12 January, 2015 13:43
In the aftermath of Wednesday’s extremist attack in Paris, Muslim unions and leaders expressed outrage at the “barbaric” targeting of the Charlie Hebdo magazine headquarters, which left 12 people dead.
The French Muslim Council (CFCM) condemned the attack, describing it as “an extremely grave barbaric action.”
CFCM said the bloody shooting was also “an attack against democracy and the freedom of the press.”
The Muslim Council of France, and of Britain, also denounced the attack.
“This is a thunderous declaration of war. The times have changed. We’re entering a new phase of this confrontation… we are horrified by the brutality and the savagery,” One imam at the mosque of Paris, Dalil Boubakeur, was quoted by The Spectator as saying.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the U.S.’ largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, offered its “sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed or injured in this attack.
“We also call for the swift apprehension of the perpetrators, who should be punished to the full extent of the law,” it said.
CAIR also added that “we strongly condemn this brutal and cowardly attack and reiterate our repudiation of any such assault on freedom of speech, even speech that mocks faiths and religious figures.”
It added: “The proper response to such attacks on the freedoms we hold dear is not to vilify any faith, but instead to marginalize extremists of all backgrounds who seek to stifle freedom and to create or widen societal divisions.”
The Islamic Cooperation Organization (ICO) also “condemned in the strongest words the terrorist attack targeting Charlie Hebdo magazine.”
The 57-member organization said terrorist acts represent Islam’s “biggest enemy” and are “incompatible with Islamic values and all human principles and ethics.”
“OIC hopes that the culprits would soon be apprehended and presented to justice in France, conveying condolences to the families of the victims, the French government and people and wishing the injured quick recovery.”
The Muslim Canadian Congress also deplored the attack while the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) said justice must be served immediately.
“We are absolutely shocked and horrified by what happened. It is an absolute tragedy and it is a crime,” NCCM human rights co-ordinator Amira Elghawaby told Yahoo Canada News.
“We are shaken up by what happened in Paris today. Our hearts and thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and the injured. We are hoping that whoever did this – the perpetrators of this crime – are quickly brought to justice.”
Senior Shia cleric on Friday Prayer in Tehran, Iran, Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Khatami deplored the terrorist attack in the French capital city of Paris on Wednesday which killed at least 12 people.
Addressing a large and fervent congregation of people on Tehran University campus on Friday, Ayatollah Khatami said, "Killing innocent people is strictly forbidden in Islam, either in Paris, or in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan."
In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham condemned the attack in Paris, and said any act of terrorism against innocent people is opposed to Islamic teachings.
"Misusing freedom of expression, ideological extremism and character assassination of respectful figures of religions and nations as well as insulting divine faiths and their values and symbols which are respected by those religions are not acceptable and are condemned,” Afkham said.
The Arab League and al-Azhar, one of the Sunni Muslim world’s most prominent Islamic institutions, were also among many countries and international organizations that strongly condemned the attack.
On Twitter, Muslims expressed their condemnation and outrage.