NPR reports that in the aftershock of Friday’s Paris attacks, many French Muslims find themselves grieving over the violence and also a fear of a backlash against their faith.
Rokhaya Diallo, a French social activist and author, says that many Muslims feel compelled “to say openly that we don’t stand for the terrorist attacks. And that’s very sad because many Muslims died, actually, on Friday.”
Ms. Diallo continues, “There is a suspicion toward [French] Muslims because they are not seen as fully French, they need to speak out louder than any other French. And that’s a problem, because we are French, we have always been French and I don’t think it should be questioned anytime there is a crisis. Because we suffer the consequences of the terrorists as much as anyone.”