"It is evil," local mosque reacts to brutality of ISIS

Published: Feb. 17, 2015 at 10:31 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 17, 2015 at 11:10 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - As the West and Middle East join forces to destroy ISIS, a practicing Muslim and board member of the Central Mosque of Charleston says the extremist organization is an enemy of peace and as much of a threat to Islam as it is to other faiths.

"It should be called extremism but should not be labeled anything to do with Islam," Dr. Ghazala Javed says.

Javed is a cardiologist who has lived in the area for more than 20 years. An active member of the Central Mosque of Charleston, she is passionate about her faith.

"A religion of peace, compassion and helping each other and promoting brotherhood and just living together as peacefully as possible," she says after one of her daily prayers at the mosque on upper King Street.

Like much of the world, Javed is as disturbed by the string of images and videos released by the terrorists who claim to be an Islamic state.

"They have their own agenda. They have their own rules, but it does not conform to rules of any religion, particularly not Islam," she says.

On Monday, ISIS fighters beheaded 21 Christians in Libya, and earlier this month, they released a video showing the burning of a Muslim pilot.

"There are things that drive people to extremes and this is not at all related to religion, but it is through social circumstances in this world, and there is a lot of evil in the world and that dictates evil," she says.

Javed says it's very upsetting to see ISIS associated with Islam.

"They are not the normal citizens of any country. They are just in anyway could be a gang, and gangs have no religion," she says.

She says ISIS is the enemy of Islam as well.

"It is the responsibility of everyone to learn the truth and not play the blame game, not be caught up with politics and other evil but to spread peace and love," Javed says.

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