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On the Recent Killings in France

The Fiqh Council of North America expresses its condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the brutal killings in several locations in France from all faith groups. It strongly condemns these horrific and totally unjustifiable acts. Islam does not allow any individual or group to take the law in their own hands and kill any person or group on the ground of real or perceived grievances or even crimes. Islam affirms the sanctity of human life [5:30-35, 17:33] and requires due and fair process of law.

The Council calls on Muslims everywhere to implement the Qur’anic command to co-exist peacefully and justly with all other communities [60:8-9], to positively integrate in their societies without isolation or loss of their identities as Muslims. What all need is to promote the spirit of mutual respect of all faiths, convictions and cultures. All stand to benefit from mutual decency and co-operation for the common good.

The Council also calls on governments, media and civil society to distinguish between the hateful words and actions of a small fringe of any major world religion in contrast to the authentic teachings of such faith groups. Random, irrational and hateful words or acts of revenge, injustice or discrimination on the basis of broad religious identification should be equally condemned as they only aggravate what is already a serious challenge to peaceful co-existence, civility and the rule of law.

We pray for unity, harmony and mutual understanding and respect all over the world.

January 9, 2015