SA Muslims unite to denounce Islamic State attacks

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A video released by the Islamic State (IS) on 14 September 2014 purportedly shows Islamic militants executing British journalist David Haines, who was kidnapped in March 2013 in Syria.

JOHANNESBURG - Members of the South African Muslim community have come together to denounce recent attacks carried out by the Islamic State, in the name of Islam.

A handful of them gathered at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg on Sunday to pray for peace.

It comes as the IS militants released another video of a beheading, this time of British aid worker, David Haines.

These members of the Muslim community have come together to denounce the ongoing onslaught by the Islamic State in Iraq, and Boko Haram in Nigeria.

They want to emphasise that Islam is a peaceful religion, and doesn&39;t stand for violence and injustice.

Other human rights groups also came to show their solidarity. 

“It’s really important for people, especially Muslims, to stand up and say this is not what Islam is about and of course it’s important for people across our country of all faiths to stand up against groups like Isis,” said Yamin Sooka of the Foundation for Human Rights in SA.

The ceremony was concluded with the release of balloons, as a sign of peace. 

- eNCA