Etudiants Musulmans de France, a national association of Muslim students, issued a video statement condemning the Paris attacks and expressing grief and solidarity. The message is composed in an almost poetic style, and is being shared with the hashtag #NousSommesUnis — We Are United.
“One for all and all for humanity.
Nearly 120 dead. A hundred wounded.
Three days of mourning because of eight suspected terrorists.
France is plunged into chaos and terror.
And I’m speechless …
They think they are waging war against the Crusaders,
and invoke the Quran and rely on its verses.
But shedding the blood of the innocent does not follow any law.
If they do not understand, I do not understand.
Will my heart have enough time to heal?
With Charlie Hebdo, Thalys and Paris attacked.
“I feel so sad for France,” my heart screams out loud,
and my faith follows my heart.
My faith, whose foundations are shaken.
By 120 deaths and millions of wounded hearts.
By what the terrorists did, convinced they made the right choice.
But the right faith will always condemn these attacks.
They wanted to weaken France.
They have strengthened the heart of the French.
A cry will be stronger: it is the cry of brotherhood.
One for all, and all for humanity.
We are and remain united forever.”