The Federation of Muslim Association in Brazil vehemently condemned the terrorist attack on Thursday night (Jul. 14) in Nice, where hundreds of people were watching the fireworks to celebrate the Bastille Day, major holiday in France. In the attack, a truck driver mowed down crowds gathered in the seafront "Promenade des Anglais" street to watch the fireworks. He killed 84 people and injured scores more.
In a statement, the Federation says that it condemns "any violent act in the name of a cause, a religion, or any other flag, because Islam is a religion based on love, faith in God, compassion towards the others and goodness, and [Islam] will never be represented by extremism or distorted views. "
According to the note, Islam repudiates any violent death and cherish life wherever it is. "Those who kill in the name of God are false," said the organization, citing the Quran: "(...) And whoever kills a soul, it is as if he had slain mankind. And whoever saves one, it is as if he had saved mankind entirely."
"All Islam's religious raise their thoughts and prayers for the terror victims and their families, asking God for the health of survivors and for peace on Earth," the Federation of Muslim Associations in Brazil ended the note.
Translated by Amarílis Anchieta
Fonte: Agência Brasil.