Muslims in France and around the world banded together on Wednesday to strongly condemn the deadliest terror attack the country has seen in the past two decades.
Three masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a notorious satirical magazine. One of the men reportedly shouted “Allahu akbar” as they unleashed a barrage of bullets that left at least twelve dead.
Muslim leaders and activists immediately denounced the terrorists actions, reiterating the verse in the Quran that tells Muslims when one kills just one innocent person, it is as if he has killed all of humanity.
The Grand Mosque of Paris, one of the largest in France, issued a statement on its website shortly after the attacks, saying its community was "shocked" and "horrified" by the violence:
"We strongly condemn these kind of acts and we expect the authorities to take the most appropriate measures. Our community is stunned by what just happened. It’s a whole section of our democracy that is seriously affected. This is a deafening declaration of war. Times have changed, and we are now entering a new era of confrontation. we are horrified by the brutality and the savagery."
The Union of Islamic Organizations of France also responded on its website, writing: "The UOIF condemns in the strongest terms this criminal attack, and these horrible murders. The UOIF expresses its deepest condolences to the families and all the employees of Charlie Weekly.
Hassen Chalghoumi, imam of the Drancy mosque in Paris's Seine-Saint-Denis suburb, spoke with France's BFM TV and condemned the attackers, saying: "Their barbarism has nothing to do with Islam. "I am extremely angry. "These are criminals, barbarians. They have sold their soul to hell. This is not freedom. This is not Islam and I hope the French will come out united at the end of this."
Countless Muslim activists, leaders and authors took to social media to express horror and dismay at the attack; here are some of those comments:
"Charlie Hebdo: NO! NO! NO!
Contrary to what was apparently said by the killers in the bombing of Charlie Hebdo's headquarters, it is not the Prophet who was avenged, it is our religion, our values and Islamic principles that have been betrayed and tainted
My condemnation is absolute and my anger is profound (healthy and a thousand times justified) against this horror!!!
Allow me to express my deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims." [Tariq Ramadan]
"As a Muslim, killing innocent people in the name of Islam is much, much more offensive to me than any cartoon can ever be. #CharlieHebdo" [Iyad El-Baghdadi]
"Horrifed and saddened by attack at #CharlieHebdo. Simple as that. No political rhetoric to add right now. Just sick to my stomach." [Rabia Chaudry]
"As a Muslim, I condemn the cruel attack on #CharlieHebdo & offer condolences to the French people. The "Islam" of the murderers is not mine." [Mustafa Akyol]
"You shouted 'Allahu Akbar' whilst murdering others? You are a disgrace to my religion. May the dead rest in peace #notinmyname #charliehebdo" [Ali Gokal]
"The attack on #CharlieHebdo is the attack on every Muslim living in Europe. Those who did this heinous crime are cowards #notinmyname" [Mirnes Kovac]