England cricketer Moeen Ali has condemned the brutal beheading of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS). The devout Muslim said that ISIS’ actions did not reflect Islam and condemned the killing of people from other religion.
ISIS jihadists beheaded Haines in what they termed as “a message to allies of America.” The Briton was the third westerner to be executed after American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The recent developments have left Britain shocked and while Prime Minister David Cameron has promised strong retaliation, Moeen Ali has criticized the act and – more importantly – urged British Muslims to not join the terror outfit.
In an interview to Huffington Post, Moeen – who is of Pakistani descent – was quoted as saying that Islam condemned what ISIS was indulging in. “As Muslims we need to understand the ruling behind (whether) guys can go (to fight). From my understanding.. we’re not allowed to go and fight.. We’ve got to be patient as Muslims,” he said.
While Moeen was earlier cautioned for wearing a ‘Save Gaza’ wristband during an international Test against India, his new message and appeal would be welcomed especially when many young British Muslim youth have reportedly joined ISIS ranks.