Published On: Wed, Sep 3rd, 2014 on 1:25 pm

Leeds Muslims condemn Steven Sotloff murder by ‘heinous’ IS

Jihadi John ISIS

The man known as 'Jihadi John'.

The Leeds Muslim Council has condemned the murder of an American journalist by members of the extremist militant group Islamic State (IS).

A video released by the group claims to show the beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff, and an IS fighter also threatens a British hostage would meet a similar fate if the US continues air strikes against its forces.

It starts with a statement from US President Barack Obama and later cuts to Mr Sotloff kneeling down with his hands tied behind his back with an ISIS fighter clad in black beside him.

The video then cuts to the IS fighter, who says: “You, Obama, have yet again from your actions killed yet another American citizen. So just as your missiles continue to strike our people our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.

“We take this opportunity to warn those governments that enter this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State to back off and leave our people alone.”

Last week, Mr Sotloff’s mother issued a video plea to the IS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, urging him to show mercy to her son, whom she described as “an innocent journalist”, who had “no control over the actions of the US government,” and “travelled to the Middle East to cover the suffering of Muslims at the hands of tyrants.”

The Leeds Muslim Council has urged British Muslims to actively oppose IS ideology.

Imam of the Leeds Makkah Mosque in Leeds, Dr Qari Asim MBE, has said: “The heinous crimes of IS must not be allowed to destabilise the good relationships that exist between different faith groups in Britain. Rather, this is precisely where the relationships we have built up can help us defeat extremism and create stronger communities.

“We call on everyone to stand united against psychopathic violence and not let acts of hatred or terrorism divide our communities.

“Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Steven Sotloff and other victims of brutality of IS. They will remain in our thoughts and prayers at this extremely distressing time.”

A religious ruling, known as a fatwa, has also been issued by leading British imams across the UK labelling IS as “heretical”, “oppressive” and “tyrannical”. It also makes it religiously prohibited (haram) to support or join IS.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Find it strange Muslims have to continuously apologize for the actions of these loony terrorists.

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