CQ Muslim community ‘shocked’ over Paris attacks

THE Islamic Society of Central Queensland (ISCQ) has labelled ISIS as an enemy of both Islam and humanity after terrorist attacks took the lives of 129 people in Paris over the weekend.

The organisation is asking the people of CQ not to "act out of fear" and instead work to preserve the bond of "mutual respect and love" that they currently share with the entire community.

"First and foremost our prayers and thoughts are with the innocent victims of the horrendous attack," a spokesperson for the organisation said.

"Over the last few months we have witnessed and received increased love and support from our Australian brothers and sisters who have clearly understood that Islam and Muslims have nothing to do with these extremist groups.

"These extremists do not represent Islam or Muslims; do not play into their hands and allow the event to disturb the peace and cohesion within our community."

The spokesperson said while only a very small number of Muslims were turning to extremism, the religion itself did not lend itself to such acts.

"Islam as a belief cannot be radicalised," they said.

"As Muslims, we reaffirm our belief, as emphasised in the Quran, that whoever kills one life, it is as if they have killed all of humanity.

"The human life given to us from our Creator is too precious to be lost; the criminals who are perpetrating these crimes be it in Paris or in Beirut; be it in Syria or Iraq; be it in Kabul or Egypt; are not just the enemies of Islam and Muslims, but the whole of humanity."

They said as terrorism does not discriminate against its victims based on beliefs or race, neither should the world in responding to such horrific acts of violence.

"Our response should be a collective response," the spokesperson said.

"It is in these times of darkness that we show solidarity and strength."



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