Shocked by the barbaric murder of James Foley, British Muslims have vowed to work with police and security services to root out radicals for betraying Islam teachings.
“As Muslims we reject terrorism and the evil ISIS – they do not act in our name and we abhor anyone who supports them,” Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of Britain’s Ramadhan Foundation, told Metro.
“We stand ready to support the police and intelligence agencies in their work to defeat terrorism and protect our nation.”
Muslims’ anger followed the beheading of US photo journalist James Foley claimed by the so-called Islamic State.
The heinous crime has sparked angry condemnations from Muslims around the world as a barbaric act that goes against the true teachings of Islam.
The US launched air-strikes earlier this month allegedly to stem the advance of IS forces in northern Iraq.
Foley’s death appeared in a YouTube video titled “A Message to America” in which his death was linked to the recent US attacks on Islamic State targets in Iraq.
“Most of the Brits out there would have been targeting Bashar al-Assad in Syria, but the military strikes over the last two weeks have made the frontline of Iraq more dangerous – and made the West their enemy,” Shafiq said.
“Anyone involved in that sort of activity should be reported to the police and MI5 – Muslims across Britain are keen to do whatever we can to help.”
Rukia Khan, whose 20-year-old son is said to have joined IS in Syria, accused the killers of US journalist James Foley of betraying Islam and ‘killing humanity’.
Khan, the mother of the thought to be Cardiff-born Reyaad Khan, insisted: “It is wrong to take a life – beheading is wrong.”
“Islam says that if you kill someone you kill the whole of humanity and if you save someone you save the whole of humanity,” she added.
Imams Take Action
Voicing their anger at the Islamic State’s ideology, a galaxy of leading British imams and scholars have released a video to condemn their atrocities.
The film, posted on YouTube, aims to “tackle the ISIS ideology of barbarism, persecuting minorities, brutal murder and enslavement of women,” ITV website reported
“It’s extremely horrifying terribly upsetting to see that beheading, killing and persecution of people is taking place in the name of Islam,” Imam Qari Asim says during the video.
Barking Masjid secretary Ustadh Ashfaq Sadiq adds, “This is not what Muslims stand for, it is not what I stand for as a Muslim.”
The Muslim Council of Britain has also condemned the barbarity of ISIL in a Wednesday statement.
“Each day ISIS seeks to carry out an act more barbarous than the day before, craving the oxygen of publicity to give credibility to their heinous acts,” MCB said in a statement cited by Gloucester Citizen.
“We condemn unreservedly their psychopathic violence, whether it is on minorities, on civilians, or on fellow Muslims.” ONISLAM