SHAFAQNA -Â Daring the hot summer sun, a group of British Muslims are calling for a walk on Friday, July 26 against the so-called Islamic State (ISIL), declaring a resounding message of condemnation on all acts of extremism and correcting misconceptions about their faith.
“ISIS has claimed the lives of many, and are even using social media to brainwash our youths. They are coming into our homes every night on the news and through the internet,” Shaz Akura wrote on the Facebook page promoting the event.
“Let us gather in a crowd that represents British Muslims, and make the news headlines this time. It’s time we do something about this!”
Themed with the slogan British Muslims Walk to Condemn ISIS, the event will “start after Dhuhr prayers, in front of London Central Mosque (aka Regent’s Park Mosque) and then walk around the outer circle of Regent’s Park, finishing back at the mosque,” Akura added.
The walk announcement followed three extremist attacks on France, Kuwait and Tunisia on Friday, June 26.
In France, a man stormed an American-owned chemical plant, decapitated one person and apparently tried to blow up the facility.
In Tunisia, a gunman drew an assault rifle from a beach umbrella and killed at least 38 people at a seaside resort.
A suicide-bomber blew himself up in Kuwait, inside a mosque during communal prayers, killing at least 25 Shiite worshipers.
Immediately condemned by the global Muslim community, the attacks resulted in scores of injured in addition to those killed, tragically, in the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
Unreservedly rejecting the deplorable attacks, British Muslims see the event as a trial to correct misconceptions about their faith by offering the true face of the Muslim community.
“Let at least one person come from every Muslim household to represent our population. Let us show the world what true Islam is. We have to speak up and let this be a message that they are completely rejected by Muslims,” the Facebook event reads.
“Let’s make this immense, so ISIS are shaken by the headlines from us for once!!” the call-out declares.
“We walk because we condemn ISIS. We walk because we condemn terrorism. We walk to mourn the victims of ISIS. We walk because we are Muslims.”
In a message to OnIslam.net, Akura expressed dismay at ready-made accusations they face whenever a terrorist attack takes place.
“I used to work as a college teacher and Muslim youth in the UK are isolated, and feeling lost from Islam and some actually believe Islam may be a violent religion. So not only do non-Muslims think that, but some of our own! Not to mention others are using what ISIS has done as a free passport to insult Islam, Allah and his Prophet,” Akura wrote.
“I think we need to show a huge united front, standing shoulder-to-shoulder and show not just the media, but the world and even ISIS, that we are united and we reject the atrocities they commit in our name. We hope by doing this Muslims in other communities will do the same thing. And it will help the youths to also witness that ISIS is not Islam, so inshallah [God willing] they think twice before being led astray and also can have pride in their religion.”