Publications & Statements by Imam

08/20/14: Barbaric beheading of James Foley, a wake up call for the world

Barbaric beheading of James Foley, a wake up call for the world

- Message by Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi
The beheading of American journalist, James Foley by the Islamic State was a cowardly crime that should be condemned by everyone. Mr. Foley is not the first victim of the crazy members of the so-called Islamic State. They have been massacring Shia Muslims, Sunni Muslims, Christians and Izadis for months now without any mercy.
Our politicians don’t seem to learn from history. They supported Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, and the result was the September 11th attack on America. Later, they turned a blind eye to Saudi Arabia and Qatar giving money to Al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria, and the result has been chaos and misery to the entire Middle East. Now, they are ignoring the threat of extremists in Iraq and Syria and the result has been the heart-breaking and unbelievable brutal beheading of many including journalist James Foley, who was trying to do his job.
As a man of faith and spirituality, I love to speak about peace, prayer and forgiveness, but I cannot ignore justice. To be fair to the millions of families like the Foleys, who are affected by the evil doing of these barbaric animals, we must work together to bring these criminals to justice. More appalling, the Islamic State members are carrying out these heinous killings in the name of Islam and the Sunni tradition. The so-called Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi is one of the Hitlers of the 21st century, and he and his ignorant puppets are a shame to Islam and humanity.

It is time for our government to urge allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Turkey to stop supporting the Islamic State criminals with money, weapons and publicity. Instead, they should work together to eliminate these evil killers and support governments and groups that have been fighting these savages.
This is also a historic opportunity for Muslims and Christians to stand united against the threat of Islamic State and its members, the real enemy of God and mankind. Enough is enough!