In Portgual, Sheikh David Munir declarations against Paris Terror

“We are shocked because we did not expect it to happen and these people (we do not know who they are, but if they are Muslims it worries us even more) are tarnishing the image of Islam,” said Sheikh David Munir.
The Imam of the Lisbon Mosque criticized these “barbaric acts of cruelty”, which are not compatible with the environment of freedom of liberal countries.
“If they are not content to live in a liberal country, they may emigrate and leave us alone,” he said peremptorily.
In its opinion, the authors of the attack “are using Islam in a negative way” and degrade “the tolerance and the peace message that Islam conveys.”

Council of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands and Cooperation of Dutch Moroccans condemn Paris attacks

The Council of Moroccan mosques in the Netherlands (RMMN) has condemned the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, calling it a horrible and
barbaric violation of journalists, freedom of speech and freedom of  religion.

They further say to keep striving against hatred, terrorism and extremism, side by side with the proponents of democracy and the rule of law.

The Cooperation of Dutch Moroccans (SMN) states that violence is never the solution to solve problems and that they advocate a open and pluriform society, wherein the freedom of speech is one of the most important pillars. They will continue to work on a society where people can express themselves without fear.

Deadly attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris

"Paris est Charlie." Solidarity with the slain journalists and policemen of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
“Paris est Charlie.” Solidarity with the slain journalists and policemen of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Three masked assailants attacked the headquarters of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo killing 12 people in a hail of gunfire and fleeing by car as they battled with police in the streets. Four victims remain in critical condition. Police have identified two of the suspects, brothers Said and Cherif Kauachi and are currently working to apprehend them.*

The terrorist attack is the deadliest in France since the post-war period. Charlie Hebdo has drawn threats for publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in the past. The magazine’s lawyer confirmed that four cartoonists who worked on the publication, including editor Stephane Charbonnier, known as ‘Charb’, were among the dead. The cartoonists as Cabu, Tignous and Wolinski were also killed in the attack.

French president François Hollande called the attack of a display of “barbarism” that was “without a doubt” an act of terrorism. He declared Thursday a national day of mourning. Hollande also issued a nationwide terror alert, saying several terror attacks had been stopped in recent weeks.

Witnesses say the attackers shouted “Allahu akbar!” or “God is great.” A witness reported the attackers spoke fluent French and claimed to be part of Al Qaeda. One was a driver while the other two were the attackers. A security camera captures them saying: “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad.”

Hollande stated, “This is an attack on free speech. No one can harm the spirit of the country, which is the newspaper.” In a somber address to the nation Hollande pledged to pursue the killers until they were caught: “Let us unite, and we will live. Vive la France!”

Crowds gathered in Paris and throughout France and Europe carrying signs saying “Je suis Charlie” (I am Charlie).

British Muslim Organizations Condemn Charlie Habdo Terror [Collected Press Releases]

Muslim Council of Britain

Paris Murders are a Greater Insult to Islam:

The Muslim Council of Britain reiterated its condemnation of the barbarous murder of journalists at the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo.  The attack has been condemned by Muslims in France, in Europe and around the world. In France,  the French Muslim Council (CFCM) has said: “This extremely grave barbaric action is also an attack against democracy and the freedom of the press.”

Dr Shuja Shafi, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said: “Nothing justifies the taking of life. Those who have killed in the name of our religion today claim to be avenging the insults made against Prophet Muhammad, upon whom be peace. But nothing is more immoral, offensive and insulting against our beloved Prophet than such a callous act of murder.  Our thoughts, prayers and solidarity go to  the families of the victims and the people of France.

Naturally, and unfortunately discussion will now fall on the right to intentionally publish hurtful material that denigrates religious figures and traditions. But however offended we may be, the ultimate denigration of our faith comes from these murderers who have unjustifiably taken life.

In the coming weeks Muslims will face the test of having to justify themselves and their place in Western society. As Muslims we are ever mindful of our Lord’s injunction to convey our true faith with wisdom and beautiful words. Indeed in the noble Qur’an we are told: ‘The true servants of the Merciful are those who walk humbly on the earth and when the ignorant address them they say: Peace.’

In addition, while Muslims must engage with fellow citizens in a spirit of dialogue and friendship, we must all come together to seek unity and defy the terrorists whose only aim is to divide us. The best defence against closed minds is for a truly open society, welcoming of all.”


 

Association of British Muslim Students

The Association of British Muslims calls for Europe to Confront Violence and Protect Freedom.

The Association of British Muslims (AoBM) strongly condemns the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has killed at least 13 people according to the news reports. Our thoughts are with the victims of this terror attack and the families affected at this difficult time.

At AoBM, we have maintained our differences with the editorial policies of Charlie Hebdo. We always have had questions about the judgement (but not the right) of publishing images which are predictably deeply offensive to many and have the potential to be inflammatory. However, at the same time we stand in support of freedom of expression and believe that there is no justification whatsoever, to take lives of people who we disagree with while exercising this right.

We note that the Quran instructs its believers to argue with the challengers in ways that are best and most gracious. The attacks in Paris symbolise nothing close to these Koranic instructions but instead represent a distortion of faith which is forgiving and open to debate.

AoBM also takes this opportunity to condemn the bomb attack in Yemen which killed at least 40 people. AoBM stands in solidarity with the people of France and Yemen and seek justice for the victims as well as the perpetrators of the attacks.

Zahid Ali AkbarHuman Rights Director, The Association of British Muslims
Paul Salahuddin ArmstrongCo-Director, The Association of British Muslims
Mohammed AbbasiCo-Director, The Association of British Muslims


Muslim Association of Britain Statement

Muslim Association of Britain expresses its total condemnation of the senseless and brutal killing of 12 French people including two police officers at the offices of ‘Charlie Hebdo’ newspapers in Paris.

MAB is shocked by the tragedy and deplores this unwarranted violence. MAB would like to state that whilst it is well-known that this controversial newspaper has previously published provocative cartoons of the Prophet (may peace be upon him), there can never be any justification for this criminal act.

MAB also believes that while the hunt for the offenders continues it would be unhelpful to make undue speculations about the circumstances surrounding this incident. It would even be more harmful if this incident would be used by extremists to increase Islamophobic attacks or rhetoric against Muslims in France, and Europe in General.

Omer El-Hamdoon, MAB President commented: “It is suffice to say this is an extremely sad day for the French and we support the British Prime Minister’s statement in the House of Commons that this is a ‘barbaric’ attack which he described as an attack on freedom.”

 

Muslims in Spain condemn the extremist assassinations

“We are shocked and awed by the cruel slaughter perpetrated by terrorists in the headquarters of the satirical weekly journal, Charlie Hebdo in Paris, a heartless criminal action, with total disregard for human life that deserves our strongest condemnation and conviction.

From the Union of Islamic Communities in Spain and the Islamic Commission of Spain, we strongly condemn this murderous action, feeling solidarity with the French people, with whom we are in dismayed, feeling their pain as ours, together in whatever are our religious beliefs or humanistic views we adhere to the condemnation expressed by our Government of Spain and express our condolences and solidarity for the victims, on behalf of the Spanish people.

We reiterate once again, from the Union of Islamic Communities in Spain, our firm condemnation of the violence that is no way to solve anything but only to deepen a conflict and to deepen the wounds and resentments, especially with these heinous murders, which we condemn and reject with disgust.

We hope that the ongoing research will succeed so that all citizens can continue to build a future of peace, safe from criminal threats, and we pray to God Almighty for it.”