Georgia Muslims decry “horrific” acts in Paris

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Georgia Chapter has spoken out against the attacks in Paris that killed more than 120 people.

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which occurred at multiple sites including restaurants and a concert hall.

Dr. Naseer A. Humayun, a spokesman for the state chapter, called the attacks “horrific acts.

“We strongly condem them,” he said. “These people are terrorists and should be considered as such. No religion condones violence, especially Islam. These people are using the name of Islam for their own political agenda.”

The Georgia chapter has about 400 members.

Those thoughts were echoed throughout the state’s Muslim communities.

Soumaya Khalifa, CEO of Khalifa Consulting and executive director of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, took to social media after she learned of the attacks in Paris. The organization builds interfaith relations and provides information about Islam and American Muslims

“#istandwithparis,” she posted on her Facebook page.

The organization will hold its annual Building Bridges Awards Gala tonight at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta downtown.

Khalifa said the organization plans to open the event with a prayer for Paris and other tragedies, including the recent bombings in Beirut in which more than 40 people died.

Former Mayor Shirley Franklin will be the keynote speaker.

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