In the name of God the Compassionate the Most Merciful
On behalf of all members of the Surrey Muslim Association
We are profoundly horrified and saddened by the loss of innocent lives in Paris. Our deepest condolences are with the families and friends of the victims, and the French nation.
There are no words that we can find which can describe such murderous acts nor can we find words of condemnation that can indeed express our feelings.
We are horrified by this attack and we are all determined that those who seek to divide our diverse and peaceful communities in Europe will not succeed.
There is no justification for murder, and all those who commit acts of violence and terrorism cannot do so in the name of any faith. Any such claim is illegitimate.
British Muslim communities are equally appalled by the murders, and angered by those who commit abhorrent acts in the name of religion. The perpetrators do not represent us; their views are perverse and self-serving.
We urge all communities in Britain and France to stand firm with compassion and solidarity. We must not let these terrorists divide us, otherwise the terrorists will win. Let us not play into their divisive narrative, and instead show them that people of all faiths and backgrounds can live peacefully, together.
Like the terrorists who want to divide communities, there will be some in the days ahead who will try to use this atrocity to attack innocent people. We equally reject their intentions.
It is evil people who do evil things; such acts will only increase our resolve to remain united.
We conclude with the verses from the holy the Quran that translates:
"O mankind! We created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes that you may know one another (not that you may despite one another). Verily the most honourable of you in the sight of God is the one among you most careful of their duties. Surely Allah is Knowing, Aware. (49:13).
And “...that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land - it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.” (5:32)
Surrey Muslim Association