09 Jan 15
Montenegro Muslim Leader Condemns Paris Killings
The leader of the Muslim community of Montenegro, Rifat Fejzic, on Thursday called the massacre in Paris a cowardly and un-Islamic act.
The head of Montenegro’s Islamic community, Rifat Fejzic, on Thursday condemned the Islamist terror attack in Paris, which claimed the lives of 12 people.
At the same time, he criticized the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that were the alleged reason for the attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine.
Fejzic described the attack on Thursday as a cowardly act that killed innocent people and as un-Islamic.
“There is a rule in our faith, which is precisely stated in the Koran that when you kill a man, you killed the whole world,” Fejzic was quoted in the Montenegrin media as saying.
While condemning the Parisian magazine’s caricatures of Mohamed and Islam, he said they should never have led to such consequences.
“Boundaries must be set between the freedom of speech and what is sacred. If our faith prohibits any form of depiction of the Prophet Mohammed, everyone who deals with these matters should realize that it is offensive to Muslims,” Fejzic said.
On Thursday, Montenegrin officials, journalists and human rights activists expressed condolences and respect for the 12 victims of the attack who included eight journalists and two policemen.
In a letter of condolence sent to the French government, Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic called it a terrible and senseless act that represents an “attack on all of us and the democratic values that we share”.
Source: Balkan Insight (Montenegro)