Japan’s Muslims dismiss Islamic State as un-Islamic


Staff Writer

Muslim residents of Japan on Sunday expressed their condolences for the murder of journalist Kenji Goto and said they were angry about the Islamic State group’s actions.

“We are very, very sorry about this bad news and I am telling the Japanese people that we are very, very sorry,” said Mohamad H. Loghmani, a 44-year-old Iranian resident of Tokyo.

He said the Islamic State group has non-Islamic aims: a hunger for money, power and blood. He said he does not consider its fighters to be Muslims.

“I am telling the Japanese people that Muslim people in the world . . . like Japanese people because they are kind and friendly people,” he said. Loghmani was speaking at a charity bazaar at the Iranian ambassador’s residence in Tokyo on Sunday to raise funds for victims of natural disasters in Iran.

Another visitor to the bazaar was Iranian Nader Mansouri, 52. He, too, was disgusted by the actions of the Islamic State extremists.

“I don’t recognize them as Muslims; I don’t even recognize them as humans,” Mansouri said.

He said he despises the way the extremists threaten others and suggested that if they are so sure of themselves they should ditch their masks and anonymity.

The Islamic State group released a video on the Internet Sunday of Goto’s apparent execution that appeared to show his headless body.

After spending decades covering the Middle East, Goto was captured in Syria while trying to negotiate the release of his friend and fellow hostage Haruna Yukawa.

Japanese Muslim Shigeru Shimoyama, 65, said by phone that he had been praying for Goto’s release every day with fellow Muslims.

“This is truly unfortunate,” Shimoyama said.

He said Goto’s reporting had focused on critical social issues, such as poverty and civil strife, in the places like the Middle East and Africa. He said people worldwide must think seriously about solving such problems in order to pass on what Goto was trying to convey.

He also said people need to develop a greater appreciation of different cultures so such a tragedy will not be repeated.

“There are prejudices and misunderstandings about the Muslim religion. Those things could lead to the next crisis.”

Full coverage of the Islamic State hostage crisis

  • Douglas

    This is known as Taqiyya.

  • Charles Burns

    Thanks for the man on the street apology, but the problem here is you aren’t seeing a public outcry across the board from Muslim LEADERS. They stay virtually mum on it. Seems because a lot of the ideals of ISIS are agreed upon in the teachings, just not shouted from the rooftops so all the world can condemn you.

    • z-west

      The “good” muslims should wage a global jihad against the “bad” muslims.

    • siam

      @hands_glued:disqus : I do agree that the Muslim Leaders aren’t really vocal nor clear. I also agree on the hint you made about their politics and ISIS’s philosophy (Qatar, Saudi Arabia especially), though maybe not on the same level. That’s the proof for me that religions and politics are different, and should be separated.

    • http://zi.n.gy/ Kirt Seth Cathey

      Totally agree with this. We hear peeps and whispers from the muslim community in comparison. However, as others have stated, let us not forget that other nation countries are at (losing the) war with ISIS.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/BrainBlowX BrainBlow

      Yes, such a VAGUE term that you can stretch and bend to deflect any criticism.

  • AbuLahab

    This is typical of the Muslim community. They do that here in the U.S. presumably out of the same playbook.

  • Lawrence Klepinger

    Notice to all Japanese – and everyone else.

    Please bear in mind that this person did not DENOUNCE and RECIND these “people.”

    They simply said they are “sorry.”

    It is time that the World wakes up to this despicable “cult” of death.

    Send all Muslims back to the Middle East where they belong – and leave the rest of the world alone.

    Lawrence Klepinger

  • z-west

    Be vigilant good people of the world… islam and it’s base of violent easy thinkers, are a blight on all humanity. They are out there.

  • siam

    Bravo to all who showed ignorance and such an ugly soul in your comments. You’re just spreading hate, Islam is a pretext, you’re hating for the sake of it. This is a Japanese news website, and this is an article about Japanese muslims (and muslims in Japan), yet you used it to project your venom. People in Islam are diverse, the context and politics are also another major point in the debate, yet you’re lumping us all in the same bag. History is too complex for you, right? It’s easier to spit on something you don’t understand, right? Humans will never change, if you swap the word “muslim” to another, you’d realize how little we advanced in time. Thanks to the very few who did try to see beyond your mud (hitokiri 1989, shiki byakko). I’ll pray for Kenji Goto, and try to stay positive.

  • bhaskarmittal

    check out www faithfreedom org and you will understand, what Islam and muslims really want. Till they are in absolute minority, world is safe. As soon as they grow, they really spread like Cancer.

  • Ostap Bender

    “He also said people need to develop a greater appreciation of different cultures so such a tragedy will not be repeated.
    “There are prejudices and misunderstandings about the Muslim religion. Those things could lead to the next crisis.””
    So far it hasn’t been “prejudices and misunderstandings about the Muslim religion” that have caused crises but Muslim prejudice. So far it’s been Muslims who have perpetrated violence. When will Muslims value life over holy books?

  • Gordon Graham

    Muslim apologists have been extremely busy in recent years

  • 33davidjohnson

    Wonder why all those Islamic countries surround ow the Islamic State do not do anything…. It is the same old battle for power in the region and the old hatred between Shia and Sunni. Oil is cheap these days. And it will lose importance as supply gets more widespread. In 50 years there will be nothing to fight over. Let us hope!

  • CJ Takeda

    I am glad that countries like Japan spend their money wisely. I hope that our leaders put an end to terrorism by using their advanced tech in preventing their brutality.

  • kononwa

    What a load of unmitigated BS! Why are supposedly “educated” people still in total denial about islam and its very-publicly stated intentions? What could possibly be their vested interest in believing these lies, other than sellf-righteous denial and intellectual cowardice? Must be very comforting to only accept what “feels good”, but it must be even less comforting to have your head sawn off slowly while still alive.

    Regarding previous comments, the only “good muslim” is one who punctiliously follows the unchangeable, unedited dictates of the quran, the ahadith, and the sīrat rasūl allāh. If you’ve studied them then you know that a “good muslim” emulates unquestionably the thoughts, words, and deeds of the self-styled prophet muhammad, a murdering, robbing, raping, paedophiliac psychopath. Anything less is apostasy, which is punishable by death. So, now please explain what is meant by “moderate muslim” – but only answer if you are well informed on the subject less you exhibit abject politically-correct ignorance.

    How do you say “taqiyya” in Japanese?

  • Sam

    I would like to agree with you that the world might be better off without religion but that’s just a childish John Lennon-esque pipe dream.

    The Quran has passages advocating violence and passages advocating peace. Islam isn’t evil or good, it’s just a tool that people will use to justify the horrible things they want to do or something that will inspire them to be a better person. The religion isn’t to blame; the murderous barbarians pretending they’re righteous are.

  • achakma

    Muslims are liars. ISIS acted 100% according to Islam and Quran. There are numerous verses in Quran that encourage killing, raping and terrorizing infidels or kafirs. Muslims want to hide their true color because number of Muslims in Japan is still small. If Japan is wise, it should expel all Muslims from its border and sever diplomatic relation with all Muslim nations for peace and stability of Japan.

  • achakma

    Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa’s beheading are not the first act of terrorism against Japanese citizens. Muslim terrorists beheaded a Japanese man in Iraq in 2005. As recently as in January 2015, Muslims raped a Japanese Buddhist pilgrim in Bodh Gaya, India. A Saudi born Muslim terrorist vandalized Buddhist temple in Tokyo in June 2014. For Japan it’s time to wake up and expel Muslims from its border.



  • http://twitter.com/#!/BrainBlowX BrainBlow

    Nono, see, you clearly do not get how it works around here:
    The media not reporting it DOES mean that no one is vocal against ISIS, see?
    “I don’t see it, therefore it isn’t happening” is the mentality in charge here.

  • ⱧÅⱧÅ ḶỎḶ (╭☞⁰

    The Japanese Muslims haven’t read their own holy book. For it clearly says:

    Koran, 2:216 – “FIGHTING is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.

    Koran, 4:76 – “Those who believe FIGHT in the cause of Allah…

    Koran, 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

    Koran, 33:57, 33:61 – “Surely those who speak evil things of Allah and His Messenger, Allah has CURSED them in this world and the here after…CURSED: wherever they are found they shall be seized and MURDERED, a (horrible) murdering.

    (The usual apologist’s response is that these verses were taken ‘out of context’ which is not true!)

    And I haven’t gone into the Hadiths yet….

  • ⱧÅⱧÅ ḶỎḶ (╭☞⁰

    In Sura 5:32 you obviously pulled a Taqiyya on us!

    Note the part “unless … spreading mischief in the land“. It clearly applies to killing Muslims only, not killing non-Muslims.

    The very next verse, Sura 5:33 says “the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off …..“.

    i m proud to be a muslim because islam is peace religion

    Calling Islam the “religion of peace” is like calling North Korea the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”. Islam is the opposite of peace, just like North Korea is the opposite of a democracy!

    i don’t know they call them self muslim because they don’t know anything about islam.

    Yup, they are Muslims. They justify the torching of the Jordanian pilot using verse, Sura 16:126 :
    And if you punish [an enemy, O believers], punish with an equivalent of that with which you were harmed.