We hear this every time there is a jihad massacre, and it always raises questions that the mainstream media never gets around to asking. Why is Tawfik Bouhlel “shocked”? Is he unaware of the daily headlines? Does he really not know about the jihad massacres that are taking place on an increasingly frequent basis around the world? Is it really so shocking to him that a Muslim committed one of them in Nice?
Or does he want us to understand that he is “shocked” because the Islam he teaches in Nice is peaceful and benign, and so he is at a loss as to how any Muslim could have gotten the idea that his religion commands warfare against Infidels? If that is the case, then what programs does he have in place in his mosque to teach Muslims there to reject the Islam of the Islamic State and al-Qaeda? I’m betting that he has none. Why not?
And if he is so “shocked,” what is his explanation for why so many Muslims around the world misunderstand Islam all in the same way, so as to believe that it calls for violence against unbelievers?
Finally, he says: “What this man has done is unthinkable and to be completely condemned because every human being is sacred, whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim, regardless of colour or religion.” But he doesn’t explain that some are more sacred than others: “The indemnity for the death or injury of a woman is one-half the indemnity paid for a man. The indemnity paid for a Jew or Christian is one-third the indemnity paid for a Muslim. The indemnity paid for a Zoroastrian is one-fifteenth that of a Muslim.” — Reliance of the Traveller, a classic manual of Islamic sacred law (o4.9)
“Nice attack: ‘This has nothing to do with Islam,’ says imam after Bastille Day terror atrocity,” by Jamie Micklethwaite, Evening Standard, July 15, 2016 (thanks to Lookmann):
Islam had nothing to do with the truck attack in Nice which claimed the lives of at least 84 people, a local imam has said….
One witness claimed he shouted Allahu Akhbar at the wheel.
Local Imam Tawfik Bouhlel, who is not related to the attacker, condemned his actions, stating that he does not represent Islam.
He told iNews: “I’m terribly shocked by what has happened. I have lived in France for 35 years in peace and harmony with others and for such a thing to happen gives me the most profound sorrow.
“The name is not familiar to me, I don’t know this man. What I will be saying during our prayers is that we must pull together.
“What this man has done is unthinkable and to be completely condemned because every human being is sacred, whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim, regardless of colour or religion.
“This has nothing to do with Islam. This man does not represent Islam. I am afraid that there are fanatics everywhere, in every neighbourhood. We can only defeat them together.”