

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Christmas Day Bombings

(This Day Live)

The umbrella Islamic body for Muslims in the North, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), yesterday condemned the bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State and another church in Jos, Plateau State, saying it is not in a religious war against Christians. Both incidents claimed the lives of over 40 persons.

But the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the 19 Northern states and FCT warned yesterday that the attacks may spark a religious war.

Secretary General of JNI, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, while reacting to the bombings in a telephone interview with THISDAY, said Islam, as a religion, respects human lives and would do everything to preserve it.

“Human lives must be preserved and protected by all including security agencies; it is rather unfortunate that Nigerians are losing their lives to bomb blasts,” Aliyu said.

The Islamic body also tasked security agencies to fish out the perpetrators and bring them to justice, stressing that it is only when the culprits are fished out and punitive measures taken against them that it would serve as deterrent to others planning to carry out such nefarious activities.

In his reaction, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, who joined other Muslims in voicing condemnation against Boko Haram, said taking of human lives in the name of religion was strange in Islam.

The sultan, at the formal opening of Islamic Vacation Course (IVC) organised by Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), B-Zone, said dispute could only be resolved through dialogue and not by violence or bloodbath.

He said Islam abhorred violence and called for unity among Muslims to address the challenges facing them.

“Violence is not part of the tenets of Islam and would never be allowed to tarnish the image of the religion,” the sultan said.

Chastising Boko Haram, another Islamic group, Muslim Public Affairs Centre (MPAC), said “cold blooded murder of innocent worshippers” was “horrifying and sickening.”

In a statement by its Director of Media and Communications, Disu Kamor, MPAC described the perpetrators of the dastardly act as “criminal and devilish hate cultists bent on imposing their evil ideology on us”.

“On this occasion and in similar incidents, Nigerian Muslims and Muslims everywhere stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our Christian brothers and sisters and we are determined to continue to work together to remove the mischief of those seeking to destroy peaceful co-existence and harmony. We feel the sorrow and share the grief of all that were affected by this tragedy – this evil attack is a crime committed against mankind,” MPAC added.

Also, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) said it is “shocked and petrified by this development”.
MURIC in a statement by Dr. Ishaq Akintola disagreed with Boko Haram, which had said it carried out the attack to avenge the killing of Muslims during the last Sallah.

He said: “The attackers cannot claim that they were revenging the attack on Muslims in Jos during the last Eid el-Fitr on August 30, 2011 which left many Muslims dead because Christians celebrating Christmas earlier on December 25, 2010 were the first to be killed in bomb explosions.

“Nothing in the scriptures of Islam justifies this kind of attack. We therefore assert clearly, unequivocally and unambiguously that Boko Haram is not fighting for Nigerian Muslims.”

Similarly, the Chairman of the Sokoto State chapter of Izalat Bida’a Waikamtul Sunnah (JIBWIS), Sheikh Abubakar Usman Mabera, said the killing of innocent citizens, under any guise, is a case of murder and in contrast to Islamic teachings.

“Whoever takes the life of a fellow human being has committed evil irrespective of his religion – whether Christian or Muslim – and will pay for his sins.  So, this is an act of terrorism which is against Islamic teachings,” he said.

Mabera, who frowned on the act, said: “Almighty Allah forbids the killing of a fellow human being. Whoever thinks that he is carrying out Jihad by destroying places of worship and killing innocent citizens is ignorant of Islam because the religion forbids that.”

The Muslim Congress frowned on the Madalla blast and said the continued killing of innocent Nigerians by the activities of Boko Haram is uncalled for and should be condemned by all Nigerians.

The Amir of the Congress, Mallam Abdulraheem Lukman, said in a statement that:

“The endemic killings can best be described as inhuman, wicked, condemnable and totally unacceptable in civilised societies….

The action is even more repulsive during the periods of celebrations and this is highly condemnable.”

CAN in the 19 Northern states and Abuja has warned that attacks on churches by Boko Haram are capable of igniting a religious war in the country.

But labour unions in the country have urged Christians not to retaliate the Christmas attacks on churches in Niger, Plateau and Yobe States which left scores of people dead.

The pan-Northern Nigeria group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), also condemned the attacks yesterday, warning that they serve no good in the prevailing circumstances.

At a news conference in Kaduna yesterday, Secretary-General of Northern CAN, Elder Saidu Dogo, said the bombing of churches and killing of Christians was an invitation to religious war in Nigeria.
Dogo urged Islamic leaders to call the perpetrators of the dastardly act to order to avert confrontation, saying that no group should push the other to the wall to fan the ember of religious war.

He said if the authorities fail to track down those behind the killings of innocent Nigerians, “we shall henceforth in the midst of these provocations and wanton destruction of innocent lives and property be compelled to make our own efforts and arrangements to protect the lives of innocent Christians and peace-loving citizens of this country”.

While calling on Christians to be law abiding, he expressed the need for them to defend themselves whenever the need arises.
He called on the Muslim Umma and Ulamas in Nigeria “to live up to their responsibilities by calling to order, all Islamic sects in the country to have respect for human lives and stop these killings. For we fear that the situation may degenerate to a religious war and Nigeria may not be able to survive as one. Once again, enough is enough”.

“We appreciate the efforts of the Federal Government and its security agents in trying to curtail these attacks. However, we are piqued that the efforts of government are being undermined by the sponsors of the Islamic fundamentalists in the North.

“We are particularly disturbed that the perpetrators of these dastardly acts and their sponsors are well known to government and no serious or decisive actions have been taken to stem their nefarious activities.

“The Federal and state  Governments of Niger, Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and such other areas that these wanton destruction of lives and property have been or are being perpetrated, should arrest and bring to book all the perpetrators and their sponsors.

“Government at all levels should provide 24 hours security services to all churches, Christian religious institutions and organisations in the county, especially in the North.

“We are also calling on the federal and state governments to urgently stem these massacres of Christians and the destruction of their churches and property in the North. The attacks so far have proved that some Islamic fundamentalists want to exterminate Christianity in the Northern states. We are assuring all Christians that the church will not allow that to happen,” Dogo said.

The ACF, on its part, condemned the frequent explosions, saying the Christmas attacks were capable of diverting attention to religious crises that would serve no one good.

The forum, in a statement emailed to THISDAY by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Anthony Sani, urged Boko Haram to embrace dialogue in pursuit of the resolution of whatever grievances it had with the authorities, stressing that the bombings and killing of innocent Nigerians and destruction of property were misguided.

“The spate of bomb blasts on Christmas day, which were directed at places of worship across some parts of the North, is a serious source of concern to Arewa Consultative Forum, to Northern Leaders and to the good people of the North, indeed, to patriotic Nigerians.

“Source of concern not because past bombings were less serious but because those on the Christmas day are capable of diverting attention to religious crises that would serve no one, including the perpetrators, any good now and for a long time to come.
“Consequently, ACF calls on the perpetrators of violence to stop forthwith and avail themselves to due process of addressing perceived grievances that are in place.

“ACF also wishes to say killing of innocent Nigerians is not correct and offends God and many people’s sense of justice. This is because a good number of those who go to places of worship are not lettered in either Western or Islamic education.
“More so that Western education is not necessarily the cause of the collapse of national ideals, moral values and cause of indiscipline in the polity, since there are examples of Muslim countries and Christian countries with western education that are morally sound. Turkey belongs to the former and Nordic country of Norway belongs to the later.

“Nigerians of all faiths must therefore come together and confront corruption in all ramifications by inspiring cultural renaissance for collective good. Corruption in Nigeria is not an exclusive preserve of Western education but a national malaise that should be confronted by all, and not government alone. Enough of the bombings and killing of innocent Nigerians,” the ACF said.
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) warned that there are certain disgruntled elements in the polity who want to divide Nigeria along sectarian lines.

President General of the TUC, Comrade Peter Esele, in a telephone conversation with THISDAY in Abuja yesterday, appealed to Nigerians, especially Christians, to be calm and avoid being incited to reprisal.

He added that it was necessary for Nigerians to stay united at these critical moments and not to allow any plot that is aimed at dividing the country along religious or ethnic lines to succeed.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) called on the Federal Government to make the fight against crime and terrorism its priority rather than diverting the attention of Nigerians with its debate on the need to remove fuel subsidy.

It added that it is necessary that the root causes of insecurity – poverty and unemployment – be addressed as budgeting huge sums of money for security would not solve the problem.

In a statement yesterday, the Acting General Secretary of the NLC, Comrade Owei Lakemfa, condemned the attacks in strongest terms, describing the perpetrators as “terrorists whose minds are as blurred as their vision”.

He called on Nigerians not to be deterred by the terrorists or give up on building a peaceful and united country where the will of the people would prevail.

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  • rocko

    Bart D Ehrman

    But the hottest early christian debates were with other christians, as they argued over the right things to believe and the right ways to live. these internal christian debates were often filled with vitriol and hatred. christians called one another nasty names, said ugly things about one another, and pulled out all stops to make thier christian opponents look reprehensible and stupid, denying , in many instances, that the opponents even had the right to call themselves christians.

    page 180

    forged

  • rocky bal boa

    jesus the SON of ananus turned the OTHER cheek

    …..

    josephus book of wars

    Book VI of Wars

    But, what is still more terrible, there was one Jesus, the son of Ananus, a plebeian and a husbandman, who, four years before the war began, and at a time when the city was in very great peace and prosperity, came to that feast whereon it is our custom for every one to make tabernacles to God in the temple, (23) began on a sudden to cry aloud, “A voice from the east, a voice from the west, a voice from the four winds, a voice against Jerusalem and the holy house, a voice against the bridegrooms and the brides, and a voice against this whole people!” This was his cry, as he went about by day and by night, in all the lanes of the city. However, certain of the most eminent among the populace had great indignation at this dire cry of his, and took up the man, and gave him a great number of severe stripes; yet did not he either say any thing for himself, or any thing peculiar to those that chastised him, but still went on with the same words which he cried before. Hereupon our rulers, supposing, as the case proved to be, that this was a sort of divine fury in the man, brought him to the Roman procurator, where he was whipped till his bones were laid bare; yet he did not make any supplication for himself, nor shed any tears, but turning his voice to the most lamentable tone possible, at every stroke of the whip his answer was, “Woe, woe to Jerusalem!” And when Albinus (for he was then our procurator) asked him, Who he was? and whence he came? and why he uttered such words? he made no manner of reply to what he said, but still did not leave off his melancholy ditty, till Albinus took him to be a madman, and dismissed him. Now, during all the time that passed before the war began, this man did not go near any of the citizens, nor was seen by them while he said so; but he every day uttered these lamentable words, as if it were his premeditated vow, “Woe, woe to Jerusalem!” Nor did he give ill words to any of those that beat him every day, nor good words to those that gave him food; but this was his reply to all men, and indeed no other than a melancholy presage of what was to come. This cry of his was the loudest at the festivals; and he continued this ditty for seven years and five months, without growing hoarse, or being tired therewith, until the very time that he saw his presage in earnest fulfilled in our siege, when it ceased; for as he was going round upon the wall, he cried out with his utmost force, “Woe, woe to the city again, and to the people, and to the holy house!” And just as he added at the last, “Woe, woe to myself also!” there came a stone out of one of the engines, and smote him, and killed him immediately; and as he was uttering the very same presages he gave up the ghost. (Whiston translation)

    ….

    did you guys even know about this jesus?

  • rocky bal boa

    people have choosen the alternative path.

    they do not use whips
    and neither do they over turn tables

    [Lycurgus of Sparta] had been blinded in one eye by one of his fellow-
    citizens and had received the young man at the hands of the people to
    punish as he saw fit, he did not choose to do this, but trained him
    instead and made a good man of him, and afterward escorted him to the public theatre. And when the [Spartans] regarded him with amazement, he said: “This man I received from you an insolent and violent creature; I return him to you a reasonable man and a good
    citizen.” (Fragment 39)

  • superman

    jesus telling few deciples to pray for his enemies is not UNIQUE to him.

    quote:
    You did respond to my next question, which was – where does Isaiah 53:12 say that the servant did not sin? – you responded by pointing to the fact that the servant suffered for the guilt of others, and the prophet describes the guilt of others – in a way that gives us to understand that the servant did not share in their guilt. I agree to this point – I believe that the servant did not share in the guilt of those who persecuted him – but this does not make him “without sin”. It certainly doesn’t preclude corporate Israel – both Isaiah and Micah describe Israel as righteous in contrast with the Gentile nations who persecute her – the prophet makes it clear that Israel does not share in the guilt of the nations, – although she is certainly guilty of her own sins towards God (Isaiah 26:2,13; 40:31; 49:23; 51:7; 54:17; 60:21; 62:2; Micah 7:8,9).

    To respond to the new questions you brought up – How does Israel bring healing to her persecutors with her wounds? – and how do they make intercession for their killers?

    Jeremiah commands the Jewish people to pray for the Babylonians (who killed them), and throughout history the Jewish people took this injunction seriously – to pray for their host nations – nations including Czarist Russia and medieval Spain. There is no question that God was more favorably inclined to these Jewish prayers on account of the suffering that the Jewish people endured – Psalm 34:19.
    end quote

  • @Rocky Lore

    Thanks for illustrating perfectly that we were right in our predictions.

    If we don’t condemn these attacks, we supposedly condone them. If we do condemn these attacks, we’re lying.

    As I said before, with the loons, it’s heads we win, tails you lose.

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  • Rocky Lore

    The problem is that the same Muslims who put out these announcements against terrorism say something completely different to a crowd of Muslims. CAIR claims to be against terrorism, but their group has leaders convicted of terrorism, like Ghassan Elashi and Ismail Royer.

  • Stephen Parker, an interesting 4 part series, you don’t have to agree with it of course, but the link will give you a clearer understanding of what i said above, but even within Islam itself there are differing views. That shows you that nothing is dogmatic, and that is because we were given a conscious will to make a choice.

    Opposition to Islam’s Finality with Recourse to the Qur’an
    http://www.suhaibwebb.com/islam-studies/islamic-law/opposition-to-islams-finality-with-recourse-to-the-quran/

    All of this, therefore, by the will of God, safeguards one misunderstanding the following verse, whilst marvelling at the Divine Wisdom before which human rationality has to surrender and the awe that must greet one reflecting on the Divine Greatness:

    (Qur’an 5:48)

    To each of you We prescribed a law and a method. Had Allah willed, He would have made you one nation [united in religion], but [He intended] to test you in what He has given you; so race to [all that is] good. To Allah is your return all together, and He will [then] inform you concerning that over which you used to differ.

    Shafi comments on “the wisdom behind partial differences in Shariahs [Sacred Laws] of Prophets”:

    “Had Allah so willed, it would not have been at all difficult for Him to make all humans one community with only one Book and one Shari’ah for everyone. But Allah Almighty did not prefer to do so, for He intended to test people. He wanted to see who gets to know the reality of ‘Ibadah (worship) and stays alert to receive and respond positively to whatever command comes for them…Other than this, yet another wisdom behind this difference in Shari’ahs is that since tempers and tastes of human beings from every period and section of the world are different, the variation in the time frame affects human disposition considerably. If subsidiary injunctions were to be made identical for everyone, human beings would be in deep trouble.”

    Returning to the above quotation from Ibn al-‘Arabi, we sense an understanding of why it is rational that all of mankind turn, believe and follow the Last Messenger Muhammad ﷺ:

    “For he was given Comprehensiveness of Word (Jawami’ al-Kalim), and given [the Qur’anic verse] ‘Allah shall give you an invincible victory‘ (Qur’an 48:3), ‘the invincible’ [al-‘aziz, also meaning rare, dear, precious, unattainable] being who is sought but cannot be reached. When the prophetic messengers sought to reach him, he proved impossible for them to attain to – because of his [being favored above them by] being sent to the entire world (bi’thatihi al-’amma), and Allah giving him Comprehensiveness of Word (Jawami al-Kalim), and the supreme rank of possessing the Praiseworthy Station (al-Maqam al-Mahmud) in the next world, and Allah having made his Nation (Umma) ‘the best Nation ever brought forth for people‘ (Qur’an 3:110). The Nation of every messenger is commensurate with the station of their prophet, so realize this.” [al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya, III 153.1220, trans. Keller]

  • Géji

    > “You may say that Muslims have CAIR but CAIR has been smeared to such an extent that people forever associate them with the Holy Land Foundation”

    That’s absolutely not the case in this case. One thing you must realize it’s that when the blind-hate business have decided to target a specific group, it will always do it’s best to smear the best assets of the target, that have always been part of the top 10 Commandments of hate. The tactic of trying and smear the ones who dare speak-up for the targeted group is as old as the world itself. Unfortunately it may have worked many times in the past due to lack of resources to disprove the smearing lies of blind-hate. But we’re in the 21st century baby, blind-hate simply cannot operate in the dark anymore, and have its ways through deceit. In the 21st century, it became more easily to open blind-hate hate-filled guts, and to expose all the trash in it for everyone who wishes to see it. Thus, it’s quasi impossible with all the resources we have today, for blind-hate to fool as many people like it did in the past, nor smear the object of hate and their defenders with impunity as it did in the past . And that’s precisely what had happened in the case of CAIR, although blind-hate have tried so hard against all odds to smear it, while fully knowing that it’s deceitful lies against the organisation will easily be discovered, it did not only back-fired on blind-hate face, but CAIR actually became more popular than ever before, their style of defense copied by various targeted Western Muslim groups, as well as gaining respect worldwide and in the mainstream media outlets. So you see, it produced the opposite effect blind-hate was aiming for. Only the employees of blind-hate persist in the delusion of thinking that CAIR had been “damaged” by their pathetic efforts, because seeing the fact it has not, will not only prove to them that their fraudulent tactics have miserably failed in convincing the great majority, but will also make them realize the huge failure they always was.

    Believing Atheist, Allah(SWT) in His infinite wisdom have warned His human subjects that deceit is always bound to fail, no matter what. Truth! He says, its your best tool, for it will always stand out in the face of falsehood, despise and regardless of tactics used by the latter, and that no matter what.

  • Stehphen Parker

    Jesus came confirming the message brought by previous prophets – and not just the message of “Jewish” prophets, but the true message of ALL prophets. Muhammad did also.

    I note on your blog you say you don’t want to nor regard the Torah laws as being binding. That is a core Islamic belief, and where we differ with Christianity. Jesus did not do away with the laws. The laws are binding. Whether you follow them through the Quran or the Torah, they are binding. Christians are supposed to be following them, not rejecting them. That is the Islamic belief.

    A belief in all the Prophets does not save you in Islam. It’s your own actions, and your adherence to the laws. Believing in Prophet Mohammed, and then spending your whole life murdering people is not going to save you. It’s not the Prophet you saves you, it’s your own actions. Even God tells us that in his mercy he may forgive sins against him, but not sins against other people. The murderer can only find forgiveness if the victim forgives him. His belief in Prophet Mohammed or any other Prophet won’t ‘save’ him on Yom al Qiyamah.

    Shariah has much in common, (they’re almost identical) to the Halacha. The most important law, (a belief in the oneness of God) is contradicted by trinitarian Christianity, and calling Jesus son of God, which nearly all Christians believe.

    You seem to look at Islam through Christian eyes, moreover, the ‘chosen people’ concept you reject, is confirmed in the Quran.

    You’re entitled to your beliefs of course, but please remember, Christian beliefs are Christian, and Muslim beliefs are Muslim. We relate to both Jews and Christians and other Book people as God tells us, and the most imporant law is in stipulated in the Shahda, the oneness of God.

  • Well I certainly believe Muslims should be as aggressive at condemning attacks on other religoins, be they Christianity or any other, as strongly as they do other Islamophobia.

    It would be great if we took it a step further, and held noisy demonstrations where they count, or name and shame the people whose apathy (usually corrput politicians who turn a blind eye to extremism) allows these things to happen.

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