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Muslim Leaders Condemn Christmas Day Bombings

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Muslim Leaders Condemn Christmas Day Bombings

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.


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.


  1. Ya. Thats being true to your religion.

  2. Bombing of places of worship is not Islam.

  3. no bombing of places of worship is Israel

  4. It is absolute ignorance of one’s own religious teaching (be it Islam, Christianity or any other) that leads people to do violence on another.

  5. these condemnations are sadly to few or are just not in the media…and there needs to be more of them…it seems..and again it seems, that not enough muslim leaders or followers condemn enough these acts of violence in the name of their religion…and pascification leaves many wondering where are the condemnations?…and that leads to islamaphobia…wether the quran or the bible stories of wars and viloence taken as justisfication clearly shows a lack of reading the whole book and comprehending the message in it…there are stonings and slavery and wars in the bible…same as the quran…doesnt mean they are ok or that god aproves of them, and anyone that thinks that way is poorly taught and or poorly infoprmed by leaders who are supposed to know better and not preach twisted ideaologies

  6. “Avoid enormities of sin and abominations.” (Holy Quran)
    That being said, the bombings and violence in Nigeria is despicable… Islam is about peace and defending yourself when you are threatened…

  7. salaam, thanks. sharing.

  8. media doesn’t give much voice to everyday Muslims/Islam

  9. part of Islam is learning to accept other religions and cultures and to learn from them. every religion or culture has something valuable to offer. Killing anyone because of their religious or cultural differences is NOT the purpose of Islam

  10. I wonder if Islam has a similar history of excommunication… making a statement that if you kill innocents you are out of favor with Allah the Most Merciful. If so, this needs to be made public in every media.

  11. The people who presume to represent Islam – imams, mullahs, or just ranters in mosques – egg on these types of acts.

    The rest of the muslims don’t dismiss these people or discipline them, apparently, they are allowed to sow violence. I never heard a muslim criticize Awlaki – they always said “he explained islam so well” etc. Oh really?

    Then muslims want to shut up the people who are protesting this as being bigots.

    I have heard that people are leaving Islam in droves in Africa. Let that be your reward for not reining in your madmen.

    One night on net I saw a muslim man weeping over the bodies of his Hindu friends and cursing his religion. Wafa Sultan ditto.

    The men who beat up the teacher in London – I never saw muslim condemnation of this either, it is always an excuse – well, they were angry you see, they had the right to beat him up.

    Once there was something going on in India they didn’t like so they blew up an AirIndia plane in Canada. What the hell are the rest of us supposed to make of all this except that Islam is some kind of curse.

  12. Remember everyone, izlame is not a religion but an ideology and cult of personality

  13. @Chris, yeah? So what are you going to do about it? You’re not going to stop the spread of Islam no matter how many times you post on facebook

  14. @ David Murray, “theres not enough condemnations in the media.” Do you know why?? Because PEACE LOVING, TERRORIST CONDEMNING MUSLIMS DONT MAKE A GOOD NEWS STORY. Nobody in America wants to see Muslims on TV doing good things, they want to see Muslims blowing each other up in obscure regions of the world so they can cravenly point their finger at the TV and say “See, told ya so!!!” You’re implying that it’s Muslims’ fault that the media doesnt cover their condemning of violence. Thats one of the dumbest things I’ve heard, and the fact that you cannot spell “pacification,” leads me to believe you’re an idiot, thus rendering your opinion useless.

  15. Only an idiot could read an article of Muslims condemning terrorism and then ask “Where are the condemnations?” (David Murray)

  16. Don’t forget the new show “American Muslim” (though it’s being boycotted by idiotic corporations). I’m with you, Umar!

  17. Anon

    Did you EVER see a real muslim ever get a chance to talk abt their side of the story when it comes to violent acts in stheast asia and the middle east? Obviously no. Not cuz we dont have an opinion but no one asks us for it. You sweep us under the rug, the same rug. And who says youve never seen one? Theres plenty of us right here! We dont like what they do to us or people of other religions but its not like your going out and fighting it. Some honestly are too afraid to be condemned by the media or gov so they sit and pray. Thats the honest truth. الله يهديك may God protect you.

  18. There is no incorrect belief, only incorrect behavior.

    A person may belong to a very strange religion, but does not attack his neighbor, therefore he is more correct than a person who follows the approved religion, but commits violence against his neighbor.

  19. @David,what do you want us(Muslims) to do?!claimb out the mountain and shout about it?! we are condemning it in a daily bases.but the media is owned and controled by the masters of those trouble makers.the nonesense attack that took place on Chrismas day,which killed 40 innocent civilians,was the spotlight of almost all major media outlets.did they covered the killing of more than 500 Muslims in josh,Nigeria,on the day of Eid ul-Adha?!what about the attack on this monday that killed 6 children and a teacher at school?! i come to blieve that there is a hidden hand that is sponsering all these to bring conflicts between Nigerians.they should unite to find out that bloody hidden hand and cut it off^^

  20. The problem is the twisted priorities of Muslims. We have all seen Muslims marching in the streets against cartoons and organizing to march against LOWES for not advertising on a Muslim show. Where are the American Muslims marching against the Islamic terrorists who murdered Christians including children on Christmas day 2011?

  21. @hera
    so can we expect “freedom fighters” like geller to orginize a march in solidarity for a little girl being spit on by extremist jews in isreal for “dressing imodestly” or is there any condemtation by christians of the mentioned incident in the above article you know the one where muslims were attacked by christian youths during ramadan but of course one these incidents should not reflect who an entire people are based on the actions of the few (its really funny hera how that is valid argument when mulsims are not the subject of this kinda thing), and did you not read the article I coulda swore it said muslims were condemning the acts committed on christmas but even if they did do something like that the “taqiyya” cop out would pop up wouldnt it.

  22. I think muslims are incapable of seeing themselves as the prime movers of violent action. It is always someone else’s fault.

    When one starts researching however, one finds that a violent mob running out of a mosque is often the first incident in whatever massacres and/or lynchings follow.

  23. Ok anon
    I could keep going on and on butting heads with you abt the same old tired thing. Heres the only thing i have left to say bcuz its nit that idk wat to say bcuz i do, but id rather keep it short and sweet. Your judging muslims by the media, by the governments that kill more of them than any ppl of other religions, (read the breadwinner by deborah ellis or the kite runner by khaled husseini) you think that all muslims believe in violence and hurting ones neighbor although it says the exacct opposite in the quran, you think that islamic states follow islam but they really dont, you think kafir means westerner when it means pagan literally and westerner means ajnabi and you think you can judge me as a human being bcuz of ppl like bin laden. I sir/ma’am am deeply offended. I dont judge you over the way your speaking to me. I dont kno who you are ive never met ive never sat down with you and had a cup of coffeee with you i mean really.

    Im sick of this.
    Im hoping i spelled that right.

  24. 3 great religions came forth from the Middle East, with much claim on the HOLY City of Jerusalem, I pray every day for a time when we can give each other the respect that GOD by any name can look down and say WELL DONE!

  25. i condemn islamiphobia and all kinds of prejudice.

  26. Muslims are very well aware of the things their spokesmen are saying. It is absurd to wonder why the rest of us don’t like you.

  27. Spokesmen? Ha! Like me and my mosque friends appointed them or something.

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