SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-British Muslim scholars have made a video appeal to Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants to release Alan Henning, warning killing hostage would break Islamic laws.
In the YouTube video, two Muslim scholars, Shakeel Begg and Haitham al-Haddad, appealed to ISIL to release 47-year-old British hostage Alan Henning.
“For the same reasons today I stand with Alan Henning,” Begg, imam at Lewisham Islamic Centre in south London, said while referring to his campaigns for the release of Muslims from Belmarsh and Guantanamo Bay prisons, BBC reported on Saturday, September 20.
“I urge you to understand the nature of this prisoner you are holding – a man of peace.”
Al-Haddad, an imam from the Islamic Sharia Council, described Henning as an “innocent, humanitarian aid worker”.
“Executing this man is totally haram,” he said.
“Impermissible, prohibited according to sharia for a number of reasons.
The imam appealed directly to ISIL fighters to “adhere to the sharia ruling on this matter”.
The video appeal included a message by a third Muslim scholar, Ustadh Abu Eesa, the founder of the Prophetic Guidance institute in Manchester.
“It is not permissible whatsoever to harm a person who believes that he is safe among the people he is working with,” he said, adding that he personally vouched for Henning.
“This safety must be honored.”
He went on to warn ISIL that it risked “defacing” Islam by committing “the most grievous of crimes that can be committed among humans – the taking of innocent life”.
Henning, who is married with two teenage children, is a taxi driver from Eccles, Greater Manchester.
He fell into the hands of ISIL after joining his Muslim friends on an aid convoy to Syria last Christmas.
Earlier this week more than 100 British Muslim imams, organisations and individuals expressed their “horror and revulsion” at the “senseless murder” of another aid worker from the UK, David Haines, and the threats to Henning.