Press Release – Sunni Muslim Association Condemns Murder of Abdur-Rahman Kassig

The Central Association of Sunni Muslims UK & Overseas condemns in the strongest possible terms and expresses its absolute disgust at the cold-blooded murder of Abdul-Rahman Kassig by the “unIslamic State” that calls itself ISIS — may Allah bless his soul and place him in the highest stations of Paradise. Abdul-Rahman from the USA was formerly Peter Kassig and was captured in October 2013 by ISIS terrorists in eastern Syria while transporting medical supplies in an ambulance. In March 2012 he wrote:

“I have tried to live my life in a way that displays what it is that I believe, but the truth is, much of my life I have only been searching for my calling, I had not yet found it….”Here, in this land, I have found my calling…I am staying in the region indefinitely. I am formally requesting that I be withdrawn from my courses for the remainder of the semester.”

He formally converted to Islam while in captivity changing his name to Abdul-Rahman, what appears to be the culmination of the greater calling he mentioned. He lived an obedient life since, absorbing himself in prayer and contemplation. President, Sahibzada Pir Dildar Ali Shah (Coventry), said that “Abdul-Rahman embodied the very essence of Islamic teachings in his selfless compulsion to help the needy and dispossessed.”

Spokesman Allama Ahmad Nisar Beg Qadri (Manchester) said “he will be remembered for dedicating his life to Palestinian refugees and then to war-torn Syrians, eventually giving his life for the cause.” He further said “there can no greater example of jihad (selfless struggle) in our time than the struggle of Abdul-Rahman Kassig.” Those close to him have said they have not witnessed an individual more genuine than him nor as fearless as him, making him one of a kind.

Vice-President Mufti Hafiz Fazal Ahmad (Derby) said this latest act of barbarism reminds all Muslims and all others who stand with justice and humanity that we must all act together to rid the region and world at large of this menace. He stated “it’s poisonous ideology and heinous acts go against every grain of the Islamic faith…The graphic visualisation and dissemination of their unwatchable brutality further shows they have nothing to do with Islam.”

We have full faith that God will make this despicable group pay for their evil, if not in this world then certainly in the next.

Allama Ahmad Nisar Beg Qadri (Spokesman)
Central Association of Sunni Muslims (UK & Overseas) Trust

Signed by members of the Trust:
Allama Syed Zahid Husain Rizwi
Sahibzada Dildar Ali Shah
Allama Ahmad Nisar Beg Qadri
Allama Qazi Abdul Latif
Mufti Hafiz Fazal Ahmad Qadri
Mufti Muhammad Akhtar Ali
Allama Hafiz Muhammad Sadiq Zia
Hafiz Muhammad Zaheer Ahmad Naqshbandi
Qari Muhammad Shafi

*The Central Association of Sunni Muslims (Markazi Jamat Ahl-e-Sunnat UK & Overseas) is one of the oldest and largest bodies of Sunni (Sufi) imams that has continuously been operating in the UK, representing masses of the British Muslim population.

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