- Muslims attended a Catholic mass across France to show interfaith solidarity and sorrow over the killing of a Catholic priest by two teen jihadists
- The French Muslim Council urged Muslim people to show “solidarity and compassion” in the wake of the priest’s murder
- “Being united is a response to the act of horror and barbarism,” a top imam said
Muslims attended Catholic mass across France to show interfaith solidarity and express sorrow following the gruesome murder of a French Catholic priest by two teenager jihadists.
At least 100 Muslims were among the more than 2,000 church-goers who attended a mass at the Gothic cathedral in Rouen, just a few miles where 86-year-old Father Jacques Hamel was killed by Adel Kermiche and Abdel Malik Petitjean; both were 19. The pair took six hostages before slitting the throat of the priest. They were later shot dead by police when they tried to escape.
“Solidarity and condolences,” Anouar Kbibech, the head of the French Council of the Muslim Faith wrote on Twitter.
Outside the Gothic Cathedral, the Muslims unfurled a banner with the words “Love for All, Hate for none.”
Sister Danielle, a nun who was among those taken hostage by Kermiche and Petitjean at Fr. Hamel’s church, shook hands and embraced Muslims who attended the mass in Rouen.
Elsewhere in France, Muslim men and women were seen crowding Catholic Cathedrals as shown by French Television.
Otaman Aissaoui, the top imam in Nice, led a Muslim delegation to a Catholic mass in the city where 84 people were killed by a Tunisian truck driver who plowed his vehicle into the crowd celebrating the Bastille Day.
“Being united is a response to the act of horror and barbarism,” Aissaoui said.
According to the Independent, the Muslim worshippers were responding to a call from the French Muslim Council; urging them show “solidarity and compassion” in the wake of Father Hamel’s murder.