The perfect response to people who blame Muslims for Paris attacks

Old footage of Reza Aslan talking about Islam goes viral in the aftermath of Paris attacks


Web Desk November 16, 2015
PHOTO: GUARDIAN

In the wake of the deadly Paris attacks on Friday claimed by the Islamic State (IS) there are some who are questioning the peaceful teachings of Islam and wondering whether the religion is to blame for the acts of those involved in the massacre.

The Muslim community all over the world condemned the attacks in Paris in the strongest terms but a debate has been raging on many media outlets whether Islamic State’s horrific ideology has real roots in the Islamic text and history or are Islamic teachings distorted to suit the group’s nefarious cause.

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Amidst all the discussions and the blame game which will undoubtedly spill over many days to come, an old footage of historian Reza Aslan speaking about Islam has gone viral.

In the footage, historian Reza Aslan gave the perfect response to hostile questions on CNN suggesting that Muslims are inherently violent.

“Islam does not promote violence or peace. Islam is just a religion and like every religion in the world it depends on what you bring to it. If you're a violent person, your Islam, your Judaism, your Christianity, your Hinduism is going to be violent,” Aslan said.

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“There are marauding Buddhist monks in Myanmar slaughtering women and children. Does Buddhism promote violence? Of course not! People are violent or peaceful and that depends on their politics, their social world, the ways that they see their communities,” he continued.



So in Aslan’s point of view, violence depends on an individual's upbringing and social environment.

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However, many scholars do not agree with Aslan and insist that Islam plays a huge role in Islamic State’s ideology and actions. Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution believes that Islamic ideas of the religion as also being a state, which don't quite exist in Christianity, are crucial for understanding IS and its obsession with a caliphate.

COMMENTS (18)

Solidarity | 5 years ago | Reply Islam does not promote terrorism nor does it promote taking of innocent lives. We Muslims strongly condemn the Paris terror attacks and all forms of attacks against humanity. We stand in solidarity with French citizens and convey our deepest condolences to the Victim’s families. We wish and pray for France’s safety and security along with safety and security of all innocent people across our wonderful and beautiful planet.
Jovan | 5 years ago | Reply Islam does promote violence and intolerance towards people who don't agree with its ideas. you can only deny it by being a hypocrite. but many muslims prefer to live peaceful lives because thats best for having a good life.
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