Extremism under fire
THE Muslim chairman of Bucks County Council has condemned the recent spate of Islamic extremism, insisting it does not represent the mainstream views of his religion.
Reacting to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France and security service probes into a Royal Grammar School pupil’s flight to join IS militants in Syria, Bucks County Council chairman Zahir Mohammed said there was no place in Islam for such behaviour.
Speaking at a reception for armed forces personnel in Bucks recently, he said: “The prophet came as a mercy and as a perfection of character to mankind, and he forgave many of the likes of Charlie Hebdo.”
He highlighted the importance of the freedom, security and safety enjoyed by the public, which the armed forces worked to preserve.
Mr Mohammed told the army personnel gathered: “I believe you serve in the best tradition of the armed forces, keeping our borders safe, as well as assisting with national and international emergencies.”