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13 Jan, 2015 13:59

'Terrorism has no religion': Muslims in France and abroad pay tribute to Charlie Hebdo victims (PHOTOS)

'Terrorism has no religion': Muslims in France and abroad pay tribute to Charlie Hebdo victims (PHOTOS)

Following the Paris shootings, thousands of Muslims all over France and abroad took to the streets, to distribute flowers and carry anti-terrorism banners, saying their religion had nothing to do with the Islamists' attacks.

Muslims are against religious extremism, said the banner carried by members of the Muslim community in Marseille, southern France, as they gathered for a rally to express sympathy and solidarity with the victims of the Paris shootings that left 17 people dead.

People hold a banner reading "Muslims against religious extremism" during a rally in Marseille on January 10, 2015. (AFP photo)

Social media users posted photos of Muslim kids with posters against extremism. “I’m Muslim, but I am not a terrorist. Long live France! Long live the Republic!” said a placard, carried by a small boy in the streets of Nancy, in northeast France.


— REMY Lucie (@remylucie) January 11, 2015

La jeunesse est la :) #JeSuisFrancais#JeSuisMusulman#Lens cc @lavoixdunord@AfpLillepic.twitter.com/Ar4YMbvQAh

— Jamir (@Jamir_bdp) January 11, 2015

From Paris #MarcheRepublicaine#JeSuisMusulman#JeSuisCharlie#JeSuisAhmedpic.twitter.com/C2uaot1YNU

— Adil BOUCHNAFATI (@achaass) January 11, 2015

A girl holds a placard that reads "I am a Muslim, not a terrorist" during a rally by members of the Muslim community of Madrid on January 11, 2015. (Reuters)

A group of Muslims give out white roses to the crowd of participants in the Paris Unity march Sunday.

Muslims with placards reading "Islam is against terrorism" offer roses in the Sablons neighborhood of Le Mans, western France, on January 10, 2015, in front of the mosque against which bullets were fired and 3 grenades launched on January 8. (AFP Photo)

(by Chris Morris) Muslim handing out free flowers in crowd #ParisMarchpic.twitter.com/jU2QRXqDpi#JeSuisMuslim#JeSuisMusulman

— Prada (@adimuliapradana) January 11, 2015

A muslim girl distributing flowers in France in Toulouse - http://t.co/JgXz8H0wzV

— Hazal Kaya (@yallahhabibati) January 11, 2015

"I am French, Muslim and against terrorism," said a banner carried by the members of French Muslim community during the Unity March in Paris.

#JeSuisFrancais#JeSuisMusulman #jesuiscontreleterrorisme#JeSuisCharlie#MarcheRépublicaine#Parispic.twitter.com/WO98Gk0lFt

— Loïc Morineau (@MorineauLoic) January 11, 2015

People hold a banner, reading "Muslims of the Basque Coast in Solidarity with the family of the victims, on January 10, 2015 duirng a march of some 20,000 people against terrorism in the southwestern French city of Bayonne. (AFP Photo)

Islam is supported by the pigeons of peace, tolerance, love and respect, said a banner held by a girl from the Muslim community of Madrid outside the city's Atocha train station.

A girl holds up a sign during a rally by members of the Muslim community of Madrid on January 11, 2015. (Reuters)

The Paris shootings were strongly condemned by Madrid's Muslims. "All joined against terrorism. Islam=Peace," said the posters they carried.

Muslims hold banners reading "No to terrorism and to Islamophobia " and "Islam = Peace" in Madrid on January 11, 2015. (AFP Photo)

Two young women hold a placard that reads "Islam = Peace" in Madrid on January 11, 2015. (Reuters)

A girl holds a sign during a rally by members of the Muslim community of Madrid outside Madrid's Atocha train station on January 11, 2015. (Reuters)

Hundreds of Muslims joined the rally to sympathize with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the three days of terror in Paris.

Two women embrace under a banner that reads, "No to Islamophobia and jihadism" during a rally outside Madrid's Atocha train station on January 11, 2015. (Reuters)

Along with the symbolic #JeSuisCharlie ("I am Charlie") hashtag, Muslims also tweeted #NotInMyName, which was previously used by Muslims to condemn the atrocities perpetrated by Islamic State militants. Following the shootings in France the hashtag has come back into the spotlight.

The Muslim Community HAS to stand up and speak against these Extreme Radicals more #NotInMyName#JeSuisCharliepic.twitter.com/VLthwkgR6O

— waleed (@weirdwilli) January 8, 2015

Not in my name, Make sense not war! #terrorism#terrorists#NotInMyNamepic.twitter.com/LdDnvRd4l9

— Hassan Maikal (@Bizzyiam) January 13, 2015

As a #muslim and #pakistani ,I condemn the #terrorist attack on #CharlieHebdo. #JeSuisCharlie#FreedomOfExpressionpic.twitter.com/CUIYFQMypT

— Sarah Mushir (@SarahMushir) January 7, 2015

A small tribute to the victims of #CharlieHebdo As A Muslim I condemn this barbarous attack. pic.twitter.com/5v5hBnMqVE

— Sheheryar Ahmad (@sheriahmad) January 7, 2015

Si ces messages de paix et d'amour pouvaient durer... #JeSuisMusulman#JeSuisJuif#JeSuisCharlie#PeaceAndLovepic.twitter.com/R0ExA67H97

— Muriel (@samama_muriel) January 11, 2015

"@NevinOzutok: Terrorists have nothing to do with religion !!! #CharlieHebdopic.twitter.com/0KzniSZWlX”" Tolerance, live by it #JeSuisCharlie

— Michele Mees (@MicheleMees) January 7, 2015

An imam in Bordeaux, southwest France, Muslim theologian Tareq Oubrou, said that Muslims are furious that Islam has been "confiscated by crazies... and uneducated, unbalanced people."


— LES KAÏRA (@kairashopping) January 11, 2015