Sunday, January 11, 2015

Muslim Employee of Kosher Market in Paris Praised for Hiding Customers From Gunman

NY Times  As the authorities in France worked on Saturday to piece together the sequence of events at a kosher supermarket in Paris where a gunman and four hostages were killed on Friday, there was an outpouring of praise online for a young employee credited with saving the lives of some customers by hiding them in a cold-storage room.

The employee, Lassana Bathily, 24, was identified in the French news as a Muslim from Mali who worked at the supermarket, Hyper Cacher, near the Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris.

In an interview with the French channel BFMTV, Mr. Bathily said he ushered about 15 people into the basement room after the gunman burst into the shop. He then turned off the power and the lights.


  1. important to publicize!

  2. Such times we live in when common decency is viewed as heroism.

  3. Every group has good and bad. May G-D always help there to be more good then bad.

  4. Oh, right, sure, he's a Muslim. A Muslim who doesn't practice traditional sunni or shiite Islam or believe any of the things it teaches him to believe. Or else he wouldn't have done what he did.

  5. True. The question is, though, whether hating Jews is part of being a good Muslim. Aren't there statements in the Koran and hadith that seem to say that?

  6. I would be interested if you (or anyone else) could find out if this good person is a practising Muslim or not.

  7. Thank you for your response.

  8. Qur'an (3,110):

    "If only the People of the Book had faith, it were best for them: among them are some who have faith, but most of them are perverted transgressors"

    Unfortunately, nowhere in the Qur'an are Muslims taught to "respect and love the people of the book". In fact, there are tons of verses which proclaim otherwise. Let's take (9:29):

    "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."

    And there are plenty of other such verses as well. I thank God that most Muslims don't obey these nasty teachings.

    If you want to read over a hundred verses from the Qur'an, Hadith etc. disparaging Jews and Christians and promoting violence against them, see here:

    Muslima, we are not fools. We can read these sources for ourselves (after all, we are the "people of the book"!), and also have the "benefit" of experience - the unpleasant history of our people who lived under Muslim oppression. If you honestly believe what you are writing, and are not engaged in Taqiyya (see, then you are simply unaware of the hateful and violent teachings of Islam. I wish that most Muslims shared that lack of awareness.


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