17th September 2014
The Muslim Council of Britain today called for the immediate release of Alan Henning without harm.
Alan Henning is a British citizen who travelled to Syria in an aid convoy organised by British Muslims to help innocent civilians.
Dr Shuja Shafi, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said: “Such a man should be celebrated, not incarcerated. Taking such people hostage, and murdering them are against the principles laid out in the Qur’an and our Prophetic traditions. These actions are against the spirit of the Shariah which Henning’s captors reportedly claim to uphold.”
“Henning travelled to Syria to help people, mostly Muslims, who were in distress as their lives ravaged by war. Teachings of our faith surely is to commend his work, treat him with respect and release him without further delay. We urge the captors to listen to this appeal and release this man back into the arms of his waiting family.”
The Muslim Council of Britain is also making available on its website a translation of a Covenant reported to have been made to Christians by the Prophet Muhammad, upon whom be peace. We hope it is a reminder to all of the obligations Muslims have in respecting and upholding the rights of people of other faiths.