Paris Attacks – An Act of Raw Terrorism

Official Statement by Shia Wisdom

Last week, November 13th unfolded an unforgettable tragedy in the otherwise peaceful city of Paris, France. As people enjoyed a social evening, cries of terror ensued from several locations across the city following deadly attacks of violence. Shootings and bomb blasts displaced all other noise and northern Paris experienced the first set of explosions just outside Stade de France stadium where a crowd of people including President Francois Hollande had gathered to watch an international football match. A suicide bomber when stopped by a routine security check at the stadium entrance detonated the explosives, killing himself and a passer-by.

A second bomber detonated explosives outside a different stadium not soon after and an identical third bomber carried out an explosion yet at another location not far from the second stadium. Meanwhile, the center of the town experienced other attacks surrounding nightlight hot spots. Witnesses at a bar, Le Carillon at 18 rue Alibert reported that their initial reaction to the sound of gunfire had seemed to be firecrackers going off before it dawned on them that they were facing semi-automatic rifles. South of rue Alibert, diners at restaurants had undergone another attack.

This chain of shootings continued south of the first restaurant in 11th district before another restaurant on Boulevard Voltaire underwent a bomb explosion by a suicide bomber. The night’s deadliest attack was seen on Boulevard Voltaire at a concert venue inside a 1,500-seat Bataclan hall. Three gunmen with Kalashnikovs walked in wearing suicide-belts. After firing at the crowd, one was taken down by an elite police officer with his suicide belt detonating in the process and the other two detonating their explosives themselves.

Numbers report 129 deaths from these calamitous incidents across Paris with 100 in critical condition and hundreds more wounded. Witnesses at the Bataclan clan incident reported to have heard one of the gunmen shouting “Allahu Akbar” in Arabic as he opened gunfire.

Witnesses observed similar behavior of suicide bombers in southern Beirut, Lebanon where 43 people also died in a twin bomb blasting incident just a day before the attacks in Paris. This conduct is typical of radical Islamists that are part of well-known terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and the infamous Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that has boldly admitted to responsibility for the abhorrent acts of terrorism in both France and Lebanon.

While ISIL may have captured media highlights since last year with their ‘jihad’ motto, it has been an extension of Al-Qaeda since 1999 where it first emerged as “Jama’at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad” and constituted jihadist extremist militants that belonged from the Wahabbi or Salafi sect – an extreme version of the Sunni sect. According to the religion of Islam, these extremists are a deviation from the true teachings of Muhammad and defy the tradition of peace that is embedded in 14 centuries of Islamic scholarship.  An Islamic scholar, Dr. John Andrew Morrow in an interview with Truth Jihad Radio said that, “A lot of so-called jihad (such as ISIL’s) is not rooted in Islam.”

A French journalist, Didier Francois who had been this terrorist organization’s hostage this past year reportedly said in an interview with CNN that, “The terrorist group cares little about the Muslims religion or Quran,” and that the group never discussed anything found on the Islamic holy book with him during his captivity.

The Republique Square in the city of Paris is now in a state of mourning as candles are being lit in remembrance of the terror that shook France and the World caused by ISIL’s barbaric motives.



Islam condemns Terrorism

By: M.K

Terrorism in any form is a despicable action and whoever indulges in it is undoubtedly defying human values universally. A terrorist is neither defined by color nor religion but rather a sordid mindset that only seeks one objective: disservice whomever follows a different way of living than his own. And these differences may constitute political or doctrinal views and economic or social status. Radicalism, extremism, philistinism and psychical disturbance are in essence, some common elements contorting a terrorist’s ideology. Following this theme, let us look at recent world events that have unfortunately disseminated grief worldwide. On November 12, two suicide bombers massacred at least 43 people with more than 200 wounded in the Shi’ite dominated southern region of Beirut, Lebanon. And not soon after, the night of November 13 brought upon a similar tragedy in the beauteous city of Paris, France. With 129 people murdered, another 352 were left injured.

At Shia Wisdom, we condemn this raw act of barbarous terrorism that has undoubtedly taken innocent lives and mercilessly razed the hope of families that have lost their loved ones. Our condolences go out to all in Lebanon and France for their loss and our hearts are with all who suffered in cold blood. These tragedies are in no way solitary and affect us all globally. Therefore, we sincerely pray for survivors and families of lost ones, and souls that are no longer with us. Additionally, we offer our prayers to all in the affected regions to remain strong in this difficult time. We would also like to take this opportunity to shed some light on the causation behind these deplorable events.

As may already be the case of news headlines, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has admitted responsibility for the vile actions this past week. Despite using the term ‘Islamic’ within their title, ISIL in simple words is a terrorist organization with ancient roots that deviated from the true Islamic teachings and formed its own credo of carnage and annihilation since the times of Umayyad regime (644-656 CE). Terrorism, murdering, disservicing and oppressing innocent is against the religion of Islam that has been practiced by the Holy Prophet (s) and his Ahlul-bayt. Evidence of this can be found in the Quran that says, “And do not kill a soul that God has made sacrosanct, save lawfully” and that, “Whoso kills a soul, unless it be for murder or for wreaking corruption in the land, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind and he who saves a life, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind” [HQ: 6,151; 5,53].