SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – “These men of murder are the symptom of a creed that lies as far away from God as is possible to conceive and do not represent Islam anymore than George Bush, Tony Blair and Halliburton represented Christianity,” Brand wrote. “Or ordinary, secular Europeans and Americans when they profited from the bombing of innocent Iraqis.”
In his blog, Brand said: “How can any spiritual scripture be used as justification for mass murder?
“How can the tenet that The Prophet ought never be depicted ever override Islam’s most mundane greeting As Salaam alaikum – “peace and mercy be upon you”? It can’t and it doesn’t.
“The young, bewildered, pitiable men that carry out these atrocities probably at the behest of older, power hungry men do not speak for Islam or Muhammad or Allah.
“This language has nothing to do with the God I believe in or the God any of the Muslims I know believe in.”