In the wake of terror attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, CNN invited Muslims to share their thoughts on the massacre of 12 people in the name of protecting the religion and protecting the Prophet, freedom of expression and religious tolerance. The Muslims who spoke to CNN did not apologise for their beliefs, they apologised to the world on behalf of Islam, tainted by a handful of Muslim extremists. They were outraged, appalled and ashamed of the terror act.
A fuming immigration worker, 31-year-old Zunera Mazhar from Virginia, gave a powerful video message. She said, “Being a mother, having a 6-year-old daughter, how do I explain it to her? No, this is not us? I am just livid. I don’t know why we feel that it’s OK to kill innocent people in the name of protecting something that does not need or require protection. I am really sorry to the whole world as a Muslim that we have some ignorant people that have taken some very ignorant actions in the name of faith”.
And this is how Twitter reacted to her livid emotions:
#JeSuisCharlie #zuneramazhar #cnn the #Muslims themselves should start the action against extremism not USA not EU, not Canada.
— Amalda Ada (@AmaldaAda) January 10, 2015
#ZuneraMazhar Your speech was outstanding they should be more people like you.
— Jenks (@CpJenkaz) January 10, 2015
Hats off to Muslims like Zunera Mazhar or President al-Sisi for saying what needs to be said. http://t.co/s6poGP1Qmd #RedEye #CharlieHebdo
— 2015-A Bacon Oddesey (@Fenway_Nation) January 10, 2015
Theresa Corbin from New Orleans, who converted to Islam two months after 9/11 and wears a hijab, said, “I fear the [Paris] attack will mean that people will be more likely to sneer at me, to call me names in public, or even attack me. But I hope that it means that people will ask me questions about my faith and that I can make it clear that these attacks have no place in Islam”.
Stephanie Dunbar Siam, an American living in Muscat, Oman, was angry at the ‘hijackers’ of her religion. She was annoyed that she will have to reassure people around her that “This is not Islam”. “I want to reaffirm my intense alarm and disheartening at the deaths of the Charlie Hebdo staff members. But I will not apologize for my beliefs or my religion. It means I will persevere even harder to learn more about my faith so I can counter misunderstanding and discrimination in a positive manner, the way Prophet Mohammed did it”.
Ahmad Basel Burghul, a 20-year-old student from Istanbul, Turkey, thought that the Paris attack might force French people to look upon Muslims differently so he is no longer thinking of studying in France.
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Thank you young lady. You have great courage. Peace…
What utter nonsense !
Ok…let’s see here…..And I, on behalf of all Americans through-out America and spanning the globe….do hereby abjectly apologize to the Muslim world for my country’s rampant and unrestrained terrorism in various sovereign nations across the planet.
See how ridiculous that sounds ?
I am not apologizing for religion or country but for the ignorance of the few that have taken the religion hostage. The way I see it If I don’t voice my opinion as some one who doesn’t side with this kind of extremism then who will. I am a nobody but yet I was able to get my point across to so many & btw apologizing doesn’t make me weak or makes me sound ridiculous.
Seems converted people have one degree surplus belief in Islam… but they forget that people who are Muslim by birth make fun of them and ridicule their status. You don’t have to apologise because real Muslim don’t do such act.. Face it..
You do not/should not have to apologize for anything. People view Islam through the lens of the media.The fact is that no true muslim would ever kill a man unless he or she is the rep of the law and is in accordance to the law supposed to do that.Real muslims stop terrorism not spread it. We hold great respect for you for what you did because you helped clear out the fog in a lot of ways. If a terrorist claims to be a muslim is that the only line you would consider to be true. Even if it is true (Not saying it isnt in this case) in history has any religion even been represented by the 0.01% of its followers. These terrorists infact no terrorists whatsoever should be consider as representing a religion.
I think you’ve misinterpreted what she’s saying. ISIS claims that anyone, including Muslims that don’t agree with their views and opinions are infidels. She’s renouncing THEIR behavior, not Muslim people. It’s like when I see the disgusting antics of the WestWestboro Baptist church and I think “my goodness do I want people in otger countries to think this is how Christians behave?” and I renounce that Extreme group by saying the rest of us Christians aren’t like that. its no different.
Oh your response is utter nonsense! If you can’t accept this lady’s apology to the world then why take the time to even watch this video? You have the mind set of an extremist, not willing to forgive and not willing to accept. Don’texpect something to be dissapointed in the end. She apologized from the bottom of her heart. If you can’t accept it then you really aren’t any better than an extremist.
Well said karl. Totally agree with you.
i’m muslim don’t panic
Solution? Just wait for it.
Solution at this point is grass roots movement. People who call themselves moderate need to speak loud and clear that this is not their ideology or belief system.
there is something inherently wrong with Islam. You are the only group who behaves this way in the 21st century and as someone who believes all religion is stupid and just a means of population control I have done a great deal of research into the quran and it is a outwardly violent manifest composed by a schizophenic pedophile and used to justify 1500 years of some of the worst violence the world has ever seen. Flying on a horse from a rock into heaven??? Youre smarter then this Zunera!!!! You know this is fucking stupid. Islam degrades women, Islam promotes violence against non believers and Islam fosters extremeism simply because of the way its written. Its stupid and until we call it for what it is there will be no change. What other group of dumbasses thinks they are getting 72 virgins for blowing themselves up in the middle of women and children in a crowded market. I would recommend rather then apologizing FOR the religion, apoligize for even accepting its falshoods for even a second and renounce the utter stupidity and medevil behavior it encourages. Theres a reason muslims live in the same world they did 1500 years ago, Islam
Muslim, sence the beginning of time have allways act the way, puting Gods name in the line for acts they do.
Much like your grammar, your knowledge about Islam could use improvement.
Love your response Adam, had me in stiches, well said lol
well done sis for having the courage to speak out. We feel the heartache of those innocent people who have lost their life. No one had the right to take ones life. Beautiful message. We shouldn’t really have to explain ourself it unfortunately yet again we are having to keep on standing for what is right…and this attack in Paris is not! We can’t stress enough this is not in the name of Allah swt. May He guide us all. Ameēn.
every religion on this planet has had its dark days when they used the name of their religion as an excuse to commit horrible acts against others with only a few exceptions theses terrorist are killing any one who dont think the same way every one else does. i dont blame the religions i blame the few rotten apples whose ignorance is astounding. we the people of this planet need to stand together as one no matter what are religious beliefs are . these terrorists are are killing and trying to take over lands for their own benefit without regard for any one but themselves ,they will keep killing even their people to obtain what they want. the only way to stop them is that we all stand against them we out number them . every Muslim ,christian, Hebrew, catholic, every religion need to stand together as one, these fanatic ass holes need to be stopped
Brave woman but you have nothing to apologize for. A few bad people have slipped through the cracks of the abyss and where unable to turn away from the demons that called them from below. Most of us know your religion is a good one if you understand what true faith is you see the good from the bad like a sixth sense.
A commendable act in a a atmosphere of tension and anger which has been mostly directed at innocent people who have nothing to do with the evil that has been committed in the world.
I am proud to know Muslims that respect the values of society and a peaceful world. I admire this young lady for speaking out and bringing her values to us. Zunera you are to be congratulated… now lets have a united world for peace and prosperity
So I’ve studied the Koran a bit and it took me a long time to translate but
Tell me, is this extreme Islam or just Islam in general?
Slay the unbelievers wherever you find them(2:191)
Make war on the infidels living in your neighboorhood (9:123)
When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them (9:5)
Kill the Jews and the Christians if they do not convert to Islam or refuse to pay Jizya tax (9:29)
Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable (3:85)
The Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them (9:30)
Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticise Islam. (5:33)
The infidels are unclean; do not let them into a mosque (9:28)
Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies
Do not hanker for peace with the infidels; behead them when you catch them (47:4)
The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims to fight them (8:65)
Muslims must not take the infidels as friends (3:28)
Terrorise and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an (8:12)
Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorise the infidels (8:60)
I’m just saying , don’t call it a religion of peace and tolerance , because it’s obviously not.
Obviously you’re not a teacher (scholar), so nobody can take your word for it, your translation is very poor as far as i can tell, please mention your sources, thanks for your comment.
Dear Mr John,
I would like you to know that Quran consists of parts and each part has a context to it the part you are referring to please look at the verses after and before it and you might find that There is no place in war mongerings in Islam and the “Jihad” the terrorists claim to wage has no base as only an Islamic state can give the command to wage a religion based war which “The crusades” were also Keep in mind that there are conditions for even war in Islam . Islam does not allow its soldiers to kill the unarmed, innocents and women and children and even plants so how can you expect Islam to call for killing innocent people”
Stating a single line from any religions book can make that religion seem like a war religion but tell me how can a religion in which 113 out of 114 chapters start with telling that God is merciful ask people to kill anyone if they fell like it. I request you to please look at the verses before and after the verses you stated And also look at which verse is a reference to an incident and which verse is a straightup command.
PS you are mixing the verses some of them are a view of the afterlife that are taken from the description of hell and you also forgot to mention or removed on purpose the parts where it says who the verse is referring to Im pretty sure in hell, hell’s angels do the managing not people
Much respect for her speech. I feel it put a lot of things in perspective. I believe differently then she does, but ultimately, that does not matter. Someone, like this, represents their Faith with far more honor, respect, and decency, then any 100 madmen with bombs strapped to their chest. While i do not feel that someone should have to apologize for their Faith just because of what someone else does while professing to share those beliefs, it is greatly appreciated, and the act itself helped me personally see things a bit from her perspective. Thank you.
I’m a Muslim from Iran
Look,I adore those who killed these 12 person you know why?
look at these
is it freedom to insult someones idea? obviously NO
But why do they insult in the name of freedom and we should be silent? but when we want to say something they call us stupid? we don’t have a big newspaper or TV channel , so how can we defend ourselves?
they keep killing us no one say a word,but when we kill one of them,everyone protest against Islam
here look at this: http://www.ifamericansknew.org/
why don’t you make a video about 2000 child that were killed in Israels war?
Hi mer377. After reading your post I can empathize with you despite not agreeing with you on everything. First I’d like to tell you how I see the world in order to prove you that there is no judgement in my coming words: I see everyone as an unique human being with its own vision of the world which is constructed from its own life. None of these vision is superior nor inferior to another, because they are all subjective.
‘…but when we want to say something they call us stupid?
Personally, I don’t.
But still I don’t have a good insight of your society so I’d honestly like to know why you say so? And who is « they » and « us » for you?
“is it freedom to insult someones idea? obviously NO”
7 billions of human lives makes 7 billions of ways to see the world.There always will be people whose ideas doesn’t match yours, sometimes even clash with yours. That’s the point of freedom of speech: it should not be submitted to anyone’s opinion because no one has the same, and none of them is superior nor inferior. Every human should have the right to express itself. I agree with you that it’s not yet perfectly applied in our societies, but it doesn’t mean that it can’t get better and that no one is working for that. Actually it just means that we have to keep fighting for it evrywhere and not to turn our back to it because some have misused it. Actually I feel like you are already quite sensitive to the importance of freedom of speech in your own way: “we don’t have a big newspaper or TV channel , so how can we defend ourselves? » But maybe I got it wrong.
” …and we should be silent? ”
Of course not: freedom of speech also implies that every human has the right to disagree and even feel insulted. But if you disagree with an idea and wish to fight it, attack the idea itself not the one who expresses it. Because even when the human being dies, the idea survives (this is what’s happening, be it on the side of the twelve killed or the side of the two who did it – and were killed too). Attacking the human beings may temporarily satisfy your need for vengeance, born from your anger, but will give rise to a thirst for vengeance similar to yours in the people you attacked. There will be no end if no one stop by itself first.
Anybody can feel anger whatever its religion, nationality, skin color, ideology, that’s easy – especially in our current times since most of us are seeing, on the net or media or in real life, lots of atrocious acts all over the world which all deserve our attention and action (‘the 2000 child that were killed in Israels war’ you are talking about is, of course, one of them). But to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not easy. It’s either you who control the anger, or the anger that controls you: It makes you do things which will feed it even more rather than making you do things that will fight the origin of your anger (it’s kind of like a parasite, I guess). Actually, if I remember correctly, not to submit to your own anger and thus being able to forgive, is a teaching found in every religion (I’m ready to retract this statement because I have not a thorough knowledge of all religions).
I like the quote of Gandhi « anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding ». Especially with the current tensions existing between our cultures.
So sure it’s hard. It’s a long and constant work to do on one self. It’s not always working the first time nor the second, it asks trials and fails before it succeed and becomes an habit. But how can one ask other to become better when not trying itself first?
Anyway, mer377 or anyone else, thank you for having read me. I’ll be happy to get a reply but, in any case, I wish you the best and the good.
it hardly seems she represents anything.she dosent have a pity for our prophet being insulted.instead shes concerned about some journalists who worked hard to make the insults more interesting. how sad atleast she could have posted this #unislamicwomenvideopathetic when gaza was a bloodpool and when those charlie hebdo bastards mocked and insulted.
The Muslims are playing with fire. They have forgotten what Europe is. They have forgotten how we crushed them time and time again throughout centuries. They have mistaken our hospitality and kindness for weakness. They’re trying very hard to make us hate them, but they don’t realize how terrifying is the hatred we are holding back. They have wasted their chance at coexistence and they will pay a terrible price. Whenever European countries fight with each other the world trembles, devastation on unimaginable scale occurs and the rivers run red. And you want to start shit with a UNITED Europe? Good luck with that.
Better start to think accept that excuses when that come from someone with a long beard.
Nicely put sis. But should all German Christians apologise for Hitlers barbaric acts? Should Americans of all denominations apologise gor Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Should all of Jewery apologise for the inhuman treatment and genocide of Palestinians? Should all Christian Serbs apologise for the genocide of Muslims? Should Christians of Norway apologise for the mass murder of youths by one man? This can go back all the way to Genghis Khan and the Crusades. The loss of any innocent life is unforgiveable , but why should I have to apologise for the actions of a handful exremist mad men. The educated world knows this and a responsible media can further mould peoples minds to this. The operative word is ” responsible”. I am not a fan of al qaieda , ISIS , ISIL or any of extremist organisation , this is all I should need to say. People I come into contact with everyday know I am a true Muslim. Others can be educated by responsible media. I will not apologise for my beliefs and though I will not be silent on blatent desecration of my Faith , I would not resort to killing.
She is very very naive.
First of all she does not know who REALLY committed the atrocity.
Secondly she has no validity in speaking on behalf of anybody except herself.
Third. More and more info is leaking out about who was really behind this attack. MANY things are not adding up already….. suicide of lead investigator/ shot policeman not really shot / masked terrorists leave id cards in getaway car???
How can you trust her when taqiyya exists?
NEVER TRUST A MUSLIM!
taqiyya is only practiced by Shia muslims, not Sunni muslims. Read more about Islam please..avoid sounding foolish and immature
With all due respect, why would you want to say that you are Charlie Hebdo? What happened to the Charlie workers was awful and completely unjust. But was what they did as a magazine acceptable to the least extent? As a muslim, I say I am neither Charlie nor the terrorist. I am deeply saddened with what happened to the workers and the hostages in the super market, but I am not charlie!
If in fact any Muslim that follows the “Quran” says anything different then they must be questioned. Are they seriously trying to make a mockery out of us like we don’t know how to read or understand what’s being said. What religion unless Satanism would say anything like this! Here you have it!!
“Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing… but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshiping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)”
Did you even read the last line of the translation? Allah said that if the disbelievers cease to fight, then there should be no transgression between the Muslims and them. Your knowledge of Islam is laughable.
A book called Qur’an will not decide the fate of mankind on earth. No matter Islam brutality is become public now and this just got an extension of its history of violence, still shameless Islamist says that we are the religion of peace. Please Correct me if I am wrong, in today’s world I never heard anybody, anywhere is being beheaded on the name of religion. This happen only in Islam.I wonder if America would be the Islamic country, the nature of Islam is such kind that they would have converted the entire planet in to Islam on the gun point. However Islam is rapidly becoming untouchables so consequences will be disastrous. We will see more human blood on the ground and that will happen only because of Islam and it’s destructive teaching and practice.
As a iranian muslim, i want to say the terrorists who called ISIS want to destroy islam truly face and want to show islam in dirty and hostile face to people around the world.They are not muslim they are the terrorists who made by enemy of islam and muslims. The muslims deny any relation with these terrorists and same as every free people around the world want to destroy every terrorists in world.
I’ve read the Quran (twice). And I would suggest you Muslims rethink who that angel was that spoke to Muhammad in the cave………it wasn’t Gabriel.
Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”
Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” No reasonable person would interpret this to mean a spiritual struggle.
Quran (8:15) – “O ye who believe! When ye meet those who disbelieve in battle, turn not your backs to them. (16)Whoso on that day turneth his back to them, unless maneuvering for battle or intent to join a company, he truly hath incurred wrath from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journey’s end.”
Women are your fields: go, then, into your fields whence you please.
Quran 2:223, “The Cow,” Dawood, p. 34
Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and forsake them in beds apart, and beat them.
Quran 4:34, “Women,” Dawood, p. 83
A male shall inherit twice as much as a female.
Quran 4:11, “Women,” Dawood, p. 77
Call in two male witnesses from among you, but if two men cannot be found, then one man and two women whom you judge fit to act as witnesses…
Quran 2:282, “The Cow,” Dawood, p. 47
[Forbidden to you are] married women, except those whom you own as slaves.
Quran 4:24, “Women,” Dawood, p. 81
If you fear that you cannot treat [orphan girls] with fairness, then you may marry other women who seem good to you: two, three, or four of them. But if you fear that you cannot maintain equality among them, marry one only or any slave-girl you may own.
Quran 4:3, “Women,” Dawood, p. 76
Muhammad wrote the Quran to gain riches, power and get laid a lot. Any “ideology” that advocates slavery, pedophilia, murder is not of God our heavenly Father.
Thanks for your comment Mary,
I just wanted to ask you if you were implying or asking for explanation of these verses, if you want an explanation , I’m more than happy to assist you with more details, if you’re only implying then it’s your opinion, sadly it looks like you tried explaining the Quran yourself, in the same way the extremist do, they have taken some of the Quran and explained it in favor to their agenda, but there are a few points that you should recognize first:
* Reading the Quran twice is not enough to claim that you understood what it means, or the rules. you still need a cleric or scholar to help you.
* The prophet Mohammed was illiterate, he was unable to read or write.
* The prophet Mohammed didn’t accept riches and power, something he could have taken easily if he said yes.
* The prophet Mohammed married a lot of woman for love, respect and political reasons, and a man having a good time with his wives is not forbidden, it’s actually a good thing.
* slavery, pedos, murder, witness, inheritance, require a lot! of explaining, something I can not provide to you in a comment! you should ask a scholar about the rules of inheritance for example.
* Islam advocate peace and respect to all creatures.
Thanks for reading.