Dewsbury mosques and imams issue statement against ISIS
EXCLUSIVE: 18 mosques in Dewsbury have condemned ISIS, also known as Islamic State, labelling them as an “oppressive and tyrannical group”.
The statement has been issued following a wave of attacks carried out or inspired by the militant group.
Just last Friday, an ISIS-inspired gunman killed 36 people on a Tunisian beach, mostly tourists. On the same day, a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a mosque killing at least 25 people in Kuwait.
A 17-year-old, who is believed to be Britain’s youngest suicide bomber, was from Dewsbury.
Dewsbury mosques and imams have called on the youth to actively oppose ISIS ideology.
The statement reads: “Terrorism in any form is expressly forbidden in the teachings of Islam and individuals who commit such heinous crimes against innocent and defenceless men, women and children have acted completely contrary to the core teachings of Islam. Islam regards all human life as sacred and inviolable, the Quran makes it clear that protection and preservation of life is paramount.
“The actions of the gunman who perpetrated the reprehensible killings in Tunisia and unequivocally condemned and there can be NO justification for such actions from the teachings of Islam. We express our heartfelt sympathy and commiserations for the families of the deceased and we pray that they are able to achieve solace in bearing with their tragic loss.
“We categorically condemn all actions of violence, violent extremism, killing and destroying buildings and places of worship in any circumstances; be it committed by ISIS or any other such organisation. This is against the teachings of Islam which is a religion of peace, compassion and mercy.
“Some of the regimes in the Middle East that purport to oppression, tyranny and dictatorship do not follow the teachings of Islam. This includes President Assad’s tyrannical regime in Syria which is oppressive, unjust and brutal. They have committed heinous crimes and numerous atrocities against its people. We are totally against these regimes who contradict to the way of Islam.
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“ISIS is an oppressive and tyrannical group which is killing innocent civilians, prisoners of war, journalists, and anyone who refuses to endorse their ideology. These actions are all opposed to Islamic teachings.
“ISIS is a deviant, extremist group and it is prohibited according to Islamic scriptures to support them. Is is in fact an obligation upon all Muslims to actively oppose their poisonous ideology.
“We call upon all the youth of Dewsbury and beyond to remain steadfast in the fact of the empty claims and promises made by ISIS, and to live a true and honest Islamic life as shown in the Quran and sayings of Prophet Mohammad so as not to be duped into confusing falsehood with truth.
“Our young people are the future of this country and the local authorities, police and the Muslim community need to work together to show the youth the peaceful ways of dealing with Foreign Policy and to recognise the complex issues involved and how best to use legitimate non-violent means to support Muslims Globally.”