Leeds Muslim Council unreservedly condemns the cold and callous murder of a fellow British citizen, David Haines. We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of David Haines. He will remain in our thoughts and prayers at this extremely disturbing time.
The barbaric and despicable acts of pseudo ‘Islamic State’ are absolutely contrary to the teachings of Islam.
Imam of Makakh Mosque, Dr Qari Asim said: “ISIS or IS neither speak for Islam nor is their poisonous ideology shared by Muslims across the globe.
“In the last few months, we have witnessed horrific and barbaric acts of murder and persecution by IS. It is disgusting to note that perpetrators of such abhorrent acts are claiming to be murdering people in the name of a religion. There is no room for any argument or suggestion that this type of callous, cold murder of a humanitarian is in any way justified in the teachings of Islam.
“David Haines’ burning passion and courage to help people in need in conflict zones will continue to inspire generations. His savage murder is not only an attack on an individual, but an attack on the whole humanitarian cause. Through their evil actions, ISIS have shown that they are an affront to human dignity and human conscience.
“It is a moral obligation on British Muslims to actively oppose ISIS’s toxic ideology, especially when this is being promoted within Britain.
“IS want to create fear in the hearts of people. The heinous crimes of IS must not be allowed to destabilise the good relationships that exist between faith groups and communities in Britain. Rather, this is precisely where the relationships we have built up can help us defeat terrorism and build stronger communities.”
Governments in the Middle East and the West must formulate an intelligent and robust strategy to deal with the sophisticated social media terror campaign that is being run by IS.
We stand in solidarity with David Haines’ family and call on everyone not to let acts of hatred or terrorism divide our communities.