Date: 
Sat, 14/11/2015

BRUSSELS, Belgium-November 14, 2015 -The Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations mourns the horrific loss of life in today's attacks in Paris. Media reports confirm that over 128 have been killed and 250 injured in seven separate attacks on the French capital. FEMYSO condemns this heinous act of cowardice and joins calls for a full and swift investigation to take place in order to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.

As Muslims, we reaffirm our belief, as emphasized in the Quran, that whoever kills one life, it is as if they have killed all of humanity, and whoever saves even one life, it is as if they have saved all of humanity (Chapter 5: Verse 32).

This tragedy has touched the world, and we call on Muslims in Paris and all across France not to fear and hide, but to step forward and assist in all efforts to help the injured, find the lost, and comfort those suffering from shock and pain.

We are distressed to learn that the politically-motivated extremists claiming responsibility for the attack are justifying their deeds in the name of our faith. It is disappointing and disheartening to note the trend towards making unverified claims and blaming certain groups for the attacks, despite a lack of information. We urge media outlets and relevant institutions to act with professionalism in their coverage of this tragic event, especially as important facts relating to the attack have yet to be established.

Islam condemns all forms of barbarity, murder, and attacks on innocent people. Muslims, scholars and laypersons the world over have, do, and will continue to condemn these and any extremists that use Islam to justify their actions, which goes completely against Islamic teachings.

We mourn the victims of this attack and send our heartfelt condolences to the families of those affected.

We call for peace, healing, and justice for the victims, as well as an end to violence against the innocent in any and every part of the world.

We pray for light, guidance, and hope at this time of great darkness.

Notes to editors

1. For further information, please contact: comms@femyso.org

2. FEMYSO was founded in 1996 in Sweden at a time when Muslim youth from across Europe felt the need to come together to create a united body, to share ideas and experiences, help develop the capacity of Muslim European youth and represent their concerns and views to the European institutions. Since then, FEMYSO has grown into a wide network of 34 student and youth organisations throughout Europe, all working to benefit their communities and societies. The FEMYSO vision for European Muslim youth is proactive youth participation and service to humanity. We have trained thousands of young Muslims, contributed to the emergence of a strong confident identity of young European Muslims, and built strong partnerships with organisations across Europe.

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