Condemnation of terrorism but a plea to Cameron for restraint at Luton prayers

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Scholars and Mosques in Luton joined others throughout the United Kingdom to use their Friday sermons and pulpits today to strongly condemn the extremist group known as Islamic State and the recent Paris attacks.

Strong condemnation was given against all forms of extremism.

The Central Association of Sunni Muslims UK had called upon all Islamic Scholars the in UK to use today’s Friday sermons for strong condemnation of the recent Paris attacks.

Speaking to a large crowd at Jamia Islamia Ghousia Trust in Luton, senior Islamic Scholar and General Secretary of the organisation Allama Qazi Abdul Aziz Chishti, stated: “We have seen one of the worst attacks in the history of France take place on Friday.

“I, along with other scholars in the UK have strongly spoken out against the extremists which carried out the attack. We have also written to the Ambassador of France as well as PM Cameron stating our disgust and sending our condolences. My senior organisation has asked for today to be a day to condemnation against these barbaric acts and to make clear that they have nothing to do with Islam.

“We as Muslims also take offense to recent remarks by President Obama at the G20 summit asking Muslims to ask themselves why these attacks were happening. Such comments are not only offensive to Muslims but are also counterproductive to solving these issues. We equally ask the governments to ask themselves why these attacks are taking place and we also ask the government why ISIS still exist today, how is it possible with all the armies we have at our disposal we have not eliminated these terrorists.”

Recent Islamaphobic attacks which have taken place in Luton were also highlighted and Muslims attending were told to inform the local police of any known attacks of racist or Islamaphobic nature.

Hands were raised by the attendees to unanimously denounce the attacks and also to state that these evil wrong doers and this extremist ideology has nothing to do with Islam.

Similar speeches denouncing the barbaric attacks and ISIS were given at various mosques and Islamic centres all over the United Kingdom. It was also asked that the British government do more to make clear that the religion of Islam and Muslims have nothing to do with these acts and this ideology.

The Government was also advised to tread with caution regarding the Syrian War and that any knee jerk reaction must be avoided at all costs. Any decision relating to any form of war should not be based wholly and simply on the recent Paris attacks.