Sunday 11 December 2016

Isil does not represent Muslims and we renounce its terrorism

Muslims must act to stop young people becoming radicalised, says Imam Ibrahim M Noonan

Imam Ibrahim M Noonan

Published 06/12/2015 | 02:30

Iman Ibrahim Noonan at the Mosque in Galway
Iman Ibrahim Noonan at the Mosque in Galway

Muslims must act to stop young people becoming radicalised.

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My dear Irish brethren, I write this piece with deepest sorrow in my heart that once again innocent people have been killed by those who claim to be Muslims and claim to belong to the faith of Islam. Yet I cannot help remembering the many moments not so long ago when, as a young Irishman, I had to bear the brunt of blames and hurtful remarks by the many British people who saw the onslaught of Irish terrorism, as it was known then. During those times, every Irish person was looked upon as an Irish republican terrorist.

I remember on St Patrick's Day in southeast London being asked to remove the Tricolour badge on my lapel, as it was considered offensive by some. I and my Irish friends would hide our accents for fear of being attacked or abused - and each time a bomb went off there was a huge sense of shame. None of us supported the bombings and the killings of innocent men women and children.

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