16 February 2017

Met Chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe: Muslim scholars need to do more in fight against IS

Britain’s top police officer today urged Muslim scholars to step up their efforts to counter the violent ideology of Islamic State.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe issued a new warning about the looming threat posed by “brutalised and militarised” extremists returning from Syria.

He said he believed that IS fighters and terrorists were “political criminals” who were carrying out “horrific violence” which had no justification in the Muslim religion.

But he warned that the terror group was continuing to lure recruits by claiming that Islam supported its actions and that the authorities needed the help of Muslim scholars and others to challenge this false narrative.

“The hardest part for the Western world is to interrupt this philosophy that Daesh [Islamic State] is perpetuating which is that Islam in any way supports this horrific use of violence,” Sir Bernard told the Evening Standard. [Evening Standard] Read more