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Irish Muslims plan protest to condemn 'slaughter' of Tunisia victims

“Islamophobia is increasing rapidly due to the atrocities of terrorists.”

Protesters denouncing an Islamic State suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia.
Protesters denouncing an Islamic State suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia.
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AN ORGANISATION REPRESENTING Muslims in Ireland is to hold a protest on O’Connell Street in Dublin to condemn Islamic State.

On Sunday, 26 July people will gather to participate in Not in our Name – a demonstration aimed at showing “hatred and violence can never be justified in the name of Islam”.

Shaykh Dr Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri, founder of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council (IMPIC), said: “Islamophobia is increasing rapidly due to the atrocities of terrorists.”

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the massacre in which 38 people, including three Irish people – Lorna Carty and Larry and Martina Hayes, were shot dead at the beach resort of Sousse in Tunisia last Friday.

A two-minute silence in honour of the victims will take place at the demonstration.

“Indiscriminate slaughter, public beheading and systematic starvation are all features of the murderous campaign by the so-called Islamic State. All these are absolutely against the teachings of Islam. Most victims of this murderous campaign are Muslims.

It would be terribly wrong that in the face of the so-called Islamic State atrocities if we as Muslims remain silent at how Islam is wrongfully defined as a barbaric religion by these terrorists.

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Al-Qadri noted that Muslims marched against the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in Dublin few years ago.

“The terrorists are damaging Islam and Muslims far more than the caricatures … If we can march against caricatures that do not do our faith any damage, then why can we not protest against ISIS? Our silence may wrongfully be interpreted by some as silent approval of ISIS.”

More information on the demonstration can be found here.

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