Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Boston Marathon Terror and My Muslim Brother

A Turk living in New Delhi, Mahfuz is a faith-oriented, humanitarian-minded businessman. We met in India a couple of years ago when a mutual friend introduced us.

With that introduction, Mahfuz invited me to have lunch (Domino's Pizza--New Delhi style!) with him in his office, the CEO suite of his educational coaching enterprise. We connected deeply for two hours on matters of the heart. And Mahfuz' warmth and generosity moved me--not only did he feed me and give me his valuable time, but he also insisted that I take as souvenirs a number of the trinkets adorning his office! Since that first meeting, Mahfuz and I have kept in touch. 

So, Mahfuz is an entrepreneur. And a humanitarian. And a Muslim. And my friend and brother.  

This week, in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon, Mahfuz sent me a heart-felt note of sympathy. As English is perhaps his fourth language, I have taken the liberty of making a few minor edits so that meaning is not lost in translation. Nonetheless, all the thoughts and most of the words below are his. 

With that, my fellow Americans and my fellow humans, I invite you to read this note from my Turkish Muslim brother in New Delhi and be heartened, as I was:

Brother Thomas, 

We are deeply saddened by the Boston Marathon bombing. Please convey all our condolences to all victims and US citizens and your brothers and sisters there. 

Who is doing those things? What is the profit after the killing of children and humanity? Really, I cannot understand--all I know is that we are crying over the images [from Boston]. How can someone kill others? Terrorists are feral, and they do not have any religion and faith. We hate their acts. 

May God save all of us from terror and terrorist mentalities and terror activities.  Ameen.

Again, please accept my sadness and condolences. I really want to convey my sadness and condolence to all of you, Brother Thomas.

Mehmet Mahfuz Kiraz
Fountain International Coaching Institute


  1. Brother Thomas,

    Thank you very much for sharing this letter with us. Mahfuz actually beat me to it :)

    Mahfuz definitely expresses our deep shock and pain at the horrific act of the Boston Marathon bombing, not only as a Muslim community, but also as Americans, regardless of our original ethnic backgrounds, religion, etc.

    May God protect this land and its people and use us as His instruments for spreading peace, understanding, and for all of us to work for a better and compassionate future, Amen.

    Salam, Peace,
    Iyad Hindi.

  2. Thank you much, Iyad my dear brother, for your kind comment. We are all in this together, and I especially like the thought of being in "it" with dear friends such as you and Sister Samar. Please give her my greetings. I miss you both much and hope we can re-connect soon!

    In the hope of peace,

  3. I heard very lately the news about what happened in Boston. I am living temporarily in the US. As a Muslim, I am deeply saddened by the bombing at the Boston Marathon. I would like to convey my sadness and condolence to all victims and US citizens.

    Though we don't who is responsible for this act. But in any case, Everyone believes that main suspicion of the bombing are Muslims.
    I believe that these kind of terrorist attacks are never compatable with the Islam. It is not only me but most of the Muslim scholars are thinking in the same way. the following link may give a clue about this:

    All my best!!
    Cengiz YANASOGLU

  4. Cengiz abi, thank you for the response and the link, my dear friend. I am grateful for you and your family! Let's get together again soon!

    In the hope of peace,

  5. I could not post this comments on your blog for some reasons.
    If you will do that in my behalf will be great

    Dear Thomas:

    Thanks for forwarding this message from Mahfuz to us.
    My family and I are stunned, saddened and are in a deep shock of what took place in Boston last week. Can't even comprehend what happened. Is it true or it's just a Hollywood documentary?
    Why would someone like these two brothers at this age do something like that?
    They have such a promising/wonderful future ahead of them. They have terrorized a country that has given them prosperity, security, peace and added a human value to them, after they have lost it in their place of birth.
    Can't even believe that they are Muslims. This is against Islam and what Islam stands for. I am still in a deep shock and may be soon I can realize that it's true.
    May God save us, the save the USA.

    Jihad Shawwa & Family

  6. That's the spirit! Earning money by ownself is nothing wrong.Even there's a group of experienced mentors named startup muslim who help people to start Muslim Entrepreneur in a morally and ethically right way.