England cricket star Moeen Ali has “strongly advised” young British Muslims not to join Islamic State (IS) who are reigning terror overseas. Ali, a devout follower of Islam with a lengthy beard, also condemned IS atrocities where they killed members of other faiths like Christians and Yazidis as not truly reflective of Islam. He stated that he understood how Muslims would be upset by the killings by Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria but urged them not to join terrorists IS. Describing himself as a Muslim but also “very English” Ali accused the media of treating Islam “unfairly” and said Muslims “get given more of a bad name”. He said: “I try and say, ‘This is not Islam, this is just being people brainwashed or whatever’.. If you look at Islam, it condemns this sort of thing.” This is not the first time the cricketer has spoken out about political issues. Earlier this summer Mr Ali found himself in trouble with authorities for wearing “Save Gaza” and “Free Palestine” wristbands during the Third Test against India.
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