'Islam is not terror religion' say Turkish students

Thirty students have come together to shoot a video in 16 languages to challenge what they say is a “wrong” perception of Islam

'Islam is not terror religion' say Turkish students

World Bulletin / News Desk 

After January’s attack on Charlie Hebdo and anti-Semitic murders in France was followed by an anti-Muslim backlash in the West, 30 Turkish students have come together to shoot a video in 16 languages to challenge what they say is a “wrong” perception of Islam.

Using the Prophet Muhammad’s sayings and verses from the Quran, students from the Faculty of Theology at the Istanbul-based Marmara University went to countries across Europe and North America, during a 15-day trip and talked about Islam in 16 languages in front of the camera.

“We were sitting in a café with my friends after the Charlie Hebdo attack and arson attacks on mosques in Sweden and thought: ‘What could we do in order to tell there is no connection between terror and Islam?’ … [we] decided to prepare a video with the Prophet Muhammed’s sayings,” says Mesut Arslan, 24, a third-grade student at the Marmara University, who produced the project.

Twelve people were killed on Jan. 7, when two masked gunmen attacked the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo magazine, known for printing controversial material, including derogatory cartoons of Prophet Muhammad in 2006 and 2012.

Another gunman killed a municipal police officer and four other people in a separate hostage incident in a kosher supermarket in Porte de Vincennes.

In December, three mosques were attacked by arsonists in Swedish cities of Eskilstuna, Eslov and Uppsala. Swedish police increased security around mosques in the country.

In February, three young Muslims – Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19 – were murdered in North Carolina by their neighbor in what many are calling a hate crime.

The video starts as saying: “Muslims will not respond to attacks made against the Prophet Muhammad with methods not approved by him or his teachings.”

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Mart 2015, 11:53
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