Published On: Fri, Jun 27th, 2014 on 8:56 pm

‘Not in our name’, Leeds mosque worshippers tell ISIS

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Religious leaders throughout the UK have today disassociated themselves from preachers who have been inspiring young Brits to go out to fight in Syria.

Mosques have also condemned the actions of ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Levant), a militant group that has been considered so extreme it was even disavowed by al-Qaida’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Leeds Makkah Masjid, located on Thornville Road, is one of the mosques where a sermon took place as part of the Friday congregational prayers.

It contained themes such as ‘Not in our name’ and ‘Don’t let hijackers of Islam, hijack you’.

Imam of the mosque, Qari Asim MBE, said: “I fully appreciate that young people in Britain are affected by the gross injustice, persecution and suffering of millions of Syrians that is taking place before our very eyes. Naturally, young people want to help Syrians to remove their suffering.

“British young people must not get involved in Syrian civil war. It is not safe to go out there and risk one’s own life and put many other lives at risk.”

According to sources, up to 500 Brits are thought to have travelled to the Middle East to fight in the conflict.

Ever since it began, Leeds Makkah Masjid has urged people, that if they want to help, they should send aid and relief by using reputable charities.

Michelle Russell from the Charities Commission also highlighted: “We want everyone to make informed choices about which charities to support and how to support them so that they can feel confident that their contribution really will make a difference to the humanitarian effort.”

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- 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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