Dundalk Muslims ‘appalled’ by Charlie Hebdo massacre says Imam

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The Imam of the mosque in Dundalk says that his congregation have been “appalled” by the so called Islamic extremists who killed by 12 people.

The Imam of the mosque in Dundalk says that his congregation have been “appalled” by the so called Islamic extremists who killed by 12 people.

The weekly prayers on Friday were dominated by a sermon on the killing - outling how the killings fell completely outside any Islamic teachings.

“This not Islam,” says Imam Buye Nooh. “Islam is peace. That is literally what the word translates as”.

Imam Nooh , who runs the mosque from the Ramparts, says local Muslims have been as shocked.

“Everyone thinks this is a bad thing. What is right is right and what is wrong is wrong.”

The Dundalk Community have issued a joint statement with other Muslim communites around Ireland, condemning Parisian murders.

The statement says: “We...condemn in the strongest terms the attack perpetrated on the 7th of January 2015 on the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris.

“This horrendous attack cannot be justifiied under any circumstances.

“We repudiate and dissociate ourselves from any group or individual who commits such brutal acts. We refuse to allow our faith to be held hostage by the criminal actiosn of tiny minority acting outside the teaching of Islam.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to those injured.”

The North East region is home to roughly 600 Muslims, though Imam Nooh will only see a fraction of this on a day-to-day basis.

Dundalk is home to both Sunni and Shiite Muslims, both of whom observe at the mosque, though their weekly prayer service is now conducted at the Redeemer Centre and not at the mosque.

Imam Nooh say he understands how people with little or no knowledge of Islam could have misleading ideas about the religion.

“If people are understand Islam from what they see on TV, the internet or in the papers, then it is understandable that they can have misleading view of Islam.

“Islam hold ‘s life as sacred, especially human life. It is our role to stand up and explain the role of Islam.

“Anyone who does not bring or promote peace is not a Muslim. There are people, depending on their education, backgroun or knowledge of Islam that interept the Qur’an in different ways.

“I would ask people to judge Islam by the way the vast majority of the 1.6 billion Mulsims around the world behave, and not that of extremists.”

Imam Nooh also says there is no “clash of cultures’ as has been touted by some commentators.

“The Prophet, peace be upon him, promoted the idea of living in peace with his neighbours. Anyone who does not promote peace is not a Muslim.”