COTABATO CITY, Maguindanao: The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Philippines expressed on Sunday their deepest condolences to the victims and families of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France, where at least 129 people were killed with many more wounded.
Imam Talha Ali, president and missionary in-charge of Ahmaddiya Muslim Community Philippines, told The Manila Times they are condemning the deadly Paris attacks but also called for calm and patience.
“Our deepest condolences are with the people of France. This is an attack not only on Paris but on all of humanity. Islam teaches us that killing one individual is like killing the whole of humanity,” said Imam Ali.
“While we await additional information about the attackers and their motives, we condemn any attempt to justify the killing of innocent lives. It must be understood that terrorism and extremism have nothing to do with the peaceful message of Islam. Their dogma [terrorists’] is that of hate, whereas Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s motto is Love for All, Hatred for None, ” he emphasized.
Imam Ali also said that his group prays for swift justice and the speedy recovery of the wounded.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a reformist and fast-growing international movement within Islam. It was founded in 1889 and has spanned to 206 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions.
Unknown to many, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Philippines was established in the 1950s and has chapters in various parts of Philippines including Cotabato City, Imam Ali disclosed.
He also said the aim of the group is to divest Muslims of fanatical beliefs and practices, by vigorously championing Islam’s true and essential teachings.
JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL