Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

British Islamic Leaders Condemn Isis Extremists' 'Barbaric Violence'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

British Islamic Leaders Condemn Isis Extremists' 'Barbaric Violence'

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Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor

THE leaders of Muslim communities in Britain have condemned the "barbaric violence" of Islamic extremists fighting in Syria and Iraq.

At an event in London called to promote peace between the world's religions, the Muslim Council of Britain, the Shia al-Khoei Foundation and other Muslim organisations said that fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (Isis) were acting "contrary to the values" of their religion.

They added that the extremists posed a threat to "Muslims of all demoninations and schools of thought" and expressed their outright opposition to the destruction and killing that the Islamist fighters were inflicting on the Iraqi and Syrian population.

They also appealed to all British Muslims to shun extremist ideology and to resist any attempt by extremists to lure young men and women from this country to join the fighting. The denunciation was delivered during a "Big Iftar" event celebrating Ramadan at the Imam Al Khoei Islamic centre in north London last night and followed a similar joint message at Westminster by Sunni and Shia groups.

Shuja Shafi, of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: "Violence has no place in religion, violence has no religion. …

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