The Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said that France declared a war on Islam by supporting the publication of satirical cartoons insulting to the Prophet Muhammad.
He considered that there is no such thing as “Islamic terrorism at all.”
He announced his refusal to link the crime of a “specific person” to a religion, full or for followers of this religion.
"There is no such a thing as Islamic terrorism or Islamic fascism, and whoever commits the crime is the criminal," Nasrallah stressed, in a televised speech on the anniversary of the Prophet’s birthday, Friday.
Nasrallah added that the incident took place in Nice, France, is strongly condemned by Muslims from all their different locations in France and Europe, and everywhere, and this incident is rejected by Islam and it is not permissible for anyone to consider it against Islam, which forbids killing or harming the innocent."
He went on to say it is not permissible for the French authorities or others to assume responsibility for a crime committed by a specific person of a complete religion or followers of this religion.
If the perpetrator of the crime is a Muslim, then no one may hold Islam and Muslims responsible for this crime, but whoever commits it.
The Lebanese clerk assured the matter began when that malicious magazine (meaning Charlie Hebdo weekly) published cartoons offensive to the Prophet of Islam, and the objections emerged and then developed into events such as the killing of the French teacher.
He considered that "instead of the French authorities taking the initiative to address the issue, they declared a war of this kind on Islam and took it stubbornly.
Nasrallah pointed out that the same thing France did previously in Algeria and what others did in Libya and other countries in the region, did anyone leave and blame the Christian religion, Christians, or Christ?
He stressed out that there is no such thing as Islamic terrorism or Islamic fascism and whoever commits the crime is the criminal.