The Guyana Islamic Trust (GIT) has strongly condemned the actions of the group known as ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham/Islamic State Group).
“The dreadful actions of this group and similar groups such as Boko Haram whose origin, existence and operation are for the most part shrouded in mystery, in no way represents the pristine and beautiful teachings of Islam.
“We reject their ghastly actions and heinous crimes which are done in the name of Islam, casting a dark image upon Islam and Muslims, however their abomination does exactly the opposite of what Islam calls upon Muslims to do, namely establish peace and justice and safeguard human rights and dignity. We therefore categorically condemn the actions of this group and its monstrous crimes against humanity.”
The GIT said that based on media reports, ISIS has committed “horrific atrocities, including attacks against different religious and ethnic communities in Syria and Iraq who have lived peacefully for centuries alongside Muslims. They have caused nothing but destruction and corruption and have violated core Islamic teachings and principles such as the sanctity of human life and the importance of treating others with dignity, respect and tolerance.”
The GIT called on all Muslims to decry this “deliberate perversion of our Faith and to dissociate themselves totally from such dangerous groups who intentionally use the name of Islam in their ongoing campaign of distortion and destruction.”