Thousands of Muslims have staged a march in London against terrorism and the rise of ISIS.
While the majority of the mainstream media focus on the crimes committed by a very small percentage of Islamic fanatics, over 4,000 Muslims came together to say ‘not in my name’ during the the annual UK Arbaeen Procession.
However, with the exception of the Mirror and Independent, this march was ignored by the media, who often call upon the entire Muslim community to “speak out against terrorism”.
Mohammed Al-Sharifi, 24, a part-time activist and regular volunteer at The Husaini Trust, said in an interview published by the Mirror: “ISIS is barbaric, they kill anyone regardless of their religious faith and background. The march was about showing we are standing up against terror and making people realise we are on the same page as the rest of Britain. ISIS is killing Muslims too. We are all in this together.”
While the procession was based around the life of Imam Hussain, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed who died after opposing a tyrant 1,400 years ago, the demonstrators said that his message of peace and human rights were just as pertinent now in the wake of terrorist incidents.
Al-Sharifi, added: “The march is an annual event. But this year it was principally a stand against ISIS. It was full of banners condemning terror.
“People are frustrated that their opposition to terrorism is not being heard. Imam Hussain stood up against people like ISIS. It is disingenuous to say the march was not against terrorism.”
Organiser Waqar Haider said: “This year we had hundreds of placards which were basically saying ‘no’ to terrorism and ‘no’ to Isis. A very direct message.
“For us it was a controversial move to go political. Normally we don’t mix politics with mourning. However with what’s happened recently, we thought we had to make sure we as a community totally disassociate ourselves with what’s happening elsewhere in the world.”
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