August 21, 2014

The chairman of the central council of Muslims in Germany, Aiman Mazyek condemned the approach of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq. Mazyek spoke about “the infamous actions of barbarian and marauding gangs” when describing the approaches of ISIS after the murderer of US journalist James Foley. These acts would contradict Islam, the Koran and the Muslim way of life.

He called Muslims in Germany to take clear position against ISIS. German Muslims should not limit themselves demonstrating only against the war in Gaza. Mazyek excluded the possibility of potential ISIS sympathisers within Muslim communities. Those who sympathise with Jihadis would be young people with destroyed families and social backgrounds, who experienced discrimination and brainwashing. Islamism should be combated with Islam and the support of moderate Muslims.

Mazyek criticized the idea of arm delivery to the Kurds in Iraq. Humanitarian help should be a priority for the German government. Weapons could quickly arrive and access by wrong actors, said Mazyek.

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