After the Paris attacks, the French Muslim Council calls on the 2,500 mosques in France to denounce terrorism “unambiguously”


The largest body representing Muslim organizations in France called on the leaders of the country’s 2,500 mosques to condemn “all forms of terrorism” during their sermons on Friday and to lead a prayer on behalf of those killed in the violent terrorist attacks in the country. last week. The Great Mosque of Paris had called for a rally to denounce terrorism, but the protest was called off because the country remained in a state of emergency on Friday, Al-Jazeera English reported.

“The French Muslims want to proclaim their unwavering attachment to the republican pact and to the values ​​that formed France,” a spokesperson for the French Muslim Council told French newspaper Le Figaro. “We Muslims in France can only insist on the need for national unity to oppose this misfortune which afflicts us and which attacks indiscriminately.”

The calls came after coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday left at least 129 dead and hundreds injured. Supporters of the Islamic State group targeted France’s national stadium, a concert hall, bars and restaurants, armed with AK-47s and grenades and wearing suicide vests. Dalil Boubakeur, a leader of the country’s Grand Mosque, said Friday night’s attackers should not be called Muslims but rather “barbarians.”

Muslim religious and political leaders around the world have widely condemned the attacks. Many Muslims fear a backlash in the wake of the violence, as Muslim civil rights leaders say their communities have already experienced spikes in hate crimes. Past terrorist acts by Muslim extremists have led to an increase in anti-Muslim discrimination.

Friday’s violence opened a debate over homeland security and Syrian refugees, as many in Europe and the United States fear ISIS militants are entering their country with the flow of refugees. More than 30 US state governors have said they are unwilling to accept Syrian refugees within their borders, despite the refugees being tightly controlled. ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq have repeatedly threatened to attack the West.


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