Religious Groups Unite To Condemn Brussels Attacks

| by Jimmy King
Cinquantenaire Park in BrusselsCinquantenaire Park in Brussels

Christian, Muslim and Catholic religious leaders jointly condemned the March 22 terrorist attacks in Brussels. The announcements come after ISIS claimed responsibility for the three bombs that detonated in the Brussels airport and metro station, claiming the lives of 34. 

Following the terror attacks, Britain's Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby encouraged solidarity and prayer for the victims, reports World Religion News.

“Deeply shocked by the cruel attacks in Brussels. This Holy Week, let us pray for the victims, for peace and for true service to our loving God,” the archbishop wrote on Twitter.

Muslim leaders similarly criticized the terror attacks. The Executive of Muslims in Belgium said in a statement, “These dramatic events in the heart of Europe undermine the efforts of society … and the full Muslim community in Belgium to live harmoniously together.  That is why, in the name of all Muslim citizens, the Belgian Muslim Executive calls for unity and unanimity to together establish a coalition against violence and terrorism.”

Leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, called the the terror attacks un-Islamic.

“Under no circumstances does Islam permit terrorism of any kind or the murder of innocent people. In fact, the Holy Quran has said that to kill even one innocent person is akin to killing all of mankind,” said Ahmad in a statement.

Catholic leaders condemned the terror attacks in solidarity with other religious leaders.

“Learning of the attacks in Brussels affecting many people, his Holiness Pope Francis entrusts to God’s mercy those who died and joined in prayer with their relatives,” said Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

The archbishop of Canterbury said the terrorists behind the attack violated all peaceful religious doctrines.

“Once again, we see the contrast between the vain efforts to terrify through indiscriminate murder, and the call of God to be those who show mercy, who seek and pursue it,” said the archbishop.

Some Belgian Muslim leaders donated blood following the deadly attacks, reports Politico.

“There were barbaric attacks. We do not support people who do these things. We hope they face justice,” said Said Kamli, director of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe. 

Sources: Politico, World Religion News / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons