Muslim leaders did not hesitate to condemn the execution of American journalist Steven Sotloff, who was kidnapped in Syria in 2013. The ISIS has claimed responsibility for his murder.

“The Muslims of France wholeheartedly condemn such barbaric acts which create horror and astonishment and ask that nations unite to eradicate these deadly abuses which misrepresent the Muslim religion,” stated Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Great Mosque of Paris and President of the French Council of the Muslim Faith.

“The misguided interpretation of the Coran by terrorist groups distances them from the message of the Prophet of Islam and excludes them from the community of believers,” he added.

Mohammad Moussaoui, president of the Union of French Mosques stated that “the organization known as the Islamic State, which is neither a state nor Islamic,” was nothing more than “a bunch of bloodthirsty terrorists.”

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