Statement The World Muslim Communities Council On the Trials of "Charlie Hebdo" Attacks
In view of the start of the trials of "Charlie Hebdo" attacks, which took place on 7 January 2015, The World Muslim Communities Council expresses its full confidence in the integrity of the French judiciary, and affirms the full hope that the court will issue fair judicial rulings to deter hatred, extremism and terrorism in France, and stresses its appreciation to the experience of coexistence and religious tolerance in France as a global example
While the Council renews its condolences to the families of the victims who died in the attacks on the magazine's headquarters, it highlights the need to take serious and concrete steps for respecting religions and beliefs, promotion of religious freedom, advocacy of peace, coexistence, and societal and human giving, in a manner that preserves human dignity and respect for his faith, and achieves cooperation and solidarity for the benefit of the homelands.
The World Muslim Communities Council condemns the re-publication of offensive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad - may God bless him and grant him peace - appreciating at the same time that the dealing of the French Council of the Islamic Religion on the issue and its wisdom by promoting the values of good citizenship and immunizing Muslims in France from the danger of extremist thought, and working to correct the stereotype on Islam and Muslim communities.
The World Muslim Communities Council also denounces the hate calls issued by some religious personalities and divisive media outlets based in a number of countries, as they called for a boycott of French goods, incites violence and stimulate terrorist actions; and i advises Muslim communities not to respond to these calls and rather, to give priority to patriotism and good citizenship, by respecting laws, positive participation and involvement in their societies.
The Council calls on Muslim communities to promote the principles of human fraternity, coexistence, tolerance and social cohesion and to consolidate the values of moderation and dialogue, in a way that contributes to the elimination of religious intolerance and hostility to Islam, through community peace and effective coexistence to achieve more civilization greatness.