24 Sep 2004
The actions of the hostage takers are absolutely condemned by Islam. We as British Muslims wish to do all we can to see him safely returned to his family.
A delegation from the Muslim Council of Britain will very shortly be travelling to Baghdad to see what they can do to assist in securing the release of Ken Bigley. The delegation will be: Dr Daud Abdullah and Dr Musharraf Hussain, both well respected figures in the British Muslim community.
Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain said:
“We appeal to the group that is holding Ken Bigley to release him without delay and without harm. He is an elderly man and he is due to become a grandfather soon. Be merciful. Our religion Islam does not allow us to harm the innocent. We urge you to please listen to this appeal and release this man back into the arms of his waiting family. This is also the message which the delegation will be carrying to Baghdad.”
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said:
“The British Muslim community have been very clear in their condemnation of the kidnapping of Ken Bigley as well as the killing of other hostages. We are very grateful to the Muslim Council of Britain and will do all we can to support their efforts. We all hope to see Ken safely back with his family”.
The MCB delegation will be meeting with a number of Iraqi Muslim leaders during their visit to Baghdad.[Ends]
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