Muslim actress Hend Sabri responds to the #CharlieHebdo attack

Published January 11th, 2015 - 10:45 GMT

On Jan 7 2014, two masked gunmen forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. The gunmen fired up to 50 shots with automatic weapons, while shouting "Allahu Akbar," Arabic for "God is greatest."

Now, Tunisian actress Hend Sabri responded to the attack that killed twelve people, including the editor Stéphane "Charb" Charbonnier, seven other Charlie Hebdo employees, and two National Police officers, and wounded eleven others. 

The newspaper has attracted worldwide attention for its regular satirical depictions of Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam.

Sabri condemned the attack, making a statement on her Facebook page saying, "I am Muslim, and I believe that there are millions of Muslims just like me who are fed up with those killers who are planting fear and resentment against our religion in the world. Enough killing and bloodshed in the name of religion. Our religion came to spread justice and peace. They have hijacked our religion and identity for their worldly needs and we are paying the price every day."

Hend added in the defense of those who were killed, "They killed 12 people, fathers, sons, husbands and friends, whose only fault was that they lived and worked in a country that has complete freedom protected by their constitution, and were free to speak their minds even if it was making sarcastic remarks about other religions, whether we like it or not."

Hend concluded her statement by stressing that she strongly believes that Prophet Muhammad would not have been proud of anyone killing for him.

"They killed them in broad daylight and claimed that they were seeking to avenge the prophet. My prophet whom I love would not be proud of anyone who kills 12 innocent souls for his sake. Enough!"

The Paris attack were compared to the United States' September 11 attacks, which saw two planes flying into the Twin Towers in New York City.

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