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French Muslim declares ‘spiritual jihad’ on Isis: 'Citizens killed in Paris attacks are in paradise, dead terrorists are in hell'

Mohammed Chirani has no regrets about comments despite death threats

Published 04/12/2015

After the Paris attacks, Mr Chirani said those French citizen killed 'are in paradise' in an emotive address ABC Lateline, screengrab
After the Paris attacks, Mr Chirani said those French citizen killed 'are in paradise' in an emotive address ABC Lateline, screengrab

A French Muslim who declared “spiritual jihad” against Isis after the Paris attacks has said he has not been deterred by the death threats he has received from the extremist group.

Mohammed Chirani, a specialist in religious de-radicalisation who works in some of Pairs’s most deprived arrondissements, went on national French television following the attacks that killed 130 people to tell Isis militants their God would not protect them.

Brandishing a Quran and his French passport, Mr Chirani told the terrorists “our dead, the innocent French citizens, are in paradise”.

“And your dead, the terrorists, are in hell.”

Following the address, Mr Chirani said while he had received an outpouring of support from French citizens of all religions, he had also received a number of death threats - but he had “no regrets” over his decision.

“As French Muslims we are [being] taking hostage by terrorists and fanatics,” he said. “In the face of terrorism we have to stand up.”

Mr Chirani also said he was not under any police protection. “I believe in God, I trust in God, I love God and I leave my destiny in the hands of God,” he told ABC’s Lateline.

He continued: "We have two choice: to go to the way of hate, to accuse Muslim in general as responsible for terrorism, and we know that Muslim are the first victim of terrorism, and we go to the chaos. That - this is the trap of Daesh.

"The second thing, I called for the fraternity, friendship between all French people, Muslim, Jews, Christian, non-believer, atheist, agnostic, Buddhist, all together in front of all kind of hatred movement."

The Paris attacks, which killed 130 people in multiple attacks across the capital on 13 November, were later claimed by Isis. A number of the suspected assailants are either Belgian or French citizens.

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