Muslims all over the world condemn terrorism, express solidarity with French

Published: November 14, 2015
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A civilian holds flowers next to a policeman near the Rue de Charonne in Paris on November 14, 2015, following a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris late Friday which left more than 120 people dead. PHOTO: AFP

A civilian holds flowers next to a policeman near the Rue de Charonne in Paris on November 14, 2015, following a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris late Friday which left more than 120 people dead. PHOTO: AFP

A civilian holds flowers next to a policeman near the Rue de Charonne in Paris on November 14, 2015, following a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris late Friday which left more than 120 people dead. PHOTO: AFP  Soldiers walk in front of an ambulance as rescue workers evacuate victims near La Belle Equipe, rue de Charonne, at the site of an attack on Paris on November 14, 2015 after a series of gun attacks occurred across Paris as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. More than 100 people were killed in a mass hostage-taking at a Paris concert hall and many more were feared dead in a series of bombings and shootings, as France declared a national state of emergency. PHOTO: AFP

Muslims around the world have come out to show solidarity with the French and condemn a wave of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris Friday night, which left 128 dead and scores others injured.

Paris shootings, explosions leave at least 120 dead

French President Francois Hollande on Saturday blamed the Islamic State group for the attacks in Paris that left at least 128 dead, calling them an “act of war”.

Before that, the identity of the attackers remained unconfirmed; however, a witness quoted by BFM television said he heard rounds of automatic rifle fire and someone shouting “Allahu Akbar!” at The Bataclan.

Following the attacks, speculation was rife about the identity and faith of the attacks, and the blame shifted to Muslims in a sequence that is all too familiar, with some even blaming refugees.

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However, Muslims across the globe have come out to denounce the unprecedented attacks.

The head of Sunni Islam’s leading seat of learning Cairo’s Al-Azhar on Saturday condemned “hateful” attacks and urged global unity against extremism.

“We denounce this hateful incident,” Ahmed al-Tayyeb told a conference in comments broadcast by Egyptian state television. “The time has come for the world to unite to confront this monster.”

In an official statement, Prime Minister Nawaz sharif said: “Pakistan stands firmly behind the people and Government of France in this hour and extends its support to bring the perpetrators to justice,” he said in a statement, according to Radio Pakistan.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani strongly condemned Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris, branding them “crimes against humanity” in a message to his French counterpart Francois Hollande.

“In the name of the Iranian people, who have themselves been victims of terrorism, I strongly condemn these crimes against humanity and offer my condolences to the grieving French people and government,” he wrote.

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Qatar’s foreign minister Khaled al-Attiyah denounced the “heinous attacks,” adding, “these acts, which target stability and security in France are against all human and moral values.”

UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan condemned the “heinous” attacks, the state-run WAM news agency reported. The country supports all measures aimed to eradicate terrorism, he said.

Kuwait’s ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, in a message to Hollande, condemned “these criminal acts of terrorism which run counter to all teachings of holy faith and humanitarian values.” The country supports all measures France might take to protect its security, he said.

Many took to twitter to express their support for the French and denounce terrorism.

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Reader Comments (40)

  • Travis
    Nov 14, 2015 - 6:15PM

    Islamic State might have just triggered WWIII – except this time all the powers are on the same side. Pope Francis made a statement in the Vatican to this effect.Recommend

  • Skywalker
    Nov 14, 2015 - 6:45PM

    Please come on the street in large numbers and protest. Facebook/Twitter does not make sense. If it did, we should have protested on same social media when cartoons were published, instead of Muslims gunning down the publishing staff. If we did not, rest of the world will treat us as biased – double standard.
    These are the times to stand shoulder to shoulder and weed out the miscreants from the community irrespective of their status and relations.
    We need to care to what world wants us to do, else non-Muslims will start isolating us, and again we will feed into the victim mentality.Recommend

  • BBC
    Nov 14, 2015 - 8:34PM

    Hogwash!!! Unless Muslims express their outrage in the same manner or same conviction as they do upon affront to their religion, this is not going to flyRecommend

  • KI
    Nov 14, 2015 - 9:38PM

    They have ears, eyes and brain but they don’t listen, see and understand. Its purely about human and humanity – nothing else.Recommend

  • Ali
    Nov 14, 2015 - 9:56PM

    @BBC: Its a genuine expression of solidarity with Parisians #MuslimsStandWithParisRecommend

  • Leo Levasseur
    Nov 14, 2015 - 10:01PM

    What has taken them so long? There have been atrocities in the name of Islam for years. If they would have stood up and protested years ago, we would not be here now. There needs to be a huge international outpouring of anger by the Muslim community against this, otherwise, the world will never trust Muslims again.Recommend

  • Travis
    Nov 14, 2015 - 11:54PM

    You think its the extremists? Think again.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeC2OLv_FhwRecommend

  • GKA
    Nov 15, 2015 - 12:02AM

    As a person living in western europe, this solidarity sounds hollow and hypocritical. We Europeans want action. Saudi, Emirates etc refused to accept the syrian refugees, instead offering to build mosques for them. Now these syrians (refer AFP press story) are attacking Europe. For Palestine muslims are ready to go for jihad agaisnt Jews, but against ISIS they look towards the clouds. Muslims are a seperate nation (is that not what the two nation theory is about ?) but thier own nations are not ready to take them. So much for this Ummah. Any protestations about Gaza or Kashmir now are hollow. The world has moved on.Recommend

  • Sid
    Nov 15, 2015 - 12:14AM

    But Muslims will never take action against those people who are doing it simply because they are fellow muslims. Neither will do give up on certain practices which results in their kids joining the violent jihad. Stop sending kids to madarsahs which is an active breeding ground for such terrorists. Stop indoctrinating kids with medieval religious values and teach them more human values. Otherwise Muslims will only condemn attacks and play victims but never ever take any action.Recommend

  • Charles
    Nov 15, 2015 - 12:17AM

    Nice words from Sharif who turns a blind eye on Madrassas extremist factories, tacitly supports extremist who attack both India and Afghanistan. Your part of the problem.Recommend

  • ACNPAG
    Nov 15, 2015 - 12:44AM

    Mere words of condemnation is not enough. Too little too late. Lot of things are getting exposed with every terrorist attack worldwide about people, countries, religion behind these attacks against humankind.Recommend

  • Fact checker
    Nov 15, 2015 - 1:40AM

    @Travis:
    What’s your point? These are the extremists! Even if they account a tiny minority (let’s assume 10%) – that’s more than 100 million people. Recommend

  • JARIAH
    Nov 15, 2015 - 1:45AM

    These people are wicked, evil demons.Recommend

  • Mukund
    Nov 15, 2015 - 2:09AM

    @Travis
    Thanks for the video post. Non-Muslims should be more worried about the so called Moderate Muslims who happen to be very dishonest. The extremist like the one you posted are at least honest. They don’t lie.Recommend

  • John B
    Nov 15, 2015 - 3:24AM

    @Travis:
    You are talking to the wrong crowd. Like the audience in the Netherlands convention, Muslims in PAK are trapped in their belief and they will accuse you of islamaphobic, bigot, racist and zealot. This clip is very informative to understand what is happening today. Recommend

  • Aaksahvaani
    Nov 15, 2015 - 4:08AM

    @AllPakistanisCondemningParisattacks: Where is your condemnation of Mumbai attacks? Bear in mind that Hafiz Saeed and Lakhvi may be gleefully preparing another one right now.
    @Travis: Opened my eyes buddy. Recommend

  • Alias england
    Nov 15, 2015 - 4:19AM

    Where are the Muslim voices in our communities all over the uk condemning this scum?
    We need to hear you right now, loud and clear.Recommend

  • Nov 15, 2015 - 6:15AM

    @ferdbouk goodevening mrs.tribune, in my opinion the terrorist have no relation or nationality,and the real Islam or Christian or any relation all of them called for love and share humminty, if those torriest which they made all this violence in Paris and killed and injured innocent people and they said name Allah Anbar,that not meant they are Muslim,because real Islam absloutly different at all,real Islam who called people to love and share,not to kill not to hurt ,forgiveness,this our real Islam,but what those people did for sure they are not muslRecommend

  • fery dbouk
    Nov 15, 2015 - 6:27AM

    Cont.they are not Muslim they used relation to kill people,they are terrorist,and we pary for all victims who died they was inncent people and pray for injured to be better,as before the terroist has no reltion or nationality,the Qur’an al Karin comes in words who kill one man he killed all mankind’s that’s Islam,thanks to give us space to write our comments,journalist fery dbouk from Lebanon tribute to great pakistanRecommend

  • fery dbouk
    Nov 15, 2015 - 6:38AM

    Cont.they are not muslim,they used the relation to do what they want to do from killing and hurt people,Allah says in al Qur’an al karim who killed man he killed all mankind,the islam called people for love and share and forgivness,those torriest they don’t belong to Islam or any relation,and I pray for France,to all victims,thanks to give us space to write our comments,journalist fery dbouk from Lebanon,tribute to great pakistanRecommend

  • hari
    Nov 15, 2015 - 6:40AM

    @fery dbouk:
    Oh, that is why all Muslims chant “death to infidels” daily?!!!Recommend

  • TP
    Nov 15, 2015 - 8:19AM

    NEw laws are required to deport second generation citizens back to their country of origin.Recommend

  • Ajay
    Nov 15, 2015 - 9:11AM

    Why the heading says ‘Muslims Condemn’?
    Are muslims apologetic or do they want to divide the world in two parts, muslims and non-muslims?
    Why do muslims always talk in terms of religious groupism?
    Has any world leader said Hindus condemn or Christians condemn?
    Do the muslims think they are some special creatures on earth?Recommend

  • jb
    Nov 15, 2015 - 9:42AM

    @BBC: You mean like the large scale protest Muslims took out against the Peshawar school massacre by terrorists, or the attack in Baghdad, or the Safoora attack before that in Karachi, or the Jordanian pilot’s burning? Paris attack is tragic, but are people like you, communal, polarizing and down right sick people like you, in your bleeping senses!?!Recommend

  • jb
    Nov 15, 2015 - 9:46AM

    @GKA: As a person living in South Asia and a Muslim, this condemnation sounds hypocritical. Paris attacks (and Beirut and Baghdad) are a tragedy. Your selective outrage and biasness is even worse. The world is not a worse place because i sitting in South Asia am Muslim and tweeting against the Paris attack, its a worse place because you sitting in Western Europe think people like me are responsible.Recommend

  • someone
    Nov 15, 2015 - 10:03AM

    Lets see how many Muslims come to street chanting death to ISIS like they came for Charlie Hebdo.Recommend

  • Margaret Kramer
    Nov 15, 2015 - 10:04AM

    The masters of “Al-Taqqiya” will say anything now while they smirk behind your backs.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Nov 15, 2015 - 10:09AM

    Muslims all over the world condemn
    terrorism, express solidarity with
    French

    Except few Muslims.. Recommend

  • But Why
    Nov 15, 2015 - 10:16AM

    Literal interpretation of any ancient religious/political doctrine is clearly incompatible with the contemporary world. Only a small fraction of the muslims do not believe in secularism or peace, but they are the individuals wrecking havoc. And the majority of them (secular muslims) are just claiming that they are peaceful, WHICH IS NOT HELPING. If an individual is a secular peace loving muslim, then they should help us fight against this atrocity by giving up on the incompatible ideologies, they can practice the spiritual side of islam if they want to, but they should strongly oppose and voice out against extremism and terrorism. If they would not fight and just try to save themselves, then how in the world could we stop this? If they believe that their religion is about peace, its time they start proving it. And disapproving the terrorist act is not enough.Recommend

  • Udaya Bose
    Nov 15, 2015 - 12:51PM

    @Travis:
    Thanks for telling us the truth about Muslims.This video reveals that you don’t need to be an extremist – just a Muslim – to support reactionary views.Recommend

  • RP
    Nov 15, 2015 - 12:57PM

    Their days of migration has been dealt a deathly blow overnight. Recommend

  • hansi
    Nov 15, 2015 - 4:29PM

    Its all england and Usa fault. Remember some weeks ago when Tony Blair admitted that they had brought instability in iraq. Now see the results of that.Recommend

  • Nov 15, 2015 - 10:26PM

    western countries killed thousands of MUSLIMS in iraq ,libyya and in syria n they still call us terrorist . they should feel the pain of their loved ones,their lives r not as sacred as of usRecommend

  • Nov 15, 2015 - 10:31PM

    Yeah, sure they do.Recommend

  • Panwala
    Nov 15, 2015 - 11:01PM

    All this is the fault of Christians in USA, Hindus in India (or wherever Indians live world over) and just 16 millions Jews against 1600 million Muslims who mostly live in Israel and USA.Recommend

  • Glenn Casey
    Nov 16, 2015 - 4:13AM

    **YOU SHALL NOT KILL” That is what my GOD has always SAID.Recommend

  • Nov 16, 2015 - 4:15AM

    strong textYOU SHALL NOT KILL”Recommend

  • US CENTCOM
    Nov 16, 2015 - 8:37PM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this horrendous act of terror. We send our heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and pray that they find the strength to deal with this tragedy. The leaders from across the world have denounced the attack and asked for solidarity and unity against terrorism. The U.S. and Pakistan have also condemned the attack, and both nations fully understand the pain associated with losing innocent lives due to the acts of terror.

    President Obama said: “Once again we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.”

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOMRecommend

  • genesis
    Nov 16, 2015 - 10:33PM

    @Udaya Bose:
    We have similar moderate leaders in India too..like Mani Shankar Iyer and Azam Khan who is minister to boot.He says the bars in Paris and New York is due oil from Middle East.Since when did oil exporting countries give oil free.they got money for that right,more than the current prevailing rate.Recommend

  • Nov 17, 2015 - 1:41PM

    We are Peaceful. Let the World Know about it. No matter which religion you follow, let’s unite and establish peace. A prove that no religion allows Terrorism and Islam is among them.

    It’s a project worth following. “Care to Share Peace with others.”

    This Pledge can change your Life for ever

    click http://bit.ly/1NwxrQo Recommend

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