NJ Muslim Groups Condemn Paris Attacks as ‘Despicable Acts’
Eighteen Muslim groups from around New Jersey have denounced the attacks on Paris, calling them "despicable acts," and not a true representation of Islam.
"Islam is against terrorism and does not condone or provide any justification, whatsoever, for such despicable acts. We stand in solidarity with the people of France and Lebanon and express our deepest sympathy with families of those who were killed and pray for the recovery of those injured in these horrific attacks," the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge wrote on its website on behalf of 18 organizations.
The society's president, Mohammad Ali Chaudry, who also teaches at Rutgers, told NorthJersey.com he will be part of a panel discussion on the New Brunswick on Tuesday that includes representatives of law enforcement and Homeland Security as well as Muslim groups.
The Islamic Society of Central Jersey offered similar statements: "We speak as Muslims, as Americans and as human beings who are committed to peace, healing, democracy and justice for all children and people in the world."
The ISCJ also said that South Brunswick Police were increasing their presence around their campus on Route 1 in Monmouth Junction. South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Haydu in an alert said, "We are increasing patrols in different areas out of an abundance of caution and ask the public to be vigilant. If you see anything unusual or suspicious do not hesitate to report it.”
Dr. Chris Rodriguez, director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, told NorthJersey.com no threats had been received at any mosques in New Jersey.