Turkey's head of religious affairs, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Görmez, condemned on Thursday the deadly attack on the Paris based weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Görmez condemned the attack by saying, "The attack carried out by using the name of Islam's prophet to take revenge is an attempted attack to erase the noble values that were brought to humanity by the Prophet Muhammed, the messenger of mercy and peace. In other words, that attack is a direct attack on Islam and the followers of this noble religion, Muslims."
According to Görmez, it is significant that the attack coincides with the period when Islamophobic attacks are on the rise. His statement condemned the "negative perception that is being created against Islam throughout the world" which he described as "an attempt to trigger conflict between religions and civilizations".
He called for "all humanity to damn every kind of action that will lead to atrocity, horror, violence, and death", and emphasised the need for justice - "Every death due to terrorism increases the need for righteousness, rule of law, justice and peace every passing day".Here is Professor Dr Mehmet Görmez's statement in full.
"All humanity should damn every kind of action that will lead to atrocity, horror, violence and death…"
"I pray to the Almighty that humanity distances itself from the state of insanity, hatred, ferocity and violence and acts with common sense."As we go through these hard times I pray to the Almighty that humanity distances itself from the state of insanity, hatred, ferocity and violence and acts with common sense and state that I wholeheartedly share the deep grief of all humanity led by the French people.
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