In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
God states in the Holy Qur’an “…if anyone kills another soul unless for a soul or for causing corruption in the earth – it is as if he had slain all of mankind . And if anyone saves the life of another person, it is as if he has saved all of mankind…” (Qur’an 5: 32)
The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno condemns, in the strongest terms possible, the horrendous attack in France and all acts of terror and violence. As the news came in, we were horrified and shocked at yet another act of hatred and intolerance in our world.
Islam is a religion of peace that sanctifies life, liberty, and property, and anyone who acts in transgression against another is acting outside of the fold of our beautiful religion. Anyone who calls himself or herself a Muslim must value the lives of all others, regardless of their faith or lack thereof, ethnicity, race, nationality, or political ideology. News of violence in the name of our religion of love and respect is becoming all too frequent and we stand to declare that perpetrators of senseless violence are in no way affiliated with Islam, for they have done nothing more than hijack our faith and use our prayers of peace as slogans of war.
While we do not condone the propaganda and hatred against Muslims, or any other group, in the media, we strongly believe in the freedoms of speech and press, and value our access to them in the West.
Imam Seyed Ali Ghazvini stated that “there is a great divide between Muslims. On one hand are the extremists, those who devalue life and freedom, and on the other are the moderates who value freedom and are proud citizens of their countries, who contribute to their community, and who work for peace. The latter group is the vast majority of our community and the group that understands and adheres to the true religion of Islam.”
In the end, we pray for the families and friends of those lost today, and in all senseless acts of violence, that they may find ease and comfort in their own hearts and that they not be overcome with hatred against an entire religion or people due to the acts of a cowardly few. So many work so hard for peace and common ground, and the vileness of a small group should not deter us from a better world.