Originally published in The Cross Timber Gazette
On the evening of Friday, November 13th, nearly 130 people were brutally murdered in attacks in six separate sites across Paris, France. ISIS has claimed responsibility and President Francois Hollande has called the attack “an act of war.”
The barbaric attack against innocent civilian lives in Paris, France is condemnable and we extend our condolences to the French people and stand with them in mourning their loss.
While the perpetrators claim to have acted in the name of Islam, nothing could be farther from reality. The Holy Quran states, “Whosoever killed a person… It shall be as if he killed all mankind (5:33). The Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) counted the “killing of a soul” among the four “major sins” (Nasai).
The Khalifah of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, stated, “…those who seek to justify their hateful acts in the name of Islam are serving only to defame it in the worst possible way.” The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association USA (AMYA USA) challenges radicalization and extremists’ claim on Islam by showing through words and deed the true essence of Islam.