Beliefnet Members Express Shock and Grief, and Ask Questions
Reactions to the terrorist attacks.
Is Religion to Blame?
"It's the politics of religion that causes things like today to happen. It
is pure evil. To say it is because someone is a Muslim that this happened
is a lie. To say that Christians could never do this is also a lie. People--human beings--did this...Sadly, it is the few who have made the
declarations. The many must suffer the consequences wrought by the few."
"How can you hold a whole religion responsible for the actions of a small
group of fanatics? That is like blaming all of Christianity for the
violent acts of white supremists."
Dealing With Anti-Muslim Sentiment
"To all Muslims concerned: Please exercise restraint at this time. Obviously people are angry. They don't realise that Muslims are equally angry and strongly condemn what has happened."
"I condone the use of whatever force necessary to bring these terrorists
to justice. But the Muslims who live among us are not these terrorists.
Nor do they do not have the civil or military power to bring the
terrorists to justice...I'm asking my fellow non-Muslins to please be
wise and fair."
"Now I am going to have to preach this weekend and tell my people to not
take this out on the local Muslims. You have no idea how much that costs
me after seeing the justifications for persecution and violence offered in
here by Muslims. But don't think I won't call for justice. And don't think
I won't support military action against those responsible. And don't think
I won't choke when someone inevitable describes Islam as a religion of
"If I see any violence toward a Muslim on the street, I for one, will step
in between the victim and the perpetrator."
"To all Islamic people--I am a Christian who will never descend into the
insanity of hating all Islamic people because of the acts of a few. I
include all of you in my prayers along with the victims of today's
violence in America. I will also remember all the Islamic victims of
violence in the world today."
"The sight of people celebrating on the West Bank has only hardened my
heart against them."
"As Salaam Alaikum, I am in my room in Boulder, did not go into work or my
meeting after my brother woke me up to give me the terrible news this
morning. One of my friends here in Boulder office told me that he'd heard
someone say: "All of the Middle East should be bombarded". Obviously, this
was no incentive to go to work."
Osama Bin Laden & Islam
"Bin Laden has shamed the Islamic faith by his muderous actions in the name of the Prophet and in the name of Allah. Muslims who do not lift a finger to stop the shame Bin Laden is bringing to Islam will be held accountable by Allah on the day of judgement. Let their deeds in the weeks and months to come show the world the truth of Islam."
"Can some knowledgeable Muslims here please help us understand what
scriptures or commandments these Taliban terrorists cite as their reasons
for thinking Allah wants this? We know this isn't Islam, but that doesn't
help us understand how they think & believe that this is true Islam."
"If Osama is responsible, then the people who are protecting him are the
Taliban. The Taliban are no more Muslim than Osama. They don't represent
true Islam--they are sick animals abusing religion for their personal
gain. I think Muslim countries should condemn the bombings and they have.
As a Muslim, I am appalled by what has happened today."
Next Steps & More Thoughts
"While my first impulse was to demand revenge and turn Afghanistan into a sheet of glass, I know deep within my heart that is not the answer and will only compound the problem. We will find the specific people responsible for this heinous wasting of human life, and they will pay dearly for their actions. I don't know what that looks like, however I know it doesn't look like the wholesale destruction of an entire country, or an equivalent wasting of innocent people."
"I pray to God that the guilty are put to justice and that this never happens again. I pray that the hate of the terrorists who did this does not become contagious and spread to the bystanders. I pray that prejudices and fears are quelled. I pray that the world may unite as one to put an end to terrorism and make sure that nothing of this kind ever happens again."
"How do we love our enemies in this situation? Who are our enemies?"