Around the world, Muslims are speaking out in condemnation against the attacks Friday in Paris that left nearly 130 dead and hundreds injured. French President François Hollande called the coordinated attacks, in which ISIS has claimed responsibility, an “act of war.”
Writes The Washington Post on Nov. 14: “Muslims and their supporters took to social media last night and this morning to condemn the deadly terror attacks in Paris and reiterate the difference between Islam and extremist dogma.”
Many Muslims took to Twitter to express their outrage, drawing attention to the fact that Islam, by its doctrinal definition, is a nonviolent faith. The Twitter phrase “terrorism has no religion” has been trending since the attacks. One person wrote:
Gunmen were heard shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ but I did the same tonight, in my room, praying for those killed & their families #Paris — Ayisha Malik
Shuja Shafi, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, a self-described “independent body established to promote consultation, cooperation and coordination on Muslim affairs in the United Kingdom,” dubbed the attacks both “horrific and abhorrent.”
“My thoughts and prayers for the families of those killed and injured and for the people of France, our neighbours,” Shafi said in a statement, according to USA Today. “This attack is being claimed by the group calling themselves ‘Islamic State.’ There is nothing Islamic about such people and their actions are evil, and outside the boundaries set by our faith.”
Tariq Ramadan, a professor of Islamic Studies at Oxford University in England, in commenting on the fact at least one of the terrorists yelled the common Islamic phrase “God is Great” before opening fire, said: “Absolute and immediate condemnation. They shouted, we are told, ‘Allahu Akbar” to support and justify their inhuman actions. With this they told a lie and a truth. Their lie is related to Islam and its message as not even one of its teachings, ever, can justify their actions. These acts are the result of minds inhabited by the worst, or minds without minds, manipulated or manipulators.”
Arab nations have roundly condemned the attacks as well. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani denounced the attacks, postponing a European trip. The president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, who represents the nation with the largest Muslim population on earth, told the media: “Indonesia condemns the violence that took place in Paris.” Multiple other Arab states also weighed in against the attacks.
Back home, at least one anti-Islamist drew attention to himself by shouting “Muslims suck!” during a moment of silence Sunday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, drawing a rebuke from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
There are approximately 1.6 billion Muslims in the world.