Condemnation of Paris Attacks From Southall Muslims
Statement from Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
Ealing Residents joined a minute's silence at 11am at The Town Hall on Monday following the Paris attacks.
The tribute took place across the UK and Europe to remember those who died and show solidarity with the French people.
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: "The scenes that we saw on our TV screens on Friday night were truly sickening. Our thoughts and sympathy are with the families of the 129 who have died, the hundreds that have been injured, and the French people.
“We hold the values of liberty, equality, and fraternity close to our hearts and they will not be shaken by this senseless brutality.”
Meanwhile the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Southall has expressed its 'utter abhorrence of the carnage' carried out in Paris.
In a statement - The World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Caliph, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, speaking from London said:
“On behalf of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community worldwide, I express my heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the French nation, its people and government following the heinous terrorist attacks that have taken place in Paris. This brutal and inhumane attack can only be condemned in the strongest possible terms.
“I would also like to reiterate that all forms of terrorism and extremism are completely against the true teachings of Islam. The Holy Quran has said that to kill even one innocent person is akin to killing all of mankind. Thus under no circumstances can murder ever be justified and those who seek to justify their hateful acts in the name of Islam are serving only to defame it in the worst possible way.
“Our sympathies and prayers are with the victims of these attacks and all those who have been left bereaved or affected in any way. May God Almighty grant patience to them all and I hope and pray that perpetrators of this evil act are swiftly brought to justice.”
“We condemn the actions of extremists wherever they may be, whatever their cause.
“We are with the people of France in sharing their pain. This was an outrageous attack on the peaceful innocent members of the public and they are in our thoughts and prayers.
“We consider this to be not just an attack on France but on the entire humanity and we express our condolences to the families of the bereaved and pray for the fast recovery of all those injured.
“We ask the world to unite against this menace and to work to eliminate all forms of extremism.
“We believe in love for all and hatred for none, and peaceful dialogue is the only way to cultivate understanding and harmony between people.
Learn more about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK at www.alislam.org
16th November 2015