Islam "hijacked" by "extremist elements" Maldives

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Mohamed Waheed Hassan. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Islam is being "hijacked" by "extremist elements" the government of the Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

The Special Envoy of the President of the Maldives, Mohamed Waheed Hassan, asked if militant groups like ISIL should be allowed to shape humanity's future or whether the international community would take decisive actions to defeat what he called "extremist ideologies."

He said the Maldives position was clear-cut.

"Islam, our great religion of peace, compassion, and tolerance, is being hijacked by radical and extremist elements to perpetuate hatred and violence. We, the Government and the people of Maldives, condemn in the strongest terms, these groups, their ideologies, and their activities. We join our fellow Muslims around the world in saying “not in my name”.

ISIL continues to operate in Syria and Iraq.

It has become infamous for the video beheadings of western civilians.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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