Muslims Say Extremists Don’t Represent Islam

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The terror attack of May the 22nd in Urumqi has aroused indignation amongst locals. People in Urumqi are angry. They say those who carried out the attacks are extremists and not truly Muslims and also that violence is against their faith.

Muslims Say Extremists Don't Represent Islam

Muslims Say Extremists Don't Represent Islam

The terror attack of May the 22nd in Urumqi has aroused indignation amongst locals. People in Urumqi are angry. They say those who carried out the attacks are extremists and not truly Muslims and also that violence is against their faith.
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CCTV’s Wu Lei spoke to students and Principal of the Xinjiang Islamic Institute, for their reaction to the attack.

Everyday for the past two years, Aisiaiti has been performing prayers alongside other students at the Xinjiang Islamic Institute. He is at the institute studying the Quran.

Like others, he was shocked after hearing of the deadly terrorist attack on Thursday morning.

Aisiaiti Yakufujiang, student of Xinjiang Islamic Institute, told CCTV reporter: “This kind of attack is against humanity. We Muslim students are very angry and don’t understand their behavior, because a true Muslim will not hurt innocent civilians.”

In their study of the Quran, the students learn peace, patience and other core values of the Islamic faith.

They will spend five years learning and practicing Islamic principles in this only religious institute in Xinjiang.

The principal of the institute says any terrorist activity conducted under the guise of religion, is completely against the Islamic faith.

Abudurekefu Mawla, Principal of Xinjiang Islamic Institute, said: “These extremists will never represent Islam or what Muslims do. Their actions have nothing to do with our faith. So this is not a national problem or a religious problem, but the common enemy of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang.”

Islam prides itself at being a religion of peace and teaches its followers to be united and live a peaceful life.

These students say they will help spread the true teachings of Islam to other Muslims.

Most Muslims say violence against innocent people is un-Islamic and mustn’t be tolerated. The people I spoke to here believe all ethnic groups should unite and fight together against the common enemy — terrorism.