Published On: Wed, Feb 4th, 2015 on 3:48 pm

Yorkshire imam declares IS as psychopaths following Jordanian pilot murder

EXCLUSIVE: Religious leaders in West Yorkshire have condemned the brutal killing of a Jordanian pilot, who was burned alive in a cage by terrorists.

Moaz al-Kassasbeh

Moaz al-Kassasbeh.

Terrorist group Islamic State (IS), also known as ISIS or ISIL, released a video yesterday showing members setting alight Moaz al-Kassasbeh who had been taken hostage in December.

The video showed Kassasbeh dressed in an orange jumpsuit and surrounded by flames of fire inside a metal cage.

Militants captured him in December when his plane came down in northern Syria, during a mission against the terrorist group.


Imam Muhammed Asim Hussain, from Bradford, said: “We the Muslim community in West Yorkshire condemn the barbaric atrocities by ISIL.

“Their actions do not in any way represent the teachings of our noble religion. The people who carried out this atrocity should not be labelled as Muslims, but as psychopaths who have no value for human life.

“ISIL is a cancer that is affecting the Middle East, and their reign of terror is slowly spreading to other regions. They are a disease that need to be eradicated.”

Imam Muhammed Asim Hussain

Imam Muhammed Asim Hussain.

Imam Qari Asim MBE, of Leeds Makkah Masjid, labelled IS as a “band of criminals”.

He said: “The murder by the band of criminals, ISIL, of Moaz al-Kassasbeh shows the world once again the level of barbarism which is at their core. While we join all peace loving Muslims across the world in prayer we utterly condemn this act, those who undertook it, those who support it and those who promote ISIL’s mis-interpretation of Islam.

“Every Muslim across the world should stand together for peace and against ISIL. No human should treat another fellow human being in such a way. ISIL’s extreme violence has no place in our religion of peace.”

A “deviant criminal group”

Jordan’s King Abdullah hailed Kasasbeh as a hero, and also said Jordan must “stand united”.

The country has vowed “punishment and revenge” for his death, and the king described IS as a “deviant criminal group”.

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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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