Japanese Muslims Fear Backlash

After the beheading of two Japanese nationals  Muslims in Japan do their well rehearsed song and dance routine, which never seems to sicken horrified infidels enough to cause that dreaded “backlash”.

Again, the coreligionists of the headchoppers circle the wagons and present themselves as victims.

From OnIslam

Japanese Muslims warned that the latest attacks reinforced anti-Muslim stereotyping in the community.

CAIRO – Fear and anticipation of hate attacks have been the main feelings Japanese Muslims shared after the beheading of the second hostage by the so-called Islamic State (ISIL), expecting a backlash after the rise of anti-Muslim sentiments.

“This type of action by ISIL [Islamic State] is not a Muslim action. We don’t know who they are, what they are planning and what they are thinking,” Saeed Mughal, a representative of Islamic Circle of Japan, a group overseeing five mosques in and around Tokyo, told Wall Street Journal.

“We condemn their action and we stand with our Japanese brothers.”

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Japan woke up on Sunday to the news of ISIL beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto. An earlier video showed another hostage, Haruna Yukawa, meeting a similar fate.

The beheading culminated a two-week hostage drama that disturbed Japan and prompted debate about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s security policy.

Moreover, it sparked hostile comments against Islam and Muslims on social media since the release of the first hostages’ video on January 20.

A right-wing group organized a rally in Tokyo last Thursday to protest against the government’s policy of relaxing immigration rules.

“If we invite workers from Muslim nations in the future, given their doctrine, we may see a clash more tragic than what they are experiencing in Europe,” a group affiliated with Zaitokukai, a high-profile national organization, said on its website.

Islam began in Japan in the 1920s through the immigration of a few hundreds of Turkish Muslims from Russia following the Russian revolution.

In 1930, the number of Muslims in Japan reached about 1000 of different origins.

Another wave of migrants who boosted the Muslim population reached its peak in the 1980s, along with migrant workers from Iran, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Japan today is home to a thriving Muslim community of about 120,000, among nearly 127 million in the world’s tenth most populated country.


Japanese Muslims warned that the latest attacks reinforced anti-Muslim stereotyping in the community.

“The latest hostage-taking has probably reinforced the stereotype that Muslims are violent and aggressive people,” said Shigeru Shimoyama, a Japanese Muslim who serves as a spokesman for Tokyo Camii, Japan’s largest mosque in central Tokyo.

Its membership has more than doubled over the past decade.

In a bid to ease tensions and clear Islam from ISIL crimes, representatives of mosques from across Japan gathered in Tokyo Sunday to discuss their response to the hostage crisis.

After the meeting, they issued a statement asking media not to call the terrorist group Islamic State (“Isuramu-koku” in Japanese), saying the word Islam in the name “breeds misunderstanding of peaceful Islam and serious prejudice against many Muslims who live in Japan.”

Expecting anti-Muslim backlash, police departments nationwide have been ordered to stay on high alert for possible harassment and attacks against Muslims and their religious facilities.

Despite of the huge growth of the Muslim community in Japan, some Muslims were still facing chilliness from some Japanese.

“They are trying to keep distance from us when we use headscarves,” Fatmawati Djafri, an Indonesian student at Waseda University, said.

4 thoughts on “Japanese Muslims Fear Backlash”

  1. News flash for Japanese ignorant about Islam: ISIS is a faithful re-creation of orthodox Islam. ISIS and other Islamic groups wrecking havoc in dozens of nations are doing things the way Muhammad did, and the way the Qur’an teaches. Most “moderate” Muslims sympathize with the radical. If they sound like they don’t, they are either apostates or are practicing their well-honed taqiyya: Islamic deception to promote their faith. Japan will be best served by prohibiting the immigration of those of the Islamic faith and to prohibit the construction of new mosques or Islamic Centers. Islam should be treated as a seditious political organization just as any other political group that vows to overthrow your government and change your culture. Why? Because Islam is all about political and military action and the promotion of Sharia: the Islamic legal system that is incompatible with any other.

  2. ““They are trying to keep distance from us when we use headscarves,” Fatmawati Djafri, an Indonesian student at Waseda University, said.”

    You do not really have to wear the headscarf.

    There are many Muslim who do not.

    Do not claim a victim status if you want to make a political statement.

  3. ““We condemn their action and we stand with our Japanese brothers.””

    Which Japanese brothers? the muslim ones?

    The Japanese Muslim version of Nothing to Do with Islam.

    In fact they say we are not going to call them Islamic State.They must have been listening to Obama?

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