Muslims living in Japan condemned the July 1 terrorist attack in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka as they prayed for the victims at mosques across Japan.
"The Quran forbids killing. Terrorism is wrong no matter how angry you are (about the ongoing crisis in the Middle East)," says Shigeru Shimoyama, 67, public relations official at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward. He added, "Because of only a few terrorists, over 99 percent of Muslims who are good are labeled terrorists as well."
Indonesian resident Nia Munaf, 31, of Shinjuku Ward who was at the Shibuya mosque on July 3 commented, "It's heartbreaking and I'm sad. I don't want people to think that the terrorists worship the same Islam as I do."
A Turkish man, 46, meanwhile, expressed anger over reports that the terrorists made hostages recite the Quran, saying, "It's not how you use (the Quran). It's unforgivable."
Anees Ahmad Nadeem, 38, who serves as a chief missionary at a mosque of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Japan in Tsushima, Aichi Prefecture, also condemned the terrorist group, saying, "Those who commit atrocious acts during Ramadan, when Muslims pray, give and do good deeds, are far removed from Islam."
He added, "The recent attack might cause misunderstanding about Islam among those who don't know about the religion. I'll work on reaching out to people to explain that those extremists have no relation with us Muslims."