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Muslims Around the World Condemn Attacks in Belgium

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 03/22/16

You won’t see it widely reported, but it’s worth noting: 

The Muslim Brotherhood strongly condemns the terrorist attacks Tuesday (March 22) at a Belgian airport and a subway station in the capital Brussels, which left dozens of innocent people dead and injured. The group denounces these heinous crimes, whatever the nationality of the perpetrator, based on its principles which sanctify innocent human souls, that according to God’s commands must not be taken without good cause, and which all divine laws and international conventions have safeguarded. The Muslim Brotherhood offers its sincere condolences to the people and government of Belgium in their painful plight and these treacherous events. Our deep sympathy to the families of the victims, and our sincere wishes for peace and speedy healing for the injured.

From a leading Muslim group in Belgium:

A statement issued by the Belgian Muslim Executive (EMB) committee, an umbrella group, said the organization “condemns with force and without reservation” what it called “acts of extreme cruelty against innocent civilians.” “These dramatic events, in the heart of Europe, complicate the efforts of society, of the EMB and the entire Muslim community in favor of a harmonious coexistence,” read the statement signed by EMB chairman Salah Echallaoui. The statement called for unity in the fight against terrorism, saying the Muslim group is committed to democratic values and to supporting government security forces.

From Russia:

Head of the Council of Muftis of Russia, Ravil Gainutdin, has expressed condolences in relation to the series of terrorist attacks in Brussels. “We are sure that the criminals that committed these acts of terror will receive the most severe punishment. Islam and the Muslim community condemn the murderers of innocent people, condemn the terrorists who will face horrible punishment from the Almighty as the Holy Quran says: “He who kills a believing soul intentionally, Allah makes the Fire of Hell his abode,” Gainutdin’ statement posted on the website of the Council of Muftis on March 22 says.

From a Muslim professor in the U.S.:

I express my condolences to the friends and family of the victims, they are in our prayers and I vociferously condemn the ideas, values and impulses behind this dastardly act.

While the world is shocked and in sorrow, political opportunists and hate mongersare going to town. This is the time to unite, share comfort and security and remind ourselves that it is our values of tolerance, pluralism, love for humanity and the desire to do good that make us human and not hate, anger and violence.

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