Leaders urge youths not to be duped by ISIS

In the wake of the killings in Tunisia, Dewsbury mosque leaders are urging the town’s young people to remain steadfast in the face of the “empty claims and promises” made by ISIS.

The Dewsbury Mosques and Imams against all forms of terrorism, have issued a statement after news of muslim youths travelling to join ISIS and after the attack in Tunisia in which 38 people were killed.

Leaders say that terrorism in any form is expressly forbidden in the teachings of Islam and individuals who commit such heinous crimes against innocent and defenceless men, women and children have acted completely contrary to the core teachings of Islam.

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The statement says: “The actions of the gunman who perpetrated the reprehensible killings in Tunisia are unequivocally condemned and there can be NO justification for such actions from the teachings of Islam. We express our heartfelt sympathy and commiserations for the families of the deceased and we pray that they are able to achieve solace in bearing with their tragic loss. We condemn all actions of violence, violent extremism, killing and destroying buildings and places of worship in any circumstances. ISIS is a deviant, extremist group and it is prohibited according to Islamic scriptures to support them.

“We call upon all the youth of Dewsbury and beyond to remain steadfast in the face of the empty claims and promises made by ISIS, and to live a true and honest Islamic life as shown in the Quran and sayings of Prophet Mohammed. Our young people are the future of this country and the local authorities and the Muslim community need to work together to show the youth the peaceful ways of dealing with foreign policy and to recognise the complex issues involved and how best to use legitimate non-violent means to support Muslims globally.”