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Birmingham Islamic Society condemns Islamic State as 'morally repugnant'

Ashfaq Tafique. Source: WBRC video Ashfaq Tafique. Source: WBRC video

The Birmingham Islamic Society has released a statement condemning the killing of two American journalists by the Islamic State terror group.

The group, led by retired Southern Company Engineer Ashfaq Tafique, said the terror group's violence is an affront to any religion.

"They do not speak for Islam the same way the fellow who wanted to burn the Koran does not speak for Christianity. We felt it is our duty to let the mainstream American population know that ISIS does not speak for Islam. If ISIS spoke for Islam, the whole world Muslim population would be behind them, and they're not," Tafique said.

Tafique says many in the metro area's growing Muslim community seek to serve the Birmingham area. Many will be volunteering at the Firehouse Shelter next week.

Below is the society's full statement:

"The Birmingham Islamic Society would like to reiterate its condemnation of the un-Islamic and morally repugnant violence of the so-called extremist group 'ISIS'. Last month, BIS had expressed solidarity with several American Islamic organizations that condemned the killing of journalist James Foley by ISIS and had called for Steven Sotloff's immediate release.

No words can describe the horror, disgust and sorrow felt by Muslims worldwide and in America at the unconscionable violence perpetrated by the terror group ISIS in the name of religion. The criminal actions of ISIS are antithetical to the faith of Islam.

Such brutal acts must face redoubled efforts by people of all faiths and backgrounds to promote peace and justice and to reject the religious divisions these monstrous acts are designed to create.

Our hearts go out to Mr. Sotloff's loved ones and to all the loved ones of those murdered by ISIS."

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