The Muslim Council of Britain today condemned yet another murder reportedly carried out by the so-called ‘Islamic State’ group. Dr Shuja Shafi, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said: “This depraved act is yet another illustration of how this group betrays the very principles of Islam they claim to uphold. They dishonour our faith, and sully the Islamic principles of justice.”
“We send our condolences to the family of Steven Sotloff and all those left bereaved by this conflict.”
When the journalist James Foley was murdered, the Muslim Council of Britain said: “Each day ISIS seeks to carry out an act more barbarous than the day before, craving the oxygen of publicity to give credibility to their heinous acts. We condemn unreservedly their psychopathic violence, whether it is on minorities, on civilians, or on fellow Muslims.”
“ISIS does not speak for Islam, and has been repudiated by all Muslims. Their message only appeals to those who are easily duped by their twisted message purporting to be Islam. They seek to glamorise their violence, and unfortunately, the media has a part to play in adding to that glamour.”
“We urge the media in refraining from giving them any further undue exposure beyond conventional reporting. And we urge Muslim communities to re-double their efforts in coming together, condemning the barbarity of ISIS and persuading those gullible enough to take in their message that they are on a path to futility.”
Notes to editors
1. 1. The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.
2. Previous statements on terrorism from the Muslim Council of Britain