August 22, 2014 6:38 pm

Calgary Imam launches hunger strike against ISIS

WATCH: The brutal slaying of journalist James Foley has shifted unwanted focus to the world’s Muslim community. A Calgary Imam is taking a stand, wanting the world to know his religion opposes terror and violence. Global’s Shallima Maharaj reports.

CALGARY – Imam Syed Soharwardy, the founder of Muslims Against Terrorism, is going on a 48 hour hunger strike to raise more awareness about the violent actions of ISIS.

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ISIS has killed thousands of civilians in Syria and Iraq, most recently American journalist James Wright Foley.

A grisly video shows Islamic State militants beheading Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

“I want to let everyone know that ISIS is not a part of Muslim community,” Soharwardy said. “ISIS is using Islam to destroy peace and create a negative image of Islam.”

Soharwardy’s hunger strike starts Friday, August 22nd and ends Sunday at 5 p.m.

The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada is also consulting with several Muslim and Christian groups in Calgary to organize a rally against ISIS.

The rally will be held on September 13, 2014 in front of city hall at 3:00 p.m.

 

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