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World Insurgency: MURIC Tells Youths To Avoid Terrorist Groups


By Niyi Adeyi

A Non-Government organization, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called on Muslim youths all over the world to save “Islamdom” from an implosion induced by extremism, by distancing themselves from radical and violent groups.

Reacting to the killing of 129 people in Paris last Friday, MURIC in a statement issued in Lagos, Tuesday by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, strongly condemned latest and previous attacks, declaring that they were “despicable, vicious and barbaric”.

The group stated that the terrorists were taking humanity back to the Stone Age, grant unfettered licence to lawlessness and fuel universal chaos.

MURIC indicated that it was becoming more glaring that the main preoccupation of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was the shedding of innocent blood and the precipitation of religious war, particularly between Christians of the West and Muslims of the Middle East.

“We dissociate ourselves from the violent propensity of ISIS and its blood-thirsty associates in Al-Qaedah and Boko Haram whose stock-in-trade is the misinterpretation of the peaceful message of Islam. We reject the hate messages of messengers of death who ask Muslims to kill Westerners. We affirm clearly and unequivocally that Islam neither teaches racism nor does it endorse terrorism” Professor Akintola stressed.

The organization however tasked the West to look beyond the attacks, adding that the authors of the horrendous attacks have merely manifested homicidal tendencies propelled by perceived provocations, presumably from anti-Muslim legislations in France and the genocides in Bosnia, Myammar, Central African Republic, among others, in which thousands of Muslims were killed in cold blood while the “West stood akimbo and the United Nations did nothing”.

“We invite the world to ponder over the anatomy of terrorism and the cause-effect theory. There can be no smoke without fire. The fire which causes violence and terrorism is injustice. Unfortunately, while everyone is talking about the need for peace, nobody is talking about justice.

“We posit that peace is neither an orphan nor is it a lone ranger. We believe in two dogmas: one, peace is born from the wombs of justice. Two: peace must walk parri pasu with equity. Peace walks hand in hand down the aisle with justice. Justice is the soul of peace. Nobody can deny one and still enjoy the other. The world must therefore make a choice. To be, or not to be? That is the question” the group offered.

The group charged the “misled agents of destruction in ISIS, Al-Qaedah and Boko Haram to go back to the true and peaceful message of Islam” and appealed to countries of the West to return to the drawing board for the purpose of charting a new course based on justice, mutual respect and the recognition of Allah-given fundamental human rights in their dealings with Muslims all over the world.

MURIC maintained that it stand side by side with France today, in its fight against terrorism, as well as condoled all those who were bereaved in the Friday terrorists’ attacks.

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