Muslim group shocked at claims ISIS lured teen

2015-04-09 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) has expressed shock at the news that a 15-year-old Cape Town girl allegedly tried to join ISIS, pronouncing an “immunisation” against the group’s possible influence in the country.

Speaking at a press conference at their headquarters in Cape Town yesterday, MJC president Maulana Ihsaan Hendricks told ­reporters of the organisation’s shock that a young Muslim girl was allegedly lured by the terror group.

“It came to us a shock as a community. The minute the news came to us, we intensified every possible attempt to get in close contact with the family,” Hendricks said.

“However, we have not been able to succeed up to this moment …

“The MJC will continue to make further attempts to meet with the family. It is best to meet with them in order to not contradict the real story.”

The MJC met yesterday with the leaders of all the mosques in the Cape Town area to address the ­issue of possible ISIS recruitment in South Africa.

Hendricks stressed the role that the organisation is playing in equipping the country’s Muslim community against the influences of global terror groups.

“It’s the Muslim Judicial ­Council’s responsibility to see how this possibly affects the rest of the Muslim community in South ­Africa,” Hendricks said.

“We pronounce today a process of immunisation. We believe it’s important to immunise our ­community and our youth against these possible influences.”

He stated that the country’s imams knew too little about the actual operations of ISIS, and said they hoped to create a “tool kit” for the imams to empower them.

“We are members of the ­International Union of Muslim Scholars, an international body, and we have access to people in Iraq and Syria.

“We can be empowered by ­first-hand information, and we hope to include that in the tool kit for the imams.”

Yesterday, the teenager’s school principal, who did not want to be named, said the 15-year-old ­exhibited no behaviour out of the ordinary before her reported ­attempt to leave the country.

“She is as ordinary and unexceptional as anybody else,” he said.

“There is obviously shock and major surprise …”

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