From Brest to Le Creusot, imams are denouncing attacks against “Islam’s true values.” On November 15, a delegation of French imams gathered in front of the Bataclan to pay homage to the victims of the attacks.
Accompanied by the writer Marek Halter, they gathered from Paris, Nimes, and Stains, and were led by the imam of Drancy Hassen Chalghoumi.
Official representatives in France reacted swiftly to the Paris attacks. Since Friday, the French Council of the Muslims Faith “as well as the entirety of Muslim organizations” denounced “the odious and despicable attacks.” The Union of Mosques in France blamed the attacks on “international terrorism that kills indiscriminately.”
In an interview with Sud-Ouest, the imam of Bordeaux Tareq Oubrou called for terrorism to be “nipped in the bud.” The response to such atrocity should be “to remain faithful to our values and to democracy, dignity, and law,” he responded, recognizing the “vulnerability and feelings of exclusion,” experienced by French Muslims.
Imams from the Creusot region reminded, “these attacks are against Islam’s true values.” Recalling the sura in the Qur’an that prohibits killing an innocent, they hope that “no amalgams will be made” with the religion they represent.