SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-Sending an out loud message against extremism, leaders of the American Muslim community have condemned the recent rise of the so-called Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), supporting law enforcement fight against extremism.
“We need to create a public space so that the voice of the mainstream defines the community and empowers community to speak out against violence extremism,” Salam al-Marayati, member of Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), told KCAL9.
Launching an anti-ISIL campaign, the council urged on the Muslim community to help identify those who may show violent tendencies.
Al-Marayati added that the campaign includes providing youth an access to mental health experts, social service workers, teachers, peer councilors and youth coordinators.
Officials hope that identified individuals will then contact law enforcement if all other efforts fail.
“Our job is to really make sure that the religion of Islam is not used for recruitment into violent extremism,” al-Marayati said.
“Humanity will prevail over inhumanity.”
MPAC leaders said it is the responsibility for people of all faiths to put an end to violent extremism and highlight true religious teachings.
“Isis has nothing to do with Islam,” al-Marayati said.
“It is a mafia; it is a group of thugs.”
IS militants have been widely condemned by Muslims worldwide who staged several protests to express anger against the terrorist group.
A few days ago, Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh condemned Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State jihadists as “enemy number one” of Islam.
Earlier this month, Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam had condemned the militants for atrocities they have been perpetrating in the countries and their violation of principles and teachings preached by Islam.
India Sunni and Shiite Muslims have united against the rise of ISIL, asserting that the actions of destroying holy sites, supporting sectarianism and divisions between Muslim groups cannot be attributed to a true Islamic state.
Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia’s largest Islamic group has condemned ISIL, urging the government to take firmer action against the possible spread of the movement in Indonesia.
The Islamic Student Union (HMI) has also condemned Indonesian Muslims condoning and adhering to ISIL’s ideology.