How Muslim Leaders reacted to Charlie Hebdo attack

How Muslim Scholars View Paris Attack (In-depth)

By Shari`ah Staff

Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:00

Muslim scholars responded quickly to the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo which  killed 12 and injured 10.

Slamming the incident as un-Islamic, scholars express anger towards the perpetrators who "betrayed and tainted" Islam rather than defended it. In addition to vehemently condemning the attack, the scholars' comments reflected a concern about the damage it causes to the image of Islam and Muslims.

Following is a collection of scholars' Facebook posts, comments and statement on the attack:


Dr. Tariq Ramadan: Betrayal to Islamic Values


Charlie Hebdo: NO! NO! NO!

Contrary to what was apparently said by the killers in the bombing of Charlie Hebdo's headquarters, it is not the Prophet who was avenged, it is our religion, our values and Islamic principles that have been betrayed and tainted. My condemnation is absolute and my anger is profound (healthy and a thousand times justified) against this horror!!!

Allow me to express my deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims.







World Condemns France Attack


Muslims Blast Attackers


Muslim Organizations Reactions


A Mercy for All (Page)


A Prophetic Action Plan



Dr. Khaled Hanafy: Condemnation Is Not Sufficient


I was shocked by the brutal, terror attack in Paris that killed 12 people. I categorically condemn this act no matter who is responsible for it and whoever the victims are.

Indeed, condemnation is not sufficient. Muslims, before anybody else, should take swift and practical action because the danger threatening Europe is a threat for Muslims too. Muslims are part and parcel of the European society; they have a role to play in protecting it and in promoting social peace in it.

It is not a valid excuse that this magazine published anti-Prophet cartoons. Insults were directed to the Prophet during his life and after his death; the Qur'an related such defamations and they will never stop. So, the appropriate response is through thought, art and opinion not murder or terror.

I hope that politicians and media will not use this incident to make wrong generalizations against Muslims. The overwhelming majority of Europe Muslims reject such wicked deeds; they did contribute to the building Europe's civilization.

I call on Muslims to stage demonstrations that denounce this aggression. I urge Muslim Imams and leaders to take all the necessary actions to denounce the incident, to reassure the Europe community, to actively participate in protecting Europe media institutions against any threat and to denounce extremism and terror.






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Dr. Yasir Qadhi: All of Us Will Suffer


Loving the Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam) is a necessary requirement of Iman. Defending his honor is a sign of belief. This is done by following his teachings and practice, not by murdering in his name.

Our Prophet was verbally abused and physically harrased multiple times in Makkah. Never ONCE did any of the Companions go and murder those who did such deeds.

Do those who kill others in the name of the Prophet believe that they love him more than the companions?

And even for those who believe that the penalty for blasphemy should be death: by unanimous consensus of ALL the scholars of Islam, this must take place after a legitimate trial, by a qualified judge, appointed by a legitimate Islamic state. Under NO circumstances does Islam allow vigilante justice, for to open this door leads to chaos, confusion and bloodshed.

Muslims: get your act together!! Such acts of terror are not only haram and spill innocent blood, they will come back to harm you and your communities in the short and long run.

And as a result, all of us will suffer.






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How the Prophet Dealt with All (Folder)


Outstanding Forgiveness of the Prophet



Dr. Wael Shihab: Perpetrators Should Be Held Accountable


In fact, Muslim communities all over the world share the pains and sadness with the victims’ families and friends. Our hearts bleed for their loss and pains.

The deadly attack on the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which led to the killing and injuring of tens of innocents, is a horrible, barbaric crime that its perpetrators should be held accountable for it. Such crimes against humanity are not justified by Islam and all world religions and laws. Those criminals cannot be true believers of any faith.

Charlie Hebdo attacks are totally divorced from the teachings of Islam, its general spirit, and its sublime objectives.  Islam protects people’s lives, properties, and honor. Attacking even a single human is regarded by Islam as grave and heinous as killing all innocent people of the world. The Qur’an reads, {Whosoever kills a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if be had killed all mankind, and whoso saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind.} (Al-Ma’idah 5: 32)

Hopefully, the French authorities will bring the criminals to justice as soon as possible.


Sheikh Omar Suleiman: An Insult to the Prophet


‪#‎ParisShooting What is more insulting to the Prophet (peace be upon him) than satirical cartoons are those who murder innocent people in his name.

“And We have sent you not (Oh Muhammad) but as a mercy to all the worlds” [Quran 21:107]






-8 #58 Guest 2015-01-13 01:40

You would think that after Muslims apologizing for 9/11 and then finding out Muslims weren't responsible for 9/11 that our "leaders (those with a voice)" wouldn't be so quick to scream "people are making Islam look bad" without proof according to Sharia of a Muslim being guilty of the accused act.

Afraid of "conspiracy theories" well it's a "FACT" most post 9/11 convictions of Muslims were cases of entrapment.




-5 #57 Guest 2015-01-12 18:40




-3 #56 Guest 2015-01-12 18:26

why you don not preach those indecent people, to respect the others and don't hurt the feelings of the people. Well killing! it is not the act of Islam .. but, If you stand at the busy street and Call bad names of every person passing by, or their father/ mother... How many people will ignore you, and go silently? Is there a Probability of any %, that you be punched or kicked by some people? . definitely yes? .... then why to do such indecent work to end up like that? .....




+7 #55 Guest 2015-01-12 16:03

Thank you for the encouraging sentiments. I disagree completely though with Dr. Yasir Qadhi on the legitimacy of the death penalty for blasphemy, howevever much it is debated by religious scholars, codified or formally carried out. The concept of an Islamic state ( or a Christian-, Hindu -or Budhist one for that matter ) is also hugely problematic; since by definition it relegates non practitioners of the state religion to an inferior and precarious status. The rights of Muslims (and everyone else) in Europe are guaranteed not by goodwill, but by a secular ethos that ensures freedom of worship and indeed the freedom not to worship at all. Hope this is of interest to some.




-2 #54 Guest 2015-01-12 05:15

Once again we feel the need to speak out against something we have nothing to do with. What is my relationship to those gunmen really? If you are American, you have more of a relationship with your own government who is responsible for most of the killing and chaos in the world today. Speak out against that.




+9 #53 Guest 2015-01-12 02:59

i wish the main stream medua would give more attention to the likes of these intellegent articulate men as representatives of the face of Islam.
They are not afraid to speak out against the terrorist ratbags of their religion as should not all moderate muslims.
United we should stand because divided we will fall and fail




+13 #52 Guest 2015-01-11 22:00

Will you please also condemn the other attack which took place in Paris that day (at a kosher Jewish shop with Jewish victims)?

Thank you.




+5 #51 Guest 2015-01-11 21:01

Couple of immediate points thats buzzing out of various discussion going on news channels
1) There's another side of islam that doesn't get enough media attention. All we know is intolerance that leads to terrorism;
That perception only creates more intolerance, compounds the problem
2) Islam is going through a dark age much the same way what europe went through under the catholics. needs a large-scale world-wide movement to overturn the current ideologists. The sensible muslims scholars need to come together and lead that.




+7 #50 Guest 2015-01-11 16:27

the perpetrators of the attacks in Paris are rightly dead. They are extremists, and as such, their view of the world is tainted by their extreme views. There are extremists in every religion, and they are all as evil as each other.




+10 #49 Guest 2015-01-10 19:51

So pleased to see moderate people of Islamic faith perhaps risking their own safety by condemning these atrocities. Brave and honorable! We need many more such, and for their remarks to be widely published.

Am sorry to see that some of the lunatics are posting rubbish about conspiracy theories about which this will be my only comment. I will not dignify their posts with anything further.




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