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Wednesday August 27, 2014 MYT 5:47:00 PM
Wednesday August 27, 2014 MYT 11:58:02 PM
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia "strongly condemns" the actions of Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq who have committed crimes under the name of Islam.
"We are deeply saddened by the crimes committed in the name of Islam, a religion of peace," Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) said on the 1Malaysia website.
"We deplore those responsible and call on the international community to act in concert to prevent further violence."
Najib said Muslims around the world have reacted in horror to reports of mass executions, killings of civilians and evidence of brutality.
"When states fail or are broken by war, extremists see opportunity. They prey on the differences between people, using faith as a cover for atrocities. But they do not speak for us," said Najib.
"The actions of the Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq are counter to our faith, our culture, and our common humanity.
"They are against the teachings of the Prophet, a man of peace and moderation; and against Islamic law, which prizes the protection of life above all."
Najib said that it was necessary to "fight extremism with moderation" and work to rebuild the bonds between war-torn communities.
"Around the world, the majority of Muslims seek to live their lives free from violence.
"We do not recognise the vision of our faith being forced on innocent civilians – whether Sunni, Shia, or Christian – over the barrel of a gun," said Najib.
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