Muslim leaders from around New Jersey gathered at Rutgers University Tuesday morning to issue a statement condemning "on the strongest possible terms the barbaric terrorist attacks on innocent civilians in Paris."
"Islam is against terrorism and does not condone or provide any justification, whatsoever, for such despicable acts," the statement said. "There is no cause or injustice done to anyone that can ever justify killing of innocent human beings."
The leaders, most of whom were imams, the religious leaders of their mosques, said their statement also covered the terrorist attacks in Turkey, Beirut, Lebanon and Iraq.
"These terrorists do not represent Islam or Muslims in any sense and more often Muslims become the victims of their terror as in Beirut and Baghdad (Iraq) most recently," the statement said. "We stand in solidarity with the people of France and express our deepest sympathy with families of those who were killed and pray for the recovery of those injured in these horrific attacks."