Japanese Muslims condemn Islamic State threat; some fear damage to Islam’s image


Staff Writer

Muslims in Japan on Wednesday condemned the threat a day earlier by the Islamic State group to execute two captives.

Some assailed it as an “unforgiveable” act of cruelty, and said the hostage-takers were unworthy of calling themselves Muslims.

Shigeru Shimoyama, a spokesman for Tokyo Camii, the nation’s largest mosque, denounced the video as “despicable” and “un-Islamic.”

Shimoyama said that in Islam, killing one innocent person is considered tantamount to killing all of mankind.

The 30-year convert to the faith said the Jihadi group’s actions stand in contradiction to Islam’s profound respect for human life.

In a video released on Tuesday afternoon, a knife-wielding militant threatened to kill Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa unless Tokyo pays a $200 million ransom within 72 hours.

The demand was apparently in response to an earlier pledge by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to provide $200 million in nonmilitary assistance to countries fighting the Islamic State.

Abe is currently on a six-day visit to the Middle East.

Shimoyama also expressed concern that the extremists’ actions would cement the belief in Japan that Muslims are by definition brutal and violent.

“The Muslims have long been misunderstood in Japan. An incident like this could further breed the illusion that Islam is a religion for terrorists,” Shimoyama added.

The people behind the kidnappings “are not Muslims,” he said.

Such a view is echoed by Haithan Ambu-saidi, 22, an exchange student from Oman who is currently studying at Tokai University in Kanagawa Prefecture.

“I’m sorry for anybody who is in trouble (because of) ISIS, because the group has no relation with the general Islam,” he said, using an acronym referring to the Islamic State.

“Muslims do not kill anybody. We don’t kill any innocent” people, Ambu-saidi said.

A Muslim man contacted at the Hokkaido Islamic Society, who asked that he not be named, similarly condemned the hostage crisis as unforgivable and brutal. He expressed the hope that the two men would survive.

Despite the horrific implications of the threat, the Japanese public would take the news in its stride, he said.

“Whatever ISIS may commit, I believe most Japanese are sane enough to know the extremist group doesn’t belong to us,” he said.

  • Markov Chain

    Islam should be banned. this so called piece of “‘#&’ religion is ruining societies and families. Sane people know that not all muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are muslims and believe that the book created by a pedophile called koran is justifying their acts. This is very dangerous. If these so called “peace loving” muslims are really worried about their image, they should protest!! Raise some money to free the hostages! Everywhere, it is almost always muslims who are doing these atrocities! Hence, islam should be banned. It is an outdated book not fit in this generation! muslims should stay in muslim countries!

    • “all terrorists are muslims ”
      Hahahaha, that is freaking hilarious!(because it literally isn’t true)

      Also, do you know how to breed extremists? By persecuting the average Muslims. Which is what you desire to do.

      • myUserName

        Yes, it is true that all the terrorists are not muslims if one has take it in literal sense but the user wants to convey his intentions which you might have rightfully perceived.

    • Mark Holmes

      So just because Muslims disapproves of an attack, then it means their automatically going to speak out or protest on the streets. What if a Muslim who don’t believe in the extremists but don’t feel the need to speak out. Plus, you do realize that Muslims are the biggest victims of extremists like ISIS and Al-Qaeda. The Muslims in the middle east knows these guys are crazy and it’s worth noting that 85% of middle eastern countries have a negative opinion of ISIS. There was only like 5% favorable and some Muslims support ISIS because they hate Bashar or they feel they want to stop the oppression. You need to get this inside your head that just because a Muslim supports a terrorist group like ISIS or Hamas, that doesn’t mean they agree with every action.

  • kneedragon76

    too late islam is a cess pool of morons

    • Mark Holmes

      Says the person with that avatar lol

  • TheSandGal

    I think it’s more than a bit late for Islam’s “image”. It’s a religion of violence and intolerance that sows war and poverty wherever it goes. So sad that in the 21 centry, this 7th century philosophy still has so much power over people. The only problem is how to avoid it coming to ruin our own countries.

  • myUserName

    Even Japan has Muslims! Then soon it would face the muslim problem if its size increases.

    There is a saying ” A plant which could not be pulled off from the soil in its sapling stage, cannot be uprooted when it turns into a tree”.

    Although, this sounds bit provocative I am expressing the fact. The fact would remain the same even though it may be soothing or provocative or something else. And I mean in no way for violent means rather for realistic means.

    • Oh, you’re trying to fearmonger to one of the most Xenophobic cultures on earth with a long history of violently persecuting ethnic and religious minorities, telling them that some tiny religious minority is a huge threat, but you “don’t mean for violent means”?
      Sure thing, buddy. You should be more honest with yourself.

      • myUserName

        Firstly, is Japan the most Xenophobic culture on the earth ?

        Secondly, do you think that there is something wrong in saying ”
        And I mean in no way for violent means rather for realistic means ” ?

      • myUserName

        Kenji Goto is dead.

      • What’s your point? You think I’m not aware?

      • myUserName

        My point, your basis for the argument.

    • Mark Holmes

      Why are you trying to make it look like Muslims as a whole are the problem. You should only focus on the terrorists and the ones who try to force Islamic law on everyone? It’s foolish to generalize about people.

      • myUserName

        When I say, ” Then soon it would face the muslim problem if its size increases “, does that mean all the muslims are the problem ?

        It will be really good if you tell how we can spot ‘ the terrorists and the ones who try to force Islamic law on everyone ‘ from the others.

  • mary

    Read the Koran and their other holy books and you will find Isis is the exact refection of Islam! They are doing exactly what Muhammad has told them to do. It is NOT a relgion of peace but of war and world submission to Islam. The very word islam means submission and furthermore Muhammad tells them to lie to non-muslims to further their aim, which is worldwide domination and the entire world becoming muslim. This is in their own writings! Read the muslim books and see for yourself.

    • I like how you people WANT ISIS to be right, and you WANT Muslims to accept their interpretation as correct.
      (also, my guess is that you haven’t actually read the book, but have just looked up quotes that fit your personal perception)

      • Gordon Graham

        It’s not like it’s a very long book…It takes about 3 days of casual reading to get through

      • kikai

        But can you understand it? Muslims themselves and Islamic scholars who have spent decades studying the book cannot understand it completely, and (it follows that, obviously,) they can’t even translate it properly (as in, with 100% accuracy) from the original arabic into english and other languages. So 3 days of ‘casual’ reading… nope.

        That said, my guess is that you’re going to say it isn’t rocket science.

      • Gordon Graham

        It took me 3 days to read the Koran penguin edition in English. What more would you like me to say? It didn’t elicit much convincing nor reflection. It was a somewhat engaging tale…I prefer Greek Mythology, though (those books,too, I read in English). It resonates more with my sense of pathos, particularly in its dramatic expression of the human condition.

      • Alwuhush

        If you take out all the passages where Allah talks about how munificent he is, how everyone is going to burn in hell, the endless repetitions on such stories as Moses, or Jesus and the clay birds, that takes it down to the length of a comic book. You can read it in one afternoon over a cold one.

        As Gordon Graham said, it is virtually all plagiarized, with some mistakes thrown in because Muhammed was winging it on his prophecies and didn’t get all the details right.

        But those were the days before Google so his ardent admirers – who were as clueless as Muhammed was – didn’t know the difference and it sounded great to them.

        It really isn’t much of a read. If you want to really get a feel for what Islam is all about, the real meat is the hadiths. By all means, read the hadiths. They are much more interesting and important than the Qur’an and will tell you what is really going on with these Islamic goon squads that are causing so much trouble recently.

    • Miki

      I suggest we also read The Little Green Book by Khomeni. It can be download free at internet. or some speeches of Geert Wilders and from an ex Muslim converted to Christian; Mossab Hassan Yousef.

  • Tap Hue

    Caliphates existed before the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Islamic State militants also appear to be radical salafis. They are Muslim, just as Americans are Christian. When the Pope throws a punch, when Americans bomb their way through the world and kill innocent civilians, going against Jesus’ sermons, no one accuses of them of not being Christian.

    • Alwuhush

      You think Muhammed didn’t kill civilians – including women and kids – while he was jihading his way through Arabia on his book tour? Because he did.

      When his guys came to him upset about kids they had killed in a raid on an enemy encampment, Mo just shrugged and said, “They were with them”. Mo didn’t give a crap about civilians dying if the end justified the means.

      There will never be a war where no civilians will be killed. Never. If you want to minimize civilian casualties – the best you can hope for – then cowards like ISIS and Boko Haram and others need to stop hiding behind women and children and using them as shields.

  • Jay

    Sorry, but there is not enough action against ISIS by Islamic groups and governments to warrant our forgiveness or sympathy. Until we see Muslims declaring war against these radical freaks, arresting them, cutting off their sources of funding and arms, Muslims cannot be trusted or believed.

  • Lawrence Klepinger

    The amount of “Extremist Muslims” by the “Moderates” own admission is “only 10%.”

    If so, and if the total population of Muslims in the world is 1.6 BILLION, as also stated by “Moderate” Muslims, then a quick calculation would place the “Radical Element of Extremist Muslims” at 160,000,000 MILLION Radical Muslims WORLDWIDE.

    That is more than most COUNTRIES population, and larger than every standing military in the world.

    As Joe Friday used to say, “Just the facts, Ma’am.”

    • Chameleon08

      The problem is the 10% rule the 90% because the few are armed, aggressive, funded and dangerous. And the 90% are keeping their mouth shut!

      • Lawrence Klepinger


        You hit the nail on the head. Good for you.

        Best wishes – and be safe.

  • Eagle

    “Abe is currently on a six-day visit to the Middle East.”

    Accordingly, he received a matching well-timed welcome to put him and Japan under pressure while he is trying to negotiate when he shouldn’t even have to go there so unprepared. Nice test to run on Mr. sore stomach.

  • Brian Lewis

    BS…Its the same breed and the same dog….They are all the same, I just takes one ill course of action and they will all turn on you….Watch out Japan…You have a Muslim Problem that will destroy your safety and security…Welcome to the new world…your peace is over because of them!!!, They are everywhere in Japan with over 60 mosaics in the last 15 years…I’ve seen women wear burquas in Ishikawa…

  • mary

    Please note the following:

    Please refer to them as Daesh not IS or ISIS. It denies them legitimacy by removing the name State from their name. It is also a sound alike name that really does describe them and they hate it.

    France has requested everyone to use Daesh to designate them from now on. The USA, France, Germany, UK and all non-Daesh supporters are now using Daesh not IS or ISIS or ISL.

    It could help key in other muslims to not join them as it is both descriptive of the bigot bullies and also describes something that most muslims would consider to be false Islam. Names do matter.

    Please do a web search for the full meaning of Daesh. It is also considered by Daesh to be insulting. I just learned this yesterday and will now be referring to these terrorists as Daesh.

  • Miki

    I have read this right and I puked not only on laws on bestiality but to convicted women. So if the radical warriors are expecting 72 virgins for them to be waiting in heaven, they are running out of virgins in heaven coz Khomeni said to his followers that if a virgin woman is convicted to die, she must be molested first before dying…aww.

    • mary

      The Romans did that too. It was against their law to execute a virgin so they simply raped them first. Yes, even babies and small children. Really one should read the Haddith as they are very telling about Islam even more than the Koran. They are a complelation of the sayings, commands and acts of Muhammad. All Muslims are to use these as examples of what they are to do. Daesh (Isis) follow them and that is why they do what they do.

    • mary

      hee hee hee … who said those would be female virgins? LOL

  • Miki

    tnx Mary.