MMCC Imam’s Council Condemn the Paris shootings
The Imams Council of the Michigan Muslim Community Council deplores the actions of the misguided Muslims who in the name of our faith took the lives of 12 people.
The terrorists stormed the Charlie Hedbo magazine offices yesterday killing journalists, including its founder, Charlie Hebdo, and its current editor-in-chief. Another victim was Ahmed Merabet, a French police officer. Neither God, nor Muhammad, whom they thought are defending, nor the overwhelming majority of Muslims would sanction such a heinous crime. The perpetrators must be brought to justice and face the consequences of their crime against humanity.
Cartoons that depict a Prophet to 1.5 billion Muslims as “terrorist” or an enemy is indeed offensive to all Muslims. However, Muslims need to be cognizant of the teachings of the Qur’an and Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam. The Qur’an teaches, “Good and evil cannot be equal. Repel evil with what is better and your enemy will become as close as an old and valued friend” (41:34). Upon returning to his birth place, Mecca, granting general amnesty the Prophet addressed the people, “You have been my very unreasonable countrymen. You refuted my prophethood and turned me out of my house. And when I took refuge in a far-off place, you rose to fight against me. However, in spite of all these crimes of yours, I forgive all of you and make you free and declare that you may go after the pursuits of your life.”
On behalf of the Imams and the Michigan Muslim community we offer our condolences and deepest sympathy to the family of the victims as we pray for peace and a world free of hate and bigotry.
See Detroit News article about the impact of the Paris shootings locally.