Statement of Condemnation by Bilal Muslim Community
April 20, 2015
For Immediate Release
Bilal Ethiopian Muslim Community is shocked and anguished to hear the saddest news of the beheading of our fellow Ethiopians in Libya.
We express our deepest condolences and sorrow to Ethiopians and Ethiopian Communities abroad. Our hearts bleed when we heard the beheading of our fellow countrymen who are targeted by ISIS for their religious views.
We condemn in the strongest terms possible what are apparently vicious and cowardly act of ISIS for beheading of Ethiopian Christians in Libya. We also condemn all type of terrorist activities, which are against all human, and Islamic teachings.
Allah says in Qur’an “… Whosoever kills an innocent human being, it shall be as if he has killed all mankind, and whosoever saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind…” Qur’an 5:32
Islam has forbidden all violence in all its forms. Violence has no place in religion. ISIS has nothing to do with Islam, and its principles that call for justice, kindness, fairness, freedom of faith, and coexistence. ISIS is an existential threat to humanity.
Therefore, we stand united with our fellow Ethiopian Christians, and with the whole World in our condemnation of this barbaric and abhorrent action of ISIS. As a society, we must be vigilant and cautious to oppose these cancerous, and shameless acts.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to the victims of this incomprehensible evil act. We pray to almighty Allah to give courage, strength, and support to Ethiopians in general, and to the families of the victims in particular.
Bilal Muslim Community