On Wednesday, the Muslim Council of Britain published an advert in the Telegraph and Mail Online condemning the ISIL terror attacks in Paris. Their statement, signed by some 300 of the body’s affiliates, described Friday’s massacres as ‘barbaric’ and added that they ‘had no sanction in Islam’.
They explained that their faith specifically forbade ‘terrorism and the targeting of innocents’ and reaffirmed their commitment to the ‘values of pluralism and tolerance’.
It is tempting to welcome this condemnation by the MCB. The organisation has some prominence within the community and its advert will resonate with most British Muslims who are equally appalled by the Paris attacks. For some indeed, this is proof that they are moderate Muslims.